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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.

A Beautiful Affair

Back in May, I headed off to see Leslie Dowdall and Mike Hanrahan play a gig here in Naas.  I'd seen Leslie play on a few previous occasions, and I was a big fan of In Tua Nua.  I'd never seen Mike play before, but I was well aware of Stockton's Wing, so this had all the makings of a great night.

Over the course of the night, I took a few photos and, as normal, posted them on the #IrishMusicParty over on Twitter the following Monday night.  Somehow Mike saw the photographs and really liked the photo below.


He liked it so much that he ended up using it in his latest book 'A Beautiful Affair' (available from all good booksellers).


So yeah... That's the story of how one of my photos ended up in a book... Oh and the book itself, it's rather beautiful, a great read.  Check it out!

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