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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… CMAT August 13, 2022

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Am off with my son and daughter to Electric Picnic next month, have yet to check how to put up the tent nor indeed many of the artists playing. There’s quite a number I’d be unfamiliar with, so have been listening to a selection over the last while. One that caught my ear is CMAT, such a great talent, sing along tunes all whilst coming across as a lovely person with a good attitude to it all. Delighted in her success to date. The videos are wonderful too and I love the Country tinge to a number of the songs.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Link of Chain: A Songwriters’ Tribute to Chris Smither July 30, 2022

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To mark his 70th Birthday in 2014, various artists got together and each performed a song from Chris Smithers 50 years of back catalog. The album Link of Chain: A Songwriters’ Tribute to Chris Smither was released.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Pixies July 16, 2022

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Off to the Iveagh Gardens tonight to see the Pixies. Really odd having physical tickets with a date of 18th July 2020 on them. Really looking forward to seeing them as for my sins, I haven’t actually seen them before. I know it won’t be seeing them in their heyday but to see them at last is great.

They were one of those bands that broke up for a good period before reforming. I presume lack of physical record sales has led to a lot of bands putting aside their differences and touring as it seems to be the main way to make money from music now.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Longitude July 2, 2022

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Those of you that live and outdoor music venues will be familiar with the sounds of the nearby gig. There seems to be some kind of sonic rule, where if you’re interested in hearing a gig the wind usually blows in the opposite direction and you hear little of it…. Indeed this week having sat in the back Garden to see if I could hear The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, there literally wasn’t a peep. I was in Inchicore Monday , at Marlay for Guns n Roses on Tuesday , so Wednesdays gig was my first chance to hear anything…. However if it’s something you don’t want to hear, the wind will definitely blow the sound in your direction and you may aswell have gone to hear the racket.

As the years rolled by I have known less and less of the acts playing longitude, this year Denise Chailia is the only one in the whole line up that I’m familiar with. Anyway I’m sure I’ll be hearing each and every note from it this year.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Guns N’ Roses June 18, 2022

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Am off to see Guns N’ Roses in Marley Park on the 28th. Very handy as I can walk up to the gig and from previous experience of gigs at festivals etc , it’s so handy not to be worrying about a bus, parking and so on. Saw a piece on the set list they are playing on this Tour and there were quite a few songs I barely remembered. I suppose anything that wasn’t on “Appetite for Destruction”. Fair play to them to be able to do Stadium tours when really their recorded output isn’t exactly massive (6 studio albums) and their most popular album made 35 years ago! Still am looking forward to it and hopefully the weather will be good.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… White Flowers June 4, 2022

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Saw these support Beach House in the National Stadium a few weeks ago. I thought they were great, although it doesn’t seem to come out in the recordings, there was an Elizabeth Fraserish tinge to the singers voice.

Hadn’t been to The National Stadium for a gig in 30 years, the last one I was at there was Steve Earle and The Dukes on their Copperhead Road Tour. It’s a grand venue, although the lack of draught beer at the bar wasn’t great.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Luna Lee May 21, 2022

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Luna Lee plays the Gayageum a traditional Korean instrument. I love the use of techology be it pedals, loops etc here. I much prefer her tunes that are just the Gayageum, rather than ones with added drumbeats or the like. Stilll it’s a great sounding instrument.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Chubby Cree May 7, 2022

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Chubby Cree are 12 year old Noah and his grandmother Carol. He has some voice and the music itself is almost hypnotic.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Andy Thorn April 23, 2022

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The video of Andy Thorn playing a banjo to a fox in Colorado is just beautiful , the music , the scenery and the fox coming back for more. I’ve a soft spot for the banjo, so his music is great too.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Cormac Begley April 9, 2022

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There was a Noel Hill album at home when growing up and it’s one I grew very fond of. The concertina is a wonderful instrument and Cormac Begley seems to have taken it’s sound a bit further. From The West Kerry Accordian Begleys, his use of feet as well as Bass and Piccolo Concertinas give many a tune a different earthy feel.

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