Author Archives: Ronan

The fabulous Baker Boy – The late Vinny Baker

I was knocked for six on July 20th to learn that the incredible Irish guitarist, songwriter, producer, family man and friend Vinny Baker died suddenly. Aged just 62, Vinny had years left in him and I was always sure that one day he would gain worldwide attention for his art. A master guitarist in many […]

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Off to the Marquee in Drumlish…

If you ever want to experience Old Ireland in all its glory, then the evergreen Marquee in Drumlish festival in the heart of rural Longford is the music festival for you. It’s a festival that entered Irish folklore long before local boy made good, country star Declan Nerney, wrote a song about it in the […]

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Those classic mix tapes revisited

The demise of the cassette tape was never fully experienced in my kitchen or in my wife’s car over the past number of years. I have about ten tapes set aside which still get played to bits, most of them are compilations but there are also a few albums in there too, such as Iron […]

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Bon Jovi, RDS, June 30 – If there was a doctor in the house he was probably at the bar

If there was a modern day award for ‘Mr Showbiz’ it would have to be handed to Jon Bon Jovi, who last week returned to Ireland for two nights at the RDS and a spot of knee surgery. Even though Bruce Springsteen would probably be the rightful holder of the award – there’s no show […]

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Flatlake Festival, June 3-5, 2011 – Review

Having spent four years reading about it from the pens of assorted culture junkies and hearing whispers on the wind from trusted heads and head-the-balls that it was the best festival in the country, my beloved and I finally got to dive into the Flatlake Literary and Arts Festival at the Hilton Park Estate in […]

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Well, it had to happen some day

Last year I wrote a piece for MOJO on the most under-rated Deep Purple album of them all, “Come Taste the Band”. The album has been unavailable and almost impossible to get for years. Indeed, my own copy (prior to a dodgy download) was an Eastern European cassette. Well, after a painstaking remastering, this stunning album […]

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When giants walked the earth

A meeting of the two most important men in the entire history of country music.

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Deep Purple and MOJO magazine

I recently wrote a mammoth piece for a magazine in the UK on how tumultuous periods in some massive bands after the loss of a key member (or two) can often see the band produce some of their best material. I’ll stick it up here soon, but it featured a heavy emphasis on Black Sabbath […]

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The Stables celebrates twenty years

EDIT: SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 – Below was a piece I wrote for a music magazine in 2009 about 20 years of The Stables music venue in Mullingar, a venue I booked bands in for almost a decade with my good pal Declan Murray. Sadly, Wednesday October 1 2014 marks the end of the venue after […]

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