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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.

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 difficult!

Check out the photos below:





Sara Ryan


Emmo






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