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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ROCK in the USA

Posted on: 8th November, 2016 in Music

Just one week out and (at the time of writing) the polls have Clinton on at least 80 per cent to win the race; right now would be perfect timing for Trump to get a bounce, if his supporters are...

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Posted on: 11th October, 2016 in Music

There’s a guy near me who makes didgeridoos and, given that I live about as far as it is earthly possible to live from Alice Springs (Barryroe), this must be sustainable global economics in motion. I first met Peter Fitzpatrick...

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