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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Brilliant Trees January 15, 2022

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A Dublin (Finglas) band, The Brilliant Trees were formed in the late 80’s and released a number of albums before breaking up for a while in the early 2000’s. They reformed for a while circa 2007 before getting going again in 2016. I remember seeing them in The Olympia in the 90’s. They kind of remind me of The Trash Can Sinatras. They are excellent. So hopefully we’ll see a few gigs from them when we can actually go to them.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Eydís Evensen January 1, 2022

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Eydís Evensen is an Icelandic pianist and post-classical composer. She released her debut album ‘Bylur’ in early 2021.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Pillow Queens December 18, 2021

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Saw Pillow Queens a few years back and was quite impressed. They have gained quite a following and last year released their first album “In Waiting”. Must have been tough for bands like them to be left at a standstill by Covid when everything was going so well.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Cordell Jackson December 4, 2021

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What I love about Cordell Jackson is that she was such an unlikely rocker, the signature dresses didn’t really go with her music. She was a pioneer and thought to be the first woman to produce, engineer, arrange and promote music on her own rock and roll music label.

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

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