Donated Guitars

We received an incredible email a couple of weeks ago. The emailer (who wished to remain anonymous) is donating two beautiful guitars and wants us to help find them a home. We want each guitar to go to a musician in need, who will use it regularly and (hopefully) help advance their career. 

The two guitars are; 

  • Gibson ES175D Jazz Guitar – manufactured at the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo in 1981
  • Epiphone EA-250 – manufactured in Japan for the Gibson/Epiphone company in 1971/2

If you feel you could benefit from this beautiful opportunity, please email info@movingonmusic.com before Friday 6 March. The email should include;

  • Subject Line: Donated Guitar 
  • Email: which guitar you would like, a brief overview of why you’re the right person to receive it, **how long you would require the guitar for, why it would benefit you (no essays please), and a link or two to your work.

Please share widely. There’s no strings attached (there are strings attached), we just want to make sure each guitar finds the right home.  


If we use a venue for a concert that doesn’t have it’s own ticketing system, we sell our tickets through a merchant site (generally WeGotTickets)

We’re trialling a new ticket merchant site at the moment (Eventbrite)

Hopefully you’ll find it easier to use, mobile friendly, and less “buggy”.

It also lets us absorb the dirty, rotten booking fee, so you only pay the ticket price shown!

The concerts on sale at the moment are Chamber Choir Ireland ‘Arvo Pärt At 80’, the JamJar Finale Concert, and a weekend ticked for the TEMPERED Contemporary Music Weekend (5 concerts for £25)

As always, if you’ve any feedback or comments, do not hesitate to get in touch!



Artist in Residence – Gerard Gormley

The MAC and Moving On Music are delighted to announce that sonic artist Gerard Gormley will be the next recipient of the MAC Artist in Residence, the residency is hosted in partnership with Moving on Music.

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‘The Rhythm of Youth’ – music exchange programme

As part of its commitment to international learning under The LID (Leadership through Intercultural Dialogue) Programme, Inside Out is seeking to recruit three young musicians/singers between the ages of 18 and 26 to participate in ‘The Rhythm of Youth’, a music exchange programme involving young people from Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Italy, UK and Greece.

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The Thin Air – video interview with Brian Carson

Currently based in the MAC, Belfast, Moving on Music have spent the last twenty years boldly showcasing some of the most exciting and curious jazz, blues, traditional, world and electronic artists. Celebrating that twentieth anniversary this year, the promoters – founded by Brian Carson – will also present the latest installment of their annual Belfast-based jazz festival, Brilliant Corners from March 25-28.

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13 Vices interview

Great interview with Brian Irvine ahead of next week’s 13 Vices tour….

“The artistic pairing of Belfast composer Brian Irvine and Dublin composer/singer Jennifer Walshe on 13 Vices is a mouth-watering prospect. International critical acclaim has greeted pretty much everything that either of them has turned their hands to, in equally diverse, eclectic fields.”

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BDK – Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst

At 7.45pm on Saturday 29th March, Bourne/Davis/Kane will take to the MAC stage for their Brilliant Corners performance.

Considered to be one of the most exciting and sought after jazz trios in the UK and Ireland, their appearance at the festival is worthy enough as it is. However over the past year Matthew Bourne (piano) Dave Kane (bass) and Steve Davis (drums) have been working with composer Piers Hellawell on a commission as part of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial, which is to be premiered in Belfast that very night.

The work, named ‘Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst’ has seen composer and trio collide in a shared space to create a unique piece, leaving behind established writing methods and learning from one another, undermining assumptions about both improvising and the notation of music; composer working with improvisers.

The journey from commission award to performance night has been brilliantly recorded by Piers in a blog and gives a warts and all insight into the creative process behind the commission.

More info on the performance can be here

Workshop Opportunities, with Hard Rain Ensemble and pianist Therese Fahy

As part of the 2015 Night Music series, Moving on Music, Belfast Music Society and Contemporary Music Centre Ireland present two workshop opportunities, with players from the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, and pianist Thérèse Fahy.

These workshops are open to composers born or living on the island of Ireland, who have reached Masters or Phd  level in composition or equivalent professional experience.

The Contemporary Music Centre is taking “expressions of interest” for these workshop, with full details here.

It is acceptable to apply for a place in both workshops. Closing date Fri 16th January.

For more information, email eferguson@cmc.ie