Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.
- Elton John
Paddy has been the Chairman of Recorded Artists Actors Performers since 2002. Known as Ireland's King of Jazz, Paddy Cole is a legendary name in the Irish music industry and is recognised as an exceptional musician, broadcaster and entertainer. Throughout his lengthy career, Paddy made his mark by performing in many bands including The Capitol Showband. He is also critically acclaimed for his solo performances at home and abroad in many places such as Las Vegas, New Orleans, the Middle East and on cruise ships throughout the world. In 1997 he was inducted into the Irish Music Hall of Fame. Paddy was also a PPI radio award nominee for his Sunday music show on Sunshine 106.8fm.
Andrew Basquille is a songwriter, concert promoter and broadcaster. He formed his first band Factor One in 1979 and is currently singer with the tribute duo Old Friends. He is founder and managing director of Language and Leisure. Andrew is compiler for the Hot Press music crossword.
For over a quarter-century, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. Mary has released 11 studio albums all of which achieved platinum sales status and spawned countless hits. She has shared stages, TV shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. She has also played a front-line role in bringing Irish music, past and present, to an increasingly appreciative and ever-growing global audience. In an industry noted for its fickleness and its almost insatiable need for fresh novelties Mary Black's enduring successes have proven that her depth of talent and her love of singing transcend the generations, as well as national and musical boundaries too. She is indeed a real Irish treasure and her talent a gift from this small island to a grateful world.
Alan McEvoy has been involved in the music industry for over eighteen years. After spending ten years with an entertainment accountant in Dublin he moved to Limerick to work in house with the Cranberries in 1995. In late 1998 Alan set up his own company, Live Wire Business Management. While maintaining links with the Cranberries he now also attends to the financial affairs of many of Ireland's biggest musical exports including, amongst others Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Samantha Mumba, Westlife etc. In addition Live Wire has now started to develop their overseas interests with a recent addition of a major UK act for their roster of clients. Alan is partnered in Live Wire Business Management by Liam Murphy ACA. In addition to his business management interests McEvoy recently set up an independent record label Wet Clay Records.
Kieran Goss is one of Ireland's leading songwriters and recording artists. He is owner and managing Director of Cog Communications which acts as a label and project management company for artists including Kieran Goss, Luka Bloom, Jimmy Mac Carthy and The 4 of Us. He is also a solicitor with 15 years experience in the music business.
A native of Buncrana in Donegal, Ciaran is an accomplished musician on tin whistle and fiddle. Ciaran, apart from his work with Altan has worked on solo projects and with players such as Matt Molloy, Mary Black, Maura O'Connell, DéDanann and Jerry Douglas to name but a few.
Dublin born jazz musician Richie Buckley is one of Ireland's most renowned saxophone players. Richie's unique style and technique spans contemporary, jazz and rock music and is recognised at an international level. He has recorded and performed with an impressive catalogue of artists including Christy Moore, Carlos Santana, Sinead O'Connor, Paul Brady, Bill Whelan and Elvis Costello. Richie has composed a number of scores including three documentary films; "Luke" "Friel" and "Lee Marvin" along with the film "The General". His critically acclaimed album 'Your Love is Here' featuring his own compositions was recorded in 2000.
Ronan Keating has sold over 25 million solo records worldwide alongside 30 million records with Boyzone and has contributed to the sculpting of the Irish pop industry over the last twenty years. Ronan’s talents and knowledge of the music business have reached a worldwide scale leading him to a spot on the judging panel of Australian’s X Factor since 2010. He is a founding member of the Marie Keating Foundation and is a regular participant in their fundraising events.
Paul is a member of the band Bell X1, who have released five studio albums since 2000. Previously he was in the band Juniper, who formed in the mid nineties and included the singer Damien Rice. Paul has collaborated and toured as a drummer with a number of other artists, including Joan as Policewoman, Martha Wainwright, Gemma Hayes and Cathy Davey. He was also a key contributor to the Cake Sale project, a collaborative album that has raised over €250,000 for Oxfam Ireland.
Philip has been working professionally in the music industry for over 10 years as a recording engineer and music producer. He started his career in Chili studios Dublin, where he worked as house engineer / producer. While at Chili studios he recorded with a wide spectrum of artists; Sisqo, Samantha Mumba, Delta Goodrem, Declan O'Rourke, Brian McFadden to name a few, from there Philip went on to become a freelance producer/engineer. The Script, Kodaline and Aslan were some of the first acts Philip worked with as a freelance producer/engineer. In recent years Philip has worked on some very exciting projects including engineering and producing tracks for Kodaline's two multi platinum selling albums "In a perfect world" and "Coming up for air". Philip has worked with The Script since their first album 10 years ago and Irish rock legends Aslan have enlisted his services on their last three albums. Philip also had the pleasure of engineering Miles Kane's most recent album "Don't forget who you are" with Miles' A-list mod super group at SARM studios London. This year alone Philip has produced tracks for The Academic, The Blizzards, Talos, Darling, Ivy Nations, Hermitage Green, Calum Scott and he has produced a song for Disney's "The Finest Hours" which had a major worldwide cinema release this year.