Once in Waltons Music…

On April 28 2016, some of the cast of the smash-hit stage show ONCE gathered in Walton’s Music store to announce details of the 2016 summer run at the Olympia Theatre. They were joined by writer/director John Carney (Once, Begin Again, Sing Street) who came by to say hello and reminisced about filming some of the ‘Once’ movie in Walton’s Music store 10 years earlier.

Huge thanks to Walton’s Music store for hosting us and to John Carney for dropping in to say hello!

ONCE returns to the Olympia Theatre, Dublin for 8 weeks only in summer 2016 https://oncemusical.ie

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WALTONS MUSIC FOR SCHOOLS COMPETITION WINNERS

Congratulations to all twelve Finalist schools who took part in the Waltons Music for Schools Competition today at the University Concert Hall. Limerick. They treated us to a simply wonderful afternoon of music. What a tough job the judges (Micheal O Suilleabhain and Gwen Moore) had in choosing the winners. After long deliberation these were the worthy winners:
Post Primary Schools Winners:
1st Prize (€3000) OUR LADY’S SECONDARY SCHOOL, CASTLEBLAYNEY
2nd Prize (€1500) SCOIL MHIURE, TRIM
3rd Prize (€500) PRESENTATION COLLEGE, HEADFORD
Primary Schools Winners:
1st Prize (€3000) CRAANFORD NATIONAL SCHOOL, GOREY
2nd Prize (€1500) GAELSCOIL MOSHIOLOG, GOREY
3rd Prize (€500) GAELSCOIL AONACH URMHUMHAN, NENAGH

MAITH SIBH!

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Remo Belli (1927 – 2016)

Remo BellWhat Xerox is to copying machines and Kleenex is to tissue, Remo is to drumheads: a trademark that has become virtually synonymous with an entire product category. Remo Belli, the man behind the product, did more than anyone else to introduce the world to synthetic drumheads. With his passing, the industry has lost one of the few individuals deserving of the much-overused phrase “icon.” Not only did he revolutionize a product; he built a world-class company and spent an entire career promoting the benefits of drumming with an unmatched zeal. 

While the origins of rock ‘n’ roll remain the subject of debate, it’s safe to say the genre would never have gotten as far as it did without Remo’s synthetic head. Previously, drumheads were laboriously made by wrapping calfskin around a wooden hoop. As rock ‘n’ roll gained traction in the early 1960s, driving demand for drumkits, the makers of calfskin heads were simply unable to keep up. Remo’s Mylar solution, dubbed the “Weather King” because it was impervious to climate, saved the day, providing drum makers with enough heads to fill their growing order books.

The story behind Remo and his drumhead is a classic entrepreneurial tale. Born in Mishawaka, Indiana, Remo developed his interest in drums at an early age, watching his uncle’s polka band at the local Italian Club. His father urged him to take up the accordion, but he was determined to play drums. Remo, who often said the market for musical instruments was made up of “compulsive” musicians who had no choice but to play and “impulsive” musicians had only a passing interest, placed himself squarely in the “compulsive” category. 

By the time he entered high school, World War II had broken out and all the local drummers had been drafted. As one of the few drummers left in Northern Indiana, he soon had more gigs than he could handle. The varied performance experience honed his skills, and when he enlisted in the Navy at 18, he was immediately assigned to the Navy band.

After receiving his discharge, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career as a professional drummer. Starting in saloons, he quickly graduated to touring with singers Anita O’Day, Betty Hutton, and a host of other notables. When he was off the road, he was a first-call studio drummer.

Although Los Angeles had five drum shops at the time, Remo didn’t think any of them were serving the market properly. In 1950, with $2,300 borrowed from his parents, he rented a small space on Santa Monica Boulevard and opened Drum City. It quickly became a destination for top West Coast drummers.

Drum manufacturers began actively courting Remo, not just because Drum City was a growing customer, but because his proximity to leading players gave him unique insights into the market. On a visit to the Slingerland Drum Company in Chicago, owner Bud Slingerland asked for his opinion about a new head, made from Mylar, Dupont’s revolutionary new plastic film. Remo was impressed with the material, but immediately realized that a new technique was needed to attach it to the rim; tacks just didn’t work.

Upon returning to Los Angeles, Remo’s accountant put him in contact with a chemist named Sam Muchnick, who devised an innovative solution: punching holes around the edge of the Mylar head and using a fast-setting liquid resin to bond it to a u-shaped aluminum hoop. The unique bonding system was patented in 1957, and Remo immediately began head production in a 500-square-foot space adjacent to Drum City.

As with any new invention, Remo’s synthetic head initially drew criticism from purists who argued that it “wasn’t the same as calfskin.” He responded by marshaling an all-star list of endorsers including Louie Bellson, Buddy Rich, and Gene Krupa to vouch for the musical quality of Mylar heads. As demand for drumkits soared, manufacturers and retailers enthusiastically embraced the new head, and by the time the Beatles made their U.S. debut in 1964, the Remo Weather King had become the undisputed head of choice.

In the early 1980s, Remo developed a “Pre-Tuned” head, which involved tensioning Mylar film on a hoop without the use of any hardware. This invention led to the development of a broad line of world percussion instruments. It also dovetailed with Remo’s personal interest in drumming as a tool for enhancing human well-being. He explained, “Drums can be used by anyone for relaxation and enjoyment. They can be used for helping people with autism or Alzheimer’s-or for someone just showing up at a recreation center on a Tuesday night having a ball.” With his wife Ami, a holistic healthcare practitioner, he partnered with neurologists and education experts to develop wellness-based programs using rhythm. 

Remo Belli made the world a better place by giving drummers better tools, by pioneering the concept of music as a means of enhancing health, and by creating a valuable enterprise that employs hundreds. His name, emblazoned on millions of drumheads worldwide, is a fitting and perpetual epitaph.

Courtesy of musictrades.com

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Notice of shop opening hours due to stock take

We would like to inform all customers that our South Great Georges street store will be closed on Sunday the 3rd of April due to stock take. Our Blanchardstown store will be closed on Monday the 4th of April for the same reason.

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused during this time and if you have any queries please email info@waltonsmusic.ie.

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Huge price reductions on Gibson Guitars while stocks last!

We are happy to announce huge reductions in price on a select range of Gibson Guitars while stocks last. For further information on this feel free to contact either of our stores (Waltons Blanchardstown) (Waltons Georges Street) or email info@waltonsmusic.ie.

To see the full range available please click on the link below.

http://www.waltons.ie/home/offers/

 

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The new Novation Lauchpad Pro is now available!

The Novation Launchpad Pro is now available to purchase both in-store and online here at Waltons Music. For more information on this product click on the link below or contact one of our stores and chat to our staff members who will be happy to help.

http://www.waltons.ie/home/products/view/06cnov-novlpd03-novation-launch-pad-pro/

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Zoom launches new ARQ Aero Rhythm Trak!

Zoom recently launched their new Zoom ARQ at the 2016 Namm show. While it is not available to purchase just yet, we thought we would give you a sneak peak prior to the anticipated April 2016 release.

The ARQ is a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, loop station, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer. Even more, ARQ is freedom. With its wireless Bluetooth Ring Controller, you can escape the booth, move the music, and get in front of the crowd.

While this machine certainly shows innovation in the EDM production world, we would like to know your opinion on it. How practical is it? Would you buy one for yourself? Any thoughts on the product are open to discussion.

 

 

 

 

 

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The new Zoom G5N is now available!

Waltons are happy to announce the arrival of the Zoom G5N available to purchase in-store and online. For more information on this product please click on the link below and see a full product description and specs list. You can also contact our stores and have our staff answer any questions you may have.

 

http://www.waltons.ie/home/products/view/06bzoo-g5n-zoom-g5-guitar-multi-effects-pedal-amp-simulator/

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The all new Zoom Q4N is now available!

We here in Waltons Music are happy to announce the arrival of the Zoom Q4N. This model follows the highly successful and popular, Q2, Q3 and Q4 models.

They are available to purchase in-store and online. For a detailed product description and specs please click on the attached link below, or call our stores and speak to one of our staff members who will be happy to answer any of your questions about this fantastic product.

http://www.waltons.ie/home/products/view/06bzoo-q4n-zoom-q2hd-video-recorder/

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NEW YEAR SALE

Waltons Music New Year SALE starts Saturday 2nd January. Don’t miss the big reductions on Fender, Gibson, Epiphone, Taylor, Takamine, Yamaha, Roland, Dunlop, Zoom and other big brands!

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