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When life finds its way

Posted on: 4th June, 2019 in Music Box

Justin Grounds describes himself as a violinist and composer. He explains, “Because violin is where I go to first, and composing is my favourite thing to do. And the way that that then manifests itself in my daily life is...

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A new perspective

Posted on: 8th May, 2019 in Music Box

I recently became a first time father. (Don’t worry I won’t start any sentences with, “As a parent…!”) Yesterday, I was listening to a live recording of Sammy Davis Jr. from 1973 singing his signature song, Mr. Bojangles, and when he...

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Interview with Bill Shanley: Being an axe for hire

Posted on: 9th April, 2019 in Music Box

Guitarist Bill Shanley is a Clonakilty-born session musician, songwriter, performer, and bandleader. He has performed and recorded with Sinéad O’Connor, Mary Black, Liam Clancy, Black Francis (of The Pixies), Paul Brady and Roy Harper, amongst many others. Though he left...

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Interview with Roy Harper: “I never thought of myself as a folk singer.”

Posted on: 4th March, 2019 in Music Box

After over 30 solo albums and over 55 years in the music business, Roy Harper still has a lot to say. Although 77, he says, “I’ve never thought of myself as old yet”, but admits that this will be his...

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Ronan Collins nurtures the audience

Posted on: 4th February, 2019 in Music Box

Ahead of his charity gig for the Ethiopia Deaf Project in the Celtic Ross Hotel on February 9, I interviewed radio DJ Ronan Collins about his years of working in the music industry. His daily show on Radio 1 is...

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Musical biographies: Words of wisdom from our heroes

Posted on: 14th January, 2019 in Music Box

This is a great time of the year to read musical, or indeed any type of biographies. I find autobiographies to be more authentic, as they speak to me directly, rather than through a third person. Musical bios are my...

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The gift of music

Posted on: 10th December, 2018 in Music Box

Writing a monthly music article it should come as no surprise that I believe that music makes a perfect gift. You could tune up Grannie’s old piano, buy music lessons for a loved one, or buy an instrument for a...

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We’re all on this bus trip together

Posted on: 5th November, 2018 in Music Box

Clonakilty man, John Fitzgerald is a busy man in the music scene. His professional life is equally divided into three parts: playing, live production, and recording. John gives an example, “Take August and September: I had Hudson Taylor in Germany,...

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