Music Box

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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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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