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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I want to be in a band

Posted on: 5th September, 2016 in Music

Every kid at some stage dreams of being in a band, if only for a fleeting moment, and that moment usually begins with The Name, and that’s reasonable, a good place to start. Mine was ‘The Bedsprings’, I know, why...

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Sounds good

Posted on: 5th August, 2016 in Music

I was at a gig recently in De Barra’s in Clonakilty and the sound was remarkable, not that it’s not always good, but right from the off this was really special. Each note was crystal clear hanging in the air...

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Oh we are blessed

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Posted on: 4th July, 2016 in Music

I have no doubt that every second article in this paper could start by saying what a wonderful place West Cork is to live in; what creative talent and inspiration abounds amongst the people who live here and how we...

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‘May’ be spoilt for choice

Posted on: 10th May, 2016 in Music

Perhaps the musical instrument most evocative of China is the Erhu, known in the West as the Chinese violin, an instrument beautiful in its simplicity and detail, most likely introduced to China around a thousand years ago.  The bow and...

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