IMRO Songwriting Retreat 2010 – Featuring A Songwriting Workshop With Hit Songwriter/Producer Paul Herman (Dido, Corinne Bailey Rae, Natasha Bedingfield, Jem)

IMRO will host a Songwriter Retreat in Co. Wicklow in November 2010

Date: Monday 15th – Thursday 18th November 2010 (inclusive)
The BrookLodge & Wells Spa (4 Star)
Macreddin Village
Co. Wicklow

Cost: €485 per person attending

This retreat will feature a songwriting workshop with hit songwriter/producer Paul Herman.

Paul Herman began his musical career as the guitarist in Faithless. He was involved in the studio recording of several Faithless albums and toured extensively with the band. It was whilst with Faithless that he became friends with a then unknown Dido and started writing with her. Together they collaborated on four Dido songs, ('Thank You', 'All You Want', ‘Don’t Think Of Me’ and ‘Slide’), which became part of her multi-million selling album 'No Angel'. 'Thank You' was also sampled by Eminem and became the basis for his chart topping worldwide hit 'Stan'. Paul then went on to sing lead and play guitar with the band Skinny, who released two albums, 'The Weekend' on Polygram and 'Taller' on BMG. 2005 was a successful year for Paul as he wrote with Natasha Bedingfield, (‘I Bruise Easily’), and Jem, (‘Flying High’, 'California Sun'). Paul also collaborated on several tracks with the British dance act Mint Royale and these were included on their last album, 'See You In The Morning Light'. He has collaborated with Corinne Bailey-Rae, which led to two co-written and produced tracks (‘Till It Happens To You’ and ‘I’d Like To’), which featured on her Grammy nominated debut album. More recently Paul has been working with producer Baby Ash on numerous projects, a couple of which are due for release early next year. Paul has recieved 2 Ivor Novello nominations.

This songwriter event will run along similar lines to those previously hosted by IMRO in that it will focus on songwriter collaboration and live performances of new material.

Each morning workshop participants will be randomly paired off together to spend the day co-writing. Each evening participants will be given the opportunity to perform newly written material live.

The cost of this workshop includes: 4 nights accommodation plus breakfast, 3 lunches and 3 evening meals at the award winning Brooklodge and Wells Spa. All additional hotel services, meals, phone, etc will be billed at normal hotel rates.

** Arrival at hotel on afternoon/evening of Monday 15th November and departure takes place after breakfast on Friday 19th November.

Retreat participants will be required to pay for the workshop fee on arrival. Extra hotel service charges, if billed, are payable to the Brooklodge on departure.

There are only 40 places available for this workshop, so early booking is advisable.

To book your place now please send a €100 cheque or postal order deposit made payable to IMRO


Keith Johnson
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
P: 353 1 6614844
F: 353 1 6763125
E: ei.ormi@nosnhoj.htiek

About Brooklodge Wells and Spa

Georgina Campbell’s Hotel of the Year 2010 and AA Hotel of the Year 2008/2009 – The BrookLodge Hotel, a stunning 90 room AA/RAC 4**** country house hotel only 50 minute’s from south Dublin. Host to the dramatic Strawberry Tree, Ireland’s only certified organic restaurant, and “The Wells” – a truly luxurious Spa.

Also home to Macreddin Golf Club, incorporating 160 acres with all the natural elements of the landscape, Ryder Cup hero, Paul McGinley chose this designated area of outstanding natural beauty for his first golf course design.
Macreddin Village also hosts La Taverna Armento with its full Southern Italian menu; Acton’s Country Pub & Brewery; The Orchard Café; an Organic Bakery and Smokehouse; Food, Clothes & Wine Shop; an Equestrian Centre and 4×4 driving

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