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Ireland’s ‘ultimate music event’ approaches

test 8 September 2009

EIRE: Christy Moore (pictured), Paul Brady, Vince Power and Nicky Ryan are among those lined up to appear at The Music Show 2009, writes David Davies. Comprising seminars, panels, workshops, public interviews, live performances and an exhibition of musical instruments and equipment, The Music Show – which is run by Hot Press magazine – will take place on October 3/4 in Dublin’s RDS Main Hall.

Following the 2008 edition, which was opened by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and attracted 10,000 visitors, The Music Show 2009 will feature interview or seminar appearances from Irish folk luminaries Christy Moore and Paul Brady, Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr, Enya producer/manager Nicky Ryan, singer/songwriter Gemma Hayes, visual artist/producer/Crowded House bassist Nick Seymour and music promoter Vince Power, among others.

International Federation of Phonographic Industries CEO/chairman John Kennedy is also set to speak, and will address the subject of illegal downloading and the threat it poses to the music industry.

"It is the major issue of the moment in music internationally," observed Niall Stokes, editor of Hot Press. "Feelings are running high on both sides of the debate, but there is a lack of clear thinking and a real lack of awareness on the part of a lot of artists about what is at stake. That’s something that we want to address at The Music Show because it is vital that people should base their response to the use of the internet as a means to distribute music in a way that is not prejudicial to the ability of artists to earn a living, or be paid what is due to them, in the long run."

As befits a show widely regarded as a valuable opportunity to see new and established Irish musicians in action, the show will also feature performances from acts including Sharon Corr, Imelda May, Republic of Loose, The Coronas and The Brilliant Things.

"It’s shaping up to be a really brilliant weekend," show director Mark Hogan tells PSN-e. "Last year’s event was a fantastic success and this [year’s] will see an even bigger gathering of the Irish and international music industries in Dublin. A phenomenal amount of business – not to mention networking – takes place over the weekend, and it is now the event for pro-audio professionals, distributors, manufacturers, sound engineers and rental companies looking to develop their business in Ireland."

From a busy programme of seminars and live shows, Hogan highlights the involvement of Nicky Ryan in a panel session. A sound engineer for the likes of Christy Moore and folk supergroup Planxty in the 1970s, Ryan subsequently managed Clannad before focusing on the development of Enya’s music and career from the early 1980s onwards. As producer, engineer and mixer for Enya, he has cultivated a rich, multi-layered sound that has garnered a huge audience worldwide.

"He is the man who invented what people think of as the Celtic sound," notes Hogan, "and he has achieved extraordinary things with Enya, where his unique style as a producer has been central to her amazing success, selling more than 80 million records to date."

For full programme details, visit The Music Show website (link below).

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