Voices from the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta

This was a series of poems from a medieval cemetery in Romania set to music by Shaun Davey and performed last weekend in Sibiu in Transylvania, Romania as part of the Sibiu Theatre Festival with a small orchestra, two choirs…

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Road Records

Dublin: Road Records on Fade Street is in a struggle to survive. A terrible shame if they go as it’s a great independent record store with good taste in music. It’s where I first bought a Sigur Ros album, and…

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They're trying to wash us away

Just back from New Orleans and another glorious Jazzfest. Randy Newman singing Louisiana brought tears to the eyes. One of the things i Love about the city is the relative absence of the corporate appearance that you encounter in almost…

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A rose by any other name...

The Bog Bodies And Other Stories: Music For Guitar". I thought that about covered it. "Congratulations on the birth of the Bog Bodies", a friend emailed helpfully. Then I had people at gigs saying " I'd like a copy of…

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Guitar tunings

Cloned back from my old web site by popular demand (well a few people have asked me about it) I hope this is helpful. Warning: If you don't play guitar you may find what follows excruciating. Even if you do... …

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Dublin

The annual Dublin winter gig looms. It's next friday in the Cobblestone. Expensive silks and fine Donegal tweed emerging from mothballs, intensive rehearsal already under way in Raheny Castle, a punishing fitness regime on the sand dunes of Bull Island…

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The City of New Orleans

New Orleans. For any music lover it's a pilgrimage A city forsaken and its people insulted and still in deep trouble but it's wonderful to be there. I went to Vaughan's in the Bywater last thursday night to see Kermit…

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Shut Up And Sing

I saw "Shut Up And Sing", the Dixie Chicks movie last night in Nashville. It's a good documentary, and great fun. They're as well out of country music it seems to me. It's the political season in the states, and…

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The Black Stars. Robin Williamson. SUV's in Ireland.

Thinking about it, an odd World Cup this year, shaping up to be a great one and then somehow leaving a funny taste with some disappointing matches, though I thought the Italians were good enough overall for their win. But…

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Micheál O'Domhnaill

I just heard the sad news that Micheál O'Domhnaill passed away. Micheal was a fantastic singer and guitar player who of course was best known for his part in the incredible Bothy Band. I was privileged to work with him…

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Midnight Well

Hello everyone. Heading back to Ireland. See you at the Midnight Well reunion in Sligo next weekend.