Play of the day: FUAL – Veganic Wind

FUAL Veganic Wind Boss tuneage One really important part of history is to make sure it’s documented before its forgotten. Maybe that’s how the Bible came about. I’m sure there’s some manuscripts that purport to tell the stories it is telling. In 2,000 years there will be a whole chunk of history forgotten prior to … Continue reading Play of the day: FUAL – Veganic Wind

Book of the week – Conversations with friends

Conversations with friends Sally Rooney Faber and faber Irish author Sally Rooney is still in her twenties. She was born a year after I played my last gig (1990 for me). Conversations with a friends is a story of four people who are close to each other. Four ordinary Irish people living in the 21st … Continue reading Book of the week – Conversations with friends

This weeks gigs March 26 – April 1

This weeks gigs in Dublin March 26 - April 1 For years Good Friday was one of two days bars closed in Dublin. It was illegal to sell acohol on that day and the link between live music and alcohol really shone through as no gigs would happen on that day. This year the bars … Continue reading This weeks gigs March 26 – April 1

Book Of The Week – Christy Ring by Val Dorgan

Christy ring Val Dorgan Ward River press Unlike autobiographies this goes straight in for the kill. The opening pages are spent lamenting about the loss of ground hurling to the game.  It’s more a story about the autobiography but provides excellent insights into the introverted excellence that was christy ring. His hurling came at a … Continue reading Book Of The Week – Christy Ring by Val Dorgan

This weeks gigs – March 19 – 25

Punks going acoustic is all the rage these days for those of us with grey hair and a penchant to sit at a gig every now and then. Aoife Destruction is a singer from Paranoid Visions and is doing a stripped back set on Thursday. 2 nights later United Bottles will have us up dancing … Continue reading This weeks gigs – March 19 – 25

We Shall Overcome 2018 teams up with Mayfest

May 8 2018 Liberty Hall Is music a vehicle for change? So the Hope Collective are back with our involvement in MayFest. We've doubled up this year and our event asks "is music as a vehicle for change" and we have are working with We Shall Overcome. We are bringing Joe Solo over from the … Continue reading We Shall Overcome 2018 teams up with Mayfest

Book of the week – The choice by Edith eger

The choice Edith eger Penguin/random house Edith eger was incarcerated and tortured at auschwitz. She was not broken by the threat of annihilation or the horrors she experienced, instead they strengthened her. Her reason for this introduction to horror? Being born a Jew in Hungary. This book is Edith’s wish to help the reader experience … Continue reading Book of the week – The choice by Edith eger

This weeks gigs – March 12 – 19

As we are all preparing for St Patricks Day and hoping to void too much sham-rock I'm looking forward to Karl Blau in the Workmans Club. There is a clash on Paddy's night with a DSC Repeal Fundraiserin Bello Bar which has a great mix and the punk rock sounds of Hooligan, immaculate deception, turfboy, … Continue reading This weeks gigs – March 12 – 19

This Weeks gigs – March 5 – 12

This Weeks Gigs March 5 -12 This week is all about the part that the majority of the population play in providing music. Women are raising their voice and rage and dance moves as Bernard Shaw Drop Dead Twice have events supporting and promoting INternational Womens Day. Bernard Shaw go a step further with a … Continue reading This Weeks gigs – March 5 – 12

Book of the Week – Jayo; My autobiography 

Jayo My autobiography Jason Sherlock Simon and schuster I was uncomfortable before reading this. My dad started bringing me to see dublin football matches and training since I was a kid in single digit years. Over 40 years later I’m still going. I’ve passed this on to my kids and see the beauty in sport. … Continue reading Book of the Week – Jayo; My autobiography