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Paul Alwright – Seeds of Doubt



We’d Have It All – Shane Fallon (The Shoos)

Shane (Tex) Fallon’s voice is possibly the best-known instrument within his band, The Shoos, so it’s no surprise the lead vocalist was tempted to investigate releasing a solo track at some point. 

Now in 2018, after getting married in 2017 and set to become a dad later this year, Shane figures this is as good time as ever. ‘We’d Have It All’,is the first of a few singles he plans to release under his own name this year, ahead of going back into studio, to record the next album by The Shoos. 

The single goes live today, April 5th, and perfect to get our enthusiasm for spring off to a proper start. The accompanying video was filmed by good friend Stephen Mogerly, whose work as a film maker is already well documented and admired.

‘We’d Have It All’was inspired by Shane’s love of Motown together with his admiration for Lenny Kravitz’s music.

As a band, The Shoos has impressed many industry heavy weights through the years. This admiration was cemented by many of these inviting the band to guest on theirlive shows, including One Republic, Maroon 5, Life House & Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). Indeed, on the release of the band’s last long play, 2016’s self-titled The Shoos, the band was askedto guest with Jeff Lynne at his 3Arena show in Dublin, just a few weeks later. This guest slot was quickly followed by an invitation directly from Jeff Lynne and his management to play his home town show at Birmingham Arenalater the same summer.

Shane packs ‘We’d Have It All’with the similar energy he gives to all his records and live performances. It’s a stomper of a track, and we for one are delighted to hear his voice again, even if we had to wait two years, and we figure you guys just might be too!

Where’s Your Loving Gone – Deaf Joe


The Academic pic 1-1Hot on the heels of announcing their biggest headline show to date at Iveagh Gardens (July 20th 2018) in Dublin, indie rockers The Academic have just announced their biggest international headline tour to date taking in the US, UK and Europe.



The band who release their eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Tales From The Backseat’ – due for release on Friday January 12th – , have spent the last couple of years firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting live bands on the circuit and at festivals across the world, their captivatingly intense live shows have truly won the hearts of their every increasing fanbase. 2018 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the Westmeath four-piece.

‘Tales From The Backseat’ was recorded in Los Angeles and at Abbey Road Studios, London and produced by Tim Pagnotta, (Walk The Moon, Neon Trees, Saint Motel) mixed by Adam Hawkins, (Twenty One Pilots) & Rich Costey (Foo Fighters, Foster The People) and mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.

Live Dates

US/CANADA                                                             EUROPE/UK

FEB     13        WASHINGTON DC               APR     9         VIENNA

FEB      14        PHILADELPHIA, PA           APR     10        MILAN

FEB      15        NEW YORK                           APR     12        PARIS

FEB      17        BOSTON, MA                        APR     13        BRUSSELS

FEB      18        ALBNY, NY                            APR     14        GENK

FEB      20        TORONTO                             APR     15        AMSTERDAM

FEB      21        COLUMBUS, OH                  APR     18        SOUTHAMPTON

FEB      23        CHICAGO, IL                        APR     19        LONDON

FEB      24        NASHVILLE, TN                    APR     21        OXFORD

FEB      25        KANSAS CITY, MO                APR     22        BIRMINGHAM

FEB      27        DENVER, CO                         APR     25        LEEDS

MAR    2         SEATTLE, WA                          APR     26        GLASGOW

MAR    3         PORTLAND, OR                      APR     27        MANCHESTER

MAR    5         SAN FRANCISCO, CA          JUL      20        DUBLIN

MAR    6         LOS ANGELES

MAR     7         SAN DIEGO

The Coronas – Real Feel

As the anticipation continues to grow for their new album ‘Trust the Wire’ (out June 2nd), The Coronas’ newest single, ‘Real Feel’, fuses their catchy radio-friendly tendencies of old, along with their new-found atmospheric sound. This new direction can be heard in their most recent release “We Couldn’t Fake It” which enjoyed significant airplay all over Ireland and further afield.
Photographed in The Dean, Dublin. Photo: Dara Munnis. @daramunnisA feel-good summer anthem about the excitement of a new relationship, ‘Real Feel’ seems destined to delight The Coronas’ fans and will no doubt prove to be an awesome live moment at The Coronas big outdoor shows this Summer at Sea Sessions, Galway Arts Festival and their huge headline show in Kilmainham (July 1st) to name but a few!

‘Real Feel’ can be downloaded from iTunes and ‘Trust The Wire’ can be pre-ordered from here.

See The Coronas live this Summer;

24 June                Sea Sessions, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
30 June                Live At The Marquee, Cork
1 July                    IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
29 July                  Galway Arts Festival, Galway
5 August              Indiependence Festival, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork


Atlas Zero – Afterlife Anarchy (Sink The Ship)

Cult Called Man – Make It Easy (Official Video) – 1976

Cult Called Man have begun a three-part campaign of retro music videos by taking a step back to the 70’s for ‘Make it Easy’, the first single off their debut album Cult Fiction. The video was shot entirely on Super 8 Film in December of 2016.

In a world where the conventional wants to look like Bieber; Cult Called Man feel that the mainstream attained its perfect image with the likes of Taxi Driver in 1976.

Boa Constrictor – The Mountain Man Band

Two primitive men from the wilds of the West coast bang drums and destroy guitar strings.

In a genre they refer to as “Mountain Goat Rock” two primitive men from the wilds of the West coast bang drums and destroy guitar strings and try to play a little music in between.

The Mountain Man Band were formed in 2014 by Pádraic “Pants” Carter on drums and Declan Keane a finger-picking guitarist/vocalist when they realised they couldn’t find anyone else willing to play with them.





Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG

IMRO have just announced details of IMRO First Cuts Showcases at Abner Brown’s. The launch of the new monthly showcase, set to be a cut above the rest, will take place on Thursday 2nd March at 8.00pm with Marc O’Reilly and Ailbhe Reddy set to perform on the night. Admission is FREE but due to limited capacity booking is essential: email events@imro.ie

IMRO First Cuts Showcases at Abner Brown’s will feature the best up and coming as well as established Irish acts. In the intimate setting performers will be given the opportunity to debut new tracks along with their current material. Performance highlights and interviews with all acts who perform will later be streamed online at www.IMRO.ie and across IMRO’s social media channels.

Irish folk/blues troubadour Marc O’Reilly has established himself as one of the most exciting artists within the folk/blues genre gaining comparisons with artists such as John Martyn and Bon Iver. Marc has toured all over Europe including appearances at major festivals like Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Boardmasters and even appeared at the Live in the Vineyard Festival in Napa, California. His alter-ego side project with his brother Pierre, the electro-pop duo ‘R’, recently received excellent radio support for their debut single ‘Change’ from tastemakers such as Steve Lamacq (BBC 6music), Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) and Paul McLoone (Today FM) and reached Number 1 on the Amazing Radio Chart. As if that wasn’t enough, Marc has also provided vocals on 3 tracks for the new album by MOBO winning act Karios 4tet, which has received 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent and Guardian.

Ailbhe Reddy first began to attract attention when a homemade demo of her song ‘Cover Me’ was used in a Today FM radio advert in 2014. Reddy has gone on to feature on every major Irish festival line up, such as Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Other Voices, Hard Working Class Heroes, Knockanstockan and Spirit of Folk. Since the independent release of Reddy’s hugely successful debut EP ‘HOLLOWED OUT SEA’, it has been streamed over 1 MILLION times on Spotify. The first single, ‘DISTRUST’ received glowing reviews and lead to Ailbhe being named as Artist of the Week by Nialler9 in The Irish Times. Influential UK industry newsletter Record of the Day recently featured the song stating ‘prepare to be floored…it’s wonderful’. Ailbhe is tipped for a major international breakthrough in 2017.  Her first offering this year was her single ‘RELENT’ which was premiered on Nialler9 as part of his ‘New Artists to Love in 2017’ feature.  It was Track of the Week in the Irish Times, part of Spotify UK’s New Music Friday and was featured on blogs around the world including Earmilk in New York, The Revue in the UK and many more.

Abner Brown’s is not only the coolest barbershop in town, it’s also one of Dublin’s most unique venues. The unlikely Rathmines venue has already seen performances from hundreds of acts such as Ash, Gavin Glass, Duke Special, David Geraghty (of Bell X1 fame), The Young Folk, Molly Sterling, Mundy, The Hot Sprockets and many more. REM’s Michael Stipe has even paid a visit.

IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers and music publishers) and on behalf of members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. Music users such as broadcasters, venues and businesses must pay for their use of copyright music by way of a blanket licence fee. IMRO’s Mission is to protect, promote and develop the collection and distribution of music royalties; foster music creation and promote the value of music to the creative, cultural and business communities in Ireland

Tickets for IMRO First Cuts at Abner Brown’s are FREE but due to limited capacity booking is essential. To reserve tickets please email events@imro.ie

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IMRO Music Festival of the Year Award 2016

Best Venue / Festival Technical Crew 2016

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The Irish Music Rights Organisation CLG (IMRO) is delighted to announce that the ninth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place on Tuesday 21st February 2017 at IMRO HQ in Dublin.

The shortlist (below) was announced this morning via the IMRO building by Victor Finn (IMRO Chief Executive).

The annual awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience on a weekly basis.

More than 11,500 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live music venue – atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and importantly, the staff and management of each venue. IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, delivering a shortlist of their top ten festivals.

Live music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy.

Of the Awards, Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive said, “A strong live music circuit is the lifeblood of a vibrant music industry.  It is important that we acknowledge those venue owners and festivals promoters whose commitment, passion and support for live music throughout the country enables music creators to continue making the music we all enjoy”.

At the ceremony in IMRO HQ in Dublin on February 21st, awards will be presented to the leading live music venue in each of the following regions: Dublin, Leinster (excluding Dublin), Connacht, Munster and Ulster (Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan).  The IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year will also be presented on the night. Performances on the night will come from Overhead, The Albatross and Soulé plus other acts to be announced soon.

One overall award will be presented to the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year. This award is decided upon by the public, who vote for their live music venue of the year from the combined shortlist of all the regions.

Live music fans should simply log on to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/imrovenueawards choose their favourite from the shortlist provided, by February 18th.  One lucky voter will win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

The ceremony will also see the presentation of the award for Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year via The Readers Poll which is contributed to by Hot Press fans and can be viewed here – http://www.hotpress.com/readerspoll/

Live gigs are where the vast majority of musicians earn their money nowadays,” Niall Stokes, editor of Hot Press said. “Which is why it is so important for Ireland to continue to build a vibrant, active, eclectic live music scene. This country is rightly renowned for the enduringly brilliant musicians, artists and bands we have nurtured and given to the world. But it is also admired, all across the globe, for the quality and depth of the live music that people can enjoy here, almost as if it were on tap. The truth, of course, is that it takes a huge amount of ambition, commitment, organisation and determination – not to mention unshakable self-belief and optimism – on the part of venue owners, promoters and festival organisers alike to make it all happen. It is really important to acknowledge all of the superb work that goes into all of this – and to encourage it. Which is what makes the Live Music Awards so important. Hot Press is proud to be part of what is a vital occasion for Irish music – and ultimately for Irish musicians.”



IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2016 Shortlist


IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

Abner Browns, Dublin 6

Whelan’s, Dublin 2

3Arena, Dublin 1

Vicar Street, Dublin 8

The Academy, Dublin 1


IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

National Opera House, Wexford

The Set Theatre, Kilkenny

The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

The Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow


IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Co. Mayo

Monroe’s, Galway

The Quays, Galway

JJ Harlows, Roscommon

The Venue, Strandhill, Co. Sligo


IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

Connolly’s of Leap, Cork

Coughlan’s, Cork

DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

The White Horse, Ballingcollig, Co. Cork

University Concert Hall, Limerick


IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2016

Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

McGinley’s, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Mc Kenna’s Bar, Monaghan

Hotel Kilmore, Cavan


IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2016

Body & Soul




Sea Sessions

Electric Picnic


Cork Jazz Festival

St Patrick’s Festival Dublin

Galway Arts Festival


IMRO Small Music Festival of the Year 2016

Another Love Story


Other Voices

Willie Clancy Summer School

Doolin Folk Festival

Sligo Live

Kilkenny Trad Fest

Acoustic Yard Festival

BD Festival Wicklow

Dublin Fringe Festival


IMRO Tech Crew of the Year Award 2016



Vicar Street

Other Voices

The Olympia Theatre

National Concert Hall

The Grand Social

Electric Picnic


Body & Soul