Thirteen Irish Acts appear at South by Southwest (SXSW) as part of Music From Ireland Programme

Thirteen Irish Acts appear at South by Southwest (SXSW) as part of Music From Ireland Programme

Thirteen Irish Acts appear at South by Southwest (SXSW) as part of Music From Ireland Programme

New Irish artists showcase on the world’s biggest stage with support from Culture Ireland and First Music Contact

First Music Contact and Culture Ireland have announced details of artists who will present Music from Ireland at SXSW 2017, bringing Ireland’s finest exports to showcase globally. 

The SXSW Music Festival is one of the largest and most influential global music industry events of the year, taking place every March in Austin, Texas.  At the 2016 edition, over 67 countries were represented amongst the 2,200-plus official performers.

Record labels, booking agencies, management, export offices, publishers, media outlets, festivals, and more curate showcases with brand new, developing and established talent looking to enhance their careers, gain unparalleled promotional exposure, and reach new audiences.

Music From Ireland will showcase at this year’s SXSW Music in Austin, Texas at The Velveetta Room on St Patrick’s Day (Friday 17 March) and the now infamous Full Irish Breakfast at BD Riley’s on 6th Street, (Thursday 16 March) 

Following on from the success of Eurosonic 2017, the acts showcasing at SXSW 17 are listed below. The Music from Ireland initiative will see further showcases later this year in strong markets for Irish music including The Great Escape, Canadian Music Week, Reeperbahn Hamburg, M for Montreal, Iceland Airwaves and MONDO NYC.

A.S. Fanning                                                                               New Portals

Birds of Olympus                                                                        Picture This

Ciaran Lavery                                                                              Robocobra Quartet

Cloud Castle Lake                                                                       Ryan Vail

EMBRZ                                                                                        Silences

Jealous of the Birds                                                                    The Academic


Full details including times and venue details are available on the Music from Ireland website.

Many emerging Irish musicians have had substantial successes at SXSW in the past and have gone on to become household names. SXSW Music Programmer Casper Mills commented: “With past festival showcase line-ups including Villagers, Lisa Hannigan, James Vincent McMorrow, Saint Sister.  Villagers, Rusangano Family, Hozier, Kodaline, and many, many more, Music from Ireland’s official SXSW showcase is always a highlight for us and the international delegates who come to SXSW to do business.”

The track record of successes of the Music from Ireland programme at South by Southwest has been substantial in recent years and both Culture Ireland and First Music Contact are committed to expanding on this with the current crop of emerging Irish talent.

In addition to music, South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in March celebrate the convergence of the interactive and film industries. In 2017 Culture Ireland is supporting the screening of Song of Granite a feature film by acclaimed director Pat Collins at the SXSW Film Festival, Texas on 12 March 2017. Song of Granite revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney who was shaped in part by the harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Connemara childhood.

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Posted: 07.03.17