Music Box

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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Staying connected with what’s true

Posted on: 8th October, 2018 in Music Box

Skibbereen man Brian Deady is a soul singer who released his first album, Interview in 2009. His third album, Black Diamond was released in September and it’s a cracker (see my album review). I caught up with Brian over the...

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Just two strings can make a sweet melody

Posted on: 10th September, 2018 in Music Box

Ray Blackwell manages De Barra’s, the legendary music venue in Clonakilty, and Kevin McNally is a music teacher who also runs: the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra; the band Kulini; and the West Cork Gamelan. Every September for the past 13...

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“Never compromise your music” in producing your own album

Posted on: 8th August, 2018 in Arts & Entertainment

Have you ever thought that you’d love to record your own album? I know many of us in West Cork have dreamed of it. Less have started the process. Less still have completed it, and even less are proud of...

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The key to running a successful live music venue

Posted on: 2nd July, 2018 in Music Box

There is an age-old need for people to be entertained and for musical artists to express themselves. This ensures that there will always be music venues. But how do you run a successful live music venue? Having reopened two-and-a-half years...

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Life as a travelling musician

Posted on: 7th June, 2018 in Music Box

The travelling entertainer is a lifestyle that is nearly as old as civilisation, be it in the form of a bard, musician, poet, part of a touring troupe, or simply by those spreading the latest from the North, East, West...

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As long as there’s a fiddle onstage

Posted on: 8th May, 2018 in Music Box

As the festival season truly kicks off, it is worthwhile bearing in mind that many festivals do not make it to a second year.  Whether it is Cork County Council, the Arts Council and local businesses, as is the case...

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