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Host Returns with ‘Crying For Days’

Host returns with another slice of dreamy pop on new single ‘Crying For Days’. The Irish synthpop artist first made waves with her debut EP, a delightfully off-center collection that took glittering eighties pop and nudged it carefully over the edge. Swimming in lush synths and melodies, ‘Crying For Days’ is a similarly blissful offering and a refreshing delight in a sea of new music.

The new track marks an ever-growing confidence for Host as she blends her energetic, upbeat sound with a more contemplative narrative. Host’s vocals dim the electric energy slightly, but only to give it a moody, ethereal feel. Host displays the same kind of earnest lyrics as indie darlings Pale Waves, blissful and wide-eyed in its delivery. Together with her vivid soundscape, the result will get your heart pumping and leave that glittery feeling of nostalgia in your veins. The electro-pop singer had this to say about her new track:

When coping with crisis it’s almost impossible to accept what’s happening and to see the positive elements of the situation. I think being aware of what’s going to happen next sends you backwards and your body retreats to a dark state of denial, but no matter how deep you fall into it you can feel the grief in the back of your throat reminding you of the harsh reality of the situation.”

Thanks Brother Unveil ‘F*ck My Life’ Video

Grit-pop duo Thanks Brother release their second single of the year ‘F*ck My Life’ on June 14th.The song  is a co-write with award winning songwriter Gavin James and produced by Grammy Winner Ruadhri Cushnan. 

‘F**k My Life (FML)’ is an uplifting slice of indie-pop with a chant-along chorus juxtaposed against downbeat lyrics. Róisín and John’s vocals duet to create the perfect summer tune that will stick in your head long after the last listen.

Thanks Brother is comprised of Róisín O, who has enjoyed great success as a solo act since her debut album ‘The Secret Life of Blue’, and John Broe, formerly the writer and singer with Irish band Miracle Bell. They began writing songs together in 2014, originally for a Róisín O solo album, however realising that there was an undeniable creative chemistry, they embarked on the collaborative project Thanks Brother at the beginning of 2018.

Since then the duo has been busy. Their first Irish tour in March boasted five sold out shows and ended with supports for The Coronas and singer-songwriter Gavin James. They also co-wrote The Coronas’ new single ‘Find the Water’ and directed and produced the accompanying video.

Thanks Brother are currently writing and recording a new EP set for a winter release, with a second Irish tour commencing in November. But you don’t have to wait until November to catch them live. They have several gigs in the diary this summer including festival slots at the Galway Arts Festival, Kaleidoscope and Indiependence in Cork.

Sun. 30th June                      Kaleidoscope, Wicklow
Sun. 14th July                       OTB Festival, Buncrana
Thurs. 18th July                   Monroe’s, Galway Arts Festival
Sun. 4th August                    Indiependence, Mitchelstown, Cork
Fri. 8th November               Kasbah Social Club, Limerick
Sat. 16th November            Whelan’s, Dublin
Thurs. 21st November        Mike The Pie’s, Listowel
Fri. 22nd November            De Barra’s, Clonakilty / / @thanksbrother­_ 

Junior Brother Shares ‘Full Of Wine’ Video

‘Full of Wine’ is a love song to drink, embracing the madness and inclusivity of it at its best. But at its worst, drink is of course nothing to celebrate. That is why this song is expressed through a ramshackle, devil-may-care recklessness, perhaps sounding like it’s in danger of derailing at any point. But, as the song climaxes to a point of no return, ‘Seoirse Brabston’ saves it, an 18th century harp jig by blind harper Turlough O’Carolan, lifting the song into a sort of heaven.

The song’s music video, directed by Bob Gallagher, was performed and filmed in one continuous take. The camera continually revolves around musicians on a circular track, following the songs frenzied pacings.

Bob says “I first met Ronan when he turned up to be an extra in a scene in a Girl Band video I directed in 2015. I couldn’t believe he’d taken a train from Kerry to be on the shoot and I had to marvel at his commitment. When he sent me some of his own music shortly after I had to marvel at that too.

It was great to finally get to work on a video with Ronan for one of his songs and we decided to do it live with the band and an appearance from two dancers, Sarah and Nick. There’s something about musicians playing in the round that conjures up the ghosts. The performance isn’t aimed outward at an audience, it forms in the space between the players, creating a strange concentration of energy. The audience have to just wonder jealously at the mystery of it from the outside. That’s what we had the camera do, in one continuous take, undulating drunkenly around the performance, trying to get a look in.”

The singer sings into the hallowed space, and in singing calls two musicians in from the ether. Dancers from a framed painting remain in paint throughout the songs inebriated lyrics, until O’Carolan’s pure jig begins calls them into reality and also into the room. The room spins quicker as the music spins higher, and at song and visual’s end, the musicians disappear with the music, with Singer and Painted Muses finally meeting and unifying at video’s end.

Born outside Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ronan Kealy developed a strong love of music from an early age, writing his first song at 9 years old after having taught himself guitar on a banged-up nylon acoustic. A short spell studying English in University College Cork helped Kealy to foster his unique and striking poetic voice, taking his Junior Brother moniker from a character in Jacobean play ‘The Revenger’s Tragedy’, a work Kealy studied there. Junior Brother has spent the last few years gaining a fine live reputation and picking up fans such as Blindboy Boatclub and Cillian Murphy along the way. 


June 13 – Róisín Dubh, Galway
June 15 – Lost Lane, Dublin
June 21-23 – Body & Soul Festival
June 27 – De Barra’s, Cork
July 19 – Knockanstockan
July 21 – Trad & Folk Festival, Claremorris
July 27 – Deer Shed Festival, Yorkshire

Eve Belle Rings The Changes With New Single, EP and Dublin Date

Eve Belle, Donegal’s damsel of The Sad Bop, will play her first Dublin headline show in over a year, when she plays upstairs at Whelan’s on Wednesday 24th July.

Her brand new, sun-kissed single ‘Out Of Town’ is out today.

Eve says:

“Out Of Town is about the giddiness that comes with new romance and that ‘will-we-won’t-we?’ feeling that takes over your mind as you fall for someone new. It’s inspired by the perils of dating and letting yourself be open to new people and experiences, no matter how counter-intuitive that can be at times.”

Once again recorded and produced in London with regular Team Eve collaborator Fred Cox (Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Grace Carter), “Out Of Town” is the follow-up to Irish radio hit “Cut-Throat”; and is the first taste of new music from Eve Belle’s new EP, the splendidly titled ‘The Fine Line Between Brave And Stupid’, which will be released on Friday 5th July.

Fresh from UK festival spots at Liverpool Sound City and Live At Leeds, tickets for Eve Belle live upstairs at Whelan’s in Dublin on July 24th will go on-sale on Monday 24th June from the usual outlets.

Eve will also be playing Kaleidoscope Festival, Blessington on Friday 28th June.

The Crayon Set to release ‘Summer Song’ single

The song was meant to be a sort of bittersweet ode to bygone youth before proper jobs and responsibilities, when Summers were an endless parade of parties and festivals, meeting people and dancing all night, and everything seemed to mean the world in the moment but forgotten the next day, a throwaway song for a throwaway time…wouldn’t change a thing

The Dublin-based 6 piece specialise in catchy, alternative pop.

The band released their debut album in April 2013. It was produced by Nick Brine (Teenage Fanclub, Super Furry Animals). Single ‘No.1 Fan’ received airplay on Today Fm and RTE 1 amongst other stations and a number of tracks featured on Irish TV programmes.

Its follow-up, ‘Lost Languages’ was produced by Gavin Glass and released in 2017. The album was a move away from the indie pop of their debut and was in part a homage to many of their favourite ‘Americana’ artists. A number of tracks were play-listed on Irish radio stations. 

The band are currently putting the finishing touches to their third album with producer Stephen Shannon and it is scheduled for release in late 2019. A single from the album, Summer Song, will be out on the 14th June.

The Crayon Set are an exciting live band and have played many of the top Irish festivals and venues. Their dynamic live shows feature tight vocal harmonies, instrument swapping and occasionally some giant inflatable crayons …

Launch gig is happening 27th June Whelans (upstairs), Dublin. Doors: 10.30pm. €0.00

Official Website:


IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland Announce Inaugural IMRO Professorship of Intellectual Property Law

IMRO and the Law Society of Ireland are proud to announce the appointment of Dr Mark Hyland as the inaugural IMRO Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law.

In response to the fast-changing digital landscape and the inevitable ongoing effects on copyright law and practice, IMRO has partnered with the Law Society of Ireland to create the IMRO adjunct Professorship of Intellectual Property (IP) Law. This position will be a key resource to the Law Society in broadening the knowledge base of trainee and qualified solicitors in the expanding area of IP and copyright law. The expectation is that a solid grounding in this field of law will entice a new generation of lawyers into the music and entertainment industries.

Dr Hyland is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. His current research focuses on two main themes: website-blocking injunctions in an IP context and, how geolocation/geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works.

Dr Hyland said “In my role as IMRO adjunct Professor of IP Law, my aim is not only to help educate the country’s legal professionals and entertainers, but also contribute to the national conversation on IP and copyright issues.”

“As well as being immensely important work which makes a huge contribution to the economy, IP is a very fulfilling and interesting field of practice. I look forward to helping educate solicitors as well as Ireland’s songwriters, composers and music publishers on IP and copyright law.

The professor’s expertise will be used to contribute to IP modules at the Law Society’s Law School and the newly appointed professor will deliver an IMRO annual lecture (currently planned for spring 2020). He will be involved in course design and teaching for the Law Society’s Professional Practice, Diploma and Continuing Professional Development courses.

Chair of IMRO, singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy said, “We are delighted to partner with the Law Society of Ireland on this important new initiative. IMRO is continually working on behalf of its membership to protect and promote strong copyright legislation in Ireland and beyond. This new alliance will further support our policy of working in collaboration with a wide range of industry groups and associations to the benefit of not only our own members but the economy in general.”

Director of Education at the Law Society T.P Kennedy says; “We are delighted to welcome Dr Hyland to Blackhall Place as an adjunct professor. He will make a valuable contribution to the Law Society’s teaching of Intellectual Property Law, our Diploma in Technology and IP Law and our suite of Continuing Professional Development courses.”

“IP is a growing area of practice because of the tech companies that have set up their headquarters in Dublin. IMRO’s work in protecting the rights of Irish composers, authors and songwriters is being achieved in conjunction with solicitors and barristers. It is lawyers who are spearheading the implementation of these rights and therefore we need to train up the next generation of graduates.”

About Dr Mark Hyland
Dr Mark Hyland is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. He has a particular interest in Copyright Law. He also has a strong interest in the interface between Intellectual Property Law and related fields such as Information Technology Law and, Competition Law. Besides International Intellectual Property Law, Dr Hyland also teaches Competition Law and International Banking Law at Bangor Law School. He is co-director of the Bangor Centre for International Law and, in 2016, was awarded a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship.

Dr Hyland was awarded his PhD by Newcastle University in 2014 for a thesis that critically evaluates the application of the tort Private International Law rules to the internet, using online copyright infringements as a case study.

His current research focuses on the use of website-blocking injunctions in an IP context. He analyses such injunctions through two prisms: effectiveness and legitimacy. Separately, he is also looking at how geolocation and geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works. Dr Hyland’s research will examine possible tensions (in the specific context of digital copyright content) between two important EU laws: the Geo-blocking Regulation and the Portability Regulation. Both these Regulations came into force last year.
Dr Hyland is a qualified solicitor and, from time to time, contributes articles on EU IP/IT Law developments to the Eurlegal section of the Law Society Gazette.

About the Law Society of Ireland

The Law Society of Ireland is the educational, representative and regulatory body of the solicitors’ profession in Ireland. The Law Society exercises statutory functions under the Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2011 in relation to the education, admission, enrolment, discipline and regulation of the solicitors’ profession. It is the professional body for its solicitor members, to whom it also provides services and support. The headquarters of the organisation are in Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.

RUN iN RED launch soaring new single + LoSt LaNe headline show

RUN iN RED have just released their soaring new single Dirty Spirits Design in the lead up to their first headliner of 2019 at LoSt LaNe, Dublin on Saturday July 20th. The track is taken from their forthcoming LP, currently in production.

Recorded with students in Sound Training College, Temple Bar, and mastered by Fergal Davis (Muse, Sinead O’Connor), the video was shot and directed by Neil Tapman.w

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.

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.

The quartet supported Pillow Queens at Dublin Quays Festival last year 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, Crowbar, Bello Bar and opened for Jamie Adam in McHughs in Belfast.

To coincide with their Lost Lane show, RUN iN RED are also playing more shows across Ireland, with dates in the US and UK kicking off at the start of June.

RUN iN RED are live at Lost Lane on Sat July 20th.

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

“The song itself is an infectious melody which will remain in your head for a time after hearing it. It’s good solid indie-pop and has a chorus which will be sung lustily by their fans when they bring it to the live setting of a gig.” Eric Lalor,

“You can’t get more uplifting and hearty than this ditty as it strides in full throttle with sun drenched bliss and snappy catchiness.” Danu,

“…the chorus is something that you could definitely imagine yourself roaring back to the band in a big sing-a-long.” Darragh Berry,

Job Opportunities at Music Generation

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Music Education Partnership Support Manager

To support the current and future development of both new and existing Local Music Education Partnerships, Music Generation is now inviting applications for the role of Music Education Partnership Support Manager. More info.

For a job description and details of the application process, please contact:

John Deely, Pinpoint (ei.tniopnip@tiurceR | +353 1 642 5721)

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday June 28, 2019 

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Music Generation Development Officer – South Dublin (Maternity Cover)

South Dublin County Council is now inviting applications for the position of Music Generation Development Officer. Specific Purpose Contract (Maternity Cover). Salary range: €46,771 – €57,157 per annum. More info.

Application form, job description and person specification available online at:

Closing date: Thursday, 20 June 2019

Danny Forde Unveils Live Video Ahead of Mini Tour

Danny Forde has just released a live video for ‘Fire Inside’ as well as announcing details for a Summer Solstice Mini Tour.

The song inspired by surviving in the wilderness and Yeats poetry. “During a hike on a mountain in Co. Wicklow, an inspired daydream came upon me as I looked across the valley, through the mist to the far side where the tree-line meets the barren hilltops: I imagined living out in the wild in that beautiful place, like the many great mystics and saints who lived their days in nature, among air and light, in meditation and contemplation of truth, God, the nature of things, and having visitors come from near and far to share in the wisdom gained.

The song ultimately is about connecting to the goodness inside you ever-more as we move through life. ‘You were made // to grow up and find love’.

The song also borrows from the W.B. Yeats poem “The Lake Isle Of Innisfree” who had similar musings on living in nature. It is a very personal song for me, as I place such a high value on spending time in nature, getting to know the universal Energy that creates all things, and that and guides us with insight and intelligence.”

Danny is also announcing 3 new dates across Ireland culminating in a full band show at the iconic Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street Dublin, marking the summer solstice.

Having already debuted at Electric Picnic last summer, sold-out a headliner at Fumbally Stables, recently collaborated with Jack O’Rourke and LOAH, and performed at Other Voice ‘Great Irish Songs’ concert, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Danny Forde announces new music and tour dates for June 2019. He is currently preparing his debut EP release, “What Else Is There?” – an exploration of love in its many forms and facets, from romantic to universal to familial and beyond. “What Else Is There?” was composed and recorded on an inspired journey that spanned hemispheres, meetings with countless new faces and landscapes, adventures in trust on a shoestring, and was recorded in studios and lo-fi living rooms in New York, California, Cape Town, Stockholm, London and Dublin, in the perennial search for music played from the heart.

Taking influence from a wide range of artists and styles, notably Bon Iver, Damien Rice, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Elbow, and Nick Drake, the music is acoustic-driven, while often weaving in elements funk, disco, choral music and classical.

Vocal harmony, string quartets, fingerstyle guitar, and healing sounds feature strongly in all his music. Danny trained originally in Dublin as a concert pianist, later cutting his teeth as a singer/guitarist with rock, folk, and funk bands, before diving into the world of film and theatre composition where boundaries between the art forms break down, all the while developing his songwriting craft and working in collaboration with some of Ireland’s finest and up-and-coming musicians including Bill Whelan, Loah, I Have A Tribe, Slow Skies, Trinity Orchestra, members of Kila, and Paul Brady to name a few.

Coming from a background in Yoga, Danny’s greatest inspiration comes from the ability of music to resonate with the goodness, love and creative energy living inside everyone.

June 21st Bailieborough, The Open Door Sessions at Nixy’s Square Bar, 9pm
June 23rd Galway, Centre Of Light, Bridge Mills, 8pm
June 29th Dublin (Full Band), Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 7.30pm
Tickets from

Band: Brian Walsh, Christian Wethered, Aoife Dowdall.
Filmed by Julianne Forde.
Edited by Lusival Junior and Beatriz Balog.


Girl Band Add Second Vicar Street Date

Today, Aiken Promotions proudly announces a second and final show for Girl Band on 23rd November live at Vicar Street, due to popular demand. Tickets for 22nd November show are sold out.  

Tickets for Saturday, 23rd November show will go on sale Friday, 14th June at 9AM from and outlets Nationwide.

Girl Band announced details of their brand-new album ‘The Talkies’ last week, it will be released on September 27th,2019.

The album was produced by the band’s own Daniel Fox and will be available on Vinyl / CD / Stream. This is the follow up to their debut album ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’ that came out four years ago almost to the day.

‘The Talkies’ was recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately home on the outskirts of Dublin “a few pay grades above what we’re used to”. The alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate Girl Bands cataclysmic sound within a world of its own.

Bandmember Alan Duggan underlines this thought: “In many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house” -Daniel continues – “We recorded all the drums twice: once on the landing and once in the cellar, and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds.”

Daniel with his feet in both camps as musician and producer explains: “After we cancelled the last tour we weren’t really writing together as much anymore so we were more into demoing and writing down parts then cutting them up, collaging them together in the computer and reconfiguring them that way”.

Girl Band will play two exclusive Irish shows this November live at Vicar Street

Friday, 22nd November – sold out
Saturday, 23rd November – on sale Friday at 9AM

Girl Band Website // Twitter // Facebook // Rough Trade

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