Foghorn Stringband..”I always loved Irish traditional music”

September 13th, 2017 by

The bar was bustling in Raheen House Hotel after Foghorn Stringband had finished playing. They were rubbing shoulders with people who had been singing along with them half an hour earlier. Gerry Lawless who runs Clonmel World Music was explaining why, after travelling the length and breadth of Ireland to catch bands and attend gigs, […]



Coldcut..”Activism will remain at the forefront”

August 22nd, 2017 by

Matt Black is taking a rare moment to enjoy the fruits of his efforts. All the projects that he was “just not finishing” in recent years have come together at the same time. “As of today I’m feeling like I’ve successfully given birth after a long gestation.” But there’s plenty of work still to be […]


Paranoid Visions..”We didn’t want it to have a sell by date”

August 21st, 2017 by

Paranoid Visions formed in ‘81. Heavily influenced by bands like CRASS and the DIY ethic/music of the Anarcho Punk movement, they caught the second wave in the early eighties. For that first decade they were synonymous with punk in Ireland, playing shows both at home and across the UK – often with bands that inspired […]



Wyvern Lingo….”we definitely don’t have the answers”

August 9th, 2017 by

The difference between art, and the ever so elusive “ART”, is the ability to orchestrate one’s composure as they traverse that fine line between creating something for the self, as well as the masses. It should, or perhaps need to, strike that balance between crafting a personal narrative that can also be directly reflected into […]




Chuck Prophet…”I choose my battles”

July 21st, 2017 by

“I think Chuck’s talent is only superseded by his taste, without that he would just be another great guitar player.” (Dan Stuart) That’s Charles William “Chuck” Prophet to you and I. The Californian singer songwriter, guitarist and producer who first grabbed the music world’s attention way back in the 80s when he joined American rock […]



Sleaford Mods…”you don’t have to walk around being a billboard”

June 26th, 2017 by

Sleaford Mods are not your average band. In fact, they’re not even a band, technically. Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn have gained notoriety by exploding any and all assumptions you could make of them from either their name, appearance or past. Two white, relatively middle-class men touching middle age whose music comes from deep within […]


Austra’s Katie Stelmanis…“I never really intended to talk about politics with a capital “P”

June 14th, 2017 by

“At first it was in some ways almost frustrating,” Austra’s Katie Stelmanis tells me over the phone, talking about her accidental role as a political voice.  On latest album Future Politics, Stelmanis plays the character Revolutionary Rhonda, who works against the album’s dystopian universe – a scenario that became more relevant by the time of its release […]