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Dublin Songwriter Rocks the TEDxKlagenfurt 2015 Stage

Between playing more gigs that there are days of the week and working with songwriting collectives throughout Europe, you wouldn’t think Dublin-born Vienna-based singer-songwriter, Shane Ó Fearghail, would have time to fit more in. But he’s just managed to add another great experience to his songwriting CV – wrapping up the TEDx event at Klagenfurt.


Shane was asked to perform and close the show with his self-named “TedSing” in Klagenfurt, Austria in September. The event also featured speakers from the worlds of technology, science and philosophy and took place in the extraordinary Schleppe Event Hall in Klagenfurt.

You can check out Shane’s slot at TEDx in the video below. Shane returns to Dublin this month and plays East Side Tavern on Leeson Street Lower on 28th December, featuring special guest Momár. Doors at 19:30 and admission is €12.

Shortlist Announced for The Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2015

Clancy Brothers songwriting logo NEWThe Shortlist has been announced for the 2015 Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition.

The votes are in and the top three songs are…


‘Make it Stay’ by Avi McGourty (Templemore, County Tipperary)

‘The Truth is Not Your Own’ by Jamie Mulrooney (West Coast of Mayo)

‘Southern Fire’ by Katie Carpenter, Gary Burke and Liz Madden (Dublin)

With more than 120 entries from the four corners of Ireland, and as far away as Canada and Jamaica, this year’s Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition was hotly contested.

Now the votes are in, the top three are on their way to Carrick-on-Suir to play a in the beautiful, atmospheric Nano Nagle Chapel on Sunday May 31st in what is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art. The winner of the competition will be revealed on the night.

Lisa Loughrey, last year’s winner, will headline with her group The Mariannes, an urban folk band with strong Irish folk, blues and alternative country roots, and songs forged with hard hitting lyrics, beautiful melodies and harmonies, and powerful arrangements. They recently released an EP with Lisa’s winning song, ‘Lost With All Hands’, as the title track. Lisa used her prize from last year to help towards the cost of producing the CD.

With cash prizes of €500 for the winner and €200 for each of the runners up sponsored by the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art and IMRO, no one will leave empty handed. The winner also receives a voucher for CD duplication from Duplication Ireland worth €215 and all three gain premium services from Other competition sponsors are Music Matters Ireland and the Tudor Artisan Hub.

Doors open 7pm and tickets for the concert are €10 from the Tudor Artisan Hub, 42 Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Ph 051 640921.

For more see

The Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition Open for Entries

Clancy Brothers songwriting logo NEWThe Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2015 is now open for entries. With free entry and a prize fund in excess of €1,500, this is an open competition for new, original songs.

Following a successful first year, competition organisers are looking forward to hearing a wide range of music from across Ireland.

The competition is open to all musical genres and styles, and to all ages and nationalities. As long as it is a song, it is eligible for entry. Entries are accepted on CD or by email in MP3 format, so it couldn’t be easier to enter.

This is a songwriting competition with the songwriter in mind. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. The quality of performance and production will not be considered.

The three finalists will perform their song at a concert on Sunday May 31st in the Nano Nagle Chapel, Carrick on Suir, during the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art 2015 as part of a fifteen minute set. The winner will be announced at the end of the concert.

With cash prizes of €500 for the winner and €200 for each of the runners up sponsored by the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art and IMRO, no one will leave empty handed. The winner also receives a voucher for CD duplication from Duplication Ireland and all three will gain premium services from

With further support from IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation), Music Matters and the Clancy Brothers Festival, this songwriting competition is set to grow.

Last Year’s Winners

Lisa Loughrey’s winning song, ‘Lost with all Hands’ is the title track on The Mariannes’ new EP. The Mariannes are launching their CD in Whelan’s, Dublin, on Thursday April 9th. And runner up Robb Murphy’s song, ‘Mysteries of the Heart’, features on his new album, ‘Sleep Tonight’, due out in March.


Email entries:

Postal entries:
Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition

C/O The Tudor Artisan Hub
42 Main Street
Co. Tipperary

Closing date: April 29th, 2015.

Finalists will be notified by May 13th, 2015.

Please read the full rules before entering.

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New Single from Donna Marie | “I’m Missin You”

Donna Marie

Wexford singer-songwriter, Donna Marie, has just released her new single and video, “I’m Missin’ You”.

A longtime member of the Southeast’s legendary band “Breeze Junkie/Breeze52”, Donna Marie is now making the transfer from a talented and key band member to a leading solo artist.

In April 2010, Donna Marie released her debut Single “Simple Song”. Her second single “I Can’t See It” was released in April 2011, followed by her debut album “My Voice” on iTunes in February 2012.

Donna Marie has been taking it easy writing new songs, while still making some appearances supporting artists such as Davey Arthur & The Fureys, Brian Kennedy, Derek Ryan, Michael J Cloke, Gerry Carney,The Saw Doctors, The Jades, David O Connor, The Druids and many more. Donna Marie and her band also provided the half time entertainment for the 18,000 strong crowd at the crucial Leinster v Edinburgh Magners League rugby showdown in the RDS.

You can check out Donna Marie’s new video for “I’m Missin’ You” below.

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The Songwriter Club | Upcoming Meetings in Dublin & Galway

The Songwriter Club is back in Dublin on Saturday 21st September from 2pm – 5pm at The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.

Special guest speakers will be Dave Conway (Gigonometry) plus Kev Kirwan and Naomi O’Shea (Timebomb Sessions).

On Sunday 29th September, the club will be visiting Galway for the first time. The meeting will take place from 3pm to 6pm at The Secret Garden, 4 William Street West, Galway and will be hosted by local singer/songwriter, Noreena Gill, along with Keith McLoughlin.

The Songwriter Club was set up by Keith McLoughlin and Sinead McNally and has been running in Dublin since October 2011. The idea behind the club is to bring songwriters together every couple of months to chat about songwriting, the music industry, share ideas, set up collaborating groups and have fun getting to know each other.

There are usually special guests at the meetings, sharing information from different areas of the music industry. All songwriters, whatever the genre, whatever the standard are welcome to attend. The organisers ask for a €2 donation per person towards the use of the venue.

Follow the group on Twitter @songwriterclub and Facebook

The Brady’s Sessions Returns to Terenure

The Brady's Sessions - Terenure, IrelandThis September sees the return of The Brady’s Sessions, a monthly singer/songwriter night taking place on the last Friday of the month. Since it was set up in June 2012 by Keith McLoughlin, musicians from around Dublin and throughout the country have taken part in the event hosted at Gub Dandy’s at Brady’s Pub, Terenure.

After a summer break the next event takes place on Friday 27th of September at 9pm till late with six acts booked in to play the night – Suzie Whelan, Ria Czerniak, Written in Sound, Denis Delaney, Emma O’Reilly and Al Keogh.

For more info visit The Brady’s Sessions on Facebook


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

New Music Collective Launches

The Urchin Collective logoUrchin Collective is a movement of independent musicians based in Ireland operating in the genres of avant garde, electronica, folk, Irish language, trad, alternative and indie.

Inspired by the work of other Irish and international collectives such as Community Music and Blocks Recording Club, in the next year the collective will release a sampler of their music and present several curated events.

The first of these shows will take place at Bewley’s Theatre Café on March 8th and will feature Enda Reilly, Fia Rua, Justin Grounds and Pearse McGloughlin. Doors are at 8.00pm and admission is 12 euro (10 for advance reservation from moc.liamg@evitcelloccisumnihcru).

For a free sampler check out

Email: moc.liamg@evitcelloccisumnihcru |

 If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together

Urchin Collective is:

Fia Rua

Upbeat dirty folk with minimalist dark romantic balladry

“contemporary and timeless …” Hotpress

Enda Reilly

Award winning singer and songwriter reminiscent of John Martyn writing in both

English and Irish

“an absolute treat …” Wildy’s World

Justin Grounds

Violinist, singer and electronicist.

“a superbly crafted release of atmospheric music …” Nialler 9

Pearse McGloughlin & Nocturnes

Intimate songs akin to Red House Painters and Spiritualized

“Soft focused tunes delivered with quietly assured authority…” Jim Carroll, Irish Times

Sweeney Lee

Acoustic-folk sensibility with jazz and blues influences

New Open-Mic Night for Wicklow | The Stable Sessions

Stable Sessions VenueA new open-mic night is set to launch in Wicklow’s newest music hotspot, Hego’s Market, next Friday 15th March at 9pm. The Stable Sessions will take place in an intimate setting where all are welcome to share their songs and stories. Special guests on the launch night will be Fair City’s Pat Nolan (AKA Barry) who will MC the night and singer-songwriter, Luan Parle.

After the launch night, sessions will take place on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Singer-songwriters interested in booking a slot can do so by contacting The Stable Sessions through their Facebook page or at moc.liamg@snoisseselbats.

The event is run in partnership with Wicklow Hospice.

For more information see or follow the sessions on Twitter @stablesessions.

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