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IRMA and RTÉ 2FM Announce Brand New Irish Homegrown Top 20 chart

IRMA and RTÉ 2FM are pleased to announce the launch of the brand new Irish Homegrown Top 20 Chart on Friday 7th June.

The chart, compiled by The Official Charts Company, highlights the biggest tracks by Irish acts each week based on combined sales across physical, download and streaming.  As part of The Official Chart Show on 2FM every Friday night at 7pm, host Bláthnaid Treacy will unveil the biggest Homegrown singles of the week, with the full Top 20 appearing on

Alan Swan, Director of Music, RTE 2FM comments “We have always been supportive of Irish talent at RTE 2FM and as we turn 40, what better way to further emphasise that commitment than launching a chart that focuses purely on Irish artists.  The Irish Homegrown Top 20 will further bolster our 2FM Rising initiative.”

Willie Kavanagh of IRMA adds “It’s amazing to be able to celebrate Irish talent and give them a focus in the heavily competitive streaming environment.  The Irish Homegrown Top 20 will allow us to shine a light on some of the best Irish talent, be it established bands such as Westlife and Kodaline or rising stars like Dermot Kennedy and Wild Youth.  2019 is already proving an incredibly exciting year for Irish artists and this chart will help showcase that.”

Preceding the launch of the first Irish Homegrown Top 20 chart on 7th June 2019, and to coincide with RTE 2FM’s 40th birthday celebrations on 31st May, the biggest Irish Homegrown tracks of the year so far have been revealed with Dermot Kennedy’s ‘Power Over Me’ taking the top spot.

‘Power Over Me’ has spent 29 weeks on the Official Irish Singles Top 50 and is the biggest seller of 2019 so far by an Irish act, besting Westlife’s ‘Hello My Love’ by just 70 combined sales. 

Dermot Kennedy comments “I can’t believe ‘Power Over Me’ is the biggest track by an Irish act this year so far! I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve been shown with this song. Having a chart that focuses purely on Irish artists is a great way to highlight the breadth of talent in Ireland, and I consider myself very lucky to be part of it.”

‘Hello My Love’ therefore, has to settle for second place on the Irish Homegrown Top 20 of 2019 so far.  Westlife’s first new single since 2011, it gave them their 26th Top 10 hit on the Official Irish Singles Chart when it was released in January.

Picture This have two of the Top 5 Biggest Irish Homegrown tracks of the year so far with ‘One Drink’ at Number 3 and ‘Everything or Nothing’ at Number 5.  Both tracks are taken from their Number 1 album ‘MDRN LV’ which was released in February.

Completing the Top 5 is Hozier who’s ‘Almost (Sweet Music)’ at Number 4.  Taken from his second album ‘Wasteland Baby!’ which went straight to the top of the Official Albums Chart on release in March.  Hozier has a second track, ‘Movement’ at Number 7 on the year so far Homegrown chart.  

At Number 8 on the Irish Homegrown Top 20 of 2019 so far is Dublin band, Wild Youth with their track ‘Making Me Dance. Dave and Conor from the band had this to say about the launch of the Irish Homegrown Top 20:

“We are so excited to hear about the new Irish Homegrown Top 20.  There’s such a huge wealth of talent in the Irish music industry and it’s amazing that radio stations like RTE are giving Irish artists a platform to let their music flourish.”

The Irish Homegrown Top 20 is the only chart focusing on artists from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  For more information on chart eligibility please visit

Irish Homegrown Top 10 of 2019 so far


Lisa Hannigan and s t a r g a z e Share ‘Live In Dublin’

Lisa Hannigan’s spellbinding live album in collaboration with Andre de Ridder’s contemporary-classical s t a r g a z e orchestra is out today via Play It Again Sam. To celebrate, the Irish singer-songwriter is sharing a new video of her and s t a r g a z e playing the emphatic, hauntingly-beautiful ‘We The Drowned’ at Dublin’s National Concert Hall on the night the LP was recorded.

Originally taken from Lisa’s 2016 album ‘At Swim’, produced by frequent collaborator Aaron Dessner of The National (who’s latest full-length features guest vocals from Lisa), the live performance of ‘We The Drowned’ is complete with an orchestral arrangement written by another member of the cult American band in Bryce Dessner. It’s a gorgeous, widescreen reimagining of her otherworldly folk that swaps the sparse, delicate sensibilities for an all-encompassing and deeply moving chamber ensemble comprised of mesmerising piano, emotive string and brass sections and dreamy backing vocals. Talking about the track, Lisa says: “This is probably my favourite arrangement on the record. Thank you so much to Bryce Dessner for bringing his incredible talent to this song! And of course, thank you to s t a r g a z e for making me want to weep throughout.”

‘Live In Dublin’ is comprised of one new cut titled ‘Bookmark’ and 13 more tracks plucked from her extensive back-catalogue; one that’s spanned 17 years and several award nominations, from the Mercury Prize to Ireland’s Choice Music Prize and Meteor Music Awards. This meeting of minds captured on the album was the product of a chance-encounter at Cork’s Sounds From A Safe Harbour Festival in 2015. Both performing at the festival, it was there where Lisa met André de Ridder and the conductor would discuss his work with his European orchestral collective named s t a r g a z e, who had been busy working with everyone from Terry Riley, Nils Frahm and Julia Holter, to Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, These New Puritans and Iceage.

The following summer, at Berlin’s PEOPLE Festival, s t a r g a z e would end up inviting Lisa to perform a couple of her songs with them on stage and the project spiraled on from there. “Walking in I felt vaguely trepidatious. Sometimes working with classically trained musicians can be slightly nerve-wracking as a singer songwriter because they speak a language so beautifully fluently that I can only fumble towards,” Hannigan recalls: “In a band, so much communication is done through the shoulders, the lift of an eyebrow, the feel of a small group breathing and dancing together. It’s hard to extrapolate that out into twenty, forty, even eighty people! It can feel like a glorious ocean liner tied to a creaking rowboat.”

Thankfully, Hannigan’s apprehensions would prove to be unfounded: “When we started to play though, it felt like all of s t a r g a z e had climbed aboard my rowboat. They approach a song very much as a band would, with an enthusiasm and musicality which immediately felt like home. I was overwhelmed to hear my songs in such a widescreen way, going from black and white to technicolour, and hoped we could do more.” And just like that, the idea of a live album was born: “The idea of eventually making a record and playing more together felt very natural and easy. Having made three records of my own I had a notion of making a live record but wanted to do it in a slightly more unusual way. We called on some wonderful arrangers over the following couple of years and built our setlist up one song and festival at a time.

Live In Dublin by Lisa Hannigan and s t a r g a z e is out now on digital platforms, vinyl and CD via PIay It Again Sam.



Prayer For The Dying
Little Bird
Nowhere To Go
We The Drowned
A Sail

Sun Mahshene Share ‘This Girl I Know’

Reckless Records is delighted to present Dublin’s Psych Rockers, Sun Mahshene, who release their gorgeous psychedelic rock ballad ‘This Girl I Know’ on Friday May 31. 

Since emerging late last year Sun Mahshene have blazed a trail for shoegaze psychedelia that “leaves your ears ringing with Joy.”- Hot Press 

Earlier this year the 5-piece sold out their headline show at The Grand Social and off the back of that success they have secured multiple festival including Jerry Fish’s ‘Electric Side Show’ at Electric Picnic, Indiependence, and Tipp Classical. With rave reviews on their last single, ‘Leave This City’ and radio support from Dan Hegarty 2fm and Gavin Glass from Radio Nova amoung others, it’s an exciting time for Sun Mahshene to share more ear candy before the festival season really kicks off. 

‘This Girl I Know’ is a song about two people, in a relationship, starting out on the biggest journey of their lives. Lead singer Nathan Henderson, whose wife experienced dark feelings of isolation when she first immigrated to Ireland, said “Sometimes people don’t realise the gravity of what they’re saying and the effect it can have on someone who doesn’t want to feel that way in the first place.”

Likened to The Jesus And Mary Chain and Ride, this fresh hook on dark-tinged psychedelic Indie rock is striking a major chord with music enthusiasts, who delight in putting pen to paper as Sun Mahshene put their melodies where their mic is.  

In order to produce an ethereal, mammoth wall of sound the band employ an arsenal of three guitarists to maximum effect, backed by heavy bass grooves and powerful drums. Their agenda is to capture the sonic assault and fuelled aggression of their studio sessions and take it to the masses, and we’re ready for them to show us exactly what they’re made of.  

If words are gospel then you won’t be disappointed with Sun Mahshene’s brand new studio offering ‘This Girl I Know’.

Paul Casey Unveils Double Album ‘Moving On’

Hailed as one of the standout guitarists to emerge from Ireland in recent years – not to mention his mastery of songwriting – Paul Casey has returned to his electric guitar roots with his album ‘Moving On’.

Set to bring his classic guitar sound to radio – along with shades of Mark Knopfler – the album is peppered with songwriting sensibilities and evocative lyrics that reflect a maturity beyond Derry native’s years.

Moving On’ was recorded in Casey’s own Cable Junction Studio, which has seen a litany of world-class albums through its sound-desk in recent years, including mixing credits on Christy Moore’s No.1 album, ‘On The Road’.

With a string of songs made for radio, this is a wonderfully crafted album, produced and performed by Casey, and shines a dazzling light on his unmistakeable guitar playing and distinctive voice.

Part 1 one the album includes 10 brand new songs while Part 2 gave the songwriter/producer a chance to revisit his older material by reimagine and re-recording 10 fan favourites.

Casey’s songs have been making waves the US, on hit TV series on the ABC Network, including  ‘The Neighbors’ and ‘Wildfire’ as well as MTV’s ‘The Real World’. Paul was the studio engineer for Chris Rea on his album ‘The Santo Spirito Blues’, and toured with Rea as a guitarist and guest act on numerous European and UK tours. A household name in the North of Ireland, the self-effacing guitarist, singer-songwriter has been quietly honing his craft and looks soon to lose his ‘best-kept secret’ tag. Paul has supported everyone from Huey Lewis to Snow Patrol throughout his career.

Kodaline Receive IMRO Award

Ahead of their performance in St Anne’s Park, Dublin this June Bank Holiday weekend, IMRO took the opportunity to present Kodaline member Vinny May Jnr with an IMRO Award on behalf of the band in recognition of their album ‘Politics Of Living’.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts here in Ireland.

Kodaline released their eagerly anticipated album ‘Politics Of Living’ in September 2018 on Sony Music.

‘Politics of Living’ sees Kodaline team up with some of the hottest production and writing talent imaginable including hitmaker supreme Steve Mac (‘Shape Of You’ by Ed Sheeran), pop guru Johnny Coffer (Rag’N’Bone Man, Beyonce), Jonas Jeberg (Dizzee Rascal, Kylie Minogue), Stephen Harris (Miles Kane, Kaiser Chiefs) as well as long-time collaborator Johnny McDaid (‘What About Us’ by Pink).

This was the first collection of new music since 2015’s ‘Coming Up For Air’, which went Gold in the UK. The band’s debut album, ‘In A Perfect World’ has sold over a million copies worldwide and imprinted itself on the nation’s consciousness with streaming figures well into the 100s of millions, with ‘High Hopes’ on 100 million Spotify streams alone. On Vevo the band’s videos have had over 200 million views, and they have sold over a million singles.

RUN iN RED Announce First Headline Date of 2019

101 Management and Run in Records are delighted to announce RUN iN RED’s first headline show of 2019 in Lost Lane on Saturday July 20th. With special guests Strawman and The Jackdaws and Nerves.

Honing their live skills on the Dublin circuit RUN iN RED have been described as ‘urgency transcribed into music’ and deliver indie rock through a wall of harmonic layers and musical dynamics.

Last July the quartet supported Pillow Queens at Dublin Quays Festival and after that played two special shows in Dublin and Derry; at The Workman’s Club and at Sandinos for the release of ‘A Song For You’ and second EP ‘Undercover, Overthrown’. So far this year the band have supported Makings in Whelans, taken the main stage at The Button Factory and opened for Jamie Adam in Belfast.

With airplay from Pandora Radio, 2FM, FM104 and BBC Radio Foyle, the band have also been featured as’s ’Song of The Day’ twice for two of their previous singles.

To coincide with their Lost Lane show, RUN iN RED will be releasing their next single ‘Dirty Spirits Design’ on June 14th and are also playing more shows across Ireland, with dates in the US and UK kicking off next week.

RUN iN RED live at LoSt LaNe, Saturday July 20th.

Support on the night comes from Strawman and The Jackdaws and Nerves.

Tickets are on sale now from €7 @  

Special €5 ticket price for BIMM students by using their BIMM college email at checkout.

The Lost Brothers Announce Their Biggest Headline Show to Date

Five albums in and 11 years on the road, Irish band The Lost Brothers announce their biggest headline gig to date at Vicar St on Saturday 21st March 2020. With fans ranging from Richard Hawley to Paul Muldoon, the band have built up a loyal following both at home and abroad. Since 2008 they’ve toured and collaborated with the likes of M Ward and Elvis Costello. Their 2018 album ‘Halfway Towards a Healing’ was included in the year’s “Best Of” in Mojo Magazine.

Vicar St has become the go-to venue to see great music in an intimate space. Don’t miss what will be a special gathering of song and friends on March 21st.

Tickets priced €30 go on sale this Friday 31st May at 9am through & usual outlets nationwide.

Tracy Gallagher Releases ‘Sit With Me’

‘Sit With Me’ is the first single to be released from ‘The Fallen’, the debut EP from Mayo artist Tracy Gallagher. ‘Sit With Me’ is a wistful, raw and honest showcase of Tracy’s rich, mellow vocals and sharp and insightful songwriting style.

The single is released 31st May.

BIMM Institute Dublin and IMRO Announce Diploma in Music Business Scholarship

Today BIMM Institute Dublin and IMRO are delighted to announce the second BIMM Institute Dublin/IMRO Diploma in Music Business Scholarship which will offer one student the opportunity to study on this year long Diploma course free of charge. Prospective students can apply for the scholarship by submitting an application at ei.mmib@ofni

In 2018, BIMM Institute Dublin, part of Europe’s most connected and successful music college, added to its range of courses by launching the new BIMM Institute Dublin Diploma in Music Business course which is set to be a game changer for the Irish music scene. This a part-time course and is designed to offer students a practical skillset precisely designed with future entrepreneurism and employment in mind including Music Promotion and Marketing, Artist Management, Tour Management, Physical and Digital Music Distribution, e-commerce in the Music Industry, Music Publishing and Recording, Live Music Events and Touring. The course is ideal for those with no experience of the industry and who wish to use it as a foundation for further study or entrepreneurship.

Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership IMRO said: “IMRO is delighted to partner with BIMM Institute Dublin to offer a scholarship for their Diploma in Music Business course. A stable flow of well-informed and market savvy music business professionals is critical for the future development of the music industry in Ireland”. 

BIMM Institute Dublin College Principal, Alan Cullivan said: “IMRO is a vital organisation within the Irish music industry and has been for many years. It always displays unwavering support for Irish artists, both new and established, in their role of collection society, education provider and lobbyist for greater development and investment in homegrown talent. Partnering with IMRO on our new Music Business Diploma scholarship makes perfect sense for us, as no one cares more about the business of music in Ireland, than IMRO”.

The BIMM group is the largest and leading provider of music education in Europe and have taken raw talents and turned them into industry professionals, earning a living doing what they love. The BIMM Institute Dublin Diploma in Music Business will be delivered at BIMM Institute Dublin, Irelands most vibrant and diverse community of musicians providing unique opportunities for collaborative student learning, as well as direct connectivity to an industry that will enhance future career prospects.

This course, like all qualifications at BIMM Institute Dublin, are delivered by tutors with experience working at the highest levels of the music business, which ensures that the delivery of this qualification will be distinctive, relevant and uniquely cutting edge.

Open Day

On Friday 26th July, BIMM Institute Dublin will celebrate the launch of its second scholarship for the Diploma in Music Business and with a dedicated open day.  Doors will open

at 1.45pm at the BIMM Institute Dublin campus and bookings can be made at

For more information on BIMM Institute Dublin visit,

Application forms for the scholarship can be requested via ei.mmib@ofni

Find BIMM Institute Dublin on Facebook or on Twitter: @BIMMDublin. Application forms can be requested via ei.mmib@ofni

• All applications can be made via the BIMM Institute Dublin Admissions team. To request an application form, all you need to do is email the BIMM Institute Dublin Admissions team at ei.mmib@ofni or call +353 1 5133 666. The completed application form can be returned via email to ei.mmib@ofni. The deadline to apply for this course is 31st July 2019.

• Once you have applied, we will contact you with the details of your interview. Applicants receive at least 10 days’ notice of your scheduled interview time. We encourage applicants to bring along any relevant material which demonstrates their experience in music or the creative industries. International applications are welcome and skype interviews can be arranged if applicants are unable to attend their interview.

• BIMM Institute are Ireland’s and Europe’s most connected music colleges, with expert industry tutors, chart-topping alumni and truly talented students, across seven exciting locations, with another college opening in Hamburg in October 2018.

• BIMM Institute was established in 2001 in Brighton and now enrols over 6,000 students, studying a range of specialist vocational music courses from Diplomas to BA (Hons) Degree and post graduate level. BIMM has colleges in Berlin, Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, London and now Birmingham.

• BIMM Institute Group graduate artists have secured an unprecedented amount of UK and Ireland top 40 singles and top 10 albums including James Bay, The Kooks, George Ezra, Tom Odell, Kate Nash, and Marina and the Diamonds.

• BIMM Institute Dublin hosts relevant masterclasses for the benefit of student studies throughout the academic year. Past guests have included Hozier, John Grant, Danny O’Donoghue (The Script), Imelda May, Steve Albini, The Edge, Josh Homme ( Queens of the Stone Age) Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy), Lianne La Havas, Snarky Puppy and a number of world renowned session musicians including Thomas Lang, John Scofield, Stu Hamm and producer Ethan Johns.

A Life in Music | Ralph Murphy | RIP

We were deeply saddened this morning to hear about the death of internationally renowned and much loved songwriter Ralph Murphy. No stranger to IMRO, having visited Ireland annually for many years to participate in songwriting masterclasses and workshops. Always generous with his time and advice to songwriters at all stages for their careers, countless IMRO members have benefited from his guidance and support over the years.

A Hall of Fame Canadian songwriter, Ralph Murphy achieved near-legendary status in Nashville through his career as a performer, producer, songwriter, publisher, and most recently, Vice President, International and Domestic Membership, ASCAP.

He had his first UK Number One in 1965 with ‘Call My Name,’ recorded by James Royal. Other hits followed with acts like Vanity Fair and The Brotherhood of Man.

In 1969 Ralph moved to New York, where he started two successful record labels. Among the many acts he produced during that time were legendary Canadian Rockers, April Wine, for whom he produced two platinum albums. He had a country hit in 1972 by Jeanie C. Riley, ‘Good Enough To Be Your Wife’.

With Roger Cook, he formed the Picalic Group and Pic-A-Lic Music Publishing and going on to publish or write more than twenty Number One records and was publisher for Song of The Year, ‘Talking In Your Sleep’ by Crystal Gayle. Pic-A-Lic became one of the most successful independent publishers in Nashville and was eventually sold to EMI.

His songs have been recorded by many artists including, Crystal Gayle, Shania Twain, Annihilator, Randy Travis, and many more.

In 2006 Ralph had success in the UK charts with ‘21st Century Christmas’ (co-written by Paul Brady), a No. 2 for Cliff Richard and again in 2011 in the Canadian Indie Charts with a No. 1 song ‘Working at Christmas’, performed by Paul Brady and Terri Clark, written by Keith Donald, Ralph Murphy, and Paul Brady. He was also an instructor for the respected Nashville Songwriters Association International Song Camps.

He is survived by his wife Louise and children Shawn and Kerry.

Farewell dear friend …

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