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Julie Feeney & Music Generation for glór this Weekend

Music Generation Clare, in collaboration with glór, presents Julie Feeney in concert this Saturday, 12th December at 8pm.

Julie Feeney’s sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews – whether solo, with ensemble, with choirs or with full orchestra – and she composes, arranges and orchestrates all of her own music. Her three albums have been critically acclaimed internationally receiving numerous awards and she has created a whole host of stunning music videos to accompany them. Her opera Bird goes into full production in 2017. Sharp witted, unpretentious and fiercely passionate, Julie Feeney is a genuine artist and a hugely enjoyable performer. After performing shows in Amsterdam, Mexico, Italy, all over Ireland and New York throughout 2015, she is delighted to be back at glór for this very special performance.

Music Generation Clare is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education. In its first eighteen months of operation, through its music tuition programmes, and through partnerships with music education providers, Music Generation Clare has worked with over 1000 children and young people throughout County Clare on vocal, instrumental, songwriting, and early years programmes, and hosted events such as the John Lennon Educational Bus, and the visit of the Young Naperville Singers from Naperville, Illinois.

The event on December 12th will also showcase performances from participants of various partnerships and programmes of Music Generation Clare.

Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Admission: €20 for adults and €10 for under 18’s Leath/Leath Go See! ticket scheme. Tickets can be purchased directly through glór’s online booking system here.

Acoustic Tour for Bell X1 this Autumn

Bell X1 Acoustic Tour 2015Following on from their recent addition to the Ed Sheeran Croke Park line-up this summer, Bell X1 have announced a very special acoustic tour this October. Tickets are now on sale from all the usual outlets.

Paul, Dave and Dom have been busy in the studio recording their 7th album.   This will be the follow up to 2013’s much acclaimed Chop Chop, which was their third Number 1, and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice Music Prize Album of the Year.

Much of this tour finds them returning to some of Ireland’s most-cherished music venues with a few new special stops added in.

You can catch Bell X1 live this October in the following locations:

October Acoustic Tour Dates

Thu 1st – Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

Fri 2nd – INEC Acoustic Room, Killarney

Sat 3rd – Cork Opera House, Cork

Sun 4th – Debarras, Clonakilty

Thu 8th – Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Fri 9th – Backstage Theatre, Longford

Sat 10th – Theatre Royale, Waterford

Thu 15th – Spirit Store, Dundalk

Fri 16th – Belfast (venue TBA)

Sat 17th – The Guildhall, Derry

Sun 18th – Balor Theatre, Ballybofey

Thu 22nd – Set Theatre, Kilkenny

Fri 23rd – Spiegeltent, Wexford

Sat 24th – Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

Sun 25th – National Concert Hall, Dublin

Fri 30th – Glor Theatre, Ennis

Sat 31st – Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Young Musicians Set to Premiere “The Wicklow Ways” by Vincent Kennedy

Wicklow Ways“The Wicklow Ways” is a newly written work for orchestra by Irish composer, Vincent Kennedy, and comprises 73 young Wicklow musicians performing on violin, recorder, ukulele, guitar, piano and a whole host of drums and tuned percussion instruments. The piece will receive its world premiere this Sunday, 22nd March in the Mermaid Arts Centre in two concerts at 3pm and 4:30pm.

Vincent Kennedy was commissioned by Wicklow County Council under the Per Cent for Art Scheme and on behalf of Music Generation Wicklow to engage with four schools across County Wicklow to create the piece. Four workshops have taken place in each school – Scoil Chaoimhin Naofa, Gleann da Loch, Co. Chill Mhantain; St Laurences National School, Kindlestown, Greystones, Co. Wicklow; Lacken National School, Blessington, Co.Wicklow; St Cronans National School, Vevay Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow – since September 2014 , engaging the young musicians in fun and challenging ways, inspiring them to perform to the best of their abilities and reach new heights in their musical development.

Speaking of the project, Vincent said: “Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, has always had a special place in my life and heart. Therefore receiving the commission to write The Wicklow Ways presented me with an opportunity to write music that celebrates the beauty and loveliness of the place and its people and also some of what it means and has meant to me. This experience has also been very important to me because as a seven year old in CBS Westland Row I got the chance to take up music and it changed my life. To be involved with these wonderful young people at the beginning of their music education is tremendous. To experience their enthusiasm, their sense of fun in learning, their kindnesses, their beautiful smiles and laughs, and to see how they have grown musically through the process has been inspiring.”

He added: “I have also experienced some of why they are doing so well and that is down to their brilliant and enthusiastic music teachers, their class teachers and assistants, the support and enthusiasm of the school principals and their dedicated staff and the support of their families and Wicklow Music Generation.”

Along with the children of the WOW Orchestra (Wonderful Orchestra of Wicklow) Aisling Seery plays “Rain, Water, Life” on Piccolo, Descant and Treble Recorders, Eamon Sweeney performs “Glendalough” on classical guitar, Sinéad Finegan premiers “Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh” on Violin with Svetlana Rudenko on piano, Terry Clancy gives the first performance of “Sea and Sky Blues” on Alto Saxophone, Rama Block beating his drums leads us on “A Night on Sugar Loaf Mountain” and James Dunne takes us on a journey by “Steam Train from Greystones to Bray” up and down his Xylophone.

The Wicklow Ways by Vincent Kennedy from Contemporary Music Centre on Vimeo.

The Wicklow Ways is one of four new music works commissioned by Wicklow County Council and produced by the Contemporary Music Centre under the Per Cent for Art Scheme on behalf of Music Generation Wicklow. These commissions have involved some 300 children and young people between the ages of 6 and 16 across County Wicklow.

Tickets are €6 (single ticket) and €12 (family of four). Bookings online via Mermaid Arts Centre or by phone 01 272 4030.

Song Collector Sessions Returning to Douglas this Month

TSouthcountyFeb192014 IMROhe Song Collector Sessions is a show that gets up close and personal with Ireland’s most established, leading and promising artists, allowing the audience to get an insight into the minds and the music of some of this country’s greatest songwriters and indeed, song collectors.

Created by Cork singer-songwriters, Roy Buckley (, The Song Collector Sessions gives each artist a platform to perform and speak about their songs, their music, their influences, as well as some stories from the road and lets the fans experience and enjoy the huge musical talent that our country has to offer that is so often taken for granted. Songs are introduced with legendary stories of how and where and why they were written, and often hilarious anecdotes about the live music industry.

Every Song Collector Sessions show features different guests playing their songs and each show is unique and creates a memorable atmosphere. Previous guests have included John Spillane, Mike Hanrahan and Liam Reilly.

The Song Collector Sessions take place at intimate venues, fronted by Roy Buckley, with at least one other guest artist. This month, the Sessions return to The South County, Douglas, Cork on Wednesday February 19th 2014 – with 3 of Ireland’s finest performers as Roy Buckley guests… John Spillane, Ricky Lynch & Dave Browne.

Tickets 10 euro available from The South County –
Tel: 021 489 15 74
Email: moc.ytnuochtuoseht@ofni

Swords Join Smalltown America Music

swordsDublin three-piece, Swords, have become the latest act to join the ranks of independent Northern Irish label and publisher, Smalltown America Music. The band has signed a publishing deal with the company for selected tracks from their debut album, “Lions and Gold”.

“Lions and Gold” was produced by Karl Odlum and its lead single, also called “Lions and Gold”, has become a mainstay of Irish radio throughout the summer, propelling the band to new audiences and culminating in a triumphant appearance at this month’s Electric Picnic Festival.

Smalltown America Music’s current roster of artists includes Axis Of, Little Bear and LaFaro among others, while their alumni include And So I Watch You From Afar, Fighting with Wire and Oppenheimer.

Swords Upcoming Gigs:

4 Oct Homebeat – Dublin

5 Oct Joburger – Dublin – 1pm Acoustic Session for HWCH13

5 Oct The Workman’s Club –  HWCH13 – (8pm Sharp)

Corrina Jaye to Play Whelans Ahead of Debut EP Release

Corrina_JayeDublin singer-songwriter, Corrina Jaye, has spent the past few weeks recording her debut EP. As she prepares for its release next month, Corrina will be performing some of her new tracks at Whelan’s this Friday, 30th August.

After releasing her debut single, “Dark Room”, last November, Corrina has gone on to support bands like Rooftop Anthem and The Shoos, and to play alongside artists such as Róisin O and The Young Folk.

Tickets for the show are €8 including booking fee. Support on the night comes from Myth, Frankenstein Bolts and Rachael McCormack. Doors open at 7:30pm.

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



Cry Monster Cry & In Their Thousands Announce September Tour

Cry Monster Cry In Their ThousandsCry Monster Cry have announced they will team up with Donegal natives (and winners of the Hotpress/2fm/Guinness “Play on the Day” Competition) In Their Thousands for a joint headline tour of Ireland this coming September.

Having enjoyed international success with their debut EP, The Fallen, which went to the top of the iTunes charts, Cy Monster Cry have spent the last few months writing and recording their debut album. Paying special attention to the art of crafting songs and expanding their sound, they are about to unveil a new chapter of their life that was painstaking and exciting to write.

The latest release from In Their Thousands, “Between the Waters”, was recorded with Dublin based producer Dave “Skippy” Christophers over two separate weeks in 2013. This is the third EP in the four EP project the band started in 2012.

Cry Monster Cry and In Their Thousands will play:
Thu 5th Sep: BELFAST, The Limelight 2
Fri 6th Sep: LETTERKENNY, The Green Room
Sat 7th Sep: DUBLIN, Whelan’s
Sun 8th Sep: DERRY, The Nerve Centre

Tickets for the Whelan’s show in Dublin are priced €13.00 including booking fee and are on sale Tuesday 6th August at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets and online at

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CMC & Walled City Music Festival to Host Concerts & Composer Opportunities in Derry


The Contemporary Music Centre is once again collaborating with Walled City Music on a number of new music events throughout the Walled City Music

Festival (WCMF), Derry. The festival runs from 19 to 26 July and CMC will be in attendance at new music events across 21 and 22 July.

Irish composer Frank Lyons’ new work, The River Still Sings, is performed by the Fidelio Trio, 7:30pm, 21 July. As part of this concert, CMC will host an interval discussion with Frank Lyons, Paul Moore, who collaborated with the composer on the sound design and visuals, and Mary Dullea of the Fidelio Trio. The River Still Sings is a multimedia project that features text by Derry writer Seamus Deane, narration by actor James Nesbitt, sound design and visuals by Paul Moore and a score to be performed by the Fidelio Trio. It was commissioned by the City of London Festival with the Walled City Music

Festival, part of the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of links between the two cities. Admission is free to the interval discussion for concert ticket holders. The event takes place in The Great Hall, University of Ulster, Magee Campus.

The Contemporary Music Centre in conjunction with Walled City Music is also offering a unique opportunity to work with composer Brian Irvine and leading new music ensemble Fidelio Trio, producing new music for piano trio in a two-day residency in Derry. Six places are available for composers to write a 3-5 minute piece from scratch on Sunday, 21 July. Pieces will be based upon the news, using a newspaper from that particular morning.

All materials will be work-shopped with the Fidelio Trio on Monday afternoon, 22 July and performed at a special concert that evening, which is open to the public and has free admission. This residency will take place in the Foyle Arts Building, Magee Campus, University of Ulster, Derry. Facilities and overnight accommodation on 21 July are kindly provided by the University of Ulster. The closing date for applications from composers is 16 July. Applications should be sent to Yulin Zheng ei.cmc@gnehzyta, c/o The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Further details can be found on

The Contemporary Music Centre at the Walled City Music Festival
7:30pm, 21 July 2013
Great Hall, University of Ulster, Magee Campus
Fidelio Trio
Darragh Morgan (violin), Mary Dullea (piano) Robin Michael (cello)
with James Nesbit narrator

Frank Lyons The River still Runs
Osborne The Piano Turner
Ravel Piano Trio

Interval Discussion | Chaired by Evonne Ferguson, Director, The Contemporary Music Centre with panellists Frank Lyons, Paul Moore and Mary Dullea

Booking Recommended |

First Edition/News Today
Foyle Arts Building, Magee Campus, University of Ulster, Derry.

21 July

First Edition/News Today composer workshops

Six selected composers work with composer Brian Irvine on 3 – 5 minute pieces

22 July

First Edition/News Today performer workshop with composers

Six composers and Brian Irvine work with Fidelio Trio on the newly created 3 – 5 minute pieces

First Edition/ News Today concert
6pm, Foyle Arts Building
Open to the public. Free Admission. No booking required
Concert featuring the new work from the performer and composer workshops led by Brian Irvine and facilitated by the Fidelio Trio


Halves Set to Release New Album | “Boa Howl”

Halves Boa HowlThe new album from Halves, “Boa Howl”, will be released this Friday, 5th July on HATEISTHEENEMY Records. It follows their 2010 Choice Music Prize-nominated debut album, “It Goes, It Goes (forever & ever)”.

The album was recorded over two weeks at Svenska Grammofon Studion in Gothenberg and produced by Halves themselves. A vast array of musical instruments, amps and vintage microphones were used in creating “Boa Howl”, and guests on the album include Gemma Hayes who provides vocals, Canadian musician Elaine Kelly-Canning on harp and various local Swedish musicians on strings.

One of Ireland’s most intriguing acts, Halves is Brian Cash, Elis Czerniak & Tim Czerniak. The trio blend a vast range of instruments, acoustic and electronic, to create an evocative, cinematic live experience. Their five releases to date have met with universal critical success, as well as earning them ardent fans from Tokyo to Seattle.

After playing the IMRO Showcase Tour way back in 2008, Halves made their debut TV performance in 2009, topping the viewers’ choice poll on RTÉ’s ‘Other Voices’ series. More recently the band played twice at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas to great response, and have also played Eurosonic, Canadian Music Week and London Calling. Halves have supported the likes of British Sea Power, Mercury Rev, Low and PVT.

You can catch Halves live over the summer at Tower Records in Dublin on July 6th, a headline performance at The Button Factory on July 13th, The Model Arts Centre in Sligo on July 20th, Cypress Avenue, Cork on July 26th and a show at the Forbidden Fruit festival.

‘Boa Howl’ will release nationwide on July 5th 2013 through HATEISTHEENEMY Records on CD, deluxe gatefold vinyl (includes free mp3 download), and digital. 


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