Donal Quinn – ‘Precious’

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Drogheda-based indie dance artist Donal Quinn has just released his brand new track ‘Precious’. 

Mentioned by Hot Press as saying it “sounds quite unlike anything else we’ve come across”.

Described by Indie Buddie as “‘Precious’ is that wiggle and shimmy track that could coax the most stubborn person onto the dance floor. Get your sunglasses out, cocktails at the ready Mr. Quinn has brought the summer early”.

Played by the BBC Introducing it as – “the definition of a feel good track”.

Donal Quinn is gearing up for more releases. You can catch him:

Feb 26; Circle Sessions, The International Bar, Dublin

Mar 2; Dundalk Fm Live Session, The First Cut, Dundalk Fm

Mar 18; Mods, Skins and Soulies for Repeal; The Underground, Dame St.

Apr 5: Near Fm Live Session; Near Fm

 

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LISA CANNY, FREEDOM

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Lisa Canny, a Mayo native living in the UK, has amassed over two million streams online, sold out shows across the UK and US and co-written with a host of artists including Kaiser Chiefs, Melissa Etheridge and Akon. 

Now, Lisa Canny is set to release ‘Freedom‘, the debut single from her upcoming EP, on Friday 23 March 2018 and has also announced a nationwide tour taking in shows in Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Mayo, Limerick this April and May.

Lisa Canny has travelled the world and worked with a plethora of highly regarded names in the industry and was dubbed “Ireland’s next big female artist” by Miles Copeland of The Police. Heavily involved in traditional Irish music, Canny is the seven-time All Ireland Champion on harp and banjo. She was also named UK Future Music Songwriting Winner 2016, placed in the top ten of “Irish acts you don’t want to miss” by BBC America, has appeared on two PBS Specials, the Late Late Show, shared the stage with the likes of Gavin James, Lisa Hannigan and The Coronas.

Her awe-inducing and highly innovative performance style cannot be faulted and mirrors perfectly her organic and captivating song style. The release of ‘Freedom’ stands as a huge statement of intent for Lisa, and one that’s not to be ignored.

Born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland, Lisa Canny is a notably talented musician who creates expertly crafted modern traditional Irish music that’s distinctive, upbeat and effortlessly entertaining. Best known for her incredible covers sold out live performances and her reputation for driving, propulsive and heartfelt delivery, Lisa’s mastering of technique and tradition is nothing short of astounding. Gifted with empowering confidence and a charming sense of honesty, the most exciting and consummate stage of Canny’s career is now pouring vehemently over the horizon.

NATIONWIDE TOUR DATES:
April 1: The Bowery, Dublin
April 21:  Monroe’s, Galway
April 27: The Empire, Belfast
April 28: Town Hall Theatre, Claremorris
May 18: Dolans, Limerick

The Irish Youth Music Awards

 

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The Irish Youth Music Awards Returns To The Aviva Stadium on 22 April 2017

Youth Work Irelands Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) marks its ten-year anniversary this year returning to the Aviva Stadium for its all ages National Day festival on Saturday,April 22, 2017. The National Day will see young musicians aged 12 – 19 from across the country representing their community and performing across two stages throughout the day. The IYMA’s also brings together some of Ireland’s top music industry personnel as it hosts a large educational hub supported by BIMM Institute Dublin. Featuring masterclasses and workshops in vocals, songwriting and more, festival goers can also attend panels led by music industry professionals including BIMM Institute Dublin lecturers and RTÉ 2FM Director of Music Alan Swan.

 Tickets for the IYMAs National Day are available from Eventbrite priced €20 including booking fee. The event is an all-ages, alcohol-free event. Group tickets are also here for youth clubs or projects priced €120 (including booking fee) allowing admission for five young people, two youth leaders and include a set lunch on the day.

The IYMAs is a youth music educational programme helping young bands and musicians aged 12-19 to learn new skills within the creative and music industries and acting as a stepping stone between further education or employment opportunities. With our exciting new partners RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin and LinkedIn Learning, we are providing added media exposure for young up and coming acts in the programme, an opportunity to apply for a musical equipment support bursary if accepted on to a BIMM institute Dublin course and use of Linkedin’s Learning platform to those participating in the programme. As part of the programme we further plan to develop progression paths for young people, and most importantly to create a space for the participants to perform, learn new skills and express themselves”, said Irish Youth Music AwardsDirector Barry Lennon.

Aimed at creating teamwork and friendship at local level, the Irish Youth Music Awards also provides first-hand work experience in all areas associated with the music business such as PR, stage management, graphic design, photography and much more. The programme honours the most effective music projects run by groups of young people based on the entire project from the band, to the crew, to the promotion and to the representing bands’ performance at the Aviva Stadium.

The overall recipient region will win recording time in a professional recording studio, a recording session in RTÉ’s legendary Studio 8 and a full backline provided by Music Maker Dublin. They will also produce an album of their own original tracks released on physical CD with a professional design. Last year’s IYMAs album stormed the Irish compilation charts entering at number five. The album will be digitally distributed worldwide through all major outlets including iTunes and Spotify.

Last year’s recipient act JANAJ from Team Galway who went on to support The Strypes with President Michael D Higgins in attendance said, “Taking part in the IYMAs has opened so many doors for us as musicians and individuals. We got a glimpse into the depth of work that goes into promoting, creating, and selling an act and their music. The IYMAs has helped the young people from our team in Galway grow our passion for music, as well as gaining skills and experience in areas that we may not experience in a traditional school setting.”

The Irish Youth Music Awards National Day takes place in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 22 April 2017.

IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM institute Dublin, LinkedIn Learning, IMRO, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award and Youth Action Northern Ireland.

Tickets on Sale Now For All Ages Youth Music Festival 

Featuring Education Hub with Music Industry Professionals

 

For More Information:
www.iymas.ie
www.facebook.com/irishyouthmusicawards

https://www.instagram.com/official_iymas/

https://twitter.com/officialiymas

 

We Cut Corners

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Live at Whelan’s Dublin Saturday March 25th

We Cut Corners return to the live stage this Saturday, March 25th, with a headline show at Whelan’s, Dublin. Support on the night will come from Laoise (https://facebook.com/laoisemusic). This follows the recent nomination of their 3rd album, ‘The Cadences of Others’, for the RTE Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.

Current single ‘Reluctant Recluse’ Taken from the album ‘The Cadences of Others’

Current Irish dates…

Whelans, Dublin, Saturday 25th March

Roisín Dubh, Galway, Thursday 13th April

Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Saturday 22nd April

The Cadences of Others is available now at www.delphilabel.com, and in all the usual places, for streaming and download.

Praise for ‘The Cadences of Others’

The Irish Times – Album of the Week ****

“Irish duo, We Cut Corners’ third album is a gem.”

Irish Independent

“The third album from the Dublin duo is a tour de force from start to finish.”

Hot Press – 9/10

“The album pulls you in and doesn’t let you go for its full ten tracks.  A fantastic album.”

Irish Mail on Sunday ****

“This group just don’t allow you to settle, and you may not have heard or hear a better Irish album this year.”

COLUMBIA MILLS

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Irish indie/electronic quintet, Columbia Mills, have released a live video for their recent radio hit ‘Battles’. The video was recently recorded in the Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery at the RHA in Dublin (www.rhagallery.ie), with acclaimed artist Leah Hewson’s artwork as a backdrop.

Check out Colmbia Mills new video here

Gig dates:

March 31st – The Kasbah, Limerick

April 1st – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

April 6th – The Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Columbia Mills’ debut album is set for release in early Summer 2017.

LOST IN FRANCE

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On Friday, 3 March the IFI cinema will screen ‘Lost In France’,  an exhilarating new documentary which  explores the rise of this Glaswegian music scene. Following the screening, Dolittle presents bring you a very special show with Chemikal Underground’s Emma Pollock (The Delgados) and RM Hubbert at The Workmans Club.

In Glasgow in the mid-1990s, flourishing indie rock band The Delgados established cult record label Chemikal Underground, heralding a renaissance of independent music in the city that would bring the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand to the world.

Lost in France revisits a defining, chaotic trip to France in the musicians’ early careers. Featuring a stunning mix of live performances and frequently hilarious interviews, the film reunites key label personnel in an intimate exploration of friendship, memory and making music.

Hosted by the Glasgow Film Festival, Lost in France screened as a nationwide cinema event on 21 February followed by an exclusive performance broadcast live via satellite from the Glasgow O2 ABC, featuring a supergroup including Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), RM Hubbert plus The Delgados’ Emma Pollock and Paul Savage.

The Workman’s Club are delighted to bring you what promises to be an incredibly special evening of music with Emma Pollock and RM Hubbert.

Doors will open at 9pm and tickets are priced at €12 / €10 if you bring along your cinema ticket from the screening.

For a taste of what to expect, check out the trailer for Lost In France here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX-fNZsCWrY

An Intimate Evening & Drum Masterclass with Ralph Rolle (Chic)

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Drum Clinic – Q&A – Live performance – Banter – Live Jam Session.

Ralph is best known as Chic’s drummer (yes, that’s him singing Let’s Dance!) but he has also played with Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, John Legend, Elvis Costello, Smokey Robinson & many more. Tonight sees this legend of the sticks take to the stage for an intimate night incorporating a drum clinic, stories from Ralphs incredible musical journey, some songs, a Q&A and to finish up, a live jam session with some of Dublin’s top funk musicians.

Ralph Rolle is a drummer from The Bronx New York (Bronx River Projects). As far back as he can remember he has always marched to the beat of a different drum. He has been playing professionally since the age of 18 and It is no surprise that with more than 3 decades of professional experience, within the music industry, he enjoys an illustrious career as a much sought after drummer and producer.

His performance and recording list include Nile Rodgers and Chic (for which he is best known), Sting, Bono, Bette Midler, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Slash, Eric Benet, Erykah Badu, Toshinobu Kubota, D’Angelo, John Legend, Paul Simon, India Arie, Elvis Costello, Smokey Robinson, Slash, Mickey Dolenz and many more. Ralph also appeared in the Lady Gaga, David Bowie Tribute in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in 2016. N.Y.U invited Ralph to be guest speaker to classes of graduating students where he utilized his lesser known talent as a motivational speaker. The drum clinics that he delivers are sessions in music and life, which attract not only drummers but all types of musicians, singers and those who are interested in growing in a positive way. He has also delivered masterclasses in his craft as well as being L.A .Reid’s personal drum coach. In the last three months, he has delivered drum clinics in Japan, New York and Dublin as well as delivering an incredible solo performance at the Electric Picnic.

For 14 seasons, Ralph was the Drummer for NBC’s “It’s Showtime at The Apollo” with Ray Chew & The Crew and have also played on “The David Letterman Show”. In 1990 he founded Phat Kat Productions, Inc., a music production company. For more than 18 years, Phat Kat Productions has produced and arranged both orchestral and vocal musical segments for commercials such as Nike, Burger King, Miller Genuine Draft, and Dark & Lovely. Movie soundtracks credits include: Beat Street Soundtrack, Love Jones Soundtrack, On the Ropes Sound Track (nominated for an Academy Award), Going In Style (coming in 2017). Ralph was a band member in the recent remake of the movie, Annie Ralph also owns a highly successful bakery business which operates in New York and Tokyo, called The Soul Snacks Cookie Company. His desire is to motivate and inspire others to pursue and to live their dreams

Drum Clinic – Q&A – Live performance – Banter – Live Jam Session.

Video of Ralph at Electric Picnic 2016: https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=0s_aymbOswI

@The Grand Social, Dublin 2.