Blues & Roots Radio Announces Head of Operations Ireland

Blues and Roots Radio has announced the appointment of David Dee Moore as Head of Operations’s Ireland in addition to a media partnership with The Acoustic Yard Festival and Events. This move will broaden the scope of their online presence in Ireland and beyond will assist the cross promotion of the stations artists.

Based in Co. Mayo, Ireland The Acoustic Yard Festival and Events was set up by David Dee Moore to promote song writing with specialised events in Mayo and across Ireland. He presents a weekly radio show exclusively on Blues and Roots Radio promoting singer / songwriters from Ireland and beyond.

Originally from Belfast, Dee Moore as he was known grew up playing music with singer/songwriter Bap Kennedy, teaching him his first guitar. He played bass guitar in punk band The Ex-Producers appearing on such programmes like the BBC series ‘Something Else’ which featured bands like the Clash, Ian Dury and the Undertones and also winning a BBC songwriting contest which set David up for a career in music. Completely against the grain David then turned his hand to traditional folk music joining ‘A Handful of Earth’ where he met up with fiddle player Brian McAteer who became his long time musical accomplice. David and Brian joined the touring folk rock band Clíbin with Uileann piper and cellist Neil Martin, another musician who features regularly on his albums. This experience in traditional music and folk rock culminated in the creation of ‘The Loose Connections’ with Niamh Parsons and one of the worlds finest Uileann pipers John McSherry. The band released the Album ‘Loosely Connected’ in 1993 on the Scottish Greentrax label. It featured a few songs from David like ‘Little big time’, ‘Don’t give your heart away’ and ‘Play a merry jig’ and it immediately became one of the top folk recordings in the UK and Ireland that year. The album is considered a classic and catapulted the band to major popularity around the world with the Green Linnet label in the USA signing up the band and re-releasing it to critical acclaim. A second album followed, ‘Loosen up’ which was produced by David with most of the tracks including traditional sounding tunes all written by him. The Album brought to the fore musicians like Mick McAuley (Solas), Alan Kelly, Jimmy Higgins (Sawdoctors) and Gerry O’Connor (The Dubliners/Joe Bonamassa) who now all regularly grace the international stage. David and Niamh split in 1998 with their last gigs together at the Dublin Ohio Irish music festival in the USA and the Tönder Festival in Denmark. He continued writing songs and playing session bass, collaborating with artists like Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), the legendary Liam Clancy, Juliet Turner and Jerry Fish. His talent was still sought after writing music for films and documentaries for RTE, BBC and Channel 4 (UK). In 2010 David began work on a demo CD for a brief tour of the USA which featured a collection of new and old songs under the title ‘The Almighty Warrior’. This whetted the appetite for David to begin work on his latest CD ‘The sun, the moon, the stars…and other moving objects’. A collection of Irish, Americana and contemporary songs that features ex members of Van Morrison, Waterboys and Irish traditional players. Produced with rising star Donal O’Connor the CD has brought David to the attention of the music public again. He has produced and hosted ‘ The Acoustic Yard Radio Show ‘ weekly for the last year exclusively on Blues and Roots Radio and has been a voice for independent singer / songwriters in Ireland and around the world.

Blues and Roots Radio is an independent non commercial station with a global audience and reputation for top quality shows. With it’s HQ in Port Credit, Ontario, Canada they have hubs in Melbourne Australia, The UK and Maui USA, running a 24 / 7 operation. Home to some of the worlds top independent and community radio hosts, Blues and Roots Radio has a growing number of specialised shows which are aired exclusively on the station. They have an unequalled global reputation for not only finding new artists and music, but for finding and creating top quality shows. The station currently airs more than fifty shows from around the world with each host bringing their unique stamp to it’s listeners. It has gained an extremely good reputation with great respect shown from independent artists worldwide who it continues to serve. A multi genre station with music ranging from Blues, Roots, Celtic, Folk, Alt country, Americana, Canadiana, Bluegrass, Soul, R&B, World Rhythms and everything in between. Receiving accreditation to the worlds best and largest festivals/events, they have unique partnerships with major independent organisations around the world, Fatea Magazine ( UK ) Festivals Of Australia, 67 Music ( USA ) and now The Acoustic Yard Festival and Events ( Ireland ) who all share our passion and commitment to the promotion of independent and performing artists. They have built a solid reputation as the leaders in their field and are considered one of the best online radio stations in the world.

David Dee Moore says of the partnership, “ I’ve enjoyed listening to the Blues and Roots Radio Network for a while and was delighted when asked to share ‘The Acoustic Yard Radio Radio Show’ with them. This is a small but integral part of our company which includes, events, reviews and a festival and we have been working closely together with BRR over the last year, both realising we share the same goals. We look forward to bringing Blues and Roots Radio to Ireland’s ears and vice versa. We have so much to share together with independent artists and I’m so happy to be a part of this revolution”.

BRR with their eyes on the growing listening base have their finger on the pulse of what is next and partnering with The Acoustic Yard is an exciting venture.

BRR’s Stevie Connor says ” The success of BRR can be attributed to our mandate of supporting the artist first. We believe in the station’s philosophy to support independent music across the globe and to provide our listeners with the best music and story emerging from the grass roots, BRR with David Dee Moore at the helm in Ireland with his company The Acoustic Yard Festival and Events will give the platform for the artist from within Ireland to be heard on a truly global scale, we could not have a better placed person at the helm in Ireland with his experience and connections around the world, what really is important is his understanding of the music business from the songwriters and artists perspective, he understands their needs. We look forward to working alongside David for the many plans we have for the future. ”


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