Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin

January 30th, 2017 by

No better way to end a week mired in the political actions of the greatest misogynist known to modern times than to experience the message of equality, compassion and solidarity delivered by Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in Dublin on Saturday night. The duo remind us that – whatever may come –  there is a […]

Ireland’s greatest ever punk track?

December 17th, 2016 by

Between 2002 and 2009 a band unknown in most circles blistered through the Irish underground scene with riotous gigs and a number of punk-pop stand-outs like ‘Silence in Conversation‘ (81,000 hits on YouTube) and ‘Taken Away in a Car’. Over the decades, quality Irish punk tunes have included The Undertones’ pop-punk classic ‘Teenage Kicks’, SLF’s less-than-stiff […]

Katie Kim – Unitarian Church, Dublin

October 18th, 2016 by

The soft light throws forty foot shadows along the interior church wall. Window glass reflects the orange hue. But otherwise, all is dark. We sit in pews. Our backs to the unused organ, which – like the father – observes the scene, unobserved. Hands are clasped in prayer. Torch light scatters up the walls, and […]

Conor O’Malley – Song for the Others

May 4th, 2016 by

Irish artist Conor O’Malley needs to be celebrated. Having performed across the Dublin and London scenes for over 15 years, he is a well accomplished soundsmith and lyricist, composing beautiful pieces of folk balladry absolutely littered with depictions of urban observation which we hopelessly ignore in our daily lives. This latest single ‘Song for the […]

M Ward – More Rain

March 18th, 2016 by

Portland rain hits heavy and hard. It is Pacific and wet. It is daylong and grey. It hurtles along street gutters and drips from conifers. The rain slips off wet-leaf steps and puddles alleyways. In Portland locals shelter in brewery pubs, sip on strong local beer, and drink coffee at Powell’s City of Books where […]