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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Lisa Hannigan and Paul Noonan July 4, 2020

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A pair of artists that regularly collaborate to produce some lovely tunes. Both happened to play concerts over the lockdown. Lisa Hannigan in the National Gallery of Ireland and Paul Noonan in the NCH. It was lovely to watch these, yet so strange especially looking at an empty National Concert Hall.
They also dueted on The lovely Printer Clips album.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Joe Dolan June 13, 2020

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One of the patterns from the lockdown and working from home is that I try and take lunch around 12.30. So I’m in the kitchen and the radio is on and like my mother before me, it’s permanently tuned to RTE Radio One. So daily as I make my lunch or cooking something for the family I’m listening to Ronan Collins.
Between the birthdays, Anniversary’s and other requests there’s the music. Generally it’s quite pleasant.
He plays a lot of Joe Dolan and I’ve found myself singing along to Joe numerous times as  my children look on incredulous.
Saw him in Wexford in the late 80’s and it was a great show, although I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone sweat so much on stage. There are so many tunes that everyone knows.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Bell X1 covers May 30, 2020

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Recently the Sunday Game came back with a promo featuring Bell X1’s version of Boys of Summer. It was a beautiful choice. They have done some wonderful covers over the years and their gigs always have a surprising one or two.
Paul Noonan plays the NCH next Friday June 5th as part of the NCH LiveStream Series.

 

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Artists I had tickets for but won’t be seeing this year due to Covid 19 May 16, 2020

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A reminder popped up on my phone last weekend that I was due to go and see Nick Cave in the Three Arena. Alas given the current circumstances it had been postponed. I had already missed out on David Gray but there were others coming up too that wouldn’t be going ahead. Guns N’ Roses in Marlay Park, a handy one in that it’s a short enough walk from the house there, so there’s no hassle getting there or back. The Frames were due to play in The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, The Pixies in the Iveagh Gardens and God is as Astronaut in The Academy I think.
Given everything is postponed or rescheduled I can only hope that next Summer will be a great one for gigs.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… What I was Listening to Last Weekend May 2, 2020

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There’s four of us in the house and last Sunday I found myself, through various circumstances, alone in the house. It struck me that it must have been well over a month since I was home alone. I threw on the dinner and danced around listening to the selection of CDs in the kitchen. Given we’ve a bit of an open plan area with the TV there and the radio regularly on, the CDs wouldn’t get much of a play there.
The bit of time alone was nice. That said there are people on their own that are craving company. The cocooning is driving my Mam mad, although she is within the 2km for both my brother and sister to pop in on their daily exercise. I’ve been popping over with shopping and the like for her too.
I’m the designated shopper in my house, so whilst I’ll go and see my Mam, I’m not going near my parents in laws who are both highly vulnerable to Covid 19. So the circle is literally my own household and my Mother. Where my wifes is her family and ourselves. My teenage daughter and 20 year old son (who is doing exams at the minute) are being very good and not going out hanging around with friends. They are terrified (like the rest of us) that we’d inadvertently kill one of their grandparents!
My daughter has evening group chats with pals on her ipad and they even are doing excercises together at 8 each night. My son has online sessions with various friends too.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Doors April 18, 2020

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My son turned 20 last weekend , the day Leo announced further restrictions (The Lockdown) he did so at around four. It meant that we had to high tail it down to Nutgrove to try and assemble some kind of birthday present for my son or else we’d be reduced to the middle aisle in Lidl (although a Hurling Rebounder was added to the gift from there!).
Anyway Harvey Norman had a small selection of vinyl where I spotted The Doors first album. Figured it would be an acceptable present. Turned out it was a massive hit.
I had forgotten how good The Doors were, the album is really fantastic full of classic tunes.

My covid cultural discovery: The Wolf of Baghdad April 17, 2020

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Have looked at or listened to something creative that you wouldn’t have if the corona pandemic hadn’t locked you in or down?

I bought a music CD online, called The Wolf of Baghdad.

Somewhere along the line in my lock-down/-in browsing, I came across a reference to the Wolf of Baghdad, which is a story created and told in different media. The creator is Carol Isaacs, a Jewish woman who was born in England but whose parents are from Baghdad. She was raised in British culture, middle class, without her family’s Iraqi hertiage. She has two careers: a cartoonist and a musician. The Wolf of Baghdad is Isaac’s creation to tell some of her family’s stories and memories.

One creation/artefact of The Wolf of Baghdad is a graphic novel. Two other creations are the music CD that I bought and a DVD, described as a ‘motion comic’. Here is a trailer

A fourth creation is currently on hold because of the virus: a live stage show featuring the music and film.

Isaacs’s site for the project is here: https://thewolfofbaghdad.wordpress.com/

You can listen to an hour-long programme with Isaacs on a London radion station here: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-news-agents-7th-march-2020/

What have you discovered during the crisis?

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to…John Prine April 10, 2020

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Could it have been anything else?

 

So many that I know I’m missing, but que sera.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Fiddle Sticks April 4, 2020

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I knew the word fiddlesticks but hadn’t actually realised what exactly they were and how they were used. It’s so strange seeing two people playing the same instrument and doing so in time and total coherence as I’m sure a stray fiddle stick might give your knuckle or finger a nice bang. The sticks themselves all appear to be homemade . It’s not something that would be allowed at the minute in this time of “Social Distancing”.
The fiddlesticks themselves really add to a tune.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… A few tunes for the times March 21, 2020

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Given where we are ,a few tunes that might be apt

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