Does it not seem strange that the years 1997-2007, the so-called economic boom, is the first decade that we haven't produced a major quality popular music artist? 1996 was the year that IMRO was granted an effective monopoly in Ireland on collection of royalties (and, transcending their charter, started collecting for Sky as well). Herein lies a story that would make Hunter S. Thompson tremble.
For the past few years, the bureau of criminal investigations of the gardai, helped by Donal Lunny and many other reputable Irish musicians, investigated the anatomy of the scam. The gardai's investigation was thwarted after a DPP leak to IMRO, but further civil proceedings against the British-based mechanical rights organisation (MCPS)revealed much, which we have in writing. Lunny was forced out of IMRO, and now along with Nuala ni Dhomhnaill and other Irish artists, registers his material with the American BMI. This is not a situation any of us wanted.
In the meantime, Dete and corp. enforcement refused to go after any of the many FF-related music companies trading post-dissolution
We can reveal that an ex-Chairman of IMRO had appropriated copyrights by Irish artists to his publishing company. On the formation of IMRO, these were transferred from MCPS/PRS to IMRO, and the artists involved found themselves totally bereft of substantial broadcast or publishing income. IMRO's contract with the musicians does not require IMRO to give detailed accounts.
The result has been Westlife, the now defunct Sam Mumba, and the risible Celtic woman in place of the quality acts we were producing in the time of “recession”. If any musician is reading this, wondering where the next rent money is coming from, please post.
Finally, is there anyone else who finds it strange that two of our PM's daughters were visited by artistic genius?