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Written by Sinéad Troy    Tuesday, 17 May 2011 14:55    PDF Print E-mail


IASCA and FMC in partnership with Culture Ireland are giving the gift of music from Ireland to dignitaries and the international press corps travelling with HRH The Queen and President Obama during their individual visits to Ireland this month.

The double CD entitled, Music From Ireland 2011 will be presented to over 1000 visitors and key national and international media who will be in Ireland for the visit of the UK and US heads of state. The main aim of the project is to promote Irish artists both at home (pr & streaming) and abroad (CD) and hope the artists involved benefit by being heard by the recipients, which include international press.

The artist selection process involved representative organisations Music Network, The Contemporary Music Centre, Improvised Music Company and First Music Contact, as well as Culture Ireland and The Arts Council, nominating artists they feel currently represent a snapshot of each genre.

The music is divided in to four chapters, each chapter representing two genres:

Indie & Rock  - Lisa Hannigan, Ham Sandwich, We Cut Corners

Folk & Traditional  -  Mick Flannery, Ryan Sheridan, Fidil,

Classical & Contemporary  -  Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble

Jazz & World -  Metier, Justin Carroll, Niwel Tsumbu

Listen to compilation here 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 November 2013 17:52 )
Written by Sinéad Troy    Thursday, 31 March 2011 13:39    PDF Print E-mail

PLAY_IRELAND__flyer_jpgPLAY IRISH is a new initiative by IASCA to increase the amount of music from Irish bands/artists played on our airwaves. The project involves the local music industry in each county working together for their mutual benefit and centres around a daytime local radio slot called PLAY IRISH·- spotlighting music of all genres by Irish artists/bands on day time radio. The wonderful folk at Galway Bay FM have agreed to pilot the project on Jon Richards' show at 3.30pm every day beginning Monday April 4th.

Tune in to Galway Bay FM locally at: 95.8 MHz (City), 97.4 MHz (Clifden & Connemara), 96.8 MHz (County) & 97.4 MHz (East Galway), 97.2 (Gort) or online at

Every day on the IASCA Facebook page we will announce the artist for that day.. join the page to receive this information or to have your say on what Irish artists you would like to hear, text PLAY IRISH, the artist and song  to: 085 77 00 000

Once successful the project will roll out into other counties and the aim eventually to run on national radio. Tune into Galway Bay FM this Monday and support Irish Radio supporting Irish Artists.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 March 2011 14:46 )
The Best of Irish Music Blogs
Monday, 21 March 2011 13:52    PDF Print E-mail

best-of-irish-music-blogsThe best of Irish Music blogs by the Independent’s Day and Night

Ireland has a healthy mix of music bloggers, who largely focus on independent music with a healthy interest in what’s happening on the ground. Here are 10 Irish music blogs you should check out:

MP3Hugger – Dubliner Kevin has been posting great songs quietly without much fanfare since 2005. Mostly likely to post little-known indie-pop bands who deserve greater exposure such as Dublin’s Scared Animals or Galway’s Low Sea. (

Asleep on a Compost Heap – Verbose, witty, measured, tangental. All of these words apply to Darragh McCausland’s personal space on the web which manages to coherently cover life in Kells, musings on minimal techno and verdicts on the indie albums du jour.

Those Geese Were Stupefied – Karl McDonald is a young Irish writer who takes his music as serious as most scholars take James Joyce. His Irish interview series is essential reading for followers of this country’s music.

Cubikmusik – Cubik’s interests lie in electronica, soul, R&B, beats and hip-hop and you’ll find an eclectic selection of the above on his blog along with his regular “Under the influence” series with producers and musicians.

The Torture Garden – Shane Culloty is the owner of perhaps Ireland’s longest running music blog (March 2005). A massive fan of Arcade Fire and Cathy Davey, his blog is the first place to look for news and demos on both those acts as well as North American folk-indie artists.

Tenacious Tim – Tim is an American living in Ireland. Regular gig-goers should read his experiences with tinnitus and should stay for the tunes drawn from mainly Scandinavia and Ireland.

Bandwidth Films – Our sole Northern representative, Bandwidth is chock-a-block with live performances

Swear I’m Not Paul – Generally less niche than most other blogs, Ronan Hunt-Murphy covers a little bit of everything so you’ll be sure to find something you like in the setlists from gigs, album reviews, news and interviews.

Harmless Noise – No other blogger cares more about Irish music than Nay McArdle. Her regular roundups of Irish music both North and South of the border are absolutely essential reading.

Spherical Notions – Joey Kavanagh’s spot on the web covers live gigs and the hottest new electro and pop acts coming your way. Recent featured artists include Estelle, Ellie Goulding, Goldfrapp, Bitches With Wolves and Kiss Kiss Kiss.

Congratulations to Choice Music Prize Winners - Two Door Cinema Club
Monday, 21 March 2011 13:39    PDF Print E-mail
Two-Door-Cinema-Club-Tourist-HistoryTwo Door Cinema Club have just been announced as the winner of the Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2010 for the album Tourist History (Kitsune). Two Door Cinema Club received a cheque for €10,000 - a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) - as well as a specially-commissioned award, courtesy of the Recorded Artists And Performers Ltd (RAAP).

The 11 strong jury panel of Irish music media professionals deliberated at length tonight and chose the album from the shortlist of 10 records released by Irish artists throughout 2010. The sold-out event in Vicar Street, Dublin featured performances by 9 of the 10 shortlisted acts (Imelda May is currently in Australia and was unable to attend). The event was hosted by Today FM’s Alison Curtis and was broadcast live in a special broadcast on Today FM’s Paul McLoone Show.

The full shortlist of nominated albums was as follows (albums in alphabetical order):

Adebesi Shank - This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi Shank (Richter Collective)
The Cast of Cheers - Chariot
Cathy Davey - The Nameless (Hammer Toe Records)
Fight Like Apes - The Body of Christ & The Legs of Tina Turner (Model Citizen)
Halves - It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever) (Hate is The Enemy)
Imelda MayMayhem (Universal)
James Vincent McMorrow Early in The Morning (Faction Records)
O Emperor - Hither Thither (Universal)
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History (Kitsune)
Villagers - Becoming a Jackal (Domino)

All of the shortlisted albums are available through HMV in their stores nationwide (with the exception of The Cast Of Cheers album which is only available via download).

In recognition of the role of the Choice Music Prize as an important showcase for Irish music, Culture Ireland supported a delegation of key international music industry press, promoters and publishers to attend the event.

Previous winners of the Choice Music Prize Irish Album Of The Year are:
2005: Julie Feeney - “13 Songs”
2006: The Divine Comedy - “Victory For The Comic Muse”
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party - “Super Extra Bonus Party”
2008: Jape - “Ritual”
2009: Adrian Crowley – “Season Of The Sparks” (Chemikal Underground)
Last Updated ( Monday, 21 March 2011 13:52 )
Good luck to all the Irish bands at SXSW
Monday, 21 March 2011 13:29    PDF Print E-mail

music-from-irelandEverybody at IASCA wish to send the best of luck to all Irish bands at SXSW.

For more information please visit

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 March 2011 13:38 )

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