A record store is not just for Record Store Day

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018 in Music

April 21 will be International Record Store Day. This day is conceived as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding the thousands of independently owned record stores internationally. This is a day for the...

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Launch of Atlantic Radio Ireland

Posted on: 6th February, 2018 in Music

On January 20, Atlantic Radio Ireland, a new online community radio channel, aired its first live broadcast. As part of the proceeding, a public gig was hosted in O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty giving people a chance to witness the event up...

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The 44 Suite

Posted on: 15th January, 2018 in Music

On December 4, at precisely 4.44pm, the show in DeBarras began. A vintage reel to reel tape player occupied centre stage, surrounded by hanging installations all based around the number 44. The audience made up of 44 curious heads waited...

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Ye Vagabonds on Ye Vagabonds

Posted on: 11th December, 2017 in Music

In the brief three years since forming folk act Ye Vagabonds, brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn have become very well-accustomed to West Cork. They’ve played local many times, usually nestled in between major international support slots for the likes...

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A healthy dose of music

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

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

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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