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Be a part of Various Voices Dublin 2014 – Irish Songbook

Background – Various Voices Dublin 2014

Various Voices is a pan-European choral festival aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender choirs and choruses. Following the wonderful 2009 festival in London, Dublin is ready to take the reins!

The festival will span four days, June 13th to 16th 2014, with an opening ceremony on Friday, and a closing ceremony on Monday evening. During the festival, each visiting choir will perform to the festival. There is also schedule of workshops and social events for each day. We look forward to welcoming the 80+ choirs from across the world, comprising 2,000 to 3,000 singers.

The festival has received support from Dublin PRIDE, DCU, Dublin City Council, Failte Ireland, IMRO among others.

The Irish Songbook

The board of Various Voices Dublin 2014 are setting out to create an Irish Songbook as part of the 2014 festival. This book would contain a number of new arrangements of both traditional and contemporary Irish songs, arranged for multiple choir formations. A copy of the Songbook will be sent to every LGBT choir and chorus around the world, approx 350, in the summer of 2012 becoming a key part of the festival marketing strategy.

It is anticipated that the choirs will include some/all of the songs from the songbook in their own repertoires in the year before the festival, performing them in their own cities and in their recordings. This will give IMRO members an opportunity to participate in an international event, with their works being performed across the globe, by some of the world’s most creative and renowned choirs, such as Los Angeles and New York Gay Men’s Choruses, Turtle Creek Chorale, London Gay Men’s Chorus and more.

The Songbook will continue to have a life outside and beyond the festival, with the potential to make the songs available online to any choir around the world to perform and record. The Irish Songbook will form a core to the 2014 festival, with a Songbook Concert held in The Helix – creating a choir of 1200 voices performing the songs. We hope to seek broadcasting and recording opportunities for this concert also.

The Irish Songbook will form part of the legacy of the Dublin 2014 festival.


IMRO members are invited to submit an arrangement of:

An Irish song, either contemporary or traditional
Arrangement should be accessible to most levels of choir
Where possible arrangement should be submitted for SSA, SATB and TTBB, either in three separate arrangements or arranged so that it can be transposed
Arrangements can be a cappella or with accompaniment

Submissions must be received no later than Friday 16th June.

12 songs will be selected from the submissions for inclusion in the printed Irish Songbook.

If you have any questions or queries please contact:

Ian Doyle Festival Director ei.seciovsuoirav@nai
Tel: +353 (0)86 3545011 46 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1, Ireland

IMRO Songwriting Seminar With 2 Time Grammy Award Winning Songwriter/Producer Gary Nicholson

Seminar Date: Saturday 21st July
Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot Street, D 2.
Time: 11am – 4pm


IMRO members looking to reserve a place at this seminar should send an email to ei.ormi@pihsrebmem

(limited availability – no admission charge)

Gary Nicholson is a number one hit songwriter, a two time Grammy winning producer, a world traveling performer, recording artist, and session guitarist.

In 2006 he was nominated to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, in 2011 he was inducted into the Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. There are over five hundred recordings of his songs in various genres including country, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and pop by such diverse artists as BB King, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Etta James, John Prine, Dixie Chicks, Stevie Nicks, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Keb Mo, George Jones, Neville Brothers, Reba McKentire, Robert Plant, Waylon Jennings, Patty Loveless, Kenny Chesney, Guy Clark and the list goes on.

In addition to his Grammy winning records with Delbert McClinton, who has recorded over forty of his songs, he has produced records for The Judds, Wynonna, Pam Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, T Graham Brown, Chris Knight, Taylor Hicks, Seth Walker and others.

His work has been included in many major motion pictures and television, the song “Falling and Flying “ is featured in the Oscar winning film “Crazy Heart” performed by Jeff Bridges. ”Peace Dream” recorded by Ringo Starr was co-written by Gary, Ringo, and Gary Wright and features Paul McCartney on bass.

Current songwriting credits include a song on the new release by Bonnie Raitt, another co-written song with Ringo Starr for his new CD, and new recordings by George Strait, Dierks Bentley, The Mavericks, and a BB King/Buddy Guy duet.

For a complete discography and more info visit

Music for the Screen | Panel Discussion @ John Ford Ireland Film Symposium

For anyone who wants to know more about music for the screen this panel is a must.

Whether it is was the use of Irish ballads in films such The Informer and The Plough and the Stars or an evocative uses of colonial folk songs in Westerns, John Ford understood the importance of music in film. This panel will find composers and musicians discussing the various considerations and concerns that surround producing music for the screen.

Panellists will include:

American Jazz musician Kyle Eastwood who has contributed music to films such as Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino.

Composer and musician Christopher Caliendo has written over five hundred classical/world music compositions. He wrote the award-winning score for the DVD re-issue of John Ford’s epic Western The Iron Horse.

Date: 9th June
Time: 16:00
Venue: Project Arts Centre

Book Tickets Here 


The Iron Horse – Opening Night Gala at the NCH with the RTE Concert Orchestra – 7th June
Peter Bogdanovich – Public Interview 8th June
Directors Panel with Jim Sheridan, John Boorman, Brian Kirk, Thaddeus O’ Sullivan – 8th June
In Conversation With Stephen Frears – 9th June
Music for the Screen with Kyle Eastwood and Christopher Caliendo – 9th June
Writers Panel with Colin Bateman, Pat McCabe & Ian Power – 9th June
Editing Masterclass with Joel Cox – 9th June
Plus a host of Screenings, Discussions, Panels and more

View Full Programme details at

CISAC pays tribute to its President Robin Gibb

 “The voice of a generation and relentless champion for the rights of creators”

CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, has expressed its deep sadness at the news that its President, British singer and songwriter Robin Gibb, has passed away.

Robin Gibb died in the night of Sunday 20 May 2012, at the age of 62, after fighting a long-term illness. Alongside his brothers Barry and Maurice, performing as The Bee Gees, he was part of one of the most successful songwriting teams in the history of pop music. As President of CISAC for the past five years, Robin Gibb was also the tireless voice of three million creators around the world as the leader of the members ofCISAC’s 232 authors’ societies in 121 countries. He enthusiastically used his position as President of the organisation and as one of the world’s most popular songwriters to persuade global policy makers to support creators and promote and uphold the value of copyright.

Following a first term as president, Gibb was unanimously re-elected for an additional three-year mandate in June 2010. At the time, Gibb said, “The presidency ofCISAC is a role that means a great deal to me because, as a songwriter, I am a passionate believer in the collective management of rights by authors’ societies. While the entire entertainment sector is at a crossroads, I want to leverage this new mandate to help develop a management rights system that is sustainable in the digital age, a system that meets public demand for easy access to all our works while preserving the rights and interests of everyone, including fair payment for creators to use their works.”

Paying tribute to Gibb, French painter and CISAC Vice-President Hervé Di Rosa said, “The spirit of Robin Gibb’s commitment and passion towards the authors’ cause will stay alive in us all. We will miss our friend, and theCISAC creative community will miss its leader.”

Kenth Muldin, Chairman of CISAC’s Board of Directors, commented, “Robin has been our President and the voice ofCISAC for the past five years and throughout this period we have been blessed by his presence and his infectious enthusiasm. He took his role very seriously – we knew we could count on him whenever the principles of authors’ rights were under attack. On behalf ofCISAC, and in the name of the whole creative community that he so brilliantly represented, I would like to offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to his wife Dwina and to his family. We will miss him immensely; we will miss his energy, his dedication to the cause of authors and, most of all, I will miss his friendship.”

Olivier Hinnewinkel, Director General of CISAC, said, “The global creative community and all of us atCISAC are deeply shocked and saddened by the passing of Robin Gibb. Robin was known all around the world as a great songwriter and artist, but he was less well known as an active defender of the rights of creators. Robin Gibb was always incredibly generous with his time as he relentlessly fought for the cause of authors and their rights.”

During his tenure asCISACPresident, Gibb strongly defended the copyright system, challenging big business and governments whenever they argued that author copyright stifled commercial development. His interventions regularly featured on the global news agenda and frequently effected policy change.

The last official engagement of Robin Gibb for CISACwas at the World Copyright Summit in Brussels in June 2011. In his closing address to delegates, Gibb said that authors – who “underpin the whole of the creative industries” – should be “cherished and nurtured as such”, adding poignantly, “I’m proud to be President ofCISAC, and I will keep on fighting for creators’ rights as long as I can draw breath.”

At the 2009 World Copyright Summit in Washington, DC, Gibb warned: “Copyright is not a barrier to progress. It is a facilitator of progress, creativity and communication. The existence of strong copyright will not stifle the development of the digital utopia which Google, Microsoft and others promise. Copyright will promote such development. Without copyright you have chaos and this is a far greater barrier to progress.”

As a direct result of Gibb’s intervention in April 2009, the Croatian government abandoned an initiative that would have dramatically reduced royalties paid by the hotel, restaurant and catering sector. A letter sent by Gibb in November 2009 helped bring about a Presidential veto of a damaging law being proposed inChile.

Gibb has also spoken out against the 2008 European Commission Decision that accused authors’ societies of restricting competition. He also criticised the delay taken byChinato adopt a broadcasting tariff and the reluctance of Serbian national broadcaster RTS to pay royalties.

In June 2010 a video message demonstrated Gibb’s solidarity with Brazilian creators and authors’ societies urging authorities to reject proposed reforms to the copyright act that would be detrimental to authors’ rights. In 2010 and 2011, Gibb strongly supported the Copyright Act reform inIndia to improve music composers and filmmakers’ rights. In his last hours, Robin Gibb has had the pleasure of knowing that the amendments to the Copyright Act were adopted by the Indian Senate, finally recognizing the rights of the creators in this country

Robin Gibb, singer-songwriter, President of CISAC, 1949-2012.



Allingham Arts Festival Song Contest Launch

The launch of the 2012 Allingham Festival Song Contest will take place in Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon tomorrow evening, Thursday 17th May.

Performing at the launch of the prestigious competition will be the highly acclaimed international performers / songwriters Marian Bradfield and Ian Smith. Marian Bradfield has appeared on several Celtic Women and Celtic Tales compilation CDs alongside artists such as Loreena McKennitt, Maire Brennan (Clannad), Hazel O’Connor, Frances Black and Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill. Marian’s current CD “Secret Life of a Woman” has again gathered outstanding reviews and again been added to an ever increasing list of music critics’ favourite albums both in Ireland and the U.S. She has also shared stages at home and abroad with the likes of Altan, The Fureys, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glacken, Andy Irvine, Jimmy Mc Carthy, Mary Black, Aslan, Keith Donald (Moving Hearts), Kieran Goss and The Chieftains.

Scottish born singer and songwriter Ian Smith has been involved in performing and songwriting both nationally and internationally. He started singing and performing in the folk clubs around Ayrshire and Glasgow alongside talented singers and players such as John Martyn, Gerry Rafferty, Billy Connelly, Gallagher and Lyle, Barbara Dickson, Eddi Reader and other artists of that calibre who were also performing and influenced his style and approach to playing. Since being in Ireland he has played in concert with many well known artists including Paul Brady, Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Maire Brennan and Altan to name a few.

The live final of the song contest will take place on Thursday 8th November, where the winning entry will be selected by a professional judging panel and award the first prize of €1,000.

Full details of the competition will be launched on the night, along with all terms and conditions. Closing date for all applications & submissions is set for August 31st 2012. After the launch full details will be made available here at

Tickets to the launch at €10 are now on sale from Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon.


Sean McCarthy Memorial Traditional Irish Ballad Competition

Open For Entries

Rules of the Ballad Competition

1. Entries to be received by no later than Friday, July 6th 2012
2. Entries to be submitted on one CD with 3 typed copies or song lyrics (or in very clear handwriting).
3. Entries to be accompanied by cheque/postal order for €25.00.
4. No entries will be returned.
5. Name, address and telephone number to be clearly written on CD cover and back of each copy of lyrics.
6. Finalists will perform their entry in Teach Siamsa Finuge on Saturday 4th August at 8.30 p.m 
7.  The overall winner and runner-up will be decided then.
8. Entries may be in English or Irish.
9. Entries must be original and not previously performed or published.
10. No in-house music supplied by committee.
11. No pre-recorded backing music allowed.
12. Adjudicators’ decision is final.
13. Make Cheques or Postal Orders to Sean McCarthy Weekend.
13. Performances on the night of the final may be recorded and /or videoed at the Committees discretion. Such recordings may be played/transmitted on radio, television or the internet and entrants are deemed to have given their permission for same unless otherwise indicated by them to the Committee.

Download Application Form Here

Send entries to:

Peggie O’Connell, Irremore, Listowel Co.Kerry.  Phone 068-40203
Mobile: 087 -9049371

Enquiries: Bridget O’Connor, phone 087–6250516

E-mail: moc.dnekeewegunif@ofni

Winners of the 2012 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition announced

West Cork Music, in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre and the Irish Music Rights Organisation, would like to announce the winners of the 2012 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition.

The winners of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival’s fifth Composition Competition are Solfa Carlile with her piano trio titled Saul and the Witch, J. Harry Whalley with his string quartet Compression and Bill McGrath with his string quartet Prelude and Fugue. These works will be discussed in a workshop with the Festival’s composer-in-residence, Thomas Larcher, on Saturday 30 June at 14.00.

These young composers’ works will be premiered during the Festival which takes place in Bantry from 29 June to 7 July. They will take place as follows:

Sunday 1 July 14.00 J.Harry Whalley – Compression played by Gildas Quartet

Thursday 5 July 14.00 Solfa Carlile – Saul and the Witch played by Westland Trio

Friday 6 July 14.00 Bill McGrath – Prelude and Fugue played by Benz Quartet

Nineteen works were submitted for the three prizes. The adjudicator commented, “the scores for this year’s West Cork Chamber Music Composition Competition were of a high standard with a strong level of experimentation and imagination throughout. I am delighted by the response and would like to commend all those who submitted new work.”

 For more details and to book for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, contact or ring the office on +353 (0) 27 52788

Games Music Ireland and Windmill Lane Recording Studios Present Composing for Games Module

Dates: June 11-12-13 / 2012
Time: 10:00am / 5:00pm
Venue: Windmill Lane Recording Studios, 20 Ringsend Road, Dublin 4.

The module will take place over three days. The course offers up skilling and training in technique for composing in the field of digital games.

What the composers said,

“Hearing Mick’s first hand experiences of working on a AAA game has been invaluable. He has a deep knowledge of the practicalities of writing for games and he shares it in a fascinating, and very enjoyable, way. If you’re thinking about moving into games music then this course is a must.”
Jamie Evans Composer

“The Composing for Games Module with Games Music Ireland and Windmill Lane Recording Studios was such a fantastic way to spend three days. Mick was such a gentleman with gallons of passion and inspiration oozing out of him. I’d highly recommend this to any composer of any genre. The insight into this particular sector of the music industry was hugely informative and greatly appreciated. Great stuff !!”
Kevin Whyms, Composer

“A thoroughly enjoyable and informative course. After day one I couldn’t wait to get to the practical assignment. Mick’s clear instructions and hands on support helped me make a start on my demo. Definitely a must for anyone interested in composing music for games.”
Elaine Cudden, music teacher / Composer

“This course put the fire under me to get myself focused on such an interesting area of composition. Well recommended.”
Alan McCahey, Composer

Day 1.

Morning session.

• Introduction.
• A brief history of music in games.
• The rapid evolution and demand for music in games
• Understanding a game brief
• Composition, Film v Games.


Afternoon session.
• Game score demo.
• How the score works interactively in the game.
• The importance of loop progression.
• Creating the evolving score illusion.
• Memory economy within the game.
• Useful tips and tricks.

Day 2

Composers will be assigned a brief and will work with the platform of their preferred choice in a compositional exercise where they will compose and construct game scores with interactive capability. Composers will receive one on one support during this session.

Day 3

Today sees the final touches to the scores, analysis and discussion. The module closes with a talk on plans for the future. Platforms supported by the course are Pro-Tools, Logic and Reason. Also provided is a Mac computer and keyboard. The module will be delivered by Mick Kiely.

The cost for the three day course is €380.

Places are secured on a first come basis.

To reserve a place email: moc.liamg@dnalericisumsemag

About Mick Kiely

Irelands first AAA games composer with a firm understanding of music and it’s place in the digital games industry. Well connected internationally with music professionals in the games industry. Also composing professionally for TV and film, he has a clear understanding of the requirements and necessary transitions needing to be made in order to cross successfully from these media to that of music in games. With a reputation for innovation and trend setting, he pioneered music production techniques successfully implemented in AAA computer game play. Mick attended important lectures at GDC 2012 to insure this module optimises the latest technologies.

Games Music Ireland Networking Event

Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Date: Tuesday 29th May
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Free Admittance

The discussion will focus on identifying music challenges in casual games and broadening solution possibilities.

Attending will be independent game developers wishing to network with composers. The evening will open with a panel discussion with developers and composers exploring the area of music in games, followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to network.

Please let us know if you wish to attend by emailing: moc.liamg@dnalericisumsemag

The Contemporary Music Centre presents a New Music Literary Trail in partnership with Music in Drumcliffe

The Contemporary Music Centre presents an outdoor music trail in partnership with Music in Drumcliffe in the grounds of St. Columba’s Church and its environs throughout the Music in Drumcliffe Festival, 11am – 7pm, 5 – 7 May 2012. The trail celebrates the rich connections between W.B.Yeats and Irish composers specifically, whilst also highlighting the many associations between Irish music and Irish literature.

The Trail consists of three outdoor listening posts featuring a total of four works by Irish composers: Brian Boydell, Rhona Clarke and Donnacha Dennehy. Brian Boydell’s Four Yeats Poems features the wonderful Grainne Yeats, daughter-in-law of W.B.Yeats, along with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Rhona Clarke’s Tread Softly, takes its title from the W.B.Yeats’s poem He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven: ‘Tread softly because you tread on my dreams’. Rhona Clarke’s Five Songs features Judith Mok and Dearbhla Collins. Donnacha Dennehy’s That the Night Come was composed for Dawn Upshaw (soprano) and the Crash Ensemble, conductor, Alan Pierson and released on the Nonesuch Record Label CD Grá agus Bás. A walk and talk of the New Music Literary Trail led by Irish composer Benjamin Dwyer will take place 130pm, 6 May. Admission is FREE to both the trail itself and participation on the Walk and Talk.

In comjumction with the New Music Literary Trail at Drumcliffe, the Contemporary Music Centre, presents its Art of Sound multi-media exhibition throughout the month of May in the Ballymote Community Library, Co. Sligo. The Art of Sound exhibition features photographer Eugene Langan’s dramatic and perceptive photographs of Irish composers. An audio-guide narrated by Eamonn Lawlor, RTÉ lyric fm, brings to life the music that is displayed. The exhibition will run from 1 – 31 May inclusive during library hours and admission is free.

The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland’s national archive and resource centre for new music. The Centre is supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. For details on the New Music Literary Trail  and information on the composers featured please contact Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 673 1922 email: ei.cmc@yssennehk web site:

Since its establishment in 2000, Music in Drumcliffe, formerly The Vogler Spring Festival, has become one of Ireland’s leading international chamber music festivals and is now a major highlight in the national annual calendar of music events. Music in Drumcliffe offers its loyal audience and new visitors alike the opportunity to experience high standards of programming through a fresh choice of artists performing alongside the internationally acclaimed Vogler Quartet, in one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland, at the foot of Benbulben mountain and in the heart of Yeats country. For information on Music in Drumcliffe please contact Artscope tel: 01 505 9582 or email: ei.effilcmurdnicisum@ofni

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