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Who Will Be There

Leo Abrahams

MUSICIAN | PRODUCER

Leo Abrahams

Leo Abrahams is an English musician, composer and producer. He has collaborated with a multitude of musicians, including Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, Jarvis Cocker, David Holmes, David Byrne, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Carl Barât, Jon Hopkins and Paul Simon. After attending the Royal Academy of Music in England, he started his musical career by touring as lead guitarist with Imogen Heap. Since 2005 he has released five solo albums, largely in an ambient style involving complex arrangements and a use of guitar-generated textures. He has also co-written or arranged a variety of film soundtracks, including Peter Jackson‘s 2009 release The Lovely Bones and Steve McQueen‘s Hunger. Recently, Leo has produced Regina Spektor’s album ‘Remember Us to Life’, Hayden Thorpe’s ‘Diviner’, Editor’s ‘Violence’ and Ghostpoet’s ‘Dark Days + Canapés’. In March 2020 Leo will be touring Europe on an ambient show with Jon Hopkins playing in venues including The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and an already sold-out show at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bantum

MUSIC | PRODUCER

Bantum

Ruairi Lynch aka Bantum is a Cork native electronic music producer who mixes elements of electronica, funk, dance and hip hop. He has been releasing music for close to 10 years, culminating in the 2016 RTE Choice prize-nominated album ‘Move’. He has performed in Ireland, the USA and the UK, held slots at festivals including Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Sounds from a Safe Harbour, It Takes A Village and supported the likes of Chet Faker and Jon Hopkins. He has released a number of music & video projects this year with Loah, God Knows, Ben Bix and Farah Elle. Ruairi has also worked on the upcoming short film ‘VOID’ directed by Ger Duffy and produced by Motherland Films. He is currently working on another short documentary with Motherland films alongside many more music projects for 2020.

A-li-ce

VJ | RESOLUME TRAINER

A-li-ce

A-li-ce  (*FR – Berlin) works as a live video artist and as a VJ since 2005. She uses different techniques such as drawing, animation and video in order to create her hybrid time collages in motion. Currently fascinated by biological structures, she proposes in her recent works some innovative stories between imagination and reality by using on stage what she calls « live organic editing » to create her visual journeys.  A-li-ce has showcased her work on the international audiovisual art scene (Mapping Festival (CH), Mira Festival (ES), B-Seite (DE), LPM (IT), Vidéoformes (FR), RoBOt Festival (IT), etc.), with solo and collective projects.  She won the 2nd New Medias Celeste Prize in New York in 2011. Her multi-media work Fucking Wonderland was presented in Kyoto at the National Manga Museum in spring 2014.

Mark Grahm

MUSICIAN| BROADCASTER | TEACHER | BOG SNORKELER

Mark Graham

Mark G is a lecturer in the Department of Creative and Performing Arts at Waterford Institute of Technology by day and is a drummer, vocalist and trombonist with King Kong Company by night. Mark has previously worked for Today FM and RTE Radio. His first book, A Year of Festivals in Ireland, documented his quest to attend three Irish festivals per week for an entire year. He ended up attending three Irish festivals per week for three years, while writing his Festival Fit column for The Irish Times. A Year of Festivals in Ireland won Travel Book of the Year at the Travel Writers Awards 2015. The associated Year of Festivals blog won Best Popular Culture Blog at the Irish Blog Awards.

Susan O'Neill

SINGER SONGWRITER

Susan O'Neill

SON is the stage name of Susan O Neill, a woman who argues through her song, for a transnational melding of musical styles, encompassing the old and new.  SON was shortlisted as PureMzine’s ‘One to Watch’ but more recently won a trip to perform at the Milwaukee Irish fest in conjunction with Tradfest Temple bar. Hailing from picturesque Co. Clare, the prodigiously gifted singer-songwriter honed her musical skills as one of the youngest members of the Ennis Brass Band and gained her first gospel influences with the Really Truly Joyful Gospel Choir. ‘In Clare, there is always a song in the air.’ Later venturing to Waterford to study a BA in Music, SON has been collaborating with festival favourites King Kong Company and Propeller Palms.

Steve Wall

MUSICIAN | ACTOR

Steve Wall

Steve Wall is an Irish musician and actor, lead singer and songwriter with legendary Irish bands The Walls and The Stunning. Known for roles in Vikings, Silent Witness, Moone Boy, Rebellion and An Klondike, his latest project is playing the jazz musician Chet Baker in ‘My Foolish Heart’, a new Dutch feature about the trumpeter’s last days in Amsterdam.

Emma Langford

SINGER SONGWRITER

Emma Langford

Winner of the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award for ‘Best Emerging Artist in 2018′, Emma Langford has wasted no time making her mark on the Irish & international folk scene. Emma is described by song-writing legend Phil Coulter as ‘a breath of fresh air’. Noted for a vocal timbre which dances playfully among the nuances of ‘folk’, her voice is at once defiant and ethereal, her lyrics insightful yet loaded with wit and whimsy. Comparisons are often drawn in style and sound to historically-famed songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Janis Ian. Hailing from Limerick City in the South-West of Ireland, her fusion of home-grown brazen wit and piercingly insightful lyrics combine to create the enthralling live presence for which the young artist has become so well-known. The Irish Times describe Emma Langford’s debut album Quiet Giant as ‘music that weaves a spell as you listen to it’.

Fergal Davis

MASTERING ENGINEER

Fergal Davis

Fergal Davis has had a long career as a recording and mixing engineer, and has been mastering records since 2001. He started as a bassist in numerous bands and soon found out that his heart lay in the studio. He started learning his craft at the Sound Training Centre, Dublin, and spent many years subsequently working in numerous Dublin studios especially within Sun Studios and Apollo Studios in Temple Bar.  His mastering credits include Fontaines DC, Sinéad O’Connor and Muse and countless clients from all genres of music from the past 2 decades. The fact that artists return to his studio again and again is testament to his talent and professionalism in mastering.

Richard Dowling

MASTERING ENGINEER

Richard Dowling

Over 30 years Richard Dowling has worked as a dedicated mastering engineer. Richard is one of the most experienced audio engineers in Ireland. With the only purpose-built hardware-based mastering room in the country in his native Limerick, Wav Mastering is a tour de force both in Ireland and internationally. Previously, Dowling was house engineer for Pete Waterman’s PWL standalone mastering facility Transformation (the Stock Aitken Waterman hit machine) working with Simons Cowell and Fuller and acts as diverse as Kylie Minogue, Napalm Death, Suede and Westlife. From the current base, acts such as Jape and SOAK have been Choice Award winners and the diversity continues from Beoga to Christy Moore to Pillow Queens to The Rubberbandits.

Eleanor McEvoy

IMRO CHAIRPERSON | SINGER SONGWRITER

Eleanor McEvoy

As well as being the chair of IMRO, Eleanor McEvoy achieved star status in Ireland in 1992 when her song “A Woman’s Heart” was the title track for the A Woman’s Heart anthology album.  A Woman’s Heart has since gone on to become the best-selling album in Irish history. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in music and was accepted to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland as a violinist.  She released her eponymous debut on Geffen records followed with tours in the USA, Europe and the Far East. She moved to Columbia Records in New York for her second album “What’s Following Me?”. “Precious Little”, the first single, was a top ten radio hit in the US. Since then, Eleanor has gone on to become an artist and performer known throughout the world. Her critically acclaimed canon of work spans thirteen albums, fifty singles, and appearances on numerous compilation albums. She has also had numerous cover versions of her songs by performers such as Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Mary Coughlan and Bella Hardy.

Steo Wall

SINGER SONGWRITER

Steo Wall

Steo Wall is an emerging talent on the Irish music scene, a striking wordsmith with a unique musical style. His live sets have been described as pure alchemy. Steo has an eclectic taste to his music which shines through the multi-genre array of songs at his disposal.

Dr Kerry Hagan

COMPOSER | RESEARCHER

Dr Kerry Hagan

Dr Kerry Hagan is a composer and researcher working in both acoustic and computer media. She develops real-time methods for spatialization and stochastic algorithms for musical practice. Her work endeavours to achieve aesthetic and philosophical aims while taking inspiration from mathematical and natural processes. In this way, each work combines art with science and technology from various domains. Her works have been performed in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. 

Ray Wingnut

DJ | RECORD LABEL OWNER

Ray Wingnut

Ray Wingnut presents Alt Spin on Spin Southwest. He owns and manages Wingnut Records.

Myriam Riand

VISUAL ARTIST

Myriam Riand

Myriam Riand is a visual artist based in North Clare. After studying Visual Communication in Limerick School of Art and Design, she weaved between travelling and working as a Graphic Designer for events, creating visuals for clients such as Google, AIB and HP. She has recently settled as a freelance artist in Ennistymon. Inspired by the vibrant local music scene, she has started collaborating with local artists to create  album designs & promotional material. Using film photography as her medium of choice, she adapts her designs to incorporate the texture and deliberate imperfections of analog image making.

Aaron Casey

HEAD OF BUSINESS AT BIMM | MUSIC RIGHTS CONSULTANT

Aaron Casey

Aaron Casey is Head of Business at BIMM Dublin. He is a Music Rights and Royalties Consultant.

Eoin O'Neill

DJ | TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN

Eoin O'Neill

Eoin O’Neill is a Clare FM DJ and traditional Irish musician.

Peter O'Brien

HAPPENINGS | ANOTHER LOVE STORY | MUSIC MINDS FOUNDER

Peter O'Brien

Peter O’Brien is a seasoned event organiser and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Happenings and co-founder of Music Minds and Another Love Story. Peter came from a life in professional sport before going on to manage Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, for a year, after meeting them busking on Grafton Street. He went on to found a series of socially and environmentally-conscious businesses in Dublin. His current enterprise, Happenings, evolved with the advent of social media and the possibility to create pop-up events, with little advance notice, in outdoor spaces. Happenings create a wide range of events nationwide from music festivals and shows, open air cinema and yoga classes and social debates. People and the environment are what comes first at all of these events.

Simon O’Reilly

GUITARIST | COMPOSER | MUSIC PRODUCER | MUSIC MINDS FOUNDER

Simon O’Reilly

Simon O’Reilly is a guitarist, composer, producer and co-founder of Music Minds Festival based in Lahinch on the west of Ireland where he has his studio. He has worked with many musicians including The Contempo Quartette, Davey Spillane, Twin Headed Wolf, Kila, Luka Bloom, and The Monks Of Glenstal amongst others. He has written music for award-winning films and many documentaries including Sundance award winner The Summit. His 2016 solo album Evolve was Nailer9’s Irish Times album of the week and was in 2FMs Dan Hegarty’s top 10 albums of 2016.

Workshops

Ableton Music Production

WITH BANTUM

Ableton Music Production

Places for this workshop are limited to 20, please email us your reservation when booking 

This music production workshop will be taught by the music producer Bantum. Participants will explore Ableton software and its possibilities. Bantum will talk through fundamental skills and techniques he uses with Ableton Live.

Duration: 6 hours

11:00 – 14:00 Session 1 

Learn the fundamentals of composing and producing using Ableton live while creating a series of musical sketches.

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Resolume Software Workshop

With A-li-ce

Resolume Software Workshop

Places for this workshop are limited to 20, please email us your reservation when booking 

VJ, Live AV Performance and Video mapping workshop. This full VJ workshop, taught by the live video artist A-li-ce, is an invitation to enter the live video field, giving you the technical tools to start your live visual project by using Resolume Arena Software. We will explore Resolume Software possibilities to develop a VJ set and a live video mapping project.The workshop’s participants will be provided with a temporary Resolume Arena serial number for the workshop duration.

Duration: 6 hours.

Places for this workshop are limited to 20, please email us your reservation when booking 

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Audio Mastering Masterclass

Audio Mastering Masterclass

Steve Wall from The Stunning & The Walls will host a discussion on the dark art of mastering. 

The world of mastering is a confusing murky terrain of different requirements for an increasing number of formats. Artists want their music to sound epic in a large club or venue, but also on the car stereo and the dreaded iPhone mix.  This workshop is a must for any musician releasing music in the modern age on any format. 

Topics cover 

  • Preparing for master
  • Mastering for streaming
  • Mastering for vinyl

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The Irish Music Industry Clinic

WITH MARK GRAHAM

The Irish Music Industry Clinic presents

Mark Graham from the The Irish Music Industry podcast will present a panel discussion with guests Ray Wingnut, Aaron Casey and Emma Langford
Ray Wingnut presents Alt Spin on Spin Southwest. He owns and manages Wingnut Records. Aaron Casey is Head of Business at BIMM Dublin and is a Music Rights and Royalties Consultant. Emma Langford is a singer/songwriter and winner of 2018 RTÉ Folk Award. Emma will play during the discussion.

Introduction to Pure Data Programming

WITH DR KERRY HAGAN

Introduction to Pure Data Programming

Places for this workshop are limited to 20, please email us your reservation when booking.
 
This workshop will help users new to Pure Data (Pd) to begin programming in the environment. The workshop is open to any level of beginner, including those who have limited experience of computer music in general. The workshop will cover topics like audio settings in Pd, getting sound in Pd, built-in help and tutorials, public forums for help, and elementary patching (programming). By the end of the workshop, each participant will have the foundations of a working patch as well as the ability to learn more Pd patching on one’s own. 
Places for this workshop are limited to 20, please email us your reservation when booking. 

Leo Abrahams Master Class

Leo Abrahams Master Class

Leo Abrahams  is an English musician, composer and producer. He has collaborated with a multitude of musicians, including Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, Jarvis Cocker, David Holmes, David Byrne, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Carl Barât, Jon Hopkins and Paul Simon. Since 2005 he has released five solo albums, largely in an ambient style involving complex arrangements and a use of guitar-generated textures. He has also co-written or arranged a variety of film soundtracks, including Peter Jackson‘s 2009 release The Lovely Bones and Steve McQueen‘s Hunger. Recently, Leo has produced Regina Spektor’s album ‘Remember Us to Life’ Hayden Thorpe’s ‘Diviner’, Editor’s ‘Violence’ and Ghostpoet’s ‘Dark Days + Canapés’ In March 2020 Leo will be touring Europe on an ambient show with Jon Hopkins playing in venues including The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and an already sold-out show at the Royal Albert Hall.

IMRO Panel The Irish music Industry The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

IMRO Panel The Irish music Industry The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

IMRO panel discussion on the best and worst of the Irish music industry.

Panellists: Eleanor McEvoy chairperson IMRO. Singer/songwriter, Susan O’Neill. 

More panellists TBA soon.

Informal Patching Circle

Informal Patching Circle

Members of the Pure Data community meet up for a kind of hack-lab informal meeting in local patching circles around the world. These patching circles are inclusive and open spaces for anyone interested in working in Pure Data. There is no workshop, lecture or structure to the patching circle. Rather, people gather and work on their personal ideas, asking for and giving help as needed. Spontaneous demos and collaborations tend to happen. The Music Minds Patching Circle is open to all – time to patch, socialise and share.

REQUIREMENTS: None, if you just want to hang out, but it’s better if you’re there to try out ideas. If you’re there to patch, then you’ll need your laptop with Pd installed, headphones and your imagination.

Promoting music from rural Ireland

PANEL DISCUSSION

Promoting music from rural Ireland

Clare FM DJ and well-known traditional musician Eoin O’Neill will host a panel discussion on how artists are promoting themselves from rural Ireland. The power of the Internet and other promotional devices will be discussed. Featuring singer/songwriters Steo Wall, Susan O’Neill, Emma Langford and music-artwork designer Myriam Riand. The artists will perform during the discussion.

Events

Daytime Events Saturday 18th of January
11:00 — 14:00  Ableton music production workshop part 1 Bantum The Piper’s Chair
15:00 – 17:00 Ableton music production workshop part 2 Bantum The Piper’s Chair
11:00 – 14:00 Resolume workshop with A-Li-ce part 1 A-Li-ce Cullinan’s Conference room
15:00 – 17:00 Resolume workshop with A-Li-ce part 2 A-Li-ce Cullinan’s Conference room
17:00 – 18:00 Ableton & Resolume workshops joint live performance A-Li-ce & Bantum Cullinan’s Conference room
14:00 – 15:00  Audio mastering Masterclass Fergal Davis & Richard Dowling Steve Wall Aileen Suite
15:30 – 16:30 Mark Graham The Irish Music Industry Clinic Mark Graham Aileen Suite
16:00 – 17:00 Introduction to Pure Data Programming Dr Kerry Hagan The Cafe
17:00 – 18:00 Leo Abrahams master class with IMRO Leo Abrahams Aileen Suite
18:30 – 19:30 IMRO Panel  – The Irish music Industry The Good , The Bad and The Ugly TBA Aileen Suite
19:30 – 20:30 Informal patching circle Dr Kerry Hagan The Cafe
Sunday the 19th of January
11:30 – 13:00 Promoting music from rural Ireland Eion O’Neill Aileen Suite
Live Night time Show The Barn Saturday 18th of January
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What Is Music Minds?

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Music Minds 2020 is year two of a multi-genre festival of workshops, live shows, guest speakers and debates for those interested in advancing music, its lineage and its rapidly changing vista through technology. This will take place at Hotel Doolin on the 18th & 19th of January 2019 from 11pm through until late with workshops, panel discussions and demonstrations, followed by an evening of live performances and DJs. The festival organisers are producer and musician Simon O’Reilly and Happenings founder Peter O’Brien. Happenings, together with Homebeat, are behind the IMRO award winning Another Love Story (Best Small Festival 2017).

For information or to get involved mail hello@musicmindsfestival.ie

Accommodation & Travel

Accomodation in Doolin

Hotel Doolin

hoteldoolin.ie
(065) 707 4111

Doolin Village Lodges

doolinvillagelodges.com

Dolls Cottage B&B   

086 609 5233

Moloney House

087 125 0303

Ceol Na DTonnta  

085 838 6827

Glasha Meadows

(065) 707 4443

Doolin Inn   

(065) 707 4421

Gerry Quinn
(Doolin Village Lodges) 

086 888 8883

Sheedy’s Doolin

(065) 707 5050
086 0706263

Cahermaclancy B&B

087 253 7153

Doolin View B&B

(065) 7075875

O’Connor’s B&B

(065) 707 4498

Killilagh House B&B

(065) 707 4392

Churchfield B&B

(065) 707 4209

The Guest Room

085 114 4715

Twin Peaks B&B

086 812 7049

Sauntrai 

(065) 707 4896

Daleview

(065) 707 5683

Killilagh House B&B

(065) 707 4392
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