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June showcase at The Acoustic Yard announced

This month’s The Acoustic YardIMRO supported ‘The Acoustic Yard’ on Tuesday 24th of June offers up the sublime songwriting talent of Four Men and a Dog frontman Kevin Doherty, the amazing vocals of Kathleen Turner and the fabulous tunesmith Jimi Cullen. The monthly sessions offers a perfect blend of singer/songwriting under the intimate setting and glass roof of Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar.

Kevin Doherty, from Donegal, has recorded 5 albums with the hugely popular Four Men and a Dog and has appeared at many of the world’s major festivals and venues. Their performances and recordings include supreme examples of the playing of Irish traditional music and a mix of country, folk, blues and americana, including original songs by Kevin. Two of their albums were recorded at the studio of Levon Helm ‘The Band’ in Woodstock, New York.

Kevin has recorded 4 solo albums, ‘Strange Weather’, ‘Sweet Water’, ‘Telegraph’ and ‘Seeing Things’ as well as a limited edition EP called ‘Morocco’. He will be playing some new tracks especially for ‘The Acoustic Yard’ from his latest offering ‘Seeing Things’ a brilliantly constructed CD. Kevin is a true songwriter with lyrics and melodies immersed together in thought-provoking brilliance.

Kathleen Turner is a new name on the singer/songwriter scene and her latest EP release ‘Some Stories’ will surely catapult her into a household name. Coming from a good pedigree as sister of songwriter Juliet Turner, Kathleen has managed to blend contemporary melodies with a more traditional slant which is apparent in her fantastic song ‘Kenmare Bay’. As Juliet posted recently, “Sometimes I see Kathleen coming towards me and think “what am I doing over there?”
Now based in Limerick since 2006 the Tyrone-born singer is Education Outreach Officer with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the key manager of their ‘Sing Out With Strings’ programme.

Jimi Cullen is currently touring his third CD ‘Life’, a wonderful collection of songs played with his amicable carefree sound. Jimi hails from Wexford and started out ten years ago playing in every nook and cranny. As one of the hardest working musicians, it finally paid off when his cover of The Cranberries classic ‘Zombie’ reached number two in the Irish iTunes chart last year.

Recently he was nominated for Best Male, Best Acoustic/alternative and Best Unsigned artist in the Music Review Unsigned awards. As a songwriter, Jimi has written some of the catchiest melodies around and he is a perfect addition to this month’s ‘The Acoustic Yard’.

Doors open 8.30pm and as usual IRISHTV will be there to film the event for future broadcast.

You can follow The Acoustic Yard on Facebook and Twitter.

IMRO Masterclasses & Second Showcase at Temple Bar TradFest

The second of two IMRO showcases at Temple Bar TradFest will take place this evening at The New Theatre with performances from whistle and flute player, Enda Seery, and jazz-inspired traditional group, JP Trio featuring Niamh Farrell.

The New Theatre is also the venue for two IMRO masterclasses tomorrow, Saturday 26th, with Cork songwriter and musician, John Spillane (11am) and traditional and classical composer and musician, Charlie Lennon (2pm).

This evening’s showcase is now fully booked but there are limited spaces available for both masterclasses tomorrow. For further details contact IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or 01 661 4844.

Enda SeeryEnda Seery

Enda Seery is one of Ireland’s finest young whistle and flute players and composers. Enda’s critically acclaimed debut album The Winding Clock was released in 2010 and sees Enda sprinkle his own compositions amongst other well know session tunes.

The Winding Clock album with Enda on whistles and keyboard, John Byrne on guitar and Colin Hogg on bodhrán along with a guest appearance from Enda’s musical siblings: Ciarán (button accordion), Siobhán (flute) and Pádraig Seery (fiddle) has received great reviews from critics and musicians alike. Enda’s compositions are now being recorded by other artists with his cousin All-Ireland Champion button accordion player Colin Nea recently recording Enda’s composition Sam’s Delight (reel) for his new album Between the Jigs and the Reels.

Along with gaining a reputation as a respected teacher, administrator and adjudicator for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and completing a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick with First Class Honours, Enda has featured as a performer on RTÉ, TG4, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has appeared on broadcasts such as RTÉ’s Céilí House and Forefront Productions Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann series on RTÉ and Geantraí on TG4.

2013 will see Enda releasing his second studio album Síocháin na Tuaithe (Peace of the Countryside).

www.endaseery.com

 

JPTrioJPTrio & Niamh Farrell

JPTrio are brothers Ted (banjo, tenor guitar and vocals) and Jos (button accordion, keyboards and vocals), Paddy Hazleton (percussion and vocals), joined by Niamh Farrell for the main vocals. They came together while at Sligo Grammar school, where Jos is this year studying for his Leaving Certificate.

Their three years competing in the Siansa Gael Linn competition for young traditional bands helped them evolve as group musicians (they were the winning group in 2009 as Spraoi) culminating in a 2011 performance at Celtic Connections where they won a best newcomer band award at the Danny Kyle open stage competition.

There are jigs and reels here but everything, bar the sean-nós rendition of ‘UnaDheas’, has a strong jazz influence and an emphasis on rhythmic innovation .Their EP includes two Niall Vallely compositions, one Padraig Rynne, one Gordon Duncan, one Colin Farrell, and two traditional songs (one Irish, one gospel).

Ted explains: ‘When I was in first year of college I lived with a bass player studying Jazz in Newpark [Music Centre in Dublin]. He introduced me to lots of brilliant jazz, and while I was there trying to understand bass lines in jazz/funk/soul music, Jos was learning Jazz piano from Kieran Quinn in Sligo. Oscar Peterson was a huge influence for Jos.

‘Paddy’s mum once said to me, He’s been banging pots and pans since I can remember. Paddy’s talent as a percussionist is pure and comes from his soul.’

www.jptrio.com

 

IMRO Showcases at Temple Bar TradFest Kick Off Tonight

This evening, the first of two IMRO Showcases at Temple Bar TradFest will take place in the New Theatre, Temple Bar. Traditional groups, Tremolo and Réalta, will be kicking things off. The New Theatre is the venue for the second showcase, taking place tomorrow evening, followed by two masterclasses on Saturday afternoon.

Almost all events are now fully booked. For further details contact IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or 01 661 4844.

TremoloTremolo

Tremolo consists of four accomplished musicians from the Irish traditional music scene, brought together by their shared taste in melodic, transparent music. Whilst remaining at all times innovative and refreshing, their technical ability never stands in the way of them remaining true to their collective musical passion.

Donall Donnelly is a talismanic fiddle-player who adds a dynamism and drive to the unique sound of Tremulo. Since becoming ‘Fiddler of Dooney’ champion he has gone on to tour worldwide, supporting bands like Capercaille, the Michael McGoldrck band and playing festivals ranging from Womad to Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Guitarist, Donncha Moynihan, infuses subtlety and warmth into everything he plays. Donncha is Cork-based and was a founding member of the much lauded traditional group Calico in early 1998 who went on to release two award-winning albums- “Celanova Square” and “Songdogs”.

Stijn Van Beek (uileann pipes/low whistle) performs in an eclectic range of bands. He has featured as a soloist on an album with tango bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof playing compositions by Ennio Morricone and has played at major Dutch pop festivals with rock group ‘Moke’.  Making up the four-piece, Karl Nesbitt (bouzouki, flute and bodhran) has performed with some of the best musicians in Irish music in various majestic settings across Europe, the UK and China. He has carved out a reputation for himself as a band arranger and for two years in succession in Brittany, he organised and orchestrated the music for a band representing Ireland at the Festival Interceltique in L‟orient.

www.tremoloband.com

Realta_webRéalta

Belfast based band Réalta have launched onto the Irish music scene with their lively, exciting and unique approach to Irish traditional music. Performing on dual uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals and bodhrán, this multi instrumentalist group make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

Having toured Germany alongside Altan in 2011 and won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2012, these young musicians have earned a reputation for delighting audiences as they present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song.

www.realtamusic.com

Temple Bar Tradfest 2013 | IMRO Traditional Music Showcases

As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at the 8th annual Temple Bar TradFest in Dublin this month, IMRO will be hosting two traditional music showcases in the New Theatre, Temple Bar on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th January to represent the high quality of emerging artists in the Traditional music field.

We are delighted to announce that the four acts selected to take part in the 2013 IMRO Temple Bar TradFest showcases are Tremolo, Réalta, Enda Seery and JPTrio featuring Niamh Farrell.

Showcase 1: Thursday, 24th January Doors 6pm

Tremolo – 6:30pm

Réalta – 7:10pm

 

Showcase 2: Friday, 25th January Doors 6pm

Enda Seery – 6:30pm

JPTrio & Niamh Farrell – 7:10pm

Entry to these showcases is FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential. Please email ei.ormi@pihsrebmem by Monday 21st January to reserve your seat.

Both showcases will take place in The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2. www.thenewtheatre.com. Directions to the theatre can be found here: http://www.thenewtheatre.com/tnt_php/scripts/page/contact_us.php?gi_sn=50ea9f64e5a2e%7C0

Visit: www.templebartrad.com for details on all the events taking place throughout this five day festival!

Artist Details

Tremolo

Tremolo consists of four accomplished musicians from the Irish traditional music scene, brought together by their shared taste in melodic, transparent music. Whilst remaining at all times innovative and refreshing, their technical ability never stands in the way of them remaining true to their collective musical passion.

Donall Donnelly is a talismanic fiddle-player who adds a dynamism and drive to the unique sound of Tremulo. Since becoming ‘Fiddler of Dooney’ champion he has gone on to tour worldwide, supporting bands like Capercaille, the Michael McGoldrck band and playing festivals ranging from Womad to Celtic Connections in Glasgow. Donncha Moynihan is a guitarist of immense ability and taste who infuses subtlety and warmth into everything he plays. Donncha is Cork-based and was a founding member of the much lauded traditional group Calico in early 1998 who went on to release two award-winning albums- “Celanova Square” and “Songdogs”.

Stijn Van Beek (uileann pipes/low whistle) performs in an eclectic range of bands. He has featured as a soloist on an album with tango bandoneonist Carel Kraayenhof playing compositions by Ennio Morricone and has played at major Dutch pop festivals with rock group ‘Moke’.  Karl Nesbitt (bouzouki, flute and bodhran) has performed with some of the best musicians in Irish music in various majestic settings across Europe, the UK and China. He has carved out a reputation for himself as a band arranger and for two years in succession in Brittany, he organised and orchestrated the music for a band representing Ireland at the Festival Interceltique in L‟orient.

www.tremoloband.com

Réalta

Belfast based band Réalta have launched onto the Irish music scene with their lively, exciting and unique approach to Irish traditional music. Performing on dual uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals and bodhrán, this multi instrumentalist group make full use of the intricate melodies and driving rhythms that make Irish music so loved throughout the world.

Having toured Germany alongside Altan in 2011 and won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections 2012, these young musicians have earned a reputation for delighting audiences as they present an enchanting programme of dance music interspersed with the occasional story, air and song.

www.realtamusic.com

Enda Seery

Enda Seery is one of Ireland’s finest young whistle and flute players and composers. Enda’s critically acclaimed debut album The Winding Clock was released in 2010 and sees Enda sprinkle his own compositions amongst other well know session tunes. 

The Winding Clock album with Enda on whistles and keyboard, John Byrne on guitar and Colin Hogg on bodhrán along with a guest appearance from Enda’s musical siblings: Ciarán (button accordion), Siobhán (flute) and Pádraig Seery (fiddle) has received great reviews from critics and musicians alike. Enda’s compositions are now being recorded by other artists with his cousin All-Ireland Champion button accordion player Colin Nea recently recording Enda’s composition Sam’s Delight (reel) for his new album Between the Jigs and the Reels.  

Along with gaining a reputation as a respected teacher, administrator and adjudicator for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, and completing a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick with First Class Honours, Enda has featured as a performer on RTÉ, TG4, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has appeared on broadcasts such as RTÉ’s Céilí House and Forefront Productions Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann series on RTÉ and Geantraí on TG4.
 
2013 will see Enda releasing his second studio album Síocháin na Tuaithe (Peace of the Countryside).

www.endaseery.com

 

JPTrio & Niamh Farrell

JPTrio are brothers Ted (banjo, tenor guitar and vocals) and Jos (button accordion, keyboards and vocals), Paddy Hazleton (percussion and vocals), joined by Niamh Farrell for the main vocals. They came together while at Sligo Grammar school, where Jos is this year studying for his Leaving Certificate.

Their three years competing in the Siansa Gael Linn competition for young traditional bands helped them evolve as group musicians (they were the winning group in 2009 as Spraoi) culminating in a 2011 performance at Celtic Connections where they won a best newcomer band award at the Danny Kyle open stage competition.

There are jigs and reels here but everything, bar the sean-nós rendition of ‘UnaDheas’, has a strong jazz influence and an emphasis on rhythmic innovation .Their EP includes two Niall Vallely compositions, one Padraig Rynne, one Gordon Duncan, one Colin Farrell, and two traditional songs (one Irish, one gospel).

Ted explains: ‘When I was in first year of college I lived with a bass player studying Jazz in Newpark [Music Centre in Dublin]. He introduced me to lots of brilliant jazz, and while I was there trying to understand bass lines in jazz/funk/soul music, Jos was learning Jazz piano from Kieran Quinn in Sligo. Oscar Peterson was a huge influence for Jos.

‘Paddy’s mum once said to me, He’s been banging pots and pans since I can remember. Paddy’s talent as a percussionist is pure and comes from his soul.’

www.jptrio.com

 

IMRO Set To Host Traditional Music Showcases and Seminars at Temple Bar TradFest 2013

As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at the 2013 festival IMRO will host a series of traditional music showcases and master classes in the New Theatre, Temple Bar, over the course of the festival.

Any traditional music groups or artists interested in performing at one of these showcases should email a link to their website or sound files to ei.ormi@esacwohs before 19th December.

Alternatively you can send a CD to the following address:

IMRO Membership Department
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

Temple Bar TradFest 2013

22 – 27 January 2013

The 2013 Temple Bar TradFest will kick off 2013 with a six day traditional musical celebration. Line up will include:

• Over 200 free events – with outdoor stages in Temple Bar.

• This year’s Festival has a very international feel to it. As part of the Gathering 2013 internationally renowned Irish artists living all over the world are being invited to ‘come home’ for TradFest. A special Musical Gathering concert will take place on 22 January in Christ Church Cathedral.

• Throughout the festival artists from England, Scotland, Spain, Poland, Latvia, America and Canada will return home to perform at the Temple Bar Tradfest.

• A series of evening concerts will celebrate Irish music and its influence in Europe, Canada, New York and London. A special concert to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the European Council in 2013 will feature artists from throughout Europe.

• Headline concerts include Sharon Shannon 21st Anniversary Concert, Maura O’Connell, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill and a concert ‘Remembering Barney McKenna’ who performed at the 2012 Festival.

• New venues added include The Irish Stock Exchange, St Werburgs Church and St Patricks Cathedral

• A children’s club and gigs for kids so all ages can get involved.

Now in its eighth year Temple Bar TradFest is a firm favourite on the festival calendar and brings to Dublin City Centre a real celebration of Irish music and culture each January. The 2013 festival has been extended to 6 days and 6 nights and includes two new additional iconic heritage buildings (The Irish Stock Exchange & St Werburgs Church) as festival venues. Kicking off on 22nd January the 2013 Festival line up will include headline concerts, over 200 free events, music trail, singers club, open sessions, two outdoor stages, the international Celtic Irish Dance Show, master classes and showcases, gigs for kids, children’s club, cultural workshops, pipe bands and street performers.

In 2012 over 44,000 people visited the festival with over 13,000 people travelling from overseas. It is expected that this figure will increase to 15,000 in 2013.

Organised by the Temple Bar Traders association with the support of local businesses in the area this January celebration is set to banish those New Year blues. Full programme details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more details go to www.templebartrad.com

Speaking at the announcement Festival Programmer Kieran Hanrahan said: “I am very proud of how the TradFest has grown over the past eight years and has become a firm fixture on the Irish festival calendar. The 2012 festival was attended by over 44,000 people who we hope to see increase this year. The 2012 edition of the festival saw a huge increase of international visitors from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain and Germany who we look forward to welcoming once again in 2013. Already this year we have also seen bookings from the US, Canada and throughout Europe. Year on year the festival has presented some of the biggest names in Irish music alongside many exciting new performers and musicians. In our headline concerts we have assembled a line-up of some of the most iconic figures in Irish Traditional music coupled with some of the most exciting names in emerging Irish talent. Families will not be disappointed either, with outdoor stages with an emphasis on young Irish music and dance talent; street entertainment and a children’s club are just some of the many free events taking place during the festival. I have no doubt that people will enjoy a truly exciting celebration of our culture.”

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