Skip to main content

2021-10-27 Firebirds Festival - St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare

Over two nights in St Brigid’s Cathedral in Kildare town, we got to see some of the best that Irish music has to offer!

Organised by Paddy Casey and Sophia Cadogan, Firebirds was described as a two day music event, a mini indoor festival!

Tuesday night started with Grievous Boy.  I'm a fan of Irish Hip-Hop but I'd not heard of him before, It didn't matter, I enjoyed his set and hopefully I'll get to see more of him in the future.

Next up was Saoirse Casey complete with a string section.  It was, I think, her best live performance to date, simply beautiful.

What can I say about the next performer, Gemma Hayes.  She hadn't played live in many years, but you'd never know it.  She came, she played, she conquered.  I loved it!  I can't wait to see her play again!

Tuesday night closed out with Mundy.  I've lost count of how many times I've seen him play, but each time it's a crowd pleasing gig.  So many great songs!!!

And then that was that, time to head to the pub / go to bed...

Wednesday night kicked off with the legendary Glen Hansard.  I think the last time I saw him play was in the Masonic, San Francisco, back in 2015.  If you came to hear him perform old Frames songs, well then you'd be disappointed, but if you came to be wowed by his solo material, you left smiling!

Next up was Colin Scanlan, another artists new to me,  One of the best things about nights like these is getting to see artists you've not seen before.  It's a tough job to follow Glen Hansard, but it didn't seem to phase Colin!

I hadn't seen Lisa Loughrey play in over two years, so I was really looking forward to seeing her perform and I wasn't disappointed.  Wonder singer, fantastic songwriter, just magic!

Lethal Dialect is a bit of a legend in the Irish Hip-Hop scene.  His first performance being back in 2006 onstage at Eamon Dorans in Dublin.  Fast forward 15 years and here he is treating the audience to a masterclass.  I'm not sure that audience was his typical, but I think they enjoyed the change in style and were very appreciative.  Again, I'm looking forward to catching him again!

The night closed with the man behind the project, Paddy Casey.  Much like Mundy, I couldn't begin to tell you how many times I've seen Paddy perform, but it's always a great gig and Wednesday night was no different!  The crowd were singling along to every song and doing lots of (covid restricted) chair dancing, fantastic!

And that's it, the first ever Firebirds Music Event.  Will there be another one next year?  Who knows, but I really enjoyed this one.

Now for some photos:

Grievous Boy

Saoirse Casey

Gemma Hayes


Glen Hansard

Colin Scanlan

Lisa Loughrey

Lethal Dialect

Paddy Casey

Popular Posts

Interview with King Kong Company

Originally published 10/09/2013 on So, there I was, wandering around the Electric Picnic wondering who I was going to watch next. One of the lads said he had heard good things about King Kong Company and that we should check them out, so off we headed to the Body and Soul Arena to do just that.  As I mentioned in my review of the Electric Picnic, the gig was epic.  I figured we just had to interview them here on, and here it is! First things first, congratulations on a storming gig at the Electric Picnic. It completely blew me away.  Was this your first Picnic experience? We’ve been to many Electric Picnics over the years but just as punters, and it’s always been a great festival, so it was a fantastic experience to play at its 10 year anniversary. King Kong Company is a rather interesting name for a band, where or how did you come up with it? The name is taken from the film Taxi Driver. If you look closely, Travis Bickle is wearing a badge which says King

2022-11-04 Mairead Carroll - Moat Theatre, Naas

Every now and then I have a choice of gigs to go to...  This night, I could have driven into Dublin to see Meryl Streek in the Workmans Club , or I could stay local and go see Mairead Carroll in the Moat Theatre in Naas. Well, it was a no brainer.  The weather was terrible and, well, I felt terrible too, so I figured I'd stay local. Mairead has played the Moat Theatre before, but always as support, never as the main attraction.  Tonight, would be her debut headline performance and she didn't let anyone down! I'm not quite sure how to describe here music.  It's not folk, it's not trad, it's not country or rock... It's. well, it's very light and soft and calming.  Mairead is a poet who, only relatively recently, has started putting her words to music. It's a very relaxing affair!  Her songs are very personal, and, at first listen, you might think them melancholy, but then you hear the joy and the love in them, and you start to see them for what they

2023-08-26 The Playing Fields Festival - Clane GAA

It's The Playing Fields Festival time again!  TPFF23, it's third outing, is back and it's the same, but a little different also. For the first time, it's not just an Irish affair.  The legendary Basement Jaxx headlined the Sunday night.  Also, for the first time, it's under canvas.  Not a big circus type tent, a more low rise, stretched canvas affair, as per TribFest a few weeks back.  Given the state of the Irish summer, it was a great decision.  The final difference was that I was only there for Day Two as I'd already arranged to bring my niece to see The Vamps , and that clashed with Day One. So, along with Basement Jaxx , who else was playing Day Two of TPFF? Well, we had:     The Flavours      Altered Lines      Diversion      Raging Sons      Spring Break      Roisin O      and      CamrinWatsin I think we can agree, that's a pretty good mix of rock n' roll, party time and dance music!  Even under canvas, the stage was pretty big and sounded good