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Joe Jackson Launches Fund It to Digitize and Preserve Interview Archive

Irish journalist Joe Jackson has started a Fund It crowdfunding campaign to raise finance to digitize, preserve and make available for future generation 1,300 taped interviews mostly with musicians.

When Joe Jackson took over the weekly music slot in The Irish Times in the early 90’s for the legendary Sound and Vision slot, he told the newspaper’s Arts editor Paddy Woodworth, “music coverage has focused too much on Anglo-American, and Irish quasi-U2 rock bands, I want to give space to all genres of music, Irish rock, yes, but also Irish trad, folk, pop, all genres in fact. And I want to get a gender balance.

He then went on to give that slot to predominantly Irish acts, frequently focusing on songwriters such as Christy Moore, Eleanor McEvoy, Glen Hansard, “more than one hundred, in fact,” he recalls, “That ten years of interviews is like the 90’s in Irish music, captured in a time capsule.” For the first decade of the new century, Jackson carried that concept onto RTE Radio 1, with his PPI-Nominated series, Under the Influence. In that series, he also has more than fifty in-depth interviews with classic songwriters such as Leiber and Stoller, Elvis Costello, and Nanci Griffith, who asked him to co-write with her Nanci Griffith’s Other Voices: A Personal History of Folk Music. Is work also has been included in a Bob Dylan anthology.

Jackson also worked for Hot Press from 1985 – 2009, for whom he did most of their major interviews with not only musicians but also politicians, authors, actors, directors, “people from all areas in terms of the arts and pop culture.” He says. From 2000- 2007 he also did weekly interviews, “even more broad-based than I had done in Hot Press,” for the Sunday Independent. He kept all the tapes, “more than 1,3000,” he says.   

Jackson, who not only wrote but also produced and presented his latest series on RTE Radio 1, The Joe Jackson Tapes Revisited, which was nominated for an IMRO Award in 2018, wants to not only transfer all tapes but to make the suitable for public broadcast, in venues such as the National Library of Ireland. The  Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame has expressed an interest in his archive be he “would rather it stay in Ireland.

Jackson says it will cost €25,000 to digitize his archive. He is trying to raise, he says, “half that amount via Fund It, which entails me giving those who pledge anything from €20 to €1,000, various ‘rewards’ such as CDs, downloads, magazines, one-on-one master classes on interviewing!” The campaign runs until May 18th 2019 at https://fundit.ie/project/the-joe-jackson-journalist-archives

Hermitage Green Share Latest Single ‘Heaven’

Hermitage Green have just released their brand new single ‘Heaven’. The single is about wrenching the idea of an afterlife into the everyday and at its core explores how Heaven or Hell can be within your reach, depending on how you choose to live your life. It follows the release of their most recent EP ‘Gold & Rust’ and their touching cover of ‘Dreams’, a tribute to The Cranberries and the late Dolores O’Riordan which garnered worldwide applause. “Hermitage Green wowed Electric Picnic with a spine tingling cover version of The Cranberries’ Dreams,” exclaimed Limerick Leader.

‘Heaven’ is available across all streaming platforms now.

In March of this year Hermitage Green announced their first Irish show for 2019 will be on 27 July at Limerick’s King John’s Castle. Due to high demand and the 27 July show selling out a second show has been added on 26 July. Tickets are on sale now and are expected to go fast.

Having just returned to Ireland from selling out their inaugural 9-show theatre tour across Canada, the past year has seen Hermitage Green filling concert halls around the globe. This includes a sold-out tour of Doha, Qatar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates as well as Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Australia. Closer to home highlights include a sold-out King John’s Castle last June, entertaining thousands of fans at Electric Picnic and a sold-out winter tour across Ireland.

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James OR Announces Latest Release

It’s been an exciting eighteen months for James OR. Inclusions on the HotPress ‘Ones to Watch’ listings and Live at the Marquee line-up showcased a songwriter and performer who is always striving to go one better. A tireless live performance married with thoughtful and relatable songwriting also brought performing opportunities with the likes of The Coronas, Damien Dempsey and Ham Sandwich.

James’ latest single, ‘An Attempt at Momentum’ is out Friday, April 26th. Listen recklessly.

Upcoming gigs

Friday, May 3rd: Coughlans Live, Cork
August Bank Holiday weekend: INDIEPENDENCE Music & Arts Festival

Job Opportunity at Music Generation | Head of Quality, Support and Development

Established in 2010, Music Generation’s ambition is to transform the lives of children and young people through local access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education.

To enable Music Generation to reach its next stage of development, the National Development Office is now seeking to appoint a Head of Quality, Support and Development. This new senior role within the organisation will be key in the implementation of Music Generation’s Strategic Plan during a significant period of growth, planned from 2019 to 2022.

The successful candidate will be a skilled professional with a demonstrable track record of delivering results, high standards and achievement in music education development. The position requires someone with leadership and senior management experience that can support the planned growth of the national network of Local Music Education Partnerships, and enable the stated priorities for Quality in line with the organisation’s Strategic Plan.

The current strategy maps out an exciting period of growth and change for Music Generation and this role provides a rare opportunity for an experienced and dynamic music education development professional to contribute to and shape those ambitions.

For a job description and details of the application process, please contact John Deely at Pinpoint:
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Phone: +353 1 642 5721

Closing date for applications: 5pm Thursday May 9, 2019

Music Generation is a Music Network initiative, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. 

KnockanStockan Completes Line Up

KnockanStockan returns for the Summer of 2019, with heavy emphasis on their ethos which is to support and… “Love New Music”. Today they give you the full final and their most impressive yet line-up announcement setting the bar higher than it’s ever been. A true representation of the high calibre of music in Ireland, an exceptionally eclectic line-up, a great mix of homegrown talent and artists of critical acclaim fitting for all musical tastes.

Happyalone | Jealous Of The Birds | Mango X MathMan | Ye Vagabonds | Emma Langford | JyellowL | Joshua Burnside | ZASKA | Bicurious | Emmet Kirwan | Hugh Cooney | Robocobra Quartet | Lunch Money (UK) | Just Mustard | Eve Belle | Kitt Philippa | TOUCAN | The Eskies | Tebi Rex | DJ Tahira (Brazil) | Dead Label | Bats | No Spill Blood | Chancer | The Wood Burning Savages | Junior Brother | PowPig | The Pale | BAILER | Silverbacks | THUMPER | Wastefellow | Solkatt | WOB! | Luka Palm | Galway Street Club | Rachael Boyd | Vernon Jane | Cherym | BOUTS | Zapho | Kean Kavanagh | TPM | KNEECAP | Shookrah | Farah Elle | The Scratch | Tribal Dance | Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies | Jinx Lennon | Hot Cops | Arvo Party | Brién | Five To Two | Leila Jane | Dowry | Slouch | Words That Burn | zhOra | Paddy Dennehy | My Uncle Stoat | Lemoncello | Elizabeth Moen | Niamh Regan  | Acid Granny | Craic Boi Mental feat Whip Girl | Soft Boy DJs | Good Name Djs | Myles Manley | Shakalak | Jailbirds  | I Am The Main Character | Captain Hotknives | Chief Keegan | 0phelia | Stevie Darragh  | Trainman Blues | Rowan | Halli | Hatchlings | GavinDaVinci | Hazey Haze | SENU | Synk | Bannered Mare | October Fires | Le Pizza Galaxie | Moley O Súilleabháin | Natalya O’Flaherty | Ailie. | Nealo | Mankyy & Clerk 5 | Cooks But We’re Chefs | GRAMOPHONE DISCMAN – TRAD RAVE | Culture Vultures | A Different Animal | Amy Montgomery | SHITHäTT | Naive Ted  | Mutefish | Trad Abuse | Calvin James | The Bonk | Ragairí | Do You Speak Bell? | Markas Carcas & The Trail Gang | Honey  | Kynsy | Wild Atlantic Wake | Sarah Jessica Fletcher & Tiffany Breakfast | Candlelit Tales | Andi | Traashboo | Jawbone | Mockie Ah’s Drag Extravaganza | Pyre Productions | The Groovin’ Grannies | Eclectic Ballroom | Strange Boy | Citrus | Hooplah dee da | Acrobatics Shenanigans | Suadela Bellydance | Laura Rossi | Fingerz | Munky | Stevie G & Hot Sauce Dance Crew | The Walkeleles | Dj Chef | Hipshaker | Dj Negligee | Guilty Boy Association | The Jobseekerz | Sacred Skin | Anna Mieke | Joe Byrne

A diverse musical line-up will be accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms. Each new addition to the festival will be a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation.

INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW LATE BIRD TICKET INSTALMENT PLAN:

If you definitely want to come to KnockanStockan but can’t afford the full price of a ticket just now then the instalment plan is for you.

For a limited time you can pay a €52 deposit to reserve a ticket. Then simply pay the balance in 2 handy instalments before 12 noon on Thursday 18th July and your ticket will be sent out to you.

Carlsberg Unfiltered

Carlsberg Unfiltered, the headline sponsor of KnockanStockan 2019 is back again, bigger and better this year, with a Danish inspired takeover. Carlsberg Unfiltered is inspired by Danish values of simplicity and connection with nature, and its name reflects how the lager is made. The brewers have removed the filtration process, which leaves more natural flavours and body in the lager and produces a premium, great tasting, cloudy pilsner with subtle floral and hop notes.

Carlsberg Unfiltered Stage

KnockanStockan are excited to have Carlsberg return this year to collaborate on an exciting venue space with a Danish twist. The Unfiltered stage is making a comeback where guests can sit and watch performance art, intimate collaborations, interviews, comedy by day and dance to some of Ireland’s finest DJ collectives play on a stage in the centre of the festivities.

The Carlsberg Danish Quarter

Sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere the Danish Way.  The main bar, the Danish Quarter hosted by Carlsberg, will overlook the main stage so you can enjoy a few pints whilst soaking in the festival atmosphere. Skål!

A much loved family friendly event, KnockanStockan is Ireland’s Premiere Small Festival which has earned the festival many awards throughout the years such as Best Line Up, Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Social Responsibility Award. The official Launch night will take place at Dublin’s newest Music Venues, Lost Lane at 6.30pm on April 18th.

Not long after going on sale, Early Bird tickets to KS2019 sold out, a sure sign of excitement for the festival’s return:

Early Bird Tickets – SOLD OUT    

3 Day Festival Ticket (FRI-SUN CAMPING) €155
2 Day Festival Ticket (SAT & SUN CAMPING) €135 
1 Day Festival (SUN DAY TICKET) Ticket €65

LATE BIRD TICKET INSTALMENT PLAN: http://knockanstockan.ie/instalment-tickets/

Campervan Tickets €50

Bus Tickets €20 Dublin Return

Boutique Tents available here

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Blaithin Carney Announces Whelans Date and New Single

Irish singer-songwriter and gifted pianist, Blaithin Carney, writes lyrical, relatable alternative pop underpinned by powerful lyrics, emotional depth and classical influences.  Perfectly treading the line between sincere balladry and indie sensibilities, Blaithin Carney weaves her distinctive vocals around the complexities of contemporary life issues through emotionally exposing lyrics.

Blaithin’s new single, ‘I Can’t Breathe’, is an anthemic liberation from the insufferable anguish ascribe to social media.  Never at the expense of verbal clarity, Blaithin’s lyricism unravels the paradox that our highly connected world has made us disconnected. Juxtaposing a high energy tempo with a relatable sadness, Blaithin’s cadence and style is both formidable and refreshing.

Blaithin’s next headline show at Whelan’s Dublin (Upstairs) on Friday May 24th will see Blaithin perform with her band and string quartet. Tickets are now on sale via tickets.ie and wavtickets.ie.

Over the last 18 months, Blaithin Carney has put her powerful imprint on the Irish music scene, with four Top 5 hits in the Irish singer-songwriter charts. Her debut single, ‘Rome’, entered at #1, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top spot. During this time, she also performed live on a number of occasions, one of the highlights being the RTE Radio 1 stage at Bloom Festival.

In 2018 alone Blaithin featured in the infamous Irish acoustic showcase, The Ruby Sessions, and performed at Whelan’s Women on Wednesday (WOW), played support for Glen Hansard’s sell-out gig at Vicar Street as guest pianist with The Pale, and wowed a full house at the National Concert Hall in aid of Aidlink for Turkana alongside her band, string quartet and the Mezzo Music Academy Choir.

Blaithin’s vivid storytelling coupled with her breath-taking pianism will undoubtedly appeal to fans of Regina Spektor, Ásgeir, Grace Carter, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and Jewel.

Blaithin’s music background is academic; she was enrolled at the age of four to the Royal Academy of Music where she remained receiving scholarships and diplomas until she achieved first-class honours in Music and English from UCD and was accepted to The Masters Program at The Academy to undertake a Masters in Classical Music Performance. She went on to become a concert pianist and is now focused on her own creations. 

Watch Blaithin Carney

No Means No
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS1WU8lK78c
Close My Eyes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uORCcF3RgBI
ROME
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49V-odeJNf0 

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An Taobh Tuathail Marks 20 Years On Air

An Taobh Tuathail, the flagship alt. radio show on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presented by Cian Ó Cíobháin, will be celebrating 20 years on air on 1 May and Cian will mark this milestone with two special programmes, on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 May, as well as a live event in the Róisín Dubh in Galway on Friday 3 May.

For the special birthday on 1 and 2 May, Cian will bring his listeners exclusively brand new, previously-unreleased music, including the track Triantáin by Dublin duo Mount Alaska composed especially for the occasion, as well as a first ever vocal track – sung in  Irish –  by The Jimmy Cake.   

Mount Alaska are Dublin production duo, Stephen Shannon & Cillian Mc Donnell. The former members of Halfset have been releasing electronic music on their own imprint, Language Recordings, since late 2016, and they debuted their live show at Metropolis in 2017. 2019 will see them branch out with a number of releases on international labels, introduce a new live AV show, and announce some festival appearances over the summer. 

Mount Alaska will also be on stage in the Róisín Dubh in Galway, with Ships and Anna Mullarkey, for the final birthday special of ATT live from the hallowed Galway venue on Friday 3 May.  Tickets €10 from www.roisindubh.net

The birthday editions of An Taobh Tuathail on 1and 2 May will also include new music from R. Kitt, Linda Buckley, Deaf Joe, Chequerboard, Tr One, neonfrench and Elma Orkestra, Joseph Shabason, Peter Gordon, Dylan Henner and Ralegh Long, with songs in the Irish tongue from Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Thatchers of the Acropolis and The Jimmy Cake.

As a preview of what’s in store, you can listen to the brand new track Triantáin by Mount Alaska, a track originally written  to commemorate An Taobh Tuathail’s 20th birthday, at

Kobina Shares First Taste of Latest EP

April 17th saw the release of the first single from electronic artist Kobina’s (Sean Arthur) upcoming E.P. ‘4 Poems’. The EP itself is a collection of four songs, with four different vocalists based on four poems written by Kobina and shared with the vocalists.

In this instance, the poem for ‘Does It’ feat. The Sei was a reflection on Kobina’s struggle to find a sense of identity in a new city after relocating abroad. The song a is cinematic cut, an extremely detailed mix of ambience and motion. It’s accompanied a by remix by Daithi, who created a slow burning, pulsating house edit of the original pushing the atmosphere into a different space completely.

Danny G & the Major 7ths To Release ‘Believing’ feat. Grainne McCarthy

‘Believing’ the latest single from Danny G & the Major 7ths feat. Grainne McCarthy (La Gracia) is released digitally on May 10 2019.

​Funky riffs, positive lyrics and a distorted flute solo! This song is about the renewed optimism and almost spiritual belief in love, life and humanity that a new relationship can bring.

‘Believing’ is the 2nd single from forthcoming album ‘The Lookout’.

Live Dates

  • Acoustic Yard Festival, Westport – May 11 2019
  • ‘Believing’ Single Launch w/ Shy Mascot – The Underground, Dublin – May 17 2019

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Beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience returns to Dublin | Oct 11-12, 2019

Sponsored by IMRO, this festival-style conference brings together global leaders and innovators of the music, multimedia and tech industries to explore the future of the entertainment industry.

The Two-Day event will feature hands-on, immersive experiences with access to talks by top innovators – from the world’s leading companies to startups -, music performances, the latest groundbreaking product and technology showcases as well as networking opportunities at intimate roundtable sessions, workshops, exhibits and stellar side events across the city.

Iconic and enigmatic Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós will join tech startup Magic Leap to discuss and showcase their award winning mixed reality experience, Tónandi.

Festival Director of Lollapalooza Berlin, Fruzsina Szép, will share her knowledge on how large scale festivals can be constantly reinvented and provide lucrative testbeds for circular economies.  

An In-Conversation between Max Amordeluso, EU Lead Evangelist for Amazon Alexa, and Patrick Clifton, Head of Artist & Label Relations at Amazon Music, will explore the continuing rise of Voice Control, Spatial Audio and how it’s radically shaping our lives, opening up whole new possibilities in how we consume, communicate, interact and discover music and other digital content.

#MxT2019 reinforces Dublin’s position as a global music, tech and business hub, covering key topics such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Extended Reality, Voice Control, Blockchain, Live Experiences, Vinyl Resurgence, Smart Production, Spatial Audio and more.

We live in a rapidly changing world! The Music x Tech Experience is an exciting opportunity for the music, tech and multimedia industries to keep up to speed on current developments that are redefining and influencing all sectors working with music and sound and to find the next big breakthroughs by getting together with the leading technologists, entrepreneurs and creative professionals.

The star studded line up includes;

  • Russell Scherwin, CMO, at IBM Watson Commerce
  • Georg Holm, Sigur Rós
  • Max Amordeluso, Alexa EU Lead Evangelist, Amazon
  • Fruzsina Szép, Festival Director at Lollapalooza Berlin
  • Patrick Clifton, Head of Artist & Label Relations at Amazon Music
  • Sarah Hopper, Creative Director at Sigur Rós
  • Magic Leap (speaker tbc)
  • Sofia Brazzola, User Experience Manager, Sennheiser
  • Eric Grossman, Chief Business Officer at TAIT
  • James Funnell, Head of Sponsorship Strategy, AEG
  • Walter Werzowa, CCO & Founder, Musikvergnuegen (Inventor of the iconic INTEL sound)
  • Beatie Wolfe, Singer-Songwriter & Innovator
  • Jakob Kristoffersen, Concept & Design Manager, Bang & Olufsen
  • Pip Rush, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Arcadia Spectacular  
  • Rebecca Sandiford, Commissioner, BBC Music
  • Ronagh O’Donnell, Producer & Director, BBC & Others
  • Aoife Ahern, Tour Manager, Production Manager, VIP Nation
  • Cliff Fluet, Partner at Lewis Silkin & MD at Eleven
  • Marco Vitali, Co-Founder & Partner, Nile Evoke (Nile Rodgers’ Creative Agency)
  • Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Experiments in Art and Technology, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Moritz Waldemeyer, Director and Head Design, Moritz Waldemeyer Design Studio
  • Alex Doman, Founder & Chief Product Officer Vital Neuro, CEO AdvancedBrain Technologies
  • Oisin Lunny, Chief Evangelist for OpenMarket, Contributor to Forbes and The Guardian
  • Joe Lyske, CEO & Co-Founder of MXX Music
  • Ash Koosha, Co-Founder of Auxuman

And many more to be announced!

With the central theme, ‘Music is in everything’, #MxT2019 highlights how music permeates through many facets of our lives, it’s influence on our behaviour and its use across multiple disciplines, from video games, to sports, advertising, design, film and more.

From crunching Launch and After Parties with stellar live music, drinks and tech experiences to Side Events with the city’s most unique and iconic spaces, beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience creates plenty of ways for meetings and chance encounters to spark the imagination and fuel the next big collaboration.

Now in its second year, beatvyne’s Music x Tech Experience has been acknowledged by involved speakers from companies such as Amazon, Live Nation, Abbey Road Studios and Deezer as well as contributing high-profile artists such as Gorillaz and Björk Digital etc. as the missing link to today’s technology and progressive step towards positive change.

Stay close for more details and announcements over the course of the next weeks and months as we prepare for beatvyne’s MxT2019, Volume II.

IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION:

Early Bird Attendee Full Pass priced at €175 (excl. VAT)

Regular Attendee Pass priced at €275 (excl. VAT)

Early Bird Attendee One-Day Pass priced at €100 (excl. VAT)

Regular Attendee One-Day Pass priced at €175 (excl. VAT)

Tickets are ON SALE NOW: https://www.beatvyne.com/mxt/tickets/   

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