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#irishmusicparty Iron Mountain on “most anticipated” list at

21 March 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

@irishmusicparty LIMERICK group Iron Mountain will release their debut album ‘Unum’ in the United States in April.

The respected rock/metal website has listed‘Unum’ as one of the most anticipated record releases of April 2016. Also going on release in April are new records from Babymetal, Weezer and Deftones. The online magazine is running a poll to decide which is the most anticipated album. Limrock fans can voice their support for Iron Mountain by voting for ‘Unum’ at this link below

The Cranberries back on tour

8 February 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

LIMERICK band The Cranberries will tour in 2016. The first show announced is for Thursday June 9 at Festi’Neuch Openair Festival happening in Neuchatel, Switzerland from June 9 to June 12. See for more details.
More shows are expected from the band during the summer, no Limerick gig has yet been announced.
Guitarist Noel Hogan posted on Twitter, “”This is one of a few shows planned for this summer. More Cranberries dates coming.”

Limerick’s Iron Mountain sign German record deal

27 January 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

LIMERICK’s post-rock group Iron Mountain has signed a five album deal with German record label Prophecy Productions. They will release their debut album ‘Europe-wide’ in April 2016.
The label specialises in “wayside atmospheric music which defies categorisation” and has a healthy roster of bands in black/ dark metal and neo-folk genres, such as Finnish group Tenhi and French shoegaze band Alcest. Prophecy has a reputation for forging long-term collaborations with its acts and is considered to be a quality label by media and fans.
Iron Mountain can expect to gain valuable exposure to a willing audience in Europe and the US, lucrative territories for the label.
Iron Mountain formed in 2012 and features Damien Mullane (guitar), Matt Bashford (uilleann pipes/ low whistle), Ronan Ryan (transverse wooden flute), Stephen Hughes (bass) and Ray Murphy (drums).
The instrumental group played an impressive early afternoon set at Electric Picnic in September and will tour in Europe at the end of July.
No Limerick date has been arranged yet as piper Matt Bashford is engaged on a worldwide tour with Riverdance. In the meantime the other players are jamming and writing the second album and are “very excited” about the new material, drummer Ray Murphy told Limerick Post.

Prophecy Productions explained what drew them to the Limerick band, from the first listen to the band’s debut album ‘Unum’.
“It was as if Psychedelic, Kraut and Post Rock had dusted off the face of Irish Folk when Iron Mountain first erupted on Prophecy’s premises, immediately captivating us with an atmosphere at once archaic and modern.”
‘Unum’ is Iron Mountain’s debut album and was initially self-released by the band in small quantities in early 2015.
Prophecy will now re-issue the album with revised artwork on vinyl for the first time. Prophecy Productions will release Iron Mountain’s ‘Unum’ on Friday April 1.
The album can now be pre-ordered as Digipak CD and Gatefold LP from

Legacy of Joy Division examined at University of Limerick #JoydivisionUL

26 November 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

WHILE Peter Hook’s Limerick show has had to be postponed until the new year because of illness, the hugely influential Joy Division is the focus of a two-day symposium at the University of Limerick happening today and tomorrow, November 25 and 26. People are more than welcome to attend the symposium for free on both days.

The symposium takes place in the Health Sciences Building on the North Campus in UL 9am-5pm
This free event is organised by the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster (Dr. Martin Power, Prof Eoin Devereux and Dr. Aileen Dillane). Presenters have travelled from Ireland, the UK, China, The US (including from Yale), Canada, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain and Portugal.

Co-organiser Dr. Martin Power said: “Following on from successful international events on The Smiths, Morrissey and David Bowie, the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster at UL will examine the legacy of the iconic Manchester band over the next two days.”

Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ is considered one of the most stunning debut albums ever released while on ‘Closer’ Martin Hannett’s incandescent production permeates the record alongside a band that had grown much in confidence approaching their second album.

Both albums have come to yield many landmark tracks, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ with “Disorder” “Insight”, “New Dawn Fades”, and “She’s Lost Control” while ‘Closer’ counts “Atrocity Exhibition”, “Heart And Soul” and “Twenty Four Hours” amongst its many highlights.

Peter Hook’s live show in Dolan’s is postponed until the new year but the two-day symposium which is free to the public happens on University of Limerick campus from 9am to 5pm on both days. #JoydivisionUL

Sligo Jazz brings Chuck Rainey together with Delorean Suite

19 August 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

Limerick’s Delorean Suite got to share the stage and play live for the first time with US session musician Chuck Rainey who played on their debut album ‘Two Lives’
 Delorean Suite, Dave Hockedy, Graham Conway, Jenny McMahon, Tony Roche, Special Guest Chuck Rainey and Pat Byrne   Photo: Lieve Boussauw Delorean Suite, Dave Hockedy, Graham Conway, Jenny McMahon, Tony Roche, Special Guest Chuck Rainey and Pat Byrne Photo: Lieve Boussauw

by Eric FitzGerald

LIMERICK group/ music producers Delorean Suite were invited to play Sligo Jazz Festival recently with US bass player Chuck Rainey. Rainey is one of the best known session musicians in the business. He has recorded with Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, Donald Byrd and Aretha Franklin among many others, With The King Curtis All-Stars, he toured with the Beatles in the late 60s.
Chuck’s bass playing featured on DeLorean Suite’s classy house tune ‘Alone’ from 2013 album ‘Two Lives’. His parts were recorded in the US and the Sligo Jazz Festival was the first opportunity for Delorean Suite to share a stage with Rainey.
Limerick Post quizzed Tony Roche, percussionist from the band, on how the collaboration came about.
“Chuck is friends with Delorean Suite for a number of years and had expressed an interest in visiting and playing in Ireland. The Sligo Jazz Project invited him to be their guest of honour this year when project organiser Eddie Lee heard that Chuck had played on our album, he asked us to perform on the closing night of the festival. We were extremely honoured as the rest of the week’s line up was comprised exclusively of jazz musicians.”
It was Delorean Suite’s first time playing live with Chuck. I suggested to Tony that the live show must have been something special?
“He always said that the universe would bring us together in person. There was a special atmosphere on the night as the audience was mainly students and instructors from the jazz project itself. Playing to such a musically knowledgeable and responsive crowd was a remarkable moment for everyone. Even legendary jazz drummer Adam Nussbaum made an impromptu appearance on stage and began jamming with us! Chuck was eager to express his appreciation for the hospitality he received throughout his stay in Sligo and Limerick and is hoping to return soon.”
Delorean Suite return to live shows in October with a show in Dolan’s scheduled for Saturday October 3. The group is currently recording an EP and has confirmed that Chuck Rainey will be performing on the recording due for release with a UK label in the coming months.
Tony concludes, “The other collaborators on our album, Kat Rodriguez and Divinity Roxx of Beyoncé fame, have expressed a similar interest, so we’re aiming to organise a hometown gig next year where all three will be performing with the band. That should be a lot of fun.”
Stay in touch with these pages for any updates on a release date for the new music.

#video Fall Dogs – ‘Waving at Magpies’

22 July 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

FALL Dogs are John Steel on guitar and vocals, Ross Brennan on keyboards, guitar and vocals, Bryan Healy on bass and Ian McNamara on drums and joined by Siobhan O’Brien on vocals for this new track. Perhaps better known here in Limerick as Tumbledown, the band had a change of moniker this year as there is an American band with the same name.
The new single and video ‘Waving at Magpies’ sees the band reunite with video maker Shane Serrano to produce another homegrown gem. Shane also filmed the group’s debut single ‘Chink in my Armour’ in 2013.
‘Waving at Magpies’ is a brooding anthem riding on a sweet groove from Healy and McNamara with a chorus of “never gonna be happy / never gonna stop hoping”.
The video was shot on location around Limerick city and features a star turn from actor Kevin Kiely as a man living with every phobia and superstition. Conceived by John Steele and Serrano, could there possibly be a “happy ever after” ending for Kiely’s character in this video? See Fall Dogs – ‘Waving at Magpies’ on
The single is out now on iTunes with an accompanying track called ‘This Town’.

Dolan’s is IMRO Irish Venue of the year, UCH takes the Munster award

4 February 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

Hozier at Dolan's, IMRO Irish Music Venue of the Year

LIMERICK venue Dolan’s won the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Award at the annual IMRO event held in Dublin last night. Limerick’s University Concert Hall won the Best Munster Venue award.
The awards are presented annually by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) in recognition of music venues that provide the very highest standards in live music entertainment. Over 10,000 members of the Irish Music Rights Organisation voted for their favorite music venues. Vicar Street was Dublin’s Best Venue while Electric Picnic was Live Music Festival of the Year. The event featured live performances from Jack O’Rourke, Lethal Dialect and The Minutes.

Music Generation’s Voices

27 January 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

THE Limerick Music Generation project will hold a concert which will be streamed worldwide from the city this Tuesday night.
Music Generation’s Boris Hunka explained, “The event is the second in Music Generation’s Limerick Voices series, and follows the success of a similar event last November which involved music on three stages, streamed live to a worldwide audience, that event drew instant responses from New York, Dubai and Sydney.”
The event in November featured teenagers from Music Generation’s songwriting programme, the live event next week however will bring the cream of Limerick’s music scene centerstage. Footage from both concerts will form the foundation for the ‘Limerick Voices Archive’ which promises to be an online, ongoing repository of multi-generational, multi-genre creative expression.
The line-up is a powerful array of local singers, spoken word artists and instrumentalists. They include Kat Turner, Stephen Ryan (Windings, Giveamanakick), God Knows, Glen Scully (Leading Armies), Diane Daly (Irish Chamber Orchestra), Naïve Ted, Ciara Meade, David, James and Ann Blake (Brad Pitt Light Orchestra), Murli, Peter Hanagan, Patrick O’Brien (Windings, Last Days of Death Country), Lisa Bourke, Anthony Monaghan (Protobaby), Bart Kiely Denise Chaila and Boris Hunka.
As last time there will be three stages, allowing the different songs to seamlessly link, and the gig will be streamed live.
Music Generation’s Limerick Voices happens on Tuesday January 27 at Limerick School of Art and Design. The event will be streamed at

Great interview with WavMastering’s Richard Dowling

18 September 2014 by musiclimerick, No Comments

Richard-Dowling WAV Mastering

Great interview with WavMastering’s Richard Dowling by Stuart Clarke is available again on Hot Press Website.–Richard-Dowling-Interview/12400774.html

dREA in running for Electric Picnic

3 July 2014 by musiclimerick, No Comments

LIMERICK artist dREA (Damien Drea) is in a long list of hopefuls competing to play at Electric Picnic 2014. The musician is one of 30 acts in the final stages of 2fm’s Play The Picnic with Oxfam. A shortlist of 10 contestants will be announced on Thursday July 9, all of which will play the 2fm Oxfam Stage at the festival which runs from Friday August 29. The overall winner will be added to the line-up for the Cosby Stage.
dREA has entered the competition with his song ‘Animal’ from his new album ‘Bravest of All’. If you would like to lend your vote to dREA then log on to