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The Murder Capital Presented with IMRO No.1 Award

IMRO this week met with The Murder Capital to present them with their IMRO Award in recognition of their album ‘When I Have Fears’, which reached No.1 on the Independent Chart in August.

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

Produced by Flood (PJ Harvey, New Order, Foals), ‘When I Have Fears’ features all four singles from the band so far, ‘Feeling Fades’, ‘Green & Blue’ & ‘Don’t Cling To Life’ and ‘More Is Less’

An exercise in both darkness and light, ‘When I Have Fears’ only serves to highlight the early ambition in the band’s sound. From the post-rock build and breakdowns of the two-part ‘Slowdance’, to the tender, bruised confessional of ‘On Twisted Ground’ and industrial pulse of closer ‘Love, Love, Love’, there’s a consistent intensity throughout that marks out The Murder Capital as a band arriving fully formed on their debut album.

https://themurdercapital.com/

Brave Giant Receive IMRO No.1 Award

Brave Giant were this week presented with their IMRO No.1 Award in recognition of their album ‘White, Pink + Blue’, which reached the top of the Independent Chart earlier this year.

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

Earlier this year Emmett, Mark, Podge and Ross of Brave Giant teamed up with one of Ireland’s most respected musicians and producers Gavin Glass of Orphan Recording, to record this debut long play which saw a slight change in direction for the band. A sound Gavin (producer) affectionately refers to as… “it’s like David Guetta meets The War On Drugs”

Emmett (percussion) said, “We’ve explored new sounds and have drawn on influences from even more musical genres. Heavy synths, spacey guitars, driving drums and a mandolin like you’ve never heard before. The core elements which make Brave Giant what it is are still there, we’ve just added some magic, we hope!”

Peter Ashmore joined Gavin Glass on recording duties at Orphan Recording and Hellfire Studios in the picturesque Dublin mountains. Gavin also plays on part of the record. Additional production is by Brave Giant’s own Emmett Collum and the record is mastered by Stephen Ceresia at Stonyfield Mastering.

Emmett Collum (percussion), Mark Prunty (bass, guitar/vocals), Podge Gill (guitar/vocals), Ross McNerney (banjo/mandolin/keys), are Brave Giant. A band rooted in an inherited love for trad & folk, moulded, morphed and inspired by indie & alternative influences. Based in Longford the band released its first commercial track in April 2016, the still hugely popular ‘Lordy Lordy’.

In just three years, Brave Giant has gone from selling out two nights Upstairs at Whelan’s Live, Dublin to the band’s biggest headline show to date at The Olympia Theatre in November.

The band has also seen its Spotify streams grow to over 2.5 million during the last year, and online video views in the same region. 

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It Takes A Village Announce First Acts for 2020

It Takes A Village returns for its third outing at Trabolgan Holiday Village, Cork, from 8th – 10th May 2020. A unique and fun-filled weekend of music, house parties, chilling by the pool and getting to know your neighbours, on the stunning south coast of Ireland. 

This is the festival where you ditch the tents and leave the camping to the kids! It Takes A Village is a weekend for the more discerning festival goer… If you’re looking for an unreal party with a bit more comfort and convenience, then ITAV is the festival for you. The only festival in Ireland where the entire festival community checks in to self-catering houses on the festival grounds. Fill up your fridge, and enjoy a nice bath after a night on the tiles before tucking yourself into a cosy bed. 

It Takes a Village 2020 have released their first line up announcement, featuring world class DJ’s, producers, bands, and some of the hottest Irish acts on the scene right now. They’ll be playing in a multitude of venues all around the village; ballrooms and back bars, amusement arcades and houses, swimming pools and front porches. There’s lots more to come and some new surprises to be announced over the coming months.

The first acts announced include: 

One of New York’s most legendary house aficionados JOE CLAUSSELL who will be joined by Cork’s FISH GO DEEP for a 6 hour voyage through spiritual, sacred and sweaty house music; MAD PROFESSOR – one of the pioneers of the UK Dub scene who has worked with the likes of U Roy, Lee Scratch Perry, Jah Shaka and Macka B on his Ariwa label; a live set from ROMARE who brings his cut and paste samples of African influenced dusty jazz, psychedelic and blues music mashed and meandered together seamlessly with his electronic musings becoming his signature sound; SCARY ÉIRE whoblend together hip hop, reggae, jazz, punk, ska, and traditional Irish, return to Cork for the first time since their legendary Sir Henry’s show; Amsterdam-based ALTIN GÜN – essential interpreters of the Anatolian rock and folk legacy and who are a leading voice in the emergent global psych-rock scene; and a performer, an entrepreneur, and now a religion… LYNKS AFRIKKA, the brainchild of Bristol based producer Elliot Brett, joins the village. Lynks draws upon the legacy of 90s club-kid culture, merging music, drag and theatre in an unapologetically queer and utterly unique way.

And continuing their legacy, the festival once again will host a strong contingent of the very finest Irish acts: JUNIOR BROTHER – PILLOW QUEENS – GAY FUTURE with EDDIE KAY & RAF DADDY (The 2 Bears) –  BANTUM, GOD KNOWS & DENISE CHAILA – TPM – HAPPYNESS – VICKY LANGAN – CHERYM – PERCOLATOR – ALEX GOUGH – THE MARY WALLOPERS – EFA O’NEILL – CLUB COMFORT with ROO HONEYCHILD, SELKY, BALIBOC – CAOILIAN SHERLOCK and RISING DAMP.

It Takes A Village has changed the concept of an Irish festival. It’s put a roof over its head, made its bed and popped the kettle on!

Tier 1 tickets are on sale now from €154 – €229 per person. With weekend booking options for 2-9 people. The ticket price includes 3 nights accommodation in a self-catering house + festival tickets + private parking.

Payment plan tickets are on sale until April 1st – The group pays €250 deposit to book your house or campervan pitch and then pay the remaining balance over multiple instalments.

For more information and tickets visit www.ittakesavillage.fm

ITAV 2020 :: FIRST LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT

JOE CLAUSELL & FISHGODEEP (6hr set) – MAD PROFESSOR – ROMARE (live) – SCARY ÉIRE –  ALTIN GÜN – JUNIOR BROTHER – PILLOW QUEENS – GAY FUTURE with EDDIE KAY & RAF DADDY (The 2 Bears) –  BANTUM, GOD KNOWS & DENISE CHAILA – TPM – HAPPYNESS – LYNKS AFRIKKA  – VICKY LANGAN – CHERYM – PERCOLATOR – ALEX GOUGH – THE MARY WALLOPERS – EFA O’NEILL – CLUB COMFORT with ROO HONEYCHILD, SELKY, BALIBOC – CAOILIAN SHERLOCK – RISING DAMP

…and much more to come…

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Minister for Education & Skills Launches Arts in Junior Cycle Initiative, ‘Me and My Music Spring 2020

An initiative that develops and nurtures creativity through a partnership approach between music students, their music teachers and visiting musicians has been extended to include hundreds of students across the country.

‘Me and My Music’ is an Arts in Junior Cycle initiative supported by the Creative Ireland Programme (2017 -2022 Pillar 1 Creative Youth, Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT), the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Sing Ireland. 

This initiative got underway in February 2019 and included 300 first year junior cycle music students with their music teachers in 18 schools working with local musicians throughout Ireland. From September to December 2019, a second rollout was launched with an uptake of over 400 second year music students in 26 schools nationwide. 

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, launched the next rollout of ‘Me and My Music’ for spring 2020 today at an event in Government Buildings with students from Central Remedial Clinic School, St. Pauls College, Raheny, and Tallaght Community School. It will run in schools nationwide for first year music students from January to May 2020.

In the ‘Me and My Music’ initiative, students, teachers and musicians work together to create a musical composition. The music teachers and musicians create an environment which allows students to experiment, take risks, explore new and challenging opportunities and reflect on the creative process. As well as developing the students’ creativity, this initiative offers opportunities for learning about vocal health and voice production. It also provides the foundational understanding of the value of music to the economy and the changing role of music creation in a digital era. It aims to equip future creators with the fundamental skills required for an evolving music industry. All this learning will enable and further support junior cycle music students in their engagement with and understanding of their new Junior Cycle music specification. 

On launching ‘Me and My Music’ Spring 2020, Minister McHugh said: “Bringing musicians, teachers and students together is a great way to inspire young people and encourage creativity. The expert advice that the students get in this project will stand to them for years to come whether it’s song writing or composition, keeping their voices healthy, recording, copyrighting and sharing music. They are all critical skills for anyone interested in the music industry. It’s bringing top class expertise into the classroom and it will be of real benefit for Junior Cycle students studying music.”

Pádraig Kirk, JCT Director said: “The learning that happens in ‘Me and My Music’, and in all of our Arts in Junior Cycle initiatives, is not just about the creation of an artefact or a piece of music, but encourages students to work collaboratively, to be inquisitive, persistent, disciplined and imaginative. Given the changing nature of knowledge and the pace of change in the workplace and in society in general, these are competencies and skills that are critical to the preparation of young people for life-long learning and living; a central tenet of Junior Cycle reform in Ireland.”  

Eleanor McEvoy, Chair of IMRO, said: “IMRO is delighted to work with JCT and Sing Ireland in this initiative and to engage with the new Junior Cycle music specification that is up-to-date and reflective of a modern music industry. As the representative organisation for over 13,000 members, at IMRO we are invested in the future of music and growth of creators and we hope our engagement in this initiative will make a tangible difference to Ireland’s future creators.”   

Dermot O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of Sing Ireland, said: “This exciting collaboration between Sing Ireland, IMRO and JCT incorporates a creative development of ensemble and individual singing in schools and classrooms. Singing is a whole-body activity that engages multiple senses synchronously. Singing is increasingly recognised as an important pedagogical tool for creative learning in music as well as in subjects other than music. Sing Ireland, therefore, recognises the enormous value of this work”. 


Creative Ireland The Creative Ireland Programme is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. It is a five year all-of-Government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, to place creativity at the centre of public policy. 

Junior Cycle for Teachers Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) is a dedicated continuing professional development (CPD) support service of the Department of Education and Skills. Our vision is to inspire, support and empower teachers in the transformation of Junior Cycle education in Ireland. 

Sing Ireland Sing Ireland is the national representative organisation that develops and supports all forms of singing groups and choirs in Ireland. Their mission is to enhance life through singing by leading, enabling and connecting communities of singers in Ireland. 

Aisling Urwin Releases ‘As The Tide Came In’

Aisling Urwin is delighted to release her new single, ‘As The Tide Came In.’ Available everywhere from mid December. 

Aisling is a harpist and songwriter from Kenmare in South Kerry. She strives to use the harp in a contemporary context, challenging people’s views of how it should sound. 

‘As The Tide Came In’ is Aisling’s first original single and combines organic instruments with rich electronic textures to create a dark sonic dreamscape. 

The accompanying music video was shot at Derrynane beach in Co. Kerry.

Aleigh Releases ‘Our Song’

‘Our Song’ is the latest release from Dublin songwriter Aleigh.

‘Our Song’ is a raw, emotive, piano and string arrangment delivered in a ballad-esque style, which affords an honest narrative on the turning point of a complicated relationship and its inevitable demise.

A sharp contrast to the bluesy guitar driven rock that were previous singles released in 2019 (‘Boys Not Right’ and ‘Bad Things’), this independent, self-produced release exhibits a more vulnerable and captivating side to her songwriting than before.

This is Aleigh’s third and final offering for 2019 as she is currently recording her debut album which is due for release in 2020.

Girl Band Receive IMRO No.1 Award

IMRO were joined by Girl Band today to receive their IMRO Number 1 Award in recognition of their album ‘The Talkies’, which topped the Independent charts in October.

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

‘The Talkies’, was released by Rough Trade Records on September 27th and is the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut LP ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’.

‘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 re-configuring them that way.”

‘The Talkies’ was produced by the band’s own Daniel Fox, and recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately manor  on the outskirts of Dublin. “In many ways,” says band member Alan Duggan, “the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the manor home. The space became Girl Band’s sonic playground as the members worked to adjust to the house’s corners and textures to create the soundscape of the record.”  

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Saltwater Announces More Acts

Exciting new mayo festival Saltwater have just added a host of acts to their already hot line up. The Coronas, Basement Jaxx (DJS), Little Hours and Ultan Conlan will join headliners Dermot Kennedy and Johnny Marr alongside a host of acclaimed international and Irish acts including Maverick Sabre, The Stranglers, Lyra, Lee Scratch Perry, Jerry Fish, Norman Jay, Joanne Keegan and Coda at Saltwater this summer taking place from 29-31 May 2020. Lots more acts are to be announced in the coming months!

June Bank Holiday Weekend 2020 will see brand new festival Saltwater take place in the beautiful grounds of Westport House, Mayo – one of Ireland’s best loved historic homes and estates. Set to become a highlight of the Irish Festival Calendar, Saltwater is brought to you by the people behind Sea Sessions and will showcase top International and Irish talent with over 60 acts playing across 3 stages. 

One of the first festivals of the summer, Saltwater Festival is an expression of life on Ireland’s rugged wild Atlantic coast. Celebrating Music, Food, Culture, Wellness and the rich heritage of Westport, the festival will bring together like minded people from home and abroad that want to feel the taste of salt in the air as they appreciate the best Ireland has to offer. 

With an extraordinary career that has seen him shoot to global fame, Dermot Kennedy is known around the world for hits such as ‘Outnumbered’, ‘Power Over Me’ and ‘Glory’. His music touches people’s hearts, and his set promises to be one of the defining moments of the festival. The legendary Johnny Marr needs little introduction, having spent nearly 4 decades in the music business as both a guitarist in The Smiths and as a celebrated solo artist. The rock icon’s set is not to be missed, and is sure to be jam packed with his greatest hits and fan favourites from his vast back catalogue. 

Day and Weekend tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and on www.ticketmaster.ie on sale now. Early Bird Tickets are priced from €144 or 3 days with camping options also available.  There are also limited single day tickets available from €64. Check out www.saltwater.ie for more details.

Speaking about Saltwater, Festival Director Ray O’Donoghue said:

There’s so much history in Westport and Westport House that when the opportunity to host a new festival came up we jumped at the chance. The festival is not only about a word class music lineup it’s also about experiencing all that Westport has to offer.

It’s great to have The Coronas and Basement Jaxx on board, We thought it would be a nice Christmas present from all of us at Saltwater Festival. They should compliment Dermot Kennedy and Johnny Marr very nicely.”

Known as the most beautiful house in Ireland, Westport House has a great tradition of hosting some of the world’s top artists and this year is set to be no different as Saltwater takes place for the first time.With Westport recognised as “The Best Place to Live in Ireland”, and established as a multiple award winning tourism destination over the past few years – Saltwater is the perfect place to kick off the June Bank Holiday Weekend and what is guaranteed to be another busy summer season on the west coast!

Saltwater
29-31 May 2020
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Cry Monster Cry Announce Details of Irish Tour

Off the back of the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘Tides’, Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin are delighted to announce details of their largest Irish tour to date. This run of shows will take in some of Ireland’s best-known venues through most of February and March and will culminate with a hometown show in Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church on Friday 27th March 2020.

07 FEB             Sirius Arts Centre                      Cork                            
17 FEB              BAG – Ballymore Eustace        Kildare
19 FEB              Bridge Of Song                          Mayo
21 FEB              Levis Corner House                  Cork
22 FEB              Central Arts Centre                   Waterford
27 FEB              Mike The Pies                            Kerry             
28 FEB              The Stables                                Westmeath
06 MAR            Coughlan’s                                 Cork
08 MAR            Black Gate Theatre                   Galway 
14 MAR            Wexford Arts Centre                Wexford          
20 MAR            Fennelly’s of Callan                  Kilkenny
27 MAR           Pepper Canister Church           Dublin

Recorded live in the wilds of Donegal under the watchful eye of producer Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, Bell X1, Luke Sital-Singh), the record sees the band taking a measured and considered approach to song-writing and production. Following the success of the debut album Rhythm of Dawn in 2015 (“Rich harmonies. exceedingly likeable”- The Sunday Times ****), the brothers reflected on what they wanted to do next.

“’Tides’ is about hope and fear, joy and sorrow. The crushing pain of loss and the beauty of new beginnings. Self-doubt. Struggles with mental health. Victory. Defeat. New loves. It’s as close to the bone as we’ve gotten so far in our song-writing, and it presents a snapshot from a very specific time in both our lives,” says Jamie Martin.

Life is often chaotic. It can push and pull you in different directions and to different shores. We wanted to write an album that not only sat as one cohesive piece of work from beginning to end, but that also felt honest and reflective of that,” says Richie Martin.

The band has since played a string of sold out headline performances across Europe, as well as an Irish support tour with Mary Black, while ‘Tides’ was recently chosen as the RTÉ Album of the Week and has received critical acclaim.

Darwin’s Daughter Shares Video for ‘Snow Angels In The Rain’

Just in time for darkest winter, Darwin’s Daughter has released a video for her track ‘Snow Angels In The Rain’.  

This fully animated short perfectly compliments the string driven ballad which combines cello & fiddle to test your senses. 

Darwin’s Daughter, aka Fiona, is a BIMM graduate living in Wicklow who regularly travels to Scotland and England seeking inspiration and collaboration for new songs. Tending to perform in intimate settings Darwin’s Daughter played recently in The Cobblestone and The Cross Sythes Folk Club in Sheffield. 

Guest musicians on the single are Kim V. Porcelli (Cello), Seamus Harmey (Fiddle) and Anthony Gibney (Guitar).  The single was recorded and mixed by Anthony Gibney at Audioland Studios (Kila, Alien Envoy) and mastered by Simon Francis Mastering (Kodaline, Aqualung, Kylie).  

www.darwinsdaughtermusic.com
www.facebook.com/darwinsdaughter

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