Theatre tip: War of Attrition


As you may be aware, we’re big of Devious Theatre from Kilkenny. Their work is some of the best amateur theatre in the country and they’re bringing their latest show, War of Attrition, to the Dublin Fringe Festival next week. “We’ve created the conditions for war, but no one wants to fight.” Daisy is the unwitting star of a viral video, Psycho Chugger, which currently sits on 178,234 YouTube views. And it’s ruining her life. Alan is the one who made it. A blogger who goes by the name of Generalissimo Malaise, he targets the ‘everyday arsehole’. Chris is a homeless man who just got caught in the crossfire of their feud. Devious Theatre bring their destructive new comedy to the streets of Dublin. There will be casualties. The show is directed by Niamh Moroney, produced by Ken McGuire and stars John Doran, John Morton and Roseanna Purcell. It will … There’s more

100 Years After The 1913 Lock Out @ Glasnevin Cemetery

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First Up, This From The Press Release: It is 100 years this year since the start of the great Dublin Lockout, when members of ‘Big’ Jim Larkin’s Transport Union walked off the trams of the Dublin United Tramway Company (DUTC) over the refusal of then DUTC chairman (and leading shareholder) William Martin ‘Tramway’ Murphy to allow some workers to join the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the men and women who were to witness this great event in Irish Labour history. The Lockout saw 20,000 Irish workers being locked out of their workplaces, due to industrial conflict between them and their employers. The bit that you might like – note the last day is tomorrow – yeah I know it’s late an’ all, I was in a garden:  Re-enactments will be daily 26th – 31st Aug at 2.30pm. To … There’s more

Live Music: Spirit of Folk Festival Awards Semi-Final @ Whelans

It’s plain how much love we have for the Spirit of Folk eh…folks, and we’ll be in Whelans of Wexford St on Saturday for the SOF Festival Awards Semi-Finals. Doors open at 3.30pm for a day of great bands, storytellers from all over Ireland and a craft market. An impressive 100 bands applied and nine have made it through to the semi-finals. They are: Moxie, Miriam Donohue, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, My Fellow Sponges, Garr Cleary, Laura Ann Brady, The Cujo Family, Vickers Vimy and A Band Called Wanda. Carl Corcoran of RTE Lyric FM’s Blue of the Night said of judging the awards: ‘Participating in the Spirit of Folk Talent search has been a real pleasure and has provided further proof to me that there is a very healthy and thriving community of music makers and creative artists out there. This SOFF initiative provides a great platform for … There’s more

National Heritage Week

It’s heritage week. A massive event with thousands of free tours, guides, events, talks, and buildings on view throughout the country from 18 to 25 August. You may have heard of Culture Night or Open House wk end – this is the week long version, but with events taking place all around the country, and every piece of heritage you can think of being involved. We’re already in the middle of it, but there’s still plenty to see. Always popular is the Masonic Lodge on Molesworth St – do it on Culture Night and you get the 20 min tour, in Heritage Week you get the 2.5 hour version! So far since Saturday I’ve done a walking tour of medieval Dublin, a tour of St. Audoen’s church, a lecture on the European Master paintings in the National Gallery, a 1916 walking tour of Beggars Bush, a visit to Monkstown church, … There’s more

Ukulele Hooley Festival 2013

Ukulele Hooley

Ireland’s 4th International Ukulele Hooley takes place this weekend (24th/25th August) in Dun Laoghaire. We were there for the first one in Temple Bar and it’s just gotten better with age. So what’s on? The Ukulele Hooley Bus Busk gets under way from The Pavilion at 3.30pm on Saturday and will feature a bus full of players stop off at various places along the south Dublin coast to place impromptu gigs. Grab your ukulele and join ‘em. Later in the evening there’s an Open Mic Night from 8pm to 10pm at Pavilion Quarter. It’s a chance for aspiring ukulele performers to contact their ‘inner uke’ and have the opportunity to perform in front of a public audience. There are also workshops running across the weekend so if you’d like to start or learn more complex tunes, you can check out the list here. The main event takes place on Sunday … There’s more

Free Music Tracks by Canadian Bands July Talk and Wildlife


Get yizzer free music tracks. This one copy and pasted straight from the press release. You’re welcome Molson Canadian Rocks Out with 10,000 MP3 Giveaway Earlier this year Canada’s most iconic lager Molson Canadian arrived on Irish shores to great acclaim, and now we’re being introduced to two of the countries freshest musical exports in the form of a free 10,000 MP3 Facebook giveaway from July Talk and Wildfire. From today, anyone who ‘likes’ the Molson Coors Facebook page can redeem a free track from either band directly on the page, on a first come, first served basis. Commenting on the promotion, Denise Catney, brand manager for Molson Canadian in Ireland said, “We’re delighted to be offering free Canadian music to Irish fans of Molson Canadian. The Irish share a lot of similarities with Canadians. Aside from having a mutual love of beer, we love taking to the great outdoors … There’s more

Meet Orla Gartland

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I met Orla on the Sunday of #indie13.We had a chat. An interview. I recorded it. Press play. And Enjoy. listen to ‘Peter talks to Orla Gartland’ on Audioboo And whilst some music heads may ask for the yellow M&M’s  to seperated from the reds, Orla very graciously sat with me as the rain droplets trickled lightly and didn’t bat one eyelid. Thanks Orla. Ye legend. A hat tip to Ciaran Warren for the intro. Top Man. Smiley face. Orla Gartland in iTunes @OrlaGartland on twitter Orla Gartland on facebook

Bunoscionn To Play Electric Picnic 2013


The Lineup for Electric Picnic was announced last week and a more than welcome addition was local Kildare band Bunoscionn. Wanna know a little bit more about ‘em ? We have history. From my 2012 interview with them – this explains a little bit more behind the band, maybe. listen to ‘Bunoscionn @ The Spirit of Folk 2012 launch’ on Audioboo Bunoscionn take to The Earthship Stage as part of the Body and Soul area on Sunday the 1st of September to present their highly than highly recommended ‘Trad side of the Moon’ performance. Bunoscionn is fuelled by Ciarán, Michelle, Conleth, Mick and Glenda. For full details on the band visit www.breakingtunes/bunoscionn

Indiependence 2013 – Day 3

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Sunday, day 3 of #Indie13 started out grand. Indiependence didn’t bring me any coffee. And so I went into Mitchelstown for some a stroll and some intravenous strongest blend roast coffeine. Today however was a test of toughing it out as the heavens opened. Fair to say, no deluxe 10 euro pop up festival labelled tent was safe. Even my own 5000 hydrostatic head masterplan had a few drops come through. And though the place muddied and puddled and some ran for armageddon sake…. It was only a mere blip and really didn’t matter a dickie. To the music and one that was again missing from ‘the lists’ was Protobaby. I’d never heard of them before being honest. But I’d happily pay to see them play after this gig. Individually genius. Collective genii. Also nice to see was Hot Press editing their ‘who to meet’ list to include them. Alongside … There’s more

The Craft Collection Beer Hall @ Indie13

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In the middle of  Indiependence 2013, in the the middle of a farm shed sat The Craft Collection Beer Hall. To the left was The Craft Collection Stage and to the right, one mahooosive bar, complete with a flat screen tele where crowds crammed to watch the Dubs play.  Throw in some seating made from pallets, tables from old ESB coils, The Hot Sprockets on stage and some home made ping pong tables and you’ve a rough gist of what this place was like. It’s a bit mad, in a sense coz I’ve done the VIP gig at Electric Picnic and a little it seems like Oxegen13, that sort of thing is maybe on the down. That’s not a bad thing; but a taster of fine dining with a most suited beer was a real honour and something I had never done before. In shorts and a t-shirt. Having just … There’s more

Indiependence 2013 – Day 2

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It’s takes a while when you hit a festival as niche as Indiependence to find your feet. Especially when you work for a living, are slightly beat from the night before and the weeks work leading up to it. But Day 2 was to be an absolute whopper. Being that the main arena stayed closed ’til around 12, I grabbed a coffee from the only place that sold them and headed off to Mitchelstown for a bite. I score very high in the who’s got any experience in the festival-ing department and highly recommended as always is a proper feed and the lovely lamb and spuds at The Hunters Rest [and a hat tip to the girl with the black hair who works there who was nothing but smiles]. On that note, I should also give a very high 5 to whoever runs the Super Valu there. I know 5,000 … There’s more

Indiependence 2013 – Day 1

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I managed to squeeze a lot of audio into my microphone over the 3 days and fair to say it would be a little unfair to try and wedge all of that into one post. So I’m doing it in 3 parts. Also I’ve got Molson Canadian to thank for the tickets to #Indie13 and so you may hear them noted throughout. Either or, cheers lads. listen to ‘We are scientists. Indiependence ’ on Audioboo Re the band selection and who I chatted to decided to record ~ The deal was really simple. I didn’t read one ‘recommended to see’ list and carried the microphone when I could. If the mood struck me I recorded. As a fine example, I met Steve of Kodaline and we were both with friends. Fair is fair. I’ll get that chat the next time. Either or my love of music and the company I … There’s more

New Music: Brian Casey – Plain Sailing EP

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Never heard of Brian Casey before ? Unless you hail from The PRoC and live next door to him chances are your pants are probably on fire by now. The logic probability is you’re gonna pretty darned soon. In his Press Release, Brian describes his music as Blending folk, blues and acoustic pop to taste. This however, for me was the stand out paragraph: Airing out new songs in local pubs and music venues at weekends with nothing but a voice, acoustic guitar and the free flowing drumming of a good friend, figuring out what to say and how to say it became a  natural reflex with each new tune. Measuring original material against  the work of musical greats past and present, over time, local patrons  began to listen as closely to songs by Brian Casey as they did to the  old favourites.   Nothing like a good dose of … There’s more

Competition Closed: The Craft Collection Indiependence Tickets Competition


  With 126 entries via Twitter and 45 entries directly through the website, we’ve had an astounding response to our Indiependence tickets competition. Sadly, we can’t bring all of you with us (much as we’d love to) and we have selected our winner from the proverbial hat (we used a free random number generator I Googled).   *** Congratulations to Leta O’Neill who has won a pair of tickets for the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Indiependence in Cork, with thanks to the Craft Beer Collection. ***       You’re recovering from the excitement of Longitude. You’re already looking forward to the chilled out vibe of either Electric Picnic or the Lisdoonvarna Outing at the end of August. But what to do before then?? Head to Cork, of course, for the Indiependence Festival. Indiependence is a music and arts festival based in Mitchelstown, Cork. It’s a small, fun and … There’s more