At major record labels you can find a curious breed. They are called A&R people. Their job is to find new acts, sign, then, develop them, and keep them constantly motivated and inspired to make great music. Even better for the label - to make music that sells. A&R people get paid to find acts. … Continue reading Dublin’s D.I.Y. A&R Man: The Eugene Connolly Interview Part 2
Very very few people have seen more gigs in Dublin than Eugene Connolly. Ever since her saw some of the most vital of the early punk gigs he's been a passionate fan of live music. He was one of the early supporters of the Blades, Eugene and later Aslan and was one of the teenage … Continue reading “The Ramones changed my life” Dublin’s Music Champion: Eugene Connolly Interview Part 1
Now with the excellent Trouble Pilgrims, Johnny Bonnie had never played drums until he got together with Dick Purdy, Paul Woodful and what became the Skank Mooks. Since then he has drummed with over thirty Dublin bands, which surely is some kind of record. He is also one of the genuine good guys in the local scene, … Continue reading Dublin Rock’s Gentleman Drummer: Johnny Bonnie Interview. Part 1
Dick Purdy was a member of one of the most legendary of Dublin bands, the Skank Mooks. They didn't last long but they made a mark on the local music scene with their punk attitude of 'why can't we do it?' They played in the very legendary gig at Anthony's Hall in November 1978. A … Continue reading Punk for Life: The Incredible story of Dick Purdy and the Dublin punk/DIY/new wave scene.
George Purdy: The behind-the-scenes spokesman for Ireland's punk/new wave generation. This was a particularly thrilling interview for me to do. I had heard so much about George Purdy from the people who were there......the people who were ready for new sounds and new styles in 1977 Dublin. I had seen him at so many … Continue reading George Purdy: The young Dubliner who championed punk, and young Irish bands, in the early years.
My favourite DJ on the Dublin scene is Jen Healy. I am always amazed by how she combines old and new, mod and punk, funk, pop and even a bit of rock. I've seen her pack dancefloors in many clubs, although she seemed to have hit her stride in the Saturday night spot in the … Continue reading Interview: Dublin D.J. Jen Healy
As I mentioned in my review of Sects new lp on Southern Lord "The band carry a straight edge message that resonates with me. As someone involved in the punk scene for over 30 years I still get asked about my choice of liquid. It still seems to mean something to people that I don’t … Continue reading Sect – Interview
Dublin 1976-’77. Bleak, uncompromising and unpromising. The price for looking even a little bit different is getting your head kicked in. Conform, conform, conform was the motto of the time. A motto so ingrained in us that it didn’t have to be spoken out loud. Then came the early angry shouts … Continue reading Album of the Year. Trouble Pilgrims ‘Dark Shadows and Rust’
In the 1980s Paddy McPoland made an impression on the Irish music scene. He brought bands including Something Happens!, Aslan, A House and Light A Big Fire to Carlow for some of their first gigs outside Dublin. As such, we has responsible for giving opportunities for these Dublin bands to develop a national audience. Later … Continue reading Paddy McPoland from Carlow RTC Ents Officer to World Tours
Quicksand Interiors Epitaph So let’s pretend you’ve read a review I’ve written before. You know I place emphasis on memories. I pay homage to an Irish era that was discovering the rest of the world. An ireland pre Celtic tiger. An ireland where our nations confidence was only starting to build. The grey streets were … Continue reading Quicksand – Interiors