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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.

Instagram Stories - Part 1

One night, browsing through my photos and listening to music, I had the simple idea to match lyrics with photos... Seems to have went down well on Instagram , so I thought I'd share the first batch here also. If you like the lyrics, check out the artists! U2 Jerry Fish Ham Sandwich Wolff Mindriot MT Riptide Movement Delorentos King Kong Company Fontaines DC Aleigh

2019-11-18 The Wood Burning Savages - Whelans Dublin

It always pays to get in early and catch the support acts at gigs.  It's how I first saw The Wood Burning Savages back in March this year, when they supported Therapy? in Dolans  Limerick.  After the show, I bought a copy of their album Stability   from the merch stand.  It's a fantastic album, well worth picking up. Like Therapy, TWBS hail from Northern Ireland, Derry to be exact, and they are another in a long line of fantastic rock acts to come from the North. Bands such as The Undertones , Stiff Little Fingers , That Petrol Emotion , the aforementioned Therapy? among many others. Anyway, they were playing Whelans last weekend and I figured I'd pop up as I hadn't seen them enough this year.  They had the place hopping and by the end of the gig, everyone was a hot, sticky, sweaty mess! These guys are good, very good.  Buy the album and go see them live! Check out the photos below:

2019-11-15 Aoife Scott - McAuley Place Naas

It seems like ages since I last posted some gig photos... I took a few days off from the live scene, needed a break. Anyway, back at again now and I started with the incredible Aoife Scott in McAuley Place in Naas.  For those not in the know, Aoifes mother is Frances Black , her aunt is Mary Black and her cousins are Danny from The Coronas and Rosin O from Thanks Brother .  That's a talented family! I'd not seen Aoife play before, but given the family connections I figured this would have to be a good night and I wasn't wrong.  It was a fantastic night of music and I'm looking forward to catching Aoife play again in the Button Factory in January for the launch of her new album 'Homebird'. Support on the night was from  Muireann McDonnell , I'd not seen her live previously, but I knew plenty about her.  She is certainly a talented singer and definitely one to watch for in the future! Check out the photos below: Aoife Scott Muir

Elga Fox - Dynamite

New music this week from Elga Fox .  I'd heard of Elga for the last few years, but I'd never seen her play till during the summer and I liked what I heard! Anyway, Elga has just released a new single called Dynamite and, well, yeap, that's just what it is. Check it out on YouTube or Spotify below:    

2019-10-31 Day of the Dead Festival - Cobblestone Pub Dublin

When you get invited to a Day of the Dead festival in Dublin, sure it'd be wrong not to attend, so attend I did! What a great night it was too! All organised by Liam Oragh an held in the Cobblestone in Smithfield. On the night we were treated to an eclectic mix of folk, punk, spoken word, rock and hip hop! I can't recommend this small, one night, day of the dead festival enough. The majority of the acts you won't see playing the larger stages around Dublin, but that doesn't mean they're not any good!  They deserve a stage, and they got it tonight! Next year, I might just take the day after off as I believe the party continued on well into the early hours! Check out the photos below: