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Call for Entries for Allingham Arts Festival Songwriting Competition 2013

Allingham Arts Festival PicApplications are invited for the Allingham Arts Festival Songwriting Competition 2013, the final of which is due to be held on Friday 8th November.

The competition is being held in conjunction with the Allingham Arts Festival, taking place for the third year running this November, with the winning songwriter set to receive the first prize of €1,000. Singer, songwriter and poet, John Spillane, will lead the judging panel on the night.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 17th October. For further details, rules of entry and to download a copy of the application form, see

Spirit of Folk Awards Semi-Finalists Announced


The semi-finals of the inaugural Spirit of Folk Awards will be taking place at Whelans on Saturday 31st August.

Held in conjunction with the Spirit of Folk Festival, which takes place in Dunderry Park, Co Meath in September, these awards are a celebration of the very best of Irish folk music. An impressive 100 bands applied and nine have made it through to the semifinals, where they will be performing live in one of Dublin’s best music venues.

The nine semi-finalists were named today as: Moxie, Miriam Donohue, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, My Fellow Sponges, Garr Cleary, Laura Ann Brady, The Cujo Family, Vickers Vimy and A Band Called Wanda.

‘Participating in the Spirit of Folk Talent search has been a real pleasure and has provided further proof to me that there is a very healthy and thriving community of music makers and creative artists out there. This SOFF initiative provides a great platform for these artists.’ Says Carl Corcoran of RTE Lyric FM’s Blue of the Night, one of four tasked with judging the awards.

The Spirit of Folk Awards Semi-Finals will also play host to storytellers from all over Ireland including Stephen James Smith, Ruth Marshall and Gemma McGowan. And the Dublin Storytelling Bus will move from their usual home to the boutique Parlor Bar for the night. The event, which runs all day from 3pm, includes a craft and hot food market and will finish with a massive céilí.

By the end of the night, 3 acts will be chosen to go forward to the Final, which takes place as part of the Spirit of Folk Festival on September 21. Established in 2011 by a small team of music enthusiasts, event managers and artists, this festival provides a valuable platform for Irish folk music. Set in the stunning Dunderry Park, other events include storytelling in a megalithic cairn, experimental archeology, druidic ceremony, a three course folksy feast, astronomy, archery and a whole games area with magic, carnival challenges and late night fires and parties.

Tickets for the Semi finals at Whelan’s are €10, Tickets for the Spirit of Folk Festival at Dunderry Park are €50 and include a three course meal. Both are available from



CULTURETECH Announce Group Bookings For Youth and Community Groups as part of September Festival

Culture Tech 2013The CultureTECH Festival have today released details of group bookings for community and youth groups ahead of their September festival.

The festival, which takes place from September 9-15, is a celebration of digital technology, media, music and arts featuring over 160 events and sessions across the week. The announcement will see community and youth groups from across the city be given priority bookings for many of the festival’s most exciting events including a huge games arcade in the Millennium Forum and CultureTECH Junior, a dedicated strand of events for young people, sponsored by Seagate.

Festival Marketing Manager, Connor Doherty said: “We’ve always been very keen to work with as many local groups as possible to make sure that this year’s festival reaches the whole of the city. From today, community and youth groups can block book sessions within the games arcade, CultureTECH Junior and a variety of theatre, arts and technology events across the week.”

“We will also be announcing a series of events to take place in various neighbourhoods across the city during the festival. We have over 100 exciting speakers and dozens of artists, musicians and performers taking part in the festival and we want to make sure that it is accessible as possible for anyone who wants to take part.” he added.

In addition to games and the CultureTECH Junior exhibition, the full list of events where group bookings are available include film screenings, free coding workshops for kids, a multi-media performance for babies, theatre workshops and several theatrical performances.

Although the majority of the programme is completely free to anyone interested in attending, youth and community groups will also be able to reserve seats in advance for performances and take part in hosted, private sessions. Any community, youth group or school interested in booking spaces can contact Connor directly via email to oc.hceterutluc@ronnoc or by phoning +44 28 7126 2379.

Details of the full CultureTECH Festival programme are available online now at


Glasgowbury Team Announce Exciting New Beginnings

GlasgowburyThe organisers behind Northern Ireland’s premiere celebration of homegrown musical talent have just announced that this year’s showcase will be the final full-scale event at its home at Eagle’s Rock, Draperstown. From next year, Glasgowbury will be moving in a new direction, relocating to an expanded creative hub in Draperstown’s Cornstore, where the continued promotion of local talent and expansion of new educational and creative enterprises will thrive.

The not-for-profit festival and charitable social enterprise started back in 2000  and since then has spearheaded Northern Ireland’s live music culture whilst working closely with various local groups and enterprises to bring the arts to the heart of rural communities. Progressing to the next stage of its forward-thinking development, the organisation aims to conquer exciting new territories and develop new audiences. The new hub will allow Glasgowbury to deliver a wider more varied programme of arts and community development continuing to provide tuition programmes and performance opportunities.

This year for the first time ever, Glasgowbury will expand to a two day festival across the weekend of July 19th to 21st, staging a County Derry showcase at Eagle’s Rock, Draperstown on Friday 19th in support of Derry~Londonderry’s City Of Culture celebrations. And So I Watch You From Afar, Japanese Popstars and The Answer are among the bands who will be gracing the main stage over the course of the weekend.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this really special festival for the last time high in the Sperrin Mountains. For info, ticket outlets, travel info and all the latest announcements see

Local Artists to Make Their Mark on Clonmel Junction Festival

Junction Festival ClonmelFifteen of the most exciting young rock musicians, based in Clonmel, including the talented emerging voices of Eoin Hally, Ruairi de Leastar and Kate Twohig have been working with rock musician and producer Gavin Glass creating an unforgettable evening for the 2013 Clonmel Junction Festival. “We Can Be Heroes” will celebrate the rock legends of the last 40 years with a medley of classics from bands like The Rolling Stones, The Cars, The Jam and David Bowie intermingled with original music by the artists performing.

Gavin Glass will be joined on July 6th by special guests Jack L, Paul Walsh (Royseven), Jerry Fish and Cat Dowling. With a four piece horn section and a string trio play throughout and the Junction Festival Choir enrolled for the finale numbers “We Can Be Heroes” promises to be a very special event.

Gordon Street Car Park
Sat 6th July doors from 8.00pm
Tickets €16 (€12 Conc)
Full bar, strictly over 18

The event, which has been made possible with grant support from IMRO and the sponsorship of Bulmers, is just one of a number of music and arts events taking place as part of the Clonmel Junction Festival, taking place from 5th to 14th July. “Under the Arches”, a series of free lunchtime gigs, will feature live performances from up-an-coming local artists and visiting bands. Wednesday 10th July sees a First Music Contact panel taking place with representatives from IASCA, Today FM, BIMM Music College, IMRO and First Music Contact/Breaking Tunes on hand to offer advice to young artists starting out.

For more information on the full line-up of events, and to book tickets, see

Sean McCarthy Memorial Traditional Irish Ballad Competition

sean_mccarthyThe annual Sean McCarthy Memorial Traditional Irish Ballad Competition is now open for entries.

Rules of the Ballad Competition.  

  1. Entries to be received by no later than Friday, July 12th 2013
  2. Entries to be submitted on CD with 3 typed copies
  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 3rd 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.
  14.  Performances on the night of the final may be recorded and /or video at the Committees discretion. Such recordings may be played /transmitted on the sound and visual media, e.g. radio, television, Internet, entrants are deemed to have given their permission for it unless otherwise indicated by them to the Committee

2013Entry Form

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

Hilltown New Music Festival Launch

Hilltown New Music FestivalThe launch of the Hilltown New Music Festival will be held in the Contemporary Music Centre on 13th June at 6pm. The Hiltown New Music Festival takes place later in the summer on 20th and 21st July in Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath.

The Dublin launch will feature performances by Elizabeth Hilliard performing composer Gráinne Mulvey’s The Seafarer for soprano and electronics and Anthony Kelly and David Stalling with members of the Dublin Laptop Orchestra, as well as a programme of fixed medium sound works. The evening will be presented by RTÉ lyricfm Nova presenter, Bernard Clarke. Admission is free and all are welcome to come along.

Now in its sixth edition, the Hilltown New Music Festival continues to showcase Irish and international contemporary music and sonic art by presenting innovative new work to audiences and providing a sustainable place for contemporary arts in the Midlands.

The 2013 Festival takes place 20 and 21 of July, and will be based around an exciting series of concerts, performances and installations by *AR (Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton), Barbara Lüneburg, Dublin Laptop Orchestra, Yonit Kosovske, The Open Rehearsals, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty, Katie O’Looney, Harry Moore, Anthony Kelly and David Stalling, Uwe Storch, Liz Hilliard, David Bremner, and many more.

As was done for the previous festivals, there are two open calls for works, one for scores by Irish based composers to be performed by the Hilltown ensemble-in-residence, and one international call for fixed medium audio works, which will be presented in a special listening room during the festival. Further details on the open calls for works available on

A Band Called Wanda Shortlisted for Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition

A Band Called WandaA Band Called Wanda have just been announced as one of eight finalists in the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition. The Galway-based indie/folk band were selected from 8,000 entries. Last month they made it onto the longlist of 120 artists, selected by 40 blogger judges.

Building up a steady following on the live music scene, A Band Called Wanda have previously supported artists such as David Gray, Alabama 3, Stornoway and The Coronas. Their debut mini-album, “Roses are Still Red”, released in 2010, received plaudits from radio stations in Ireland and abroad.
The band are currently working on their debut LP, due for release later this year.

The live finals of the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition will take place on Saturday 6th April. The event will stream live on the official Glastonbury website at The winning act will then get the chance to play a main stage set at this year’s festival.

For more on A Band Called Wanda, check out their Facebook page and Breaking Tunes profile.

CMC Hosts New Music Marathon

CMCCMC’s annual New Music Marathon takes place on Friday 1 March in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall as part of the inaugural New Music Dublin festival.

This year’s event is held in collaboration with the Music Composition Centre of Trinity College Dublin and has been programmed by its Director Dr Evangelia Rigaki.

Now in its eighth year, the CMC New Music Marathon is a showcase for student composers from around Ireland, providing them with the opportunity to perform their work and hear each other’s music.  Composition and performance students from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, NUI Maynooth, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, the University of Limerick and the University of Ulster will take part.

Performances will take place from 11.00am to 12.45pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm.  The event is open to the public throughout the day.  Admission is free – tickets are available from the box office of the National Concert Hall on arrival.

New Music Dublin is a major new festival that gives voice to a broad range of musical creativity from our time and takes place at the National Concert Hall on 1-3 March 2013.  It is a new partnership initiative of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, The National Concert Hall, RTÉ Orchestras and the Contemporary Music Centre and is the first event arising from a planned five-year partnership. The Arts Council is providing significant funding to New Music Dublin.  The festival forms part of Ireland’s EU Presidency Cultural Programme.


The Galway Music Residency 10th Birthday Festival

Ariel Hernandez and Dermot Dunne10th Birthday Festival in association with Music for Galway

The Galway Music Residency will kick off its first ever festival on February 27th in NUIG with three full days of lunchtime events, workshops and evening concerts. The Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo String Quartet will be joined by Irish Pianist Isabelle O’ Connell, the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet, Argentinian Guitarist Ariel Hernandez & Irish Accordionist Dermot Dunne.

Lunchtime events will include a solo performance by Galwegian Cellist and vocalist Naomi Berrill, a reading from local poet Kevin O’ Shea and an open discussion about “the Making of Music” between Composer in Residence Karen Power and celebrated composer and founder of The Galway Music Residency Jane O’ Leary.

February 27th – March 1st 2013 | AULA Maxima , NUIG, Galway

Lunchtime events 1.10pm | Evening Concerts 8pm

Lunchtime events : FREE | Evening concerts – Admission €20 / €16 /€6 and children under 16 FREE

For tickets call  091705962, or log on to Also available at OPUS 2 High Street, Galway.

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