Thursday, April 3, 2014
Check out my live review of Power Of Dreams in Whelan's on Thurs 27th March . . .
Friday, March 28, 2014
Dublin indie duo Darling are to play a series of upcoming live dates in promotion of their brand new single 'Sail Away'. Dates include . . .
Wednesday May 21st – Monroe’s, Galway (with Leaders of Men)
Thursday May 22nd – McHugh’s, Belfast
Friday May 23rd – Whelan’s, Dublin
Saturday May 24th – Cyprus Avenue, Cork (With Leaders of Men)
The video for 'Sail Away' can be viewed here . . .
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Check out my review of Nina Persson's recent gig at The Button Factory, Dublin . . .
Saturday, March 1, 2014
My interview with Marcus from Cork rockers The Vincent(s) on Dublin Concerts.ie . . .
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Beck 'Morning Phase' - serious contender for album of the year already. See my review here:
Monday, February 17, 2014
I was in town on Thursday night to check out Dylan Tighe and Hilary Woods in The Grand Social. Here's my review . . .
Thursday, February 6, 2014
There’s nothing like a good walk to clear the head . . . and for that matter, to also rattle the brain and to think of decent article ideas for those wanting to get into the writing and journalism world. For me the best place is a good 45 minute walk from Kilcoole beach along the shore to the Breaches (an old train bridge crossing an inlet) in Co. Wicklow. Even when the weather isn’t the best or it’s a little overcast this is still stunning. The beauty of the surroundings is incredible. There’s the Irish sea on one side and acres of green fields on the other – all in general silence except for the distant birdsong. It’s crazy to think that this is only a stones throw from my front door. There are so many beautiful places in our own country that we all seem to take for granted but with the financial situation at the moment it’s best to focus more on home.
As I’m trying to get into the world of writing and journalism at the moment it’s great to take an hour out every so often just to, you know, settle the head. It brings calm and sometimes brings ideas for articles – like this one – which popped into my head only this morning whilst walking the dogs. I also hope this idea might help those suffering from depression and so forth. Or even for those just wanting a change in their day . . . to break the monotony of their daily routine.
Ray D’Arcy one said that if you’re ever made redundant the best thing to do with your last €100 is to buy a brand new pair of proper running shoes. I agree with this 100%. Whether it be for walking or running, there really is nothing like it for clearing your hear and for general well-being. It’s almost like a type of meditation in a way. It’s good to spend some time with yourself.
I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Everyone should take the time out, park the car up somewhere and take a saunter along the beach or wherever suits you and take in the beauty of the country around you. A friend of mine who passed away a few years back used to say that ‘you have legs don’t you, now get out into the elements and use them’. And with the country the way it is financially there’s no greater opportunity. Go do it. You won’t regret it.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Check out my opinion piece about my trip to Montreal in 2010 in todays Montreal Gazette . . .
Monday, December 30, 2013
Just getting back into things after the Christmas break. Here my latest, it's from last Saturday night when Bray rockers Big September played their biggest headline yet at The Academy Dublin. Here's my review on DublinConcerts . . .
Friday, December 20, 2013
Check out my review of Windings gig in Dublin's Button Factory on Wednesday night for Dublin Concerts . . .
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Check out my interview article with Naylor from Big September on the Journalist.ie this afternoon . . .
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
See my review of Greg Clifford's new EP 'Confessions' on DublinConcerts.ie . . .
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Check out my article on Big September in DublinConcerts.ie. The five-piece indie rockers are this weeks Irish Band of the Week . . .
Friday, November 15, 2013
Check out my article on theJournalist.ie for details on the new double A-side single 'II' by Dublin rockers Otherkin.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Aussie rockers The Jezabels return to Ireland with 2 dates in the Button Factory in support of their brand new album 'The Brink'. Read all the details here . . .
Friday, November 8, 2013
. . . which will feature on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. For more info please see here . . .
Boom!, my first review for Dublin Concerte.ie . . . it's for the debut album from Paul Melia entitled 'Hold onto the Colour' . . .