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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.

Hundred Acre Woods - Multiverse

DC Comics are fans of the Multiverse idea.  Basically, they take their characters and dump them into a different world where they can behave totally different and have no impact on the 'real world' characters. So... I got to thinking, what if I did this with Pooh Bear and the other characters from Hundred Acre Woods? This is what happened... Disclaimer:   I didn't draw these!  I just took the original images, removed any text from them and added my own to make a somewhat coherent story! The original image... The first inkling of tension between Pooh and Piglet. I'd no idea where this was going to end up.  It turns out that it traveled all around the world via Facebook and WhatsApp. Pooh is adamant he doesn't have Covid19.... It starts to get a bit dark now... Hold on a second, are we missing someone??? Piglet realises what happened...  Piglet swears to avenge his friends death! Will there be more murders in Hundred Acre Wo

2020-02-29 Jane Willow - The Cobblestone

I've seen  Jane Willow  play a few times, most recently when she supported Tracy Gallagher in the Workmans Club last December. She mentioned that she was playing her own gig in  The Cobblestone  in Smithfield in February, so I obviously said I'd be there. I like The Cobblestone, it has a well deserved reputation for traditional Irish music and there is always a great buzz in the pub.  Gigs are held in a dedicated venue at the rear of the pub which means that out front, you could have a trad session in full flow and something completely different  out back! Anyway, the gig.  What to say?  Well, it was great fun.  The crowd were hanging on every word, singing along with choruses and calling out for more and more at the end of the gig! That's always a good sign. Oh yes, on the night, Jane was ably supported by  Alice Grollero  on bass guitar! If you haven't heard of Jane before, check out her website for her bio, more information and some of her music videos. Ch