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IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards | Shortlist Announced

The Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO) is delighted to announce that the eleventh IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at IMRO HQ in Dublin.

The shortlist (below) was announced this morning via the IMRO building by Victor Finn (IMRO Chief Executive).

The annual awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience on a weekly basis.

More than 12,000 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live music venue – atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and importantly, the staff and management of each venue. IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, delivering a shortlist of their top ten festivals.

Live music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy.

Of the Awards, Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive said, “Over the course of the past decade, the IMRO Live Music Venue Awards have become a much anticipated date in the music industry calendar.  We feel it is vital to acknowledge the important role that venues and festivals play, not only in supporting and providing a platform for Irish songwriters and performers, but also the significant contribution they make towards local areas both in economic and social terms.”

At the ceremony in IMRO HQ in Dublin on February 26th, awards will be presented to the leading live music venue in each of the following regions: Dublin, Leinster (excluding Dublin), Connacht, Munster and Ulster (Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan). The IMRO Music Festival of the Year, IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year, IMRO Tech Crew of the Year Award and a special Outstanding Contribution to Live Music Award will also be presented on the night. Performances on the night will come from leading emerging acts Inhaler, Pillow Queens and Moncrieff.

One overall award will be presented to the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year. This award is decided upon by the public, who vote for their live music venue of the year from the combined shortlist of all the regions.

Live music fans should simply log on to choose their favourite from the shortlist provided, by 5pm February 22nd. One lucky voter will win an iPad.

The ceremony will also see the presentation of the award for Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year via The Readers Poll which is contributed to by Hot Press fans and can be viewed here

Niall Stokes, editor of Hot Press said “Irish music is going through an extraordinary period of richness and diversity, with a greater number than ever of our artists scaling the heighths internationally. What is doubly impressive is that Irish songwriters, bands and performers are achieving real, significant success in places like China and Brazil, among others, that might have seemed too far away or impenetrable in the past. 

“The new wave of guitar bands breaking through at the moment feels like another breath of sonic fresh air. But, in truth, there is a remarkable diversity to what’s happening here, from folk through pop, r’n’b and hip hop to rock. If we want this ferment of creativity to continue – and our musicians to flourish – it has to be nurtured and supported. Which is why the IMRO Live Music Vanues Awards are of such huge importance. In Hot Press, we have consistently advocated for investment in better venues, progressive booking policies and a culture in which fans get the opportunity to see Irish artists in the best possible circumstances – with the ultimate goal that great musicians can continue to live here, and aspire to earning a living from their art.

“Hot Press is proud to be associated with the Live Music Venue Awards, as a valuable opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic work that is done – and the risks that are taken – by venue owners and bookers across the country. With new venues coming on stream all the time, and familiar ones being upgraded, it’ll be really fascinating to see how this year’s awards shape up.”


The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Vicar Street, Dublin 8
The Workmans Club, Dublin 2
The Academy, Dublin 1
3Arena, Dublin 1

Rest of Leinster
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
Boyles of Slane, Co. Meath
The Left Bank, Kilkenny
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
McGinley’s, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Warehouse Bar & Kitchen, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
Watters Old Coach Inn, Castleblaney, Co, Monaghan
An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Cork Opera House, Cork
Dolans Warehouse, Limerick
Live at St Lukes, Cork
Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Mike the Pies, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Monroes, Galway
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
Campbell’s Tavern, Headford,  Co. Galway
JJ Harlow’s, Roscommon
Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Co. Mayo

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2018
Electric Picnic
Sea Sessions
Forbidden Fruit
All Together Now
Body & Soul
Galway International Arts Festival
Live @ The Iveagh Gardens
Trinity Summer Series

IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2018
Doolin Folk Festival
Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
The Acoustic Yard Festival
Other Voices
Another Love Story
The Secret Village Festival
Kilkenny Roots Festival
Carrickmacross Arts Festival
Groove Festival

IMRO Tech Crew of the Year 2018
Vicar Street
Olympia Theatre
All Together Now
Electric Picnic
Forbidden Fruit
The Grand Social
Other Voices
Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
The Spirit Store

Tanjier Share Latest Single ‘Crave’

Tanjier have just released their latest single ‘Crave’. The song is based on real-life snippets of an overheard argument, between a couple on the rocks. Lead singer, Tommy said, “I was penning lyrics in my bedroom, when an argument from the next room became so heated, I couldn’t help but overhear. My housemate was in a seriously toxic relationship. There used to be a lot of hostility in the house… arguing, shouting, tears. The lyrics are taken from that overheard argument.

The track was produced, mixed and mastered by Dublin’s Diffusion Lab.

Tanjier are an electro-indie-pop band based in Ireland. The past 12 months have seen Tanjier bring their live show nationwide to the likes of Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit and Other Voices. Their recent tour saw them sell out their headline Dublin gig and support the likes of Sorcha Richardson, and Le Galaxie. With unique audiovisual and light shows, Tanjier have gained a reputation as one of the most exciting Irish live acts.

2019 Bossas Tour Details Announced

JP Percussion in association with Masamba Samba School and Contemporanea Instrumentos Musicais presents Bossas Tour 2019 With Mestre Maurão, Gabriel Lopes and JP Courtney | Dublin, April 6th and 7th 2019

Bossas 2019 is a 3-week tour of workshops teaching the best of all the bateria breaks, stops, starts, calls, warm-ups, techniques and stylistic changes which will have just been premiered by the samba schools at the most recent carnival in Brazil.

JP Percussion and Masamba Samba School are passionate for ritmistas around the world to be able to keep up with the latest trends, fads and musical fashions which come out of carnival each year. They know through continuous work in the scene that musicians are equally as keen to keep up with these latest trends. For these reasons and for their sheer love and passion for Brazilian music they have created this exciting new workshop concept. The first Escola de Bateria – Bossas tour will impress, inform, up skill and entertain participants from all over Europe.

2019 will be the first of this new annual workshop tour programme. Presented by three world class leaders. Mestre Maurão (Rio), Gabriel Lopes (Rio) and JP Courtney (Ireland).

The workshop tour is lead by Mestre Maurão. He is well known for his musical ability and infectious command of several high ranking baterias in Rio, Mestre Maurão is regarded as one of the best in his field. After having never dropped one tenth of one point for the samba schools he has worked with his reputation is excellent.

Participants will receive written notes of the classes to take home for further study.

The workshops will be aimed at not only people who already play in Brazilian carnival groups but also musicians of other instruments, percussionists and music students from universities and schools.

 Contact the event organisers using the following form: . Alternatively, you can phone or WhatsApp (0044)7759943737

RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year Nominees Announced

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Song of the Year 2018, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford. The shortlist is as follows:

Fontaines D.C. – Too RealNiall Horan – On The Loose
Hozier (feat. Mavis Staples) – Nina Cried Power
Gavin James – Always
Laoise – Again
Mango X Mathman feat. Day_S – Lord Hear Us
Picture This – One Drink
Pillow Queens – Gay Girls
Saint Sister – Causing Trouble (Kormac Remix Feat. Jafaris) 
Wild Youth – Can’t Move On

To vote for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Song of the Year 2018, visit  Votes are limited to one per person per day. Only votes cast in the Republic of Ireland will be counted. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 3rd March.

As part of RTÉ’s continued commitment to promoting Irish music, RTÉ 2FM celebrates the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule throughout the day with another All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight.  

The winning song and albumwill be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 7th March and broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended show from 7-11pm. A special television programme of the event will be broadcast shortly afterwards on RTÉ2.

The 14th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music.   The Prize has become one of the music industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

RAAP, Culture Ireland and The BAI are also official project partners of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize.

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 7th. First Music Contact (FMC), as part of their international profiling activity, will again advise on the selection of overseas delegates and oversee their integration into the individual mentoring sessions with the artists and the conference.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” will return and take place on the 7th.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are on sale now from all Ticketmaster outlets and from priced €28.00 including booking fee.


Faraway Martin to Release ‘Falling In Your Sleep’

Faraway Martin hails from the West of Ireland, via Doha, Qatar, where he remains until this summer. He spent the past three years performing throughout the Middle East, USA and Ireland. Venues he has graced the stage of include the QNCC Arena in Doha, supporting international artists. Faraway Martin is releasing his second single ‘Falling In Your Sleep’ on Friday Feb 1st. Award winning animator Marc Corrigan created the video, set for release on Feb 4th. Marc has worked with many acts including and Lil’ Kim, HamsandwicH, I’m From Barcelona and Dan The Automator.

Faraway Martin’s sound is heavily influenced by his Irish roots, with evidence of Damien Rice and U2, yet his music has taken a more in your face folk-pop direction. With honest lyrics and catchy hooks, he makes an immediate impression on listeners with his second single ‘Falling In Your Sleep’.

“My feet are cold and yours are too
Stick them between my thighs
so I’m perfectly tangled in you
We’re tangled in two”

The melodic, upbeat tune is the follow-up to the Qatar-based singer’s debut,‘Intoxicated’, and shows how adaptable the self-taught musician is. The track, recorded at Dogfox Studios, in Nashville, USA inspires feelings of affection as Faraway Martin lilts about ‘spooning’, hoping for love, and emotions that every listener can relate to. The track produced by Dave Skelton is reminiscent of offerings from The Chainsmokers and The Lumineers.

Since the release of his debut single ‘Intoxicated’ last October, Faraway Martin’s presence in the music scene has grown internationally. The Irishman has established himself as a live act in his adopted home, recently playing support to international pop sensation Bazzi and Boyce Avenue, of YouTube fame. He has opened shows for Mick Flannery, Hermitage Green, played main stage in Whelan’s with the Galway Street Club and filled the Roisin Dubh for his first headline gig. His upcoming tracks are honest tellings of love, emotional turmoil and coming of age. 2019 will see a US tour, many festival appearances as well as an eagerly anticipated debut EP release.

Barry Jay Hughes Releases ‘Diving In’

‘Diving In’ (available to stream and download) is the eagerly awaited return from Barry Jay Hughes, an accomplished solo-artist who has been working on various projects over the past two years. His first original release since 2016, ‘Diving In’ is the latest addition to the Monaghan musician’s repertoire, having two self-released EPs, a live EP and a live album. Previous singles, ‘Crying Shame’ and ‘Ballad of a Troubadour’ were remixed and re-released. Barry Jay’s extensive back catalog is a testament to his dedication to the creative process, this newest single seeing him dive back into the original Irish music scene; where he’s well-known from his previous endeavors. 

‘Diving In’ is reflective of what Barry Jay is most recognisable for; lyrical depth and storytelling in his music. Full of colourful imagery, the song brings you on an emotive journey as it asks questions on love and how far we’re willing to go for those we fall for. 

Barry Jay says: “it’s a love song of sorts about immersing yourself in the feelings that you are experiencing. The song keeps the mystical folk feel of previous releases while adding more sonic texture”.

The accompanying video was filmed in various locations around Dublin City. Shot by Clifford Clifford productions, they captured the feel of the song and recreated it in visual form.

Clifford Clifford Productions said:Visual themes centre around the cleansing, yet melancholic quality of water and the clocks pondering non-linear time. The video, which reinforces the subject matter of reflection, acceptance and regret, culminates with a series of projected images including Salvador Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’ and footage from Michelangelo Antonioni’s film ‘Red Desert’. 

Barry Jay Hughes Social Media links

Job Vacancies @ IMRO

IMRO – Irish Music Rights Organisation, is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members – songwriters, composers and music publishers – and on behalf of the members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. IMRO’s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works and as of from the 1st January 2016 to licence and collect royalties on behalf of PPI – Phonographic Performance Ireland, as their agent.

Job Title: Licensing Administrator – Dual Music Licence

Job Description
We are seeking a dynamic, experienced and driven individual to join our team to manage the process of creating, sending and obtaining signed dual licenses for all existing customers assigned to them. They will be required to call licensees, create licenses, handle objections, manage adjustments and to follow up until they obtain a signed licence and where possible a signed direct debit mandate or agree a payment plan.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Achievement of dual licensing targets, to include numbers of premises licensed in accordance with set down procedures and published tariffs.
• Encouraging customer to pay promptly for their music use with particular emphasis on them signing a direct debit to achieve cash collection targets.
• Identification of premises where copyright infringement action is required i.e. on their refusal to sign the dual licence and to pay.
• Timely resolution of any queries from customers regarding their new dual licence and their performance particulars.
• Passing of customers to the field team in order to deal with queries that cannot be handled from the office or can be handled easier in the field.
• Use of IMRO’s CRM system to log activity and the production of new licenses.
• Daily submission of activity reports to include number of calls attempted, completed and licenses redone and sent to the National Licensing Sales Manager and Team Leader.
• Undertaking such other duties as may be assigned by management from time to time, including licensing and queries in other areas.

Minimum Requirements:
• 2 years Telesales, Customer Service or Call Centre experience in a high-volume target orientated cold calling environment.
• An ability to work to the highest level of quality and have outstanding attention to detail.
• Strong communication skills.
• Excellent MS Office skills – knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics CRM an advantage.
• Strong written and spoken English.
• Proven ability to engage at Executive/Director level.
• Strong planning and organisational skills. Desirable:
• Confident, tenacious and enthusiastic self-starter who will embrace the challenges of this role.
• A business qualification We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all candidate applications who meet the minimum qualifications listed above.

1-year fixed term contract Benefits: 25 days annual leave
Payment: Basic €25K, €5K Annual KPI Bonus. Start: Immediate

Please send a CV and cover letter to ei.ormi@allesniK.lraK by 5pm Friday 1st February

Title: Licensing Support Executive – Monitoring

Job Description
We are seeking a dynamic, experienced and driven individual to join our team to assist the licensing, credit control and legal teams in monitoring, evidence gathering and general premises checks so we can ensure premises are licensed correctly, are still open and to obtain evidence of copyright music infringement so that the legal team can progress with their proceedings. The job holder will also audit area’s in conjunction with the National Licensing Sales Manager to analysis penetration and will also be tasked with lead generation for the office and field teams.

Duties and responsibilities:
• Complete all assigned tasks in a prompt manner (within SLAs) and update same on IMROs CRM system.
• Provide the field and office sales teams with leads for new and reassessment business during area audits and day to day activities.
• Provide the legal team with a quick turnaround on monitoring requests, this is one of the main and key responsibilities of the role.
• To give evidence in court if required on copyright music infringement.
• Complete premises checks.
• Weekly reporting to the National Licensing Sales Manager on progress and call cycle.
• Support when required for the other members of the Licensing Department
• Undertaking such other duties as may be assigned by management from time to time.

Minimum Requirements:
• 2 years’ work experience in any business environment.
• An ability to work to the highest level of quality and have outstanding attention to detail.
• Strong communication skills.
• Excellent MS Office skills – knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics CRM an advantage.
• Strong written and spoken English.
• Proven track record for working on own initiative.
• Strong planning and organisational skills. Desirable:
• Confident, tenacious and enthusiastic self-starter who will embrace the challenges of this role. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all candidate applications who meet the minimum qualifications listed above.

Terms: 1-year fixed term contract Benefits: 25 days annual leave.
Payment: Basic €30K, €5K Annual (paid monthly) KPI Bonus. Start: Immediate Package: Car, Laptop and Mobile Phone. Important: this role is not Monday to Friday, 9-5, this role requires regular evening and weekend work. Please do not apply for this role if this is an issue.

Please send a CV and cover letter to ei.ormi@allesniK.lraK by 5pm Friday 1st February

Sarah Buckley to Release Debut Single

Sarah Buckley first recorded a number of demos in music college.  Thanks to these demos, she has performed her song ‘You’ve Got Me’ on RTE’s TwoTube, her song ‘Wedding Bells’ at RTE’s Reflecting on the Rising live event and her song, ‘Magic Powers’, was included in a shortlist out of 500 applicants on John Murray’s RTE radio show. Sarah has also secured a number of slots on side stages of some of Ireland’s biggest festivals including Electric Picnic and Vantastival as well as being nominated as Best Newcomer by Pure M magazine. 

Her debut single ‘You’ve Got Me’ is out on 15 Feb 2015. 

The single produced by Karl Odlum (Mic Christopher, Glen Hansard, David Keenan) and mastered by John Flynn (Björk,’Vulnicura’).

Sarah has already been gigging extensively with support slots for Aine Cahill, Ham Sandwich, Mick Flannery and Cry Monster Cry along with a whole host of festival appearances including Electric Picnic, Vantastival, Cork Jazz Festival, Sligo Live, Le Cheile Festival, Claremorris Fringe Festival, Achill Battle of the Lakes, Glendalough festival, youBloom, International Pop Overthrow at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and RTE’s Reflecting on the Rising.

Sarah started 2019 with a much coveted slot at “Whelan’s Ones to Watch” in January. Her single ‘You’ve Got Me’ will be out on 15 Feb. Her second single is planned for release around Easter 2019. 

Sarah plays a headline show upstairs in Whelan’s on May 23rd. 

Musician Memoir Series – Preserving the History of Irish Musicians

Did you spend your life working as a musician in the era of Jazz, Showbands, Beat Groups or Punk etc. in the 1950s, 60s and 70s?

Fighting Words is providing a series of creative writing workshops that will help you to commit your stories to paper. We are looking for retired musicians, even though we know they are all still playing! This project will appeal to:

  • Musicians who would like to contribute a story to a book documenting the life of musicians in Ireland in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.
  • Musicians who are interested in learning new writing skills that will help them to write their memoir.

Dates: Tuesday 26th February – Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

Wednesdays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March – Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm

Venue: Fighting Words 12–16 Russell Street, Dublin 1.

Introductory workshop will be led by Carlo Gébler. Carlo is an Irish writer and television director with particular expertise in memoir writing.

Places are limited so please RSVP: contact ei.sdrowgnithgif@mloc Fri. 22ndth Feb.

Supported by IASCA

Bill Shanley to Release ‘Midnight Mission’

Guitarist and producer Bill Shanley will release his second solo album ‘Midnight Mission’ on February 1st 2019, on the Cauldron Music label. 

‘Midnight Mission’ features ten original pieces with special guests Ray Davies and Paul Brady. A collection of self-penned instrumentals covering a sonic palate inspired by the excitement and melodies of early electric guitar music from 50’s rock and roll, 60’s surf sounds to electronics, loops and samples and much more. It draws on Bill’s world class guitar playing and ability to write great, timeless melodies with one track featuring vocals from Ray Davies.

Bill Shanley is one of Ireland’s top guitar players and record producers. His unique style of playing has kept him in good company and established him internationally through touring with and contributing to albums by Ray Davies, Mary Black, Paul Brady,  Roy Harper, Gilbert O’Sullivan and more. 

Dublin based, he was raised in the West Cork haven of Clonakilty. He recorded and toured with Eleanor McEvoy during her Geffen Records days in LA and is a key member of Mary Black’s band, to this day. 

He has acted as Ray Davies musical director for the last 10 years, more recently working with Minneapolis Alt-Rockers, The Jayhawks, on Ray’s recent albums, ‘Americana Act 1’ and ‘Act 2’. 

Being an accompanist has always been of key interest to Bill, enjoying that great scope there is in creating a backdrop for the artist he’s working with.  A skill which has been often commented on 

 “Is there a finer sideman around? It’s unlikely…” – Financial Times

Now Bill Shanley returns centre stage with the release of ‘Midnight Mission’ a potent display of technical wizardry and melodic compositional nous.

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