We’ve Only Just Begun is a festival that has taken place twice in Whelan’s with its main focus on highlighting female and non-binary musicians and performers of Ireland.
With gigs on a break, the organisers have put that energy into something else very useful – an online directory of female and non-binary artists and how to contact them, therefore negating any booker or person curating a lineup in future that there are no female or non-binary artists in a particular field.
The ideal tool for agents, producers, promoters, radio programmers, labels, publishing companies, artists looking for session musicians or new band members, DJs, original bands.
The directory is free and available at weveonlyjustbegun.ie.
It features over 600 female and non binary recording artists, musicians, composers and DJs.
Founder and director of We’ve Only Just Begun Festival and Directory Shauna Watson said
“The live music industry came to an abrupt halt this year because of Covid-19, our annual We’ve Only Just Begun Festival being one of the many events to be cancelled. While we can’t have a live show, we wanted to develop a project that champions female and non-binary musicians in Ireland, much like our festival does.
The Directory was built to promote artists and give bookers, promoters, agents, radio programmers, labels and managers a direct contact with profiled artists for professional opportunities.
This year particularly, we’ve really noticed such fantastic support for women in the music industry. We’ve seen this evidenced in line ups like Songs From An Empty Room and in the support industry wide for the Irish Women In Harmony charity single. Nothing makes us happier than to see this change and this backing, from all members of our community – irrespective of gender. We strive to continue to be a part of this move towards a more equal industry, through the promotion and showcasing of the incredible talent Irish artists have to offer.”
The Directory was compiled by Shauna Watson who thanks Vick Bain, Jodie Delany, Stephen D’arcy, Sally Ó Dúnlaing, Grace McManus, Lauren Rusowicz, Rubyworks Records, Fair Plé, Ciara O’Leary Fitzpatrick, Ciaran O’Brien, Theodora Byrne and Mary Watson.
You can apply to join if you’re not listed too.