Gal­way gives leg-up to Ir­ish mu­sic

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A spe­cial pro­ject de­signed to en­cour­age ra­dio sta­tions to play more Ir­ish mu­sic is be­ing given a trial run on Gal­way Bay FM over the com­ing weeks.

Play Ir­ish has been for­mu­lated by the re­cently es­tab­lished Iasca (The Ir­ish As­so­ci­a­tion of Song­writ­ers, Com­posers and Au­thors). The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ultimate plan is to tar­get the lo­cal sta­tions in each county in a bid to build net­works and in­crease the amount of Ir­ish mu­sic of all gen­res be­ing played on day­time ra­dio. Their even­tual aim is to reach the na­tional broad­cast­ers.

The first county be­ing pur­sued is Gal­way, and Iasca have put the call out to lo­cal artists and bands to take var­i­ous steps to raise their pro­file, in­clud­ing reg­is­ter­ing them­selves on the Break­ing Tunes web­site and with Imro, as well as con­tact­ing Gal­way Bay FM with their mu­sic.

The Jon Richards show, which can be streamed at gal­way­ on week­days from 3.30pm, is the first show to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­ject. Iasca will be launch­ing for mem­ber­ship soon, but for more info on the Play Ir­ish pro­ject, see

Jon Richards: Ir­ish mu­sic fan

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