Exciting new Mayo festival Saltwater have just announced their day breakdown for the three day festival set to take place on the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Plus a host of new acts have been announced to join headliners Dermot Kennedy (Fri 29 May), The Coronas (Sat 30 May) and Johnny Marr (Bank Holiday Sun 31 May).
Dermot Kennedy kicks off the first day of the festival on Friday 29 May and is joined by Hudson Taylor, Lyra, Jerry Fish, Somebody’s Child, Bitch Falcon, Fish Go Deep, Ultan Conlon, ZASKA, Classic Yellow, The Clockworks and Danny Mac.
The Coronas keep the festival feels going on Saturday 30 May and are joined by Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Maverick Sabre, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Norman Jay MBE, Little Hours, The Pale, Thanks Brother, New Valley Wolves, LUZ, Coda, Aran McMahon, Sundown and Graham Sweeney.
Johnny Marr brings the festival to a triumphant close on Sunday 31 May, and is joined by The Stranglers, Wallis Bird, The Scratch, Crazy P Sound System, Join Me In The Pines, Sam Duckworth, Wild Front, Joanne Keegan, The Wha, Paddy Dennehy, Uppbeat and Between Roads.
The June Bank Holiday Weekend 2020 will see 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 50 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 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 Coronas look set to have a busy summer again having just released a new single with a new album on the way plus 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 are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and on www.ticketmaster.ie. Limited 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: “We’re actually really happy with how the lineup turned out. Who wouldn’t be with the likes of Dermot Kennedy and Johnny Marr? We’re also thrilled to announce The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow Stage and The Saltshaker stage that will host Cooking Demos from local and international Chefs. There’s also a nice DJ stage where you’ll be able to listen to the likes of international acts Crazy P & Norman Jay. We actually can’t wait until May 29th.”
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!
29-31 May 2020
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‘In It For Money’ is the third single to be taken from Dublin-based A Band Called Paul’s debut album ‘Primero’ (2019). The track has been specially reworked and remixed for this release.
A wry slice of 60’s beat-influenced indie pop/rock, the track addresses the stage in a creative artist’s career when their initial idealism is overtaken by commercial reality and the need to make a living.
Upbeat and cinematic in texture, ‘In It For Money’ showcases the infectiously catchy, radio-friendly side of indie music.
A Band Called Paul’s previous single ‘Freefall’ received radio airplay on Dublin City FM, Galway Bay FM, PlayIrish Radio, 8Radio.com, KCLR 96FM, Carlow FM, Shannonside and Northern Sound.
Based in Dublin, A Band Called Paul is the creation of former orchestral percussionist, soundtrack composer and session musician Paul McDonnell. The band’s music reflects the variety and depth of Paul’s musical career with deft lane changes between hard rock, latin jazz, electronica and world music.
A Band Called Paul released their debut album, ‘Primero’, in February 2019. They have released two singles from the album to date – the latin jazz ‘Hero Two’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CrOgzj3JBQ) and the darkly electronic ‘Freefall’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIW450wY3AQ).
The band’s sound has been described as if Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The The and Beck were to collaborate.
‘In It For Money’ is available to stream/purchase on all major digital music platforms now.
More information is available on the band’s web site – abandcalledpaul.com
Debut album ‘Primero’ now available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon Music.
‘Never Say Goodbye’, Luan Parle’s stunning new album – out 7th February 2020 – features 10 original tracks, including two co-writes with Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes. “With ‘Never Say Goodbye’ Luan Parle has delivered her finest collection of songs to date.” (Colm O’Hare, Hot Press). ‘Never Say Goodbye’ has been included in the Hot Press Hot for 2020 Irish albums list and ‘My Something Beautiful’, the first single released from the album, hit the No.2 spot on the iTunes charts on its release on 17th January.
“With a voice pure and true, Luan Parle sings from the heart but aims for the gut. From lovelorn country ballads to gothic Americana to hard-hitting social commentary, with this album Luan’s songwriting has matured to the point where she can rightfully claim to be the Emmylou of the Emerald Isle.”
Nick Kelly – Music Editor, broadsheet.ie.
Meteor Award and Tatler Award Winner singer-songwriter Luan Parle has had numerous hits and accolades including Meteor Ireland Music Award for Best Irish Female. The Wicklow-born songstress signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age before later signing with Sony Music and Elton John’s management company, Twenty First Artists. She has written and recorded with some of the worlds most successful songwriters and producers including Grammy-Award-Winning Bill Bottrell and Billy Steinberg. Having spent the last few years touring extensively in Germany, the USA, the UK, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ireland, Luan returned to the studio to record Never Say Goodbye.
“Never Say Goodbye, on its release, will remind listeners of the quality of Parle’s vocals and songwriting. In the meantime, check out her website to catch one of the upcoming shows, you certainly won’t be disappointed if this evening’s splendid performance is anything to go by.”
Declan Culliton, lonesomehighway.com.
‘My Something Beautiful’, the first single from Never Say Goodbye was released on 17th January 2020. The video premiered on HotPress and can be viewed on Luan’s YouTube channel. The radio-friendly song is already receiving airplay from RTÉ Radio 1; East Coast FM; KCLR 96FM; Northern Sound; Shannonside; Galway Bay FM; Country Hits; Radio Kerry; Play Irish Radio; Phoenix Country Radio; The Acoustic Yard Radio; and Midlands 103, and was performed live on The Today Show on RTÉ One on Tuesday 28th January.
‘Never Say Goodbye’, Luan Parle’s fourth studio album was released 7th February 2020.
Luan opened her seventeen-date Irish tour with a concert in her home county on 17th January, 2020. Tickets for the ‘Never Say Goodbye’ tour are available from luanparle.com.
2020 ‘Never Say Goodbye’ Tour Dates
January 17th Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
February 8th Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
February 27th Bob’s Hideout, Durrow, Co. Laois
February 28th Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Co. Offaly
February 29th Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
March 6th Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
March 7th Backstage Theatre, Farneyhoogan, Longford
March 27th Whelan’s, Dublin
March 28th An Seanachai, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
April 3rd Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow
April 16th Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin
April 18th Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny
May 16th Whale Theatre, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
May 22nd Nenagh Arts Centre, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
May 23rd The Glorach Theatre, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
May 29th Garbo’s Castlebar, Co. Mayo
May 31st Gallery Café, Gort, Co. Galway
The Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2020 took place on Saturday in the GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow featuring some great songs and entertainment.
20 songs were shortlisted to perform at the national final out of a total entry of almost 50 entries this year.
Taking 3rd place for Kilkenny:
Amhrán / Song: ‘Ag Siúl Faoi Scáth na gCrann’
Cumadóir / Composer: Gaeltacht KK
Cur i láthair/ Performed by: Gaeltacht KK:
This young Kilkenny based group have been performing together and forming their own unique sound for just over a year. They write much of their own music and had the opportunity to perform their track ‘Dubh Agus Ómra’ (Black And Amber) on ‘RTE’s Up for the Match’ ahead of the All Ireland Hurling Final last year. They recently played to a sold out Set Theatre in Kilkenny and are working hard to create a mini Gaeltacht among the youth of Kilkenny.
Taking 2nd Place for Carlow:
Amhrán / Song: ‘Liomsa Amháin’
Cumadóir / Composer: Ciara Nic an Fhailí
Cur i láthair / Performed by: Ciara Nic an Fhailí
Ciara is a fifteen year old singer/songwriter from Carlow and is a third year student in Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach. She began to play guitar before the age of twelve with teacher Mike Hennessey and in a matter of weeks became a very accomplished player. She began writing and performing her own songs soon after and in 2018 was listed as a finalist in the 23rd Annual USA Song writing Competition. She also wrote a song with country singer Luan Parle which she later recorded in the KCLR 96fm studios.
In 2019 Ciara came in second place at the Scléip Gael Linn all Ireland Finals. This is her first entry to the Pan Celtic National Song Contest.
In 1st Place and winner of the Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2020 trophy and €1,000:
Amhrán / Song: ‘Mar a Bhíonn’
Cumadóir / Composer: Áine Durkin
Cur i láthair / Performed by: Gráinne Ní Fhátharta
Áine is a veteran of the Pan Celtic Song Contest having won the contest here in Carlow in 2013 with ‘Le Do Thaobh’ as well as winning both the National and the International competition last year with her song ‘Ní Thuigim’. The Connemara native has been living in Buncranagh, Co. Donegal since 1980 where she writes songs, poetry and her blog ‘Mise Áine’. Sponsored by IMRO, the winning composer was presented with a cheque for €1,000 and the national trophy as well as having the honour of representing Ireland in the Pan Celtic International Song Contest which will be held in Carlow on Thursday, 16th April.
Gráinne Ni Fháthartha who performed the winning song is a well known Sean-Nós singer from Galway who has previously won competitions at Oirechtas na Samhna and Fleadh Ceol na hÉireann.
She is a primary school teacher in Athenry and also teaches Sean-Nós Singing in Connemara.
The Irish entry has been chosen and the stage is now set for a fantastic Pan Celtic International Festival in Carlow at Easter time running from 14th – 19th April. Don’t miss it!
Windmill Lane Recording Studios (WLRS) has just launched a unique new visitor experience at their world renowned studios in Dublin. Guest of honour, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins was in attendance at the launch event which took place on Thursday 20th February along with a host of music industry personalities and professionals.
Visitors to the studio will learn about the prolific history of Windmill Lane Studios from its very beginnings to the present day. Since U2 placed it on the world map in 1978, its services have been in great demand, which led to the relocation in 1990 of its facilities to a larger space in an Art-Deco protected structure, the former electrical power station for the tramline depot on Ringsend Road.Some of the artists that have recorded here over the years include Kate Bush, The Rolling Stones, The Cranberries, The Spice Girls and more recently Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Westlife, The Script and Hozier.
A one-hour tour of the studio will explore where some of the world’s most iconic songs and albums were recorded. The soundtrack for The Commitments film and the Riverdance album were recorded here.
“It is wonderful to see the reaction of visitors when they actually get behind these iconic doors and learn about the long history of the building and the growth of both Windmill Lane Recording Studios and the music industry in Ireland. We have recorded so many of the albums that visitors grew up with, and the songs their children and grandchildren are growing up with, so it’s a very special experience to stand where, and learn how, they were recorded.” Naomi Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Windmill Lane Recording Studios.
Located in Dublin’s Docklands, this working recording studio preserves Ireland’s modern music history and will share its story with tourists, music lovers and fans of some of the most influential international musicians and is set amongst the hub of the world’s leading technology companies European headquarters.
In addition, tour visitors will receive an historical summary of the Ringsend area – from the times of Oliver Cromwell to the 1916 Easter Rising and will outline the buildings involvement in the old Dublin tramlines to its present status.
“As a founder of Windmill Lane Recording Studios, I’m delighted that visitors will get a chance to experience the story of the studios and to find out what goes into making the many great albums that have been recorded there. Windmill Lane Recording has been a major part of my life for so many years and I’m very happy that it still lives on and goes from strength to strength. This is a great opportunity to experience a wonderful piece of Irish and International music recording history.” Brian Masterson, Founder of Windmill Lane Recording Studios.
“Fáilte Ireland is delighted to support the Visitor Experience iconic Windmill Lane Recording Studios. The evolution of this attraction which, by its artistic and authentic nature, compliments the tourism offering within the Docklands and adds to the unique offering for Dublin City. Overseas visitors look for compelling experiences and we are confident the experience at Windmill Lane Recording Studios will be a huge draw for both domestic and international tourists. We are working on developing the potential of the Docklands area as a vibrant tourist location and we believe the visitor experience at Windmill Studios will be central to this as it embodies one of the key themes of cultural innovation that has always been inherent in the Docklands area,” Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland.
Photo Credit: David Moore – DM Photography
The 2020 edition of RadioDays Ireland, a unique two-day conference for those working within the Irish radio industry, took place in the Gibson Hotel on February 20th and 21st.
To coincide with the conference, which is sponsored by IMRO, leading Irish music publisher, Peter Bardon was presented with an award from IMRO to mark his Outstanding Contribution to the Irish Music Industry. Director of Bardis Music and ex-Chair of the Board of MCPSI, Peter Bardon began his career as bass player with Irish ‘60s legends The Greenbeats. After a stint in showband and cabaret management, he moved to music publishing. Bardis Music was established in 1973 and its first copyright ‘Cross Your Heart’, written by Paul Lyttle and sung by Irish star Tina, represented Ireland in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton, England, where it finished 5th behind Abba’s ‘Waterloo’. Since that time Bardis Music has published many of Ireland’s most well-known songs including classics such as Liam Reilly’s ‘Summer In Dublin and ‘Flight Of Earls’, Patsy Cavanagh’s ‘Home To Donegal’, and John Duggan’s ‘Roads Of Kildare’ and ‘Rose Of Castlerea’, all of which have been covered by more than 20 different artists.
Bardon handles publishing for Niall Toner and Ronan Hardiman (composer of the Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flame music) among others. A former shareholder in Lite FM (now Q102), in 2008 he placed Niall Toner’s ‘The Reak Reek’, aka ‘The Dublin 2-Step’, in the video game Grand Theft Auto 4, with sales in excess of $7 million, Bardis published the music from Albert Nobbs, including ‘Lay Your Head Down’, composed by Brian Byrne and Glenn Close, and performed by Sinéad O’Connor (nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes 2012). The Bardis roster now includes country star Nathan Carter, Shane Sullivan and actor turned musician, Patrick Bergin.
Hot Press’s Niall Stokes delivered an enlightening speech on the history of the broadcasting sector in Ireland, delving into 30 years of independent broadcasting right up to the present day and the current challenges and opportunities facing the sector.
Red FM were also acknowledged at the event by IMRO, receiving an award to mark their ongoing support to music creators.
Dermot Kennedy – ‘All My Friends’: A Film by Brendan Canty is now live.
Dermot Kennedy – “My good friend Brendan Canty has made this short film about my set at Electric Picnic last year.
Brendan Canty on the film:
‘‘Dermot Kennedy playing the mainstage at Electric Picnic 2019 was a monumental homecoming show for him.
A landmark moment that underlined how far he has risen in just a couple of years – from busking on the streets of Dublin to playing to 20,000 people hanging off every word.
To mark the occasion, I was commissioned to make a narrative film featuring Dermot’s performance at Electric Picnic. I wanted to capture the youthful euphoria of a first festival experience – the magical highs, disappointments and redemptions between friends.
I cast two of the best young actors in Ireland in Jordanne Jones and Lauryn Canny, and with the best crew known to man and only one day of access, we somehow pulled this off – and I’m super proud of it!’’
Following an epic performance on Tommy Tiernan show on RTE, The Mary Wallopers have announced a headline show live at Whelans, Friday 24th April 2020. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 10AM from Ticketmaster.
The Mary Wallopers are a folk group from Dundalk, breathing new life into both well known & rare ballads. Travelling the length & breadth of the country singing & collecting songs, they exude a raw energy that could be described as the Clancy Brothers meet John Lydon.
Tickets €15.00 on sale Tuesday 25th February at 10am.
For more on The Mary Wallopers see:
Introducing Christian Cohle, an electronic producer/singer/songwriter. Christian Cohle’s debut album ‘Holy Trouble’ is set to be released in 2020, with the first single ‘Breathe’ released today, February 21st. Exploring dark themes and sounds, Cohle conjures up an alluring and introspective realm, using modern electronica, driving rhythms and howling vocals.
With a sound akin to James Blake and production of a similar aesthetic to Apparat, this highly anticipated release will see an exciting new talent rise on to the Irish and international music scene. Cohle produced all tracks on his forthcoming album including ‘Breathe’, alongside engineer and co-producer Michael Heffernan (Dermot Kennedy, Gavin James, Æ MAK, The Script).
Accompanying the release of the first single ‘Breathe’ is the atmospheric music video shot by Narayan Van Maele (Kodaline, Le Galaxy, Gavin James) and directed by Oscar long list nominee Tristan Heanue, (short film Ciúnas)
Ruby Sessions, Dublin February 25th
Whelans (Midnight Hour), Dublin March 28th
Button Factory, Dublin April 24th (Supporting Columbia Mills)
RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” returns for the third year – a thoughtfully curated international – leaning music forum designed to encourage an exchange of learning and discussion and challenge the biggest prevailing issues facing both artists and industry professionals.
The aim of Conversations is to provide relevant and practical advice and insights to those within the domestic music and creative industries about a number of topical issues. It’s also a chance for participants to meet, exchange views and hear from their peers.
It will take place on the day of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, Thursday 5th March from 10.30am-3.30pm at IMRO, Dublin 2. Tickets, priced at €5.00, are on sale now via http://choicemusicprize.ie/conversations
The panels will be moderated by Jim Carroll from RTÉ’s Brainstorm.
RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”
Venue: Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Baggot St Lower, Dublin 2
9.30am: Registration opens
Conversation 1 / 10.30am
Show Me The Money – As revenue streams become less and more fragmented for artists we ask what funding streams are available to artists in terms of supports for overseas showcases, touring opportunities in the UK and beyond and we ask is crowdfunding a viable source of funding for musicians.
Panel: Angela Dorgan (CEO First Music Contact, Music From Ireland) / Ciaran Walsh (Programme Manager Culture Ireland) Michelle Reid (Arts Programme Manager at Fundit.ie & Business to Arts) / Luan Parle (Artist).
Conversation 2 / 11.30am
Can Radio Still create hits in the Streaming Era – Radio has always been the most important media outlet for acts seeking to grow a fanbase and increase their profile. In recent years, though, multiple streaming services have arrived on the pitch turning heads and growing audiences. There’s a school of thought that streaming is now replacing radio but there’s also a view that both can happily co-exist together.
Panel: Mike Walsh (Ex head of Music Radio X) / TBC (2FM) / Damien McGarrigle (Snr Catalogue & Digital Partner Manager Sony Music Ireland)
12.30pm: Lunch break
Keynote / 1.30pm
With Sarah Liversedge Platz (Managing Director / Director A&R BDi Music / Bucks Music Group.
Sarah will be talking about her life in music and in particular the publishing sector through her company BDI Music which is a thriving, multi-million pound business with Grammy, Ivor Novello, BAFTA, RTS and Kerrang Awards. Sarah is also Director A&R at Bucks Music Group, Director of The Movement London & Director of Absolute Rights Management and she sits on the Music Publishers Association Ireland Board. Sarah is also a member of the MPA’s Pop Publisher Committee and is one of the key industry advisers on the PRS Foundation Momentum Fund. Sarah’s clients include, multi-platinum producer/songwriters, Jake Gosling & Troy Miller.
Conversation 3 / 2.30pm
5 Questions to ask your Would-Be Manager – When you decide to put the life of your new band in the hands of this cheeky, charming, connected manager, how do you know you’re doing the right thing? In 2020, having 2020 vision about management is a must. In an industry where the manager is the fulcrum of the whole operation – looking after everything from A&R to putting the records in envelopes – what should acts know or ask or find out about before they hire that manager? We ask some kick-ass managers about acts should know about first
Panel: Edison Waters (Manager Gavin James) / Gill Dooley (Manager, Aimee) /
John Glennon (Jawdropper Management)