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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.

2019-03-22 Therapy - Dolans Limerick

It was 10 years since I last saw T herapy?  live... Oxegen 2009 .  Now that was a great Oxegen, some amazing acts, apart from Therapy?, played that weekend. Nick Cave, Nine Inch Nails, Janes Addiction, Eagles of Death Metal, Manic Street Preachers, The Killers, Elbow, James... Ahh the list just goes on and on.  Was it the best Oxegen?  Yeah, probably! Anyway, lets get back on track.  So, I heard Therapy? were doing an Irish tour and for some reason, when I saw they were playing  Dolans  in Limerick, I figured that was the gig for me! I hit the road after work on Friday night and made it to Limerick to catch  The Wood Burning Savages . Wow, these guys, who hail from Derry, seriously rock.  Really enjoyed their set and I bought their album  Stability  on the way out! Finally it was time for Therapy to come and play their set, and what a set it was.  If memory serves me correct, I counted 30 tracks on the sound engineers set list.  Along the way, they also added in a couple more c

2019-03-15 John Spillane - McAuley Place Naas

I do like going to see John Spillane play… It’s much more than a music gig, the interaction with the crowd is great, the stories within the songs and, indeed, between songs are fantastic. So, when I saw he was coming to Naas again, sure I had to go.  The gig was in the beautiful Nuns Chapel in  McAuley Place .  As you may have guessed from its name, it used to be a chapel, but it’s now an arts centre.  The sound in there is just beautiful and warm. Support on the night was from the excellent  Enda Reilly .  I’d not seen Enda play before, but I really enjoyed what I saw of his set (I was a little late getting to the gig!). John invited Enda back up on stage towards the end of the gig just to wrap it all up. Anyway, that’s it. That’s John Spillane in the Nuns Chapel in McAuley Place in Naas. Check out the photos below:

2019-03-02 Saoirse Casey - Parlour Rooms, Whelans

I’ve been going to see Saoirse Casey for years.  From gigs in cafes, to racecourses and theatres, ending up last weekend in Whelans , Dublin. This gig was a bit special though, it was the launch party for her debut album entitled Lunaria. On the night, Saoirse was supported by a full band, something I’d never seen in any of her gigs before.  It really added so much to the night and the sound in the Parlour Rooms has a beautiful warmth to it. You can buy the album on all the major platforms, or you can purchase it through her website and get a personalised message on it. Anyway, go buy it, you’ll not be disappointed! Click here to listen on Spotify. Check out the photos below:

2019-02-23 MindriotMT - Crane Lane Theatre Cork

So, every now and again, you come across a band that you just seem to connect with.  It’s happened before with me with bands such as King Kong Company and Wolff . Well, it happened again with MindriotMT .  We’ve been chatting online for a good few years, but I only got to see the love for the first time in the Summer of 2018 at Bare in the Woods .  Spent the day hanging out with them and just relaxing.  Great way to do a festival! Anyway, they’re on an Irish tour at the moment, so I took the chance to go to Cork (the real capital of Ireland) and catch the opening night in the Crane Lane Theatre, and what a great gig it was! For those of you unfamiliar with MindriotMT, here’s a sample of what they do. If you get the chance to see them live, I really recommend you do! You can get a full list of where they are playing on their Facebook page. Check out the photos below: