Category Archives: music

Mullingar’s ‘Cavern Club’ The Stables closes down

On Wednesday October 1st Ireland is to lose one of its longest-established music venues as The Stables and Yukon Bar close. Owners Tommy and Miriam MacManus have, after 43 years at the helm of their Dominick Street venue, decided to call it a day. They pulled no punches when they said the closure is down to a […]

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Morrissey, Marr and Mullingar

Morrissey, Marr and Mullingar, as published in the Westmeath Topic today, Wednesday August 13 — One of the most influential bands in the history of rock music, The Smiths, were, it seems inspired by none other than Joe Dolan. Ahead of his concert at Leapordstown Racecourse last week, former Smiths guitarist now solo star Johnny […]

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Garth Brooks: He never went away you know…

Blame it all on my roots So Garth Brooks has just sold out a fifth Croke Park show in Dublin… If there’s a sixth, it too will sell out quicker than a jiver on the turn, adding another 80,000 to the 400,000 Irish people (that’s one tenth of the population) already making the pilgrimage to […]

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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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One more thing gets thrown up on stage and I’m leaving… Meat Loaf in Ireland ’89

The following is a piece I wrote in 2011 when I was a working journalist. I’m not anymore, but recently – out of the blue – the respected and rather brilliant music blogger and journalist Nialler9 kindly asked me for a read, so I’ve put it back up. Here’s Meat Loaf in Moate. I believe […]

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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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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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