USB Compilation Album For

In the aftermath of the Blog Awards and having a brief word (and subsequent emails) with’s Johnny Beirne, I’ve been asked to join a panel of well respected musicians and promotors (including the likes of 2FM’s Rick O’Shea, former Choice Music Prize winner Julie Feeney, WLR’s Roddy Cleere, Today FM’s Alison Curtis and more – full list here).

The purpose of the panel is to select 10 tracks from the catalog to go forth onto a USB released compilation album which will be sold online as well as being distributed to key media personnel around the country.

As panelists we’re given the task of listening through and rating a short list of 50 tracks from acts registered on, producing a final selection of 10 to make their way to the album.

I think it’s a great idea from the DM team who continue to help promote (and chart) music from independent Irish and unsigned acts. I’ve worked with a few acts in helping them get their music onto the service (it’s actually a rather easy process) and have seen bands reap the benefits of having their tracks available for download (both for promotional and commercial gain), particularly when the downloads are being tracked for places in the Irish music charts.

The compilation album too will be monitored by ChartTrack so with enough sales we might see a USB released album enter the Irish charts. If anything I’m looking forward to discovering more new music in the knowledge that the contributions made by the panel are further exposing some of the gems of the Irish music scene to a greater audience.


  1. Darren March 11, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Sounds like a cool idea. Good luck with it.

    Do you have a brief to work to? I mean, are you choosing ‘the best’ tracks? Are you choosing ones that will sell well? Are you choosing tracks based on which artists deserve a push? Just curious!

  2. Ken McGuire March 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Can I reply with “I’m not at liberty to say”?

  3. keith bohanna March 11, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Well done mate 🙂


  4. ray March 12, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    “Can I reply with “I’m not at liberty to say”?” ha! you know you want to though!

    Well done again lad, a nice bit of an honor there!

  5. Ken McGuire March 12, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Ah I’m only saying that as we’ll be given the full details over the next few days. The album capacity is going to be increased though, it’s now set at a 15-track album.

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