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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.

2018-06-26 The Killers - RDS Dublin

I can't remember the first time I saw The Killers live... It seems like they played every Oxegen Festival ever! The feeling you get standing in a field singing "I got soul, but I'm not a soldier" with 40,000 other festival goers is very hard to beat! It had been a while since I last saw them, so when the chance to see them play in Dublin came up recently, I jumped at the chance! You know what you're going to get from the Killers, a high energy show filled with hits and banter and this gig was no different. The crowd sang every note and, maybe it was the beautiful blue skies and sunshine, but it was glorious. Earlier in the day, Franz Ferdinand opened proceedings. It had been a very long time since I saw them live, a very very log time. I'm not overly familiar with their newer material, but you couldn't help sing along when you knew the words! I was glad I got in early enough to catch their set and hopefully I'll get to see them again soon enoug

2018-06-16 Jerry Fish - Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge

Jerry Fish has been involved in my musical life since I was a teenager... An Emotional Fish were one of the greatest Irish bands never to make it on the world wide stage.  They threatened a few times with a few songs in top 20 of the US Modern Rock Charts back in the early 90s, but it never quite happened for them. It was most unfortunate, as they were a force to be reckoned with live. After they parted, a few years later, Jerry came back with Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club and had great success in Ireland with them. Like an Emotional Fish, they too were an incredible live band and I got to see them perform on may occasions. Jerry is currently touring with his 'The Songs and Tall Tales of Jerry Fish' show and I caught this week in the Newbridge Arts Centre.  As always, Jerry puts on an incredible live show.  It was a magnificent night that included songs spanning his whole career and I'll cherish the memory of slow dancing on stage with Jerry for ever! If you get t

2018-06-06 Emma Langford and Sara Ryan - Bru Newbridge

Emma Langford and Sara Ryan are two of the countries finest singer songwriters and I’ve been lucky to see them play multiple times.  So when I heard they were playing together in Newbridge, sure it would have been crazy not to go! After solo sets from both performers, Sara joined Emma on stage to end the night with a few duets.  I'd love to tell you what they were, but... Ahhh it's that long ago I can't remember.  I do remember leaving the gig with a big smile on my face! If either Emma or Sara are performing near you, I'd recommend going, you are definitley in for a treat. Check out the photos below: