Date: Wednesday 27th January | 5:30pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lwr Baggot St, Dublin 2
As part of their Business of Music Seminar Series and in association withTemple Bar TradFest, IMRO host a music industry panel on international touring for live artists. Hear insights on the practical elements of taking your music overseas from the line-up of experienced music industry professionals:Patrick Boyle (Milwaukee Irish Fest), Anita Daly (Daly Communications),Cathy Jordan (Dervish), Martin Nolan (MPI Bands & Essential Artists) andPaddy McPoland (Tour Manager for The High Kings).
Featuring a special guest performance by The Carty Sisters.
Free entry | Bookings via IMRO at or by calling 01 661 4844.
In association with Temple Bar TradFest
Daly Communications is a key player in niche marketing in the US entertainment business.
The company thrives on its ability to pinpoint audiences and create marketing campaigns geared specifically to the desired consumer. With over 30 years in the entertainment industry, The Company’s President, Anita Daly, has been part of various groundbreaking trends.
Daly Communications specializes in public relations for record releases, artist tour marketing, radio promotion, Internet marketing via all social media sites, advertising buys, event planning and more. They perform direct marketing via alternative and regional media, email blasts through their data base of over 14,000 contacts, blogs and outreach by local street teams.
Their specialty of concentration is Celtic, Folk/Americana, Blues and Gospel and World Music but is open to work with any genre.
Clients have included Celtic Woman, The Pogues, The Chieftains, Andrea Bocelli, Ravi Shankar, The Saw Doctors, The High Kings, King Sunny Ade, Sarah Brightman, Moya Brennan, Big Country, The Irish Tenors, Paul Winter. Corporate clients include Live Nation, HBO, A&E, PBS, Sony and Universal. The company has received many Gold and Platinum records for CD and DVD units sold.
Daly Communications has partnered with Cosmic Trigger, an independent record label, for which they produced the highly praised compilation, ‘Together For Christmas: A Contemporary Celtic Christmas Collection’ and Finbar Furey’s self-titled album.
Anita is a founding member of Women in Music, a long time member of the Irish Business Organization of NY and a voting member of the Irish America Hall of Fame based in Chicago. Daly Communications has voluntarily mentored many students from business colleges in NY and abroad. Anita has won numerous awards including ‘Most Influential Business Women’ and the ‘Irish American Small Business Excellence Award.’
International Tour Manager for the following artists over the past few years – he High Kings, Clannad, Sinead O’Connor, Imelda May, James Vincent McMorrow and The Stunning He is currently employed full-time by The High Kings handing all their International Touring activities and day-to-day affairs.
Martin Nolan is runs MPI Bands out of Dublin Ireland as Band Management Company and Booking Agency specialising in touring bands in Ireland and worldwide, He also runs Essential Artists a Booking Agency out of Nashville touring bands across North America.
MPI Bands Manage Trad Band Altan, Singers Frances Black and Luka Bloom and are Co- Managers of guitar band Raglans. On the Agency side, MPI represents Keith Barry, Sharon Shannon, Shane Mac Gowan, The High Kings, Mary Black, Paul Brady, We Banjo 3, Socks in the Frying Pan, Mary Coughlan, The Saw Doctors, The King Kong Club, The Original Rudeboys.MPI also works with The Coronas, Hermitage Green and have booked shows for international acts like Fun Lovin Criminals, Happy Mondays.
The US arm of the business represents The High Kings, Sharon Shannon, Tommy Fleming, Socks in the Frying Pan, Jig Jam and Grammy Award Winning Alison Brown.
Martin graduated from Trinity College and in the late 90’s and spent some time interning with a Booking Agency LWP before setting up a company with Michael O Connor who had, had success with Boy Band OTT. In 2004 Martin created MPI and set about building a team of people to expand the company including Michael Lennox who had been a member of the band Power of Dreams. In 2007, with the help of Lennox, MPI expanded into the Wrestling Market producing many very successful arena tours around Europe. Over the years MPI began building partnerships around the world to open up new markets for its artists. The roster continued to expand and MPI have booked shows across 5 continents. In 2013 they opened up their US office initially to book Irish bands in the US and are slowly expanding to add US bands to its roster.
Patrick joined the Milwaukee Irish Fest family in 2012. Patrick has over sixteen years of successful executive level non–profit and public sector management experience working with a wide range of people, including volunteers, sponsors, government agencies and elected officials, musicians, artists, teachers, community organizations, non-profit board members and the general public. He has extensive background in strategic planning, fund development, finance, programming, volunteer management, board governance, personnel management and marketing.
He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Anthropology.
Beyond his professional experience, Patrick has a deep passion for Irish music and exploring and celebrating his Irish and Irish-American heritage.
Cathy Jordan was born in Scramogue, County Roscommon, the youngest of seven children. Her love for traditional singing and music in general was instilled at a young age and music and song was abundant in her house as she grew up. Her parents were both singers as were her siblings and Cathy herself had a repertoire at the age of three. Along side traditional music, Cathy was exposed to lots of other types of music from the vast collection of recordings found in her house that had been sent for relations in America. She began singing publicly at all kind of Feiseanna and concerts as a child and at secondary school got chosen for lead rolls in musical performances at her school in Laensboro Co Longford, she was Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz, Ado Annie in Oklahoma and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. On weekends Cathy performed at a wide range of functions from christenings to weddings and played in numerous bands throughout the midlands winning The Longford Leader entertainer of the year in 1985. After finishing school in 1988 Cathy kept herself surrounded by music and worked as a radio DJ on two radio stations, Elphin Radio and Independent Radio Longford as well as playing numerous gigs at the weekends. She became a pastry chef in 1989 but it was always a means to an end and she could never give up on her first love, that of music. She is a self taught guitar, bodhran, bones and bouzouki player. In 1991 Cathy joined Sligo based traditional group Dervish and started her recording career with the Dervish album “Harmony Hill” to huge critical acclaim. This saw Cathy returning to her roots of traditional music and song and sparked off a musical journey which has spanned over 2 decades. During that time Cathy has been the front woman and bodhran player with the group and has led them through thousands of concerts in hundreds of cities in nearly 40 countries. Some of the more memorable of these were playing at the Great Wall of China, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and at the biggest rock music festival in the world – Rock in Rio to over 250 thousand people. In 2000 Cathy had the honor of singing with the National Concert Orchestra as part of a show called ‘Waves’ composed by Charlie Lennon and conducted by Prionnsias O Duinn.
From 1991 to 2007 Cathy performed and co produced 7 Dervish albums
- Harmony Hill
- Playing with Fire
- At the end of the Day
- Live in Palma
- Midsummers night
- Healing heart
In 2007 Cathy and Dervish were asked to preform on the longest running radio show in the US – The prairie home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor to and estimated 2 million listeners across America. From there they journed to China with Taoiceach at the time, Bertie Ahern, to represent Irish music and culture at a trade expo to enhance business relations between Ireland and China. Later that same year Cathy and the group released their eighth studio album, “Traveling Show” which saw them dip their toe very successfully into a more contemporary sound. For years Cathy collected her repertoire of songs from various sources, from old recordings, manuscripts and the traditional archives to older singers happy to pass on their songs to the next generation. However folk songs can turn up in all sorts of places so for this album, with the help of producer John Reynolds, (well known for his production work on albums for Sinead O’ Connor, Damien Dempsey, John Spillane etc), Cathy breathed new life to old Cher hit “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”, a haunting Suzanne Vega track, “The Queen and the Soldier” and a brand new song from Canadian- based singer /songwriter, Dan Frechette, entitled “My Bride and I”. Traveling Show also saw Cathy Jordan making her songwriting debut with two tracks “Lord Levett” and “Grainne” the latter a collaboration with Nashville songwriter Sharon Vaughn. Cathy has since co written songs with, Brendan Graham, Rosey and Susan Mc Keown and was commissioned by the Sligo Co Council to write a song for the Bealtine festival season 09 celebrating the contribution of the older generation in society. In the couple of years that followed as well as touring extensively throughout Europe, the US, Scandinavia, and Japan it also saw Cathy and the band accompany Ireland’s president, Mary Mc Aleese, on official state missions to Latvia and Lithuania, to represent Irish culture to the business delegation assembled as well as politicians and state leaders of both countries. They also found the time to make a series of fourteen, hour- long radio shows for broadcast in conjunction with NPR in the US. These programs called ‘Irish Heartbeat with Dervish’, presented by Cathy and with Dervish as the house band, featured special live performances from the cream of Irish talent. Guests included, Brian Kennedy, Moya Brennan, Frankie Gavin, Seamus Begley, Martin O Connor, Rick Epping, Seamie O Dowd, The Saw Doctors, Kila, David Norris, Paddy Moloney, John Spillane and the Celtic Tenors, to name but a few. The programs are still being aired in Scotland, Ireland and America. This wasn’t Cathy’s only time in the role as presenter, she also presented the Irish language program Geantrai as a special tribute to the legendary Tommie Makem for TG4, as well as a special program from the Sligo Live Festival for RTE television.
In 2009 cathy played and sang on a project called “Playing for Change” an organization who’s self described goal is to “inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music”. The creators of the project, Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places such as New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland. Using a mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted into their own style. Among the artists participating, or openly involved in the project, include Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Clarence Bekker, Tal Ben Ari (Tula), Bono, Keb’ Mo’, David Broza, Manu Chao and Grandpa Elliott. 2010 marked Dervish’s 21st year anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion they brought out the album “From Stage to Stage” featuring live concert footage from both sides of the atlantic with special guests, Ron Sexsmith, Duke Special, Vasen, Martin Hayes, Denis Cahill and Mike Marshall. The anniversary was also marked by four very special concerts to bring together musicians from different countries who had inspired and influenced Cathy and Dervish. The first at the largest Celtic music festival in the world – Celtic Connections in Glasgow – featured duets with Cathy and Kate Rusby, and Moya Brennan as well as instrumental duets with – Mike Mc Goldrick, Martin Hayes, Kevin Burke and Sweden’s Vasen. The second to a packed 3,500 seat dome at Shrewsbury folk festival also included duets, this time with Steve Knightly, Andy Irvine, Moya Brennan and Karen Matheson. The third, a sell out of The National Concert Hall Dublin, too saw memorable collaborations with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill. The final of these celebratory concerts was at Christmas 2010 in Sligo to a massive hometown audience with special guests, Eddi Reader, Tom Baxter, Moya Brennan and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill, plus over 30 other guest singers dancers and musicians. Cathy also plays in a second group called The Unwanted, featuring long time friend and former Dervish member Seamie O Dowd as well as multi-instrumentalist Californian, Rick Epping. The group explores the connection between the music of Ireland and America and how generations of cross pollination has led to a whole new music which has its roots in both sides of the atlantic. Their debut, “Music From the Atlantic Fringe” was released in 2010 to great critical acclaim. That same year saw Cathy collaborating with Seville folk-rock power houses Rarefolk on a number of concerts as well as there most recent album. Cathy has a deep understanding of the Irish tradition and is regarded as one of the finest traditional singers in Ireland today.