[Pics] Moving house

My mum moved house last month, out of the family home where we had lived for more than 20 years. I took these photos during the move, feeling restless and strange about the house being emptied of everything that had meant ‘home’ since I was a child. I’ll miss the squeaky step at the bottom of the stairs, the front door that would never shut properly unless you shoved it like you were furious with someone, the cold terracotta-coloured tiles, the kitchen walls that must bear at least five much-deliberated-over layers of paint, the strange noises that emanated from the … Continue reading [Pics] Moving house

Sam Jackson, David Turpin, Christian Bookshop

A pic I took of Sarah Grimes of September Girls before a Community of Independents interview  There are two new (and radically different) albums out now that I’d love to draw your attention to. One of the bands, Christian Bookshop, have featured on the blog before. A duo of Jimmy Monaghan and Aisling Walsh, they’re based in the West and have just released their self-titled debut album. Like many good things, it’s available on Bandcamp: Rather charmingly, these timeless folk songs were recorded “over two weeks in a pantry in Belmullet, Co Mayo“. The domestic setting seems to have imbued … Continue reading Sam Jackson, David Turpin, Christian Bookshop

Interview: Vicky Langan

I’m delighted this is finally online – an interview I did with my friend Vicky Langan (performance artist/experimental musician/event curator) about her work and inspiration. I’ve been really curious for a long time about what motivates her, so it was great to get to chat about it. After we did the interview, we took some photos outside in the back garden – the treacle was her idea and it worked out so, so well despite my nerves. I’m really proud of these photos. Continue reading Interview: Vicky Langan

Focus on: Stop/Run

It never fails to amaze me how many people are creating beautiful, challenging and eye-opening music in Ireland. And in turn, it never fails to amaze me how many people get up off their arses and put on unusual gigs, or unique events, simply with the aim of bringing new sounds to people and exploring the realms of music and performance. There’s a real feeling in the air these days when it comes to Irish music events that if you can imagine it, it is possible. And this is being exploited in a wonderful way by those who call Ireland’s … Continue reading Focus on: Stop/Run

New music: Shane Linehan

Cork has a great history of producing influential electronic music – it’s home to the long-running Fish Go Deep clubnight, for example, which was based in the legendary Sir Henry’s club and now resides in The Pavilion. Throughout the decades there has been a steady amount of people making house and techno in particular but the last few years have seen a rise in the number of new club nights and producers appearing on the scene. It’s not always easy to run a clubnight, and not all of them last very long, but there is always something happening and someone, somewhere, … Continue reading New music: Shane Linehan

Beaucoup de fantastique musique to enjoy at le Cork French Film Festival

Malheureusement pour my corny headline, but I had to throw a little bit of my (terrible – I used to be good at it years ago!) French into the post. If you’re in Cork this weekend, there are some wonderful events taking place as part of the city’s French Film Festival, which I detail below. Even better, there will be DJs after the events, including Cork DJs John Barry and John Hennessy on the Saturday night. The line-up for this festival is really eclectic and proof of what happens when event programmers really think outside the box. Trés bien! (I’ll … Continue reading Beaucoup de fantastique musique to enjoy at le Cork French Film Festival