A healthy dose of music

Kevin Shanahan with James O'Flynn, Claddagh Rogues

Posted on: 13th November, 2017 in Music

I first met Kevin O’Shanahan two weeks ago on a sombre morning at the gates of Cork Prison. Kevin is a musician, a trained psychiatric nurse and the coordinator of the West Cork Mental Health Services. He was there to...

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Festivals and folk music

donal lunny award

Posted on: 5th October, 2017 in Music

The guitar cases have been packed and the dust is settling in Clonakilty. The lid has been blown on the enigmatic artists of the Secret Song Festival in Ballydehob and singers from Drimoleague and all over are resting their voices....

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Talos tests the waters


Posted on: 31st August, 2017 in Music

On first encounter you might find it hard to decipher which era Sam McNicholl is from. Wearing vintage clothes, hair below his shoulders and a well-groomed french handlebar moustache, there are few men who can pull off both a pair...

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Floating home from Baltimore

Sean Phair headshot

Posted on: 3rd August, 2017 in Music

For generations artists have been escaping to West Cork; what starts off as a short break often stretches into something more, with many never fully leaving and as a direct result our lives and culture are all the better for...

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Festival fever

Posted on: 11th April, 2017 in Music

Hunky Dory Music Shop in Spiller’s Lane, Clonakilty stocks a huge range of instruments, accessories, CDs and vinyl. Contact Mark on 023 8834982 or pop in to have a listen. The clocks have just gone forward to give us another...

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For joy of music

Marcella albumn cover

Posted on: 7th March, 2017 in Music

Marcella O’Sullivan has just released her debut album, ‘Wood of the Pilgrims’, and at the risk of being sensationalist about it I am simply blown away.  The album is a stunning collection of original soulful songs, lyrics and melodies, beautifully...

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Willy Wonka or Charlie?

Posted on: 6th February, 2017 in Music

To be fair to Damien Chazelle, La La Land is not just a film he decided to make ’cause there was little else to do and he thought at least it would be different. In fact it’s got quite a...

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A fertile year for Irish artists

Posted on: 6th December, 2016 in Music

December again, another year almost over and what have you done?  It only seems like yesterday that I was out on the beach with the sun bouncing off the sea, lines of fluffy white jet trails criss-crossing the divine clear...

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