2009 in Irish music

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This is a summary of the year 2009 in the Irish music industry.

Summary[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

Below is a list of notable albums & EPs released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2009.
Issue date Album title Artist Source Sales Notes
__ January A Fire to Scare the Sun Declan de Barra His second album, featuring Cora Venus Lunny, the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra’s James Dunne, Kíla’s Brian Hogan and Mary Barneccutt from the Vyvienne Long Band.
26 January Some Kind of Kick The Things Released on Nicotine Records.
5 February Dolls and Jigsaws Aoife Moriarty [243]
6 February 100 Midnights The Mighty Stef Released on Firstborn Recordings.
13 February Everyday Demons The Answer [244] Released by Albert Productions.
20 February Blue Lights on the Runway Bell X1 [245]
20 February Coffee Houses Television Room Released on Faction Records.
23 February Untitled Estel [246]
27 February No Line on the Horizon U2 [247] 484,000 copies in its first week[124] Artwork Debuted at the top of the US charts, the band's seventh number one album in that country. Debuted at #1 in the UK. #1 in thirty countries internationally.[124]
6 March Hands Emmet Scanlon and What the Good Thought
6 March Aye Aye Aye Aye The Kinetiks Recorded with Gareth Mannix and featuring the lead track "Lightbulb" and bonus cuts of previous singles "Bite the Bullet" and "Shuffle Your Feet".
7 March Beware of the God Paranoid Visions [248] Eleven-track third album released three years after the band's official reformation, including the single "Missing in Action", which was one of the winners of the Hot Press/Tisch competition, the prize of which was a chance to have a professional quality music video made for them.
9 March Let the Truth Be Told Laura Izibor [249] Released on Atlantic Records.
20 March And So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From Afar [250] Released on Smalltown America Records.
20 March To The Pine Roots Iain Archer [244] Full release to the nine-track album sold the previous year on the internet. Released on Black Records.
20 March Trauma Themes Idiot Times Jinx Lennon [251][252]
20 March Crooked Timber Therapy? [253]
27 March The Nightsaver David Kitt Artwork and tracklisting. Kitt's sixth studio album.
__ April TBA The Brothers Movement Debut album by the band formerly known as Mainline.
10 April We Love You Dark Matter Dark Room Notes [254] Released on Gonzo Records. Recorded over a fortnight in July 2008 in a London studio, it features reworked versions of old songs such as "Love Like Nicotine" and "Shake Shake My Ceiling", and lead single "Let's Light Fires". Artwork.
17 April Human Nature Alphastates [255] Second studio album. Due for a U.S. release in late 2009.
17 April Listen Christy Moore [256] First studio album since 2005's Burning Times.
17 April Strawberry Blood Mundy [257][258][259] Fourth studio album. Artwork
24 April The Beautiful Untrue Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club [260]
8 May I'll Wait for Sound Director [261][262] Completed in LA in late 2008.
__ May U2: Medium, Rare & Remastered U2 [263] 2 CD package described as “a limited-edition collection of rare tracks and lost cuts spanning three decades in the studio”,containing songs such as "Love You Like Mad", "Smile", "Beautiful Ghost", "Xanax And Wine" and "Jesus Christ", previously only available as part of the digital The Complete U2 box set. Released on U2.com.
15 May Transworld Le Galaxie [264] Debut EP.
29 May Pages Julie Feeney [265] Artwork Launch details
29 May Aliquot Strings TUCAN [266] Debut album from the instrumental duo.
30 May Fragile Things (EP) The Ambiance Affair [267]
5 June Grenade The Chapman Society [268] Debut five-track EP.
5 June Perfect Stranger The Chapters [269] Debut studio album.
6 July Jiggery Pokery The Duckworth Lewis Method [270][271] Neil Hannon/Thomas Walsh collaboration set to be the first Irish concept album about cricket. To be released on 1969 Records. Artwork
24 July New Boots Wallis Bird [272] Released on Rubyworks Records.
2 August No Baggage Dolores O'Riordan [273] Second solo album, released on Cooking Vinyl.
28 August The Victory Dance David Geraghty [274] Second solo album.
Unknown Democracy of One Colin Devlin [275]
Autumn TBA The Aftermath Worked on with Noel Hogan.
Autumn TBA D. C. Tempest [276] Debut album.
11 September No Bird Sang Ger Wolfe [277] Fifth album, produced by Peadar O'Riada, released on Raggedy Records, launched at Cork's Corner House Bar at 6 pm on Friday, September 11.
18 September Trees Dream in Algebra Codes [278][279][280]
18 September Colours Reemo [281] Debut album, launched in The Village on Wexford Street, Dublin, on 26 September.
18 September After the Wedding Sanskrit [282][283] Artwork. Featuring banjos, accordions, trumpets and samples of the Pope’s voice.
25 September Tony Was an Ex-Con The Coronas [284] Revealed at Oxegen 2009.
28 September Singled Out Eleanor McEvoy [285] Compilation album of 15 singles from McEvoy's four albums and her new single "Oh Uganda".
__ September Proceeds Neosupervital

[286]

__ September TBA Royseven Completed in the band's own Dublin studio and released on Roadrunner Records.
9 October You Can Make Sound Delorentos [287] Artwork. Released on DeloRecords label through ADA Global distribution.
10 October Analogue Droids (EP) Cowboy X [288] Four-track EP, featuring the songs "Analogue Droids", "Squirrel Chase Ball", "Ed White's Glove" and "Villain In Disguise".
23 October Strict Joy The Swell Season [289][290][291] Featuring members of The Frames and recorded with producer Peter Katis in his Connecticut studio. US release due on 29 September 2009. General release date later pushed back from 25 September until 23 October 2009.
26 October Yes Cadets (EP) Yes Cadets [292] Follow-up to the quartet's debut single "Canada" which was released at the beginning of September 2009.
__ November Live, Love, Lost It — NYC Mark Geary [293] Live album recorded during the summer in New York and released through Independent Records.
9 November Up to Now Snow Patrol [294]
13 November Sidney Maxwell Williamson (EP) Heritage Centre [295]
11 December Little Revelations (rarities album); "Lucky Me", "My Villain Heart" and "Your Vandal (box set of EPs) Duke Special [296]

Singles[edit]

Below is a list of notable singles released by Irish artists in Ireland in 2009.
Issue date Song title Artist Source Sales Notes
5 February 2009 "Alphabet Soup" Aoife Moriarty [303]
6 February "There's a Darkness" The Aftermath
6 February "Under the Weather" Emmet Scanlon and What the Good Thought
15 February 2009 "Get on Your Boots" U2 [304] Date of official digital release, but released on iTunes on 19 January. Originally titled "Sexy Boots", it had reached #1 in Irish Airplay Charts within a week. The video given an online debut on the website of the Irish Independent. #1 in Ireland, #12 in the UK – first time in 12 years a U2 single was not in the UK Top 10.
30 January 2009 "The Great Defector" Bell X1 [305] Internationally released on 3 February 2009.
27 February 2009 "Postcards" The Blizzards
5 March 2009 "Sometimes" Reemo [306][307] Produced by Marc Carolan and available on Reekus Records.
13 March "Awful Cold" Republic of Loose [125]
25 March "Champagne Glass" Alphastates [255] Mastered by Nilesh Patel, includes two Arveene & Misk remixes and taken from the trio's second studio album Human Nature
27 March "Forgotten Man" Peakin' Trippers [308]
23 April "Bits & Bobs" The Focus Group [309]
1 May "Magnificent" U2 [310] Released in CD, 7" and download formats, b-sides include "Breathe" (live from Sommerville Theatre, Boston) on the 7" and a live cut of "Vertigo" and a Justice remix of first single "Get on Your Boots" on the CD release.
1 May "Sing It Without a Tune" Director [262] Taken from the album I'll Wait for Sound and released through the band's own Crapshoot Economics label
8 May "I Will Protect You" Heritage Centre [311] Taken from their debut EP The City, The Tree and The Fox released in February 2009.
22 May "Love Is a Tricky Thing" Julie Feeney [312] Lead single from the Pages LP.
22 May "Trouble with a Capital T" The Troublemakers [313] Downloadable charity cover single recorded at Windmill Lane Studios for The Raw Sessions. The track was released in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation, with a performance on The Late Late Show on the day of its release. The group includes members of The Blizzards, Republic of Loose, Brian Hogan, Kevin Godley and some former members of The Horslips, who are the original performers of the song.
28 May "I'm Every Woman" Róisín Murphy/Sinéad O'Connor [314] Chaka Khan cover version released for ActionAid charity.
29 May "Imagination" D. C. Tempest [276]
12 June "The Dry Law" The Last Tycoons [315]
29 June "The Age of Revolution" The Duckworth Lewis Method [316] Digital release.
2 July "To My Bones" Wallis Bird [272] Video link
10 July "This is Goodbye" Codes [279]
10 July "Dance with You" Neosupervital [286][317]
__ August 2009 "Scream" Jester [318]
__ August "It's Not a Dream" Sharon Corr [319][320] Featured on the BBC Radio 2 A-list in its first week of release above other Irish artists such as Dolores O'Riordan (C-List), Reamonn (C-List), The Duckworth Lewis Method (C-List) and U2 (B-List). Manager John Hughes said: "Normally you expect to debut on the C-list and maybe progress to he B-list—but going straight to the A-list with a debut release is really special. It is a statement of how highly they rate the record". The song later entered the UK Airplay Top 50, climbing from #315 to #41 in one week.
__ August/September 2009 "Oh Uganda/Hands Off Him" Eleanor McEvoy [285]
__ September "Listen Dear" The Coronas Video directed by Simon Eustace. Lead single from the album Tony Was an Ex-Con.
11 September "A Song from Earth" Ger Wolfe Lead single from the album No Bird Sang.
18 September "City Lights" Sleep Thieves [321] The electronic trio's first proper single.
28 September "Higher" Jaded Sun [322] Taken from the album Gypsy Trip.
__ October "Into the Trees" Miracle Bell [323] Free download from band website.
__ October "Rose" Theme Tune Boy [324] 49 second single available in several formats including download. Released by Niall Quinn, formerly of The Hitchers and Pennywhores, under the name Theme Tune Boy.
2 October "Secret" Delorentos [287] From the album You Can Make Sound.
9 October "And Another Thing..." The Blizzards [325] Inspired by Eoin Colfer's And Another Thing... novel from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Also released in the United Kingdom.
12 October "True Love1980" Ash [326][327][328] Part one of the A-Z Series of fortnightly releases.
19 October "Howl On" Bap Kennedy [329] Taken from the album Howl On.
24 October "Closer"
"Wake Up"
Ever27 [221] Two singles released in the same day.
30 October "Just Say Yes" Snow Patrol [294]
__ November "You Talked I Can Tell" Alphastates [330] Third single taken from the band's second album Human Nature. Released on Magi records with their two previous singles, "Human Nature" and "Champagne Glass".
6 November "Out of the Darkness" Ham Sandwich [331]
19 November "Vinegar Joe" Sounds of System Breakdown [332] Available as a free download from the band's MySpace page.
23 November "Comfort Zone" The Answer [333]
__ December "Wrong So Wrong" Eleanor McEvoy [334]
2 December "This Is to Mother You" Sinéad O'Connor [335] Re-recorded version of her 1997 song released in aid of Girls Education & Mentoring Services (GEMS) as an anti-child prostitution single. Produced by Doc McKinney and Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest, extra vocals provided by Mary J. Blige and Santigold.
11 December "Sing to Me" The Mighty Stef [336]
2009 "Raise the Dead" Colin Devlin
2009 "Let's Light Fires" Dark Room Notes [254]
2009 "Shine" Laura Izibor
2009 "Big Bad Handsome Man" Imelda May [337]
2009 "Time" Michele Ann Kelly [338] Dedicated to marriage equality.

Festivals[edit]

Oxegen 2009[edit]

Electric Picnic 2009[edit]

Indie-pendence '09[edit]

Castlepalooza '09[edit]

Live at the Marquee[edit]

Cois Fharraige[edit]

Slane 2009[edit]

  • Lord Henry Mountcharles is understood to be in "serious negotiations" with potential acts for Slane in 2009.[341] At the time the concert was due to take place AC/DC would have been in the middle of an 18-month world tour, their first in eight years, making the band one of the favourites to be the headline act.[342] However on October 14, 2008 the band confirmed a date at the O2, Dublin which cast doubt on such a likelihood.[343] Then, the following day, Oasis confirmed themselves as Slane 2009 headliners.[344] Noel Gallagher and guitarist Gem Archer flew by helicopter [345] into the County Meath venue for a photoshoot and press conference.[346] The show will take place on Saturday June 20, 2009.[347] Promoter MCD had planned to keep the announcement secret but news was leaked on online bulletin boards and blogs [348] with media reports beginning to leak the evening before.[349][350][351]

Music awards[edit]

2009 Meteor Awards[edit]

The 2009 Meteor Awards took place at the RDS in Dublin on 17 March 2009. Below are the winners:[352]

Award Winner(s)
Best Irish Male Mick Flannery
Best Irish Female Celine Hopkins
Best Irish Band The Script
Best Irish Album The Script - The Script
Best Irish Pop Act Westlife
Best Irish Live Performance The Blizzards - Oxegen
Best National DJ Ray Foley - Today FM
Best Regional DJ Dermot, Dave & Siobhan - Dublin's 98
Hope for 2009 Wallis Bird
Most Downloaded Irish Song Galway Girl – Mundy and Sharon Shannon
Best International Male James Morrison
Best International Female Duffy
Best International Band Elbow
Best International Album Only by the Night - Kings of Leon
Best Live International Performance
Industry Award Niall Stokes[353]
Humanitarian Award Father Shay Cullen's PREDA Foundation[353]
Lifetime Achievement Award Sharon Shannon[354]

Choice Music Prize[edit]

The Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2008 was awarded to Jape for the album, Ritual, at Vicar Street on 4 March 2009.

See also[edit]

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