‘The Raw Sessions with Sony Ericsson’ present


 “The Trouble Makers”




Help The Irish Youth Foundation by Texting “Trouble” to 57111 to Download for €1


Lotus Media, Sony Ericsson and RTÉ are delighted to announce that “The Trouble Makers” featuring members of 70’s Irish celtic rock band Horslips, Republic of Loose, The Blizzards, Brian Hogan (Kíla & Preacher’s Son), Richie Buckley, Kevin Godley (10CC & Godley & Crème), Emmaline Duffy-Fallon (Engine Alley, Preacher’s Son), Tony Oscar and Danny Healy have released a newly recorded version of the well known Horslips’ song ‘Trouble With A Capital T’ in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation, as part of ‘The Raw Sessions with Sony Ericsson’ interactive music television series.


Produced by Lance Hogan, The Raw Sessions recording of “Trouble With A Capital T” is now available to download for €1 euro from www.therawsessions.ie or by texting “Trouble” to 57111.  The track is being released to support the Irish Youth Foundation.


The new celebrity Raw Sessions recording of ‘Trouble With A Capital T’, which was recorded and filmed in 12 hours at Windmill Lane Recording Studios for the fifth programme, will be transmitted on RTÉ Two on Tuesday, 9th June at 11.50pm.


Lance Hogan, producer, commented: ‘It was an absolute treat, and lots of fun to work on reproducing one of the classic Horslips tracks ‘Trouble With A Capital T’ and to work with such a variety of talented singers and musicians.’


Jim Lockhart, Horslips added: ‘It was a hugely enjoyable day in the studio, great ideas and great performances coming from every direction. There's a real buzz about getting to work with people you're a fan of, and I'm particularly a fan of The Republic of Loose. And hats off to Lance Hogan - he's built a track that stays true to the spirit of the original and brings in a whole other dimension’.


Julian Vignoles, RTÉ Assistant Commissioning Editor in Entertainment said: ‘As a big music fan myself, it’s a real joy to be involved in a project like this which reunites legendary band Horslips with some new talent on the circuit to re-record ‘Trouble with a capital T’. It’s a song that lends itself very nicely to this up-to-date reworking.’


The Raw Sessions with Sony Ericsson is both entertaining and real, giving new depth to modern music programmes and opening the door for real independent artists across the country to create music and tell their stories. The celebrity Raw Session with Sony Ericsson is the half way mark in the series before the leading artists from the first four programmes move to Grouse Lodge to write, record and mix more new original songs in front of the cameras in 12 hours or less.  Viewers vote for their favourite song from each programme, and by downloading it can help the artists of the week into the Irish charts.


The Raw Sessions with Sony Ericsson, which is presented by recording artist and producer Dez Ryan and produced by Lotus Media is broadcast on RTÉ Two every Tuesday at 11.50pm until 30 June.  It will also be repeated on Saturday nights at 00.45am after the movie. Independent artists featured on the show include Majella Murphy, Rarely Seen Above Ground (RSAG), Sickboy, Noise Control, Dirty Epics, Hoarsebox, Infomatics and Sweet Jane, all taking part in the series with the goal of becoming “Sony Ericsson Artist of the Year”.


Watch out for more news, band info and series clips on The Raw Sessions with Sony Ericsson on www.therawsessions.ie


About The Raw Sessions

The Raw Sessions concept was conceived and developed by Dez Ryan and producer/artist Chris Gubisch and their band ‘Surplus’ in a garage studio in LA.   The original concept was developed for broadcast TV with Lotus Media. The innovative programme represents a first for Ireland by creating an original music series format while being the first television programme to produce and bring two original songs to life on air each week, which are then offered to audiences for download following the show via www.therawsessions.ie


Each week The Raw Sessions viewers get the chance to vote for their favourite artist and original song that has been created in front of the cameras.  The bands receiving the most votes move to the next round and a chance to record another new song at the exclusive Grouse Lodge recording studio in Westmeath.  Voters will receive a code on their mobile phone which enables them to download their song from The Raw Sessions website www.therawsessions.ie


All downloads count towards the Irish charts so it is important that viewers download the song in order to help their favourite band into the charts!!  The top three artists who record new songs in Grouse Lodge will perform at a live event where one of them will be named “Sony Ericsson Artist of The Year”.


About Dez Ryan

In 2007 Dez Ryan Stewart came to Ireland working with an American rock band called Cowboy Robot.  While touring Ireland dez met music journalist Martin Burns and others in the Irish media who lead him to a forward thinking and creative production company, Lotus Media.   On his travels he also met the Sony Ericsson team when he dropped into Cois Fharraige with Sony Ericsson festival in Kilkee.    Dez presented an idea for a new kind of music TV series aimed at helping independent artists on their way in the music business while telling their true stories and watching them write original songs.  This was an idea that Dez and his band SURPLUS had conceived in Hollywood, California.  Mark and Graham Nolan, owners and Executive producers of Lotus Media got behind the show and together with Dez they developed the TV series.


About RTÉ Two

RTÉ Two is a multi-genre channel aimed at younger audiences with a history of music programmes, both live and recorded. From The Beat Box and 2TV, The Last Broadcast and The 11th Hour with Dave Fanning at the helm, through to The Meteor Awards, The Electric Picnic, and not least, seven series of Other Voices with John Kelly, RTÉ Two remains the first port of call for music loving television viewers. And even younger people's talent isn’t forgotten, with RTÉ Two through The Den providing a platform for budding musical talent on television with innovative programming such as the Jam series and Ice Star Search.


About Lotus Media

Mark and Graham Nolan set up Lotus Media in 2003.   They have been working with Dez Ryan on The Raw Sessions since 2007.   Lotus Media is an established brand in the production and post production sectors in Ireland with many hours of broadcast programming to its credit.  Lotus Media also works extensively in the advertising and corporate sectors. 


About Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson is a top, global industry player with sales of around 97 million phones in 2008. Diversity is one of the core strengths of the company, with operations in over 80 countries including manufacturing in China and R&D sites in China, Europe, India, Japan and North America. Sony Ericsson was established as a 50:50 joint venture by Sony and Ericsson in October 2001, with global corporate functions located in London.  For more information about Sony Ericsson please visit www.sonyericsson.com.


For further information or interviews with Dez Ryan or members of The Troublemakers, please contact:


Nicola Watkins                         Michelle Murphy/Deborah Rowan – Clarify Communications

087-2646858                              086 853 7806 / 086-8301990

nicolawatkins@eircom.net            michelle.murphy@clarify.ie / Deborah.rowan@clarify.ie


Anne-Louise Foley

RTÉ TV Press & Publicity

(01) 208 3298, 085 1288911