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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Michael O’Shea November 20, 2021

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I’m a bit late to Michael O’Shea but the wonderful Podcast by Paul McDermott “To Here Knows When -Great Irish Albums Revisited” had a recent episode on Michael O’Shea and I have been listening to him since as I sorted out material for exhibits. There are episode notes here and I’ve included the podcast here too. It tells the story of Michael O’Shea much better than I can.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Willie Clancy November 6, 2021

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The Willie Clancy Summer School in Milltown Malbay in Clare is one of the many annual festivals that takes place here celebrating traditional music. I’ve been lucky enough to have been at a few of them and they are great fun and you hear some wonderful music in the most intimate venues. Not just the listening but there are classes for budding musicians too from some of the greats. It’s festivals like this one that have been missed in the past two Summers.

Willie Clancy himself was an uilleann piper, flute player and whistle player of reknown from Milltown Malbay.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Ronan Keating Butchering Songs October 23, 2021

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Why do a cover of a song?
It’s a song that deserves a wider audience.
It’s a song that can be reinterpreted.
It’s a semi parody, often bands will play a tune almost to mock themselves.
Songwriter sent you the song.
A song you know you can make your own.
A song you figure you can do better.
You’re a wedding band …. or you are Ronan Keating.

Why all this you ask? Well there’s been some awful news recently in the area of Cover versions. ….. Ronan Keating is set to release an album of cover versions of famous Irish songs

Tracklist: Raglan Road, Into The Mystic, Where The Streets Have No Name, The Voyage, The Island, Summer In Dublin, Guiding Light, No Frontiers, The Blower’s Daughter, The Parting Glass, Heyday, Set In Stone.

It’s going to be horrendous ,… you really have to wonder why?

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Ian McCulloch October 9, 2021

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During his time away from Echo and The Bunnymen Ian McColloch released a number of solo albums. Found myself listening to the vinyl of “Candleland” his first solo outing , recently.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Damien Dempsey September 25, 2021

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Normality returns to a degree in October when I’m off to see Damien Dempsey in Vicar Street. Given the length of time between that and my last gig, am really looking forward to it.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Endless Dive September 11, 2021

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A Belgian Post Rock band that have been around since 2016

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Orla Gartland August 28, 2021

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I went to Mass last Sunday for my father in laws anniversary mass. In fact I went to two masses last Sunday due to the fact that there was limited capacity of 50 at the church and you weren’t able to book it. So I had to collect my Mam and she was terrified of being too late to get in. It was 10 o’clock mass , so to be on the safe side I said I’d pick her up around 9.15…. I was told to pick her up at 8.45 to be doubly sure we got into the church. I was there at 8.50, where she was standing in her driveway waiting for me, house locked, alarm already on. Arrived at the church at 9.10, dropped her at the door, parked and went up to join her in the church…. I then realised that there was a 9 o’clock mass already on. So I went in and sat with my mother for the rest of that Mass. Given we were wearing masks we decided to go out for a bit of air after the first mass. I met a friend from the GAA club who directs people to available seats etc in the church and explained that we were going back in for ten Mass as we were only at the 9 o’clock one as we were afraid we wouldn’t get a seat. He laughed and showed me the red tape down the middle of the church that had allowed them to have two pods of 50 in the church, so the capacity was actually 100 and over the past while they had yet to reach that capacity!

So why am I going on about Mass? ….. Well there was a lad playing the organ and a lady singing at both Masses and it occurred to me that it was the first live music I had seen in 18 months……. The previous day my daughter had gone into town to see Orla Gartland who was doing a record launch. She played some songs to a crowd of 50, each at a table, each called up to the merchandise stall separately and of course then to go up and get things signed by her and pose for photos. My daughter remarked how it was great to hear live music again…..

An awful pity there wasn’t some magic red tape at the concert to make two pods of 50!

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… First Aid Kit August 14, 2021

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Swedish sisters, Johanna and Klara Söderberg came to prominence when their music was spotted on MySpace. Initially doing lovely acoustic duos such as “My Silver Lining”, they also came to prominence with some wonderful covers such as “Red Dirt Girl” and “America”. They’ve diversified a bit , introducing electric guitars to some of their most recent albums.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Hole July 31, 2021

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Was watching one of those old Glastonburys recently on BBC4, the ones you start watching and naming all the bands that appear, incredulous that your children had never heard of like ….Hole, The Levellers or Travis!! … Of course you start muttering how music was better back then……

Anyway I had forgotten how good Hole were in the late 1990’s ……

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Do Make Say Think July 3, 2021

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Do Make Say Think are a Canadian Instrumental band, that mix post rock with some jazz influences. They’ve been around since the mid 1990’s and have seven albums.

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