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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.

2019-07-19 Knockanstockan Festival - Blessington Lakes

It's a long time since I was at Knockanstockan, a very long time.  I think I was at the first one, though I didn't stay very long if I'm being honest!

Things have changed though, and I was back there last weekend to cover things for the #IrishMusicParty (Monday nights on Twitter from 9:00pm and 11:00pm).  Check it out if you get a chance.

Knockanstockan is a 3 day Music Festival held on the shores of the Blessington Lakes and, as locations go, it couldn't be get more beautiful.

It's been a while since I've done 3 days at a festival and I'm tired now, just physically drained.  I blame all the fresh mountain air and walking up hillsides. It's got absolutley nothing to do with the late nights! 

Now, I could write a bit about every band or performer I saw... I could, but to be honest, I'd be making it all up on the spot.  What I will do is post photos of the bands and performers I saw and enjoyed.  If you're not on the list, that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy your set, it just means I didn't get to see you or you were part of a minor incident with a camera problem on Saturday... Less said about that the better!

One thing to point out is the amaount of Irish musical talent on display.  It was phenomenal.  Those who think that the Irish music scene is dead really need to open their eyes and ears and check out what is on their doorstep. 

Finally, I'd just like to give a quick shout out to the nice folk at Knockanstockan for inviting the #IrishMusicParty along, hopefully we will see you back there in 2020!

Check out the photos below:


Amy Montgomery

Munky


The Wood Burning Savages


Bailer

Nealo

Kynsy


Craic Boi Mental and Whip Girl
 

Zaska


PowPig


Emmet Kirwan


Emma Langford


Paddy Dennehy


Joshua Burnside

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