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The difficulty for Irish artists in trying to get radio play was highlighted again last week when Dublin band Keywest, took to Grafton street in a bid to get airtime.

KeywestHaving initially been discovered by an L.A producer while busking in Galway City, Keywest found themselves back where they started. The band’s lead singer Andy Kavanagh said they were busking to get more radio play in Dublin. He said they’ve been able to get radioplay all over the world but finds it much more difficult in their home country. The fact they’ve been hotly tipped as the next big thing by their grammy nominated producer Mark Needham (The Killers, We are Scientists, Neon Trees) and are making quite an impression in L.A doesn’t matter…

They say everyone has a book in them, if that’s the case surely there’s a couple of songs in there too. To help you find them we look at the inspiration behind some of Thin Lizzy’s greatest hits.

Phil LynottIn My Boy – The Philip Lynott Story, Philomema Lynott reveals some of the personal experiences that inspired her son’s lyrics. “Philip loved writing songs about real people, particularly people who were important in his life” she says. The ladies in his life, his two daughters Sarah and Cathleen, his grandmother Sarah and Philomena herself were all gifted with a song. She says the song “Philomena” which Phil recorded for the Nightlife album on his birthday in 1974 “is a monument not just to Philip’s poetic talent and his creativity…

We take a look at the Artists' Charter which is the latest attempt to stop digital piracy and ask what a list of demands with no potential solutions can really achieve.

Artists CharterWhen are we going to realise simply wanting something and writing it down does not make it happen. It seems like The Secret has been adopted by demonstrators, politicians and music moguls alike. Draw up a list of your desires, believe they will manifest and magically your dreams will come true. You can understand why the Occupy Dame Street camp might live by this philopsophy but more practical rationale is expected from those in the money making business. Yet time after time manifestos are often little more than…