Jim Carroll

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From the paper: deal or no deal

Why are so many Irish bands scoring deals with international record labels again?


Tue, Sep 2, 2014, 09:50


Some readers may remember a piece in the paper from 2010 about a new golden age for Irish music. It examined how successful Irish acts had moved away from a reliance on record labels and were taking the DIY route with self-released EPs or albums. The domestic music industry was in a healthy and vibrant state and much of this was occurring away from the gaze and control of the record industry’s permanent establishment.

But in 2014, there’s a bit of a sea-change. In the last 18 months or so, a whole host of Irish acts incuding Hozier, The Strypes, Rosie Carney, Gavin James, Tvvins, Walking On Cars, The Coronas, Delorentos, Soak, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, The Riptide Movement, Hudson Taylor and Daithí have signed recording and publishing deals with international companies. There’s even a singing priest, Fr Ray Kelly, in the mix and there’s talk of more deals to come.

Here’s a piece from The Ticket last Friday examining how and why this change has come about, including observations from Willie Ryan, the barrister behind many of the deals, and Jim Lawless, the manager of The Coronas.