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A Love Letter to Music Venues

I was in Dublin city centre this morning for the first time in 12 months.  The last time I was there was to see Jane Willow perform in the Cobblestone Pub  on February 29th 2020.  I never, not for a moment, thought things would turn out as they did.  I was looking forward to a year full of gigs and excitement.  I think we all know how that turned out. After doing what I had to workwise, I took a spin around Dublin before I headed home.  I drove by the aforementioned Cobblestone Pub , the Voodoo Lounge , The Grand Social , The Workmans Club , The Sugar Club and ended up outside Whelans . I've had great nights out in each of those venues and in many more around the country!   Dolans of Limerick, Crane Lane Theatre and Kino in Cork,  Odd Mollies in Drogheda, the Moat Theatre in Naas, the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, Visual in Carlow...  The list goes on and on. 2017 and Helmet played Whelans.  There I am partying with them after the s

The Irish Music Industry Podcast is back!

After a break for a few months, the  Irish Music Industry Podcast is back with Series Two! So, what's it all about, well, I'll let Mark explain! Got that?  I thought you would. So, in Episode One, Series Two, we hear from Alex Gough and Eleanor McEvoy . If you can't be bothered going to Spotify to listen to the podcast, you can always listen to it this site, you'll find it over there on the right hand margin of this site. Give it a listen. Even if you're not involved in the industry and just an avid music fan, you will find this podcast very interesting and enlightening.

2020-02-20 David O'Doherty - Moat Theatre Naas

I was back in the Moat Theatre in Naas this week for a bit of comedy. I say a bit, but... Well it was the legendary  David O'Doherty  and his mad style of musical comedy. Hmm... Is musical comedy the right term even?  Look, he plays the keyboard, sings some funny songs and makes you laugh.  Actually, I'm not sure he even sings... He kind of talks over the music. Just on the basis of last nights show, I'll never, ever, ever look in my water tank in the attic! Look, I don't know, he's a funny guy, go check him out!  Oh he has a UK tour coming up soon, you can book tickets  here . Check out the photos below:

2020-02-17 Cry Monster Cry - Mick Murphys Ballymore

I hadn't intended to do anything much last Monday night. It was cold and wet outside, I was all set to sit down in front of a warm fire and toast my toes.  The two things happened... 1: I'd no firelighters or kindling to start a fire. 2: Facebook messaged me to say Cry Monster Cry were playing in Ballymore for BAG . Well, that sorted my night out!  I grabbed my keys, camera and wallet and headed out the door!  I hadn't see Cry Monster Cry play since they launched their last album ' Rhythm of Dawn ' back in 2016. Tonight though, they were promoting their brand new album ' Tides ' and, well it sounds awesome live.  These guys have some of the tightest harmonies you will ever hear.  I'd definitely recommend picking up the album and catching them live.  Check out the photos below:

Instagram Stories - Part 10

91 to 100... Well that's it, that's the end of this project. 100 different Irish artists featured over 100 days on my Instagram Stories . Now, I know I missed out on some artists, if you didn't appear on the list, it's simply because I either forgot about you or I thought I'd featured you already, that's all. It wasn't personal, I swear! Anyway, as always, check out the artists, check out the Spotify playlist and then go buy their music, merchandise and tickets! God is an Astronaut Prymary Colours Ger Wolfe The Finns Sun Mahshene  Toshín  Empire Circus Elevation Falls Fangclub My Tribe Your Tribe 

2020-02-06 Sara Ryan - Fallons Kilcullen

My first gig of 2020 and it was a good one!  I'd not seen Sara Ryan play in a year or two, so when she announced she was going to be playing in Kilcullen, I bought a ticket straight away. I'm not quite sure how to describe Sara's sound... It's not folk, it's not jazz, it's not blues, but if you take a healthy dash of each and give it a good mix, you'll come close! Sara's touring in support of her newly released album called ' Breath ' and it's a cracker.  Check it out!  As for the gig, it was fantastic. Sara was backed by a full band and sounded incredible.  If you get the chance to see her, head along, you'll not be disappointed. Support on the night was from Cork musician Emmo .  I'd not heard of him before, but he sounded good and, given the chance, I'd head along to see him again. Lighting was a tad low on the night, though you probably wouldn't think it from the first photo, so it made conditions just a little d

Instagram Stories - Part 9

81 to 90... Well, we are coming to the end of this project.  I'm going to call it quits at 100. That'll be 100 Irish artists, some famous, some not so famous, featured. As always, check out the artists, check out the Spotify playlist and then go buy their music, merch and tickets! Under Starling Mark Geary Sick Love Paddy Dennehy Joshua Burnside Shane O'Fearghail Peco Cry Monster Cry This Side Up Young Earth