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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Snakes February 27, 2021

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From Denver, Colorado, Snakes describe themselves as Lo-Fi Garage Twang. There’s a great hint of Country too. They’ve released an ep and an album to date. Well worth keeping an eye out for when things eventually resume.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Best Of Communism February 13, 2021

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A compilation album I had lying down the back of my CD’s. It’s the usual rousing stuff .

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Springsteen Covers January 30, 2021

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Heard the Low version of “I’m on Fire” recently and really liked it. So a selection of other Springsteen Covers….

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Stunning January 16, 2021

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Over the Christmas, my record collection was investigated further by my son. One of the albums that impressed was “Paradise in the Picture House” from The Stunning. It’s a pretty good album with some stand out songs. Like the rest of Ireland I’ve seen them loads of times, probably the first time was in the SU in Maynooth in 1989 or so. Having Broken up in 1994 they reformed in 2003 and have been on the go since and are still a great live band (when we ever get back to going to live music I’m sure I’ll be seeing them again).

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Denise Chaila January 2, 2021

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When this is all over and we can go to gigs again Denise Chaila is one of the artists that I want to go and see. Intelligent, witty lyrics, a charming personality, someone invested in Limerick and of course a great representative for many young people here.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Mayo and Dublin Songs December 19, 2020

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In normal times I’d be stewarding in Croke Park on All Ireland Football Final day …. It’s all so strange , a final a few days before Christmas in an empty Croke Park. Yet, still, it’s something to really look forward to, as is Sundays Ladies Football final between Cork and Dublin.
The Camoige final was probably the best of the matches in Croke Park last weekend. Some brilliant skill and some incredible defence and harrying from Kilkenny. Having lost the last three finals Kilkennys joy was something else. You could feel the tension during the closing minutes as you wondered could Kilkenny hold on. They did.
Had you told someone a few years ago that the Limerick hurlers would be like an unbeatable machine, you would have got some strange looks. THey are incredible and I felt sorry for Waterford, who had they converted some of the early goal chances may have made a better game of it. As an aside the GAA insisting the Liam McCarthy stayed in GAA HQ was an inspired move in curtailing celebrations as the cup itself is such an attraction for celebrations.
So today, 31 counties cheering on Mayo and the rest cheering on the Dubs. It has to be the Dubs. That said the Dubs haven’t been in a close match all year, they haven’t been tested.
Tomorrow is going to be a very close game. Dublin came through a tough match against a very talented Armagh team. Cork beat an underwarmed Galway…. Think Cork may do it.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Cymande December 5, 2020

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Cymande are a British Funk group that were active between 1971 and 1974. They are excellent and were ‘discovered’ again by many in the 80’s and 90’s with some of their music being used as samples for other tracks. They reformed for special reunion gigs from 2006 to the present.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Maria Doyle Kennedy November 21, 2020

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What a talent Maria Doyle Kennedy is, a wonderful singer and a wonderful actress too. I remember seeing her first with The Hothouse Flowers many moons ago. Saw her a few times in the intervening years and she has such a wonderful voice.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to…The Presidents of the United States of America November 7, 2020

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Given the week that was in it, couldn’t really be any other choice but Seattle band The Presidents of the United States of America…..

This Weekend I’ll be Listening to… Some Jazz October 24, 2020

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I lived in Cork for a period in the 90’s and the Jazz weekend was always a highlight. Not that I got to see much Jazz but there would be some amount drunk and the place was hopping. Friends would come down for the weekend and for many in Cork and beyond it was the highlight of the year. The October bank holiday weekend is traditionally Jazz Weekend, so it’s an awful pity we won’t have the same at all this year with Covid.

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