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20 Years of the Irish Singles Chart

Linda Coogan Byrne and her team over at WhyNotHer have put together a startling report on the state of the Irish Singles Chart over the last 20 years and how it practically ignored Women and BIPOC.  It's an incredible piece of work, one that, had all things been fair and equal, should never have had to be complied. Unfortunately, like most things, the Irish Music Industry isn't a fair and equal place... Anyway, don't take my word for it, click here to read the report.

Interview with My Tribe Your Tribe

Originally published 14/05/2013 on Chunk.ie A few weeks back, I noticed I had a new follower on Twitter.  I don’t have many, so when someone decides to follow me, I get curious.  My new follower turned out to be  My Tribe Your Tribe .  The name alone was interesting so I decided to take a look at their profile and see what they were about.  It turns out that MTYT are a band and George Mercer is the creative force behind them.  Oh and as luck would have it, they had just released a  free EP  for download. Since we are nice people here at CHUNK.ie and we like to promote up and coming acts, we thought we’d get in contact with George  and see what MTYT were about. You can read how we got on down below! Hi George, no dilly-dallying here, we’ll get straight in to the questions!   “My Tribe Your Tribe”  is a great name for a band.  It conjures up a meeting of minds and people, marriage even.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where did the idea for the name came from? Th

Interview with Mark Morriss

Originally published May 2013 on Chunk.ie It’s been a while since you released Memory Muscle, your debut solo album and this, the follow up, A Flash of Darkness.  Has it been a case of the difficult second album, or did you just fancy some time away from music after the break up of The Bluetones? It's been 5 years in fact. An inordinately long time between 2 records, I'll give you that, but I haven't been entirely idle in that time. There was the writing/recording/touring of the Bluetones' album 'A New Athens', and then the whole farewell tour thing when we decided that we were going to draw that little story to a close. That said, some of the songs for this album were written in the summer of 2010. So I suppose it has had quite a long gestation. You decided on funding the recording of A Flash of Darkness using the PledgeMusic service. What was the thinking behind that? Did it offer a lot more freedom to make the album you wanted to make without having

Those Chunk.ie Interviews…

Over the next few days, you'll notice some Chunk.ie interviews appearing on the site. Well a few years ago, I used to do some interviews, write some pieces and draw some cartoons for Chunk. Unfortunately Chunk.ie is no more, so rather than have those pieces disappear off the face of the internet, I thought I’d post those them on my own site. There are more to come, some with models, sports stars and authors… I’ll post them over the coming days / months / years... Who knows, you might even like them!