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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Funeral for a Friend April 10, 2021

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There was a section in the Plaid Cymru manifesto that they were in favour of Wales entering The Eurovision Song Contest. So inspired I picked a Welsh band for This Weekend. Funeral for a Friend are a Welsh band from Bridgend that were formed in 2001. They had some success between 2003 and 2009 and in 2016 Broke up, although they reformed in 2019.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Unlikely Michael Jackson Covers.. March 27, 2021

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Only learnt recently that Ian Brown covered a number of Michael Jackson songs and on further investigation there’s quite a few people that did, that I wouldn’t have expected to have done.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Fugazi (First Demo) March 13, 2021

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The advent of the CD, saw many Demo Tapes, alternative recordings, studio sessions and so on dug up for the 5 CD box set or a single album to cash in on an artists success. There could be writers block, a massive tour or a band just hadn’t the material and then you might get the album of B sides with two new songs. The advent of the 12″ single of course meant that there were often more B Sides to pick from. Some albums from that genre of non studio albums aren’t great and even hardcore fans often wonder why they were released.
Fugazi have been in hiatus since 2003 and in 2014 the album “First Demo” came out, their first proper demo tape. It’s really good and there’s a freshness to it, the band were I think only together a year or so at this stage. What’s almost more interesting is whats on it. Where often a band has a demo tape (in this case with 11 songs), most of it will end up on the first album. Whats unusual here is that only two of the songs “Waiting Room” and “Bad Mouth” are on their first release (The Fugazi EP). Over time most of the songs appear on various different Fugazi Albums. So they must really have had a mountain of tunes on the go.
Anyway , a great band and this is well worth a listen.

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.

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