DUBLIN, IRELAND

Joanne Shaw Taylor | Whelan's, Dublin, Ireland | 21.11.15

This one surprised a few people, but yes, I do like blues music. In fact, blues music got me through some fair…

This one surprised a few people, but yes, I do like blues music. In fact, blues music got me through some fairly rough college years a few years back. Back then, when things got a bit too rough, I would pour a glass of Jack Daniels and Coke and listen to…

The Proclaimers | Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland | 20.11.15

Back in 1987, An eleven year old me didn't quite get The Proclaimers at all. At the time, "Letter From America…

Back in 1987, An eleven year old me didn't quite get The Proclaimers at all. At the time, "Letter From America" wasn't particularly likeable, but by the same token, if it came on the radio, you were in no hurry to turn it off. Hindsight being 20/20…

Kurt Vile & The Violators | Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland | 15.11.15

Having missed Kurt Vile's solo acoustic performance at Whelan's last year (after taking a week off due to burn…

Having missed Kurt Vile's solo acoustic performance at Whelan's last year (after taking a week off due to burnout creeping in), the opportunity to catch him with a full band came around some 18 months later, so I put the request for a pass in, not having…

Stiff Little Fingers | The Academy, Dublin, Ireland | 13.11.15

Just looking at the date alone, makes this one difficult to type. Two hours can make a world of difference, an…

Just looking at the date alone, makes this one difficult to type. Two hours can make a world of difference, and on this night it did, but I will get to that in a bit. I had missed my chance to catch Stiff Little Fingers when they had played here last…

Mick Foley | Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland | 12.11.15

If you know me at all, in any way shape or form, than one of the first things that you will know about me is t…

If you know me at all, in any way shape or form, than one of the first things that you will know about me is that I'm a die hard pro-wrestling fan. Not in a 40 year old virgin living in his mothers basement way (honest!), or a trailer park dweller still…

Texas | The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland | 11.11.15

Oh wow, where to start with this? 1989 was a fairly big year in Scotland in terms of the music that it was chu…

Oh wow, where to start with this? 1989 was a fairly big year in Scotland in terms of the music that it was churning out. Gun released 'Taking On The World', Simple Minds released 'Street Fighting Years' Fish, who had left Marillion released his first…

Y&T | The Opium Rooms, Dublin, Ireland | 10.11.15

Second year in a row for me. And roughly at the same time of year too. It saddens me a little bit when I have…

Second year in a row for me. And roughly at the same time of year too. It saddens me a little bit when I have to explain to people who these guys are (which is more often than I'd like to admit). But if the term "hair rock" is thrown about, the first…

John Grant | Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland | 09.11.15

My last time catching John Grant in Ireland was somewhat of a disaster to say the least, both in terms of ligh…

My last time catching John Grant in Ireland was somewhat of a disaster to say the least, both in terms of light as well as logistics. The previous time it had been dark, akin to a candlelit room making life very difficult for anyone who was there…

Otherkin | The Grand Social, Dublin, Ireland | 06.11.15

This was almost nine months in the making, and it's not what you're thinking. Back in February, I got my first…

This was almost nine months in the making, and it's not what you're thinking. Back in February, I got my first taste of Otherkin at Whelan's when they were supporting Pond. A rather strange pairing as both bands music are poles apart. On a performance…

The Devlins | Whelan's, Dublin, Ireland | 05.11.15

This was a show that took me back. An ex girlfriend introduced me to the 'Live Bait, Dead Bait' EP from The De…

This was a show that took me back. An ex girlfriend introduced me to the 'Live Bait, Dead Bait' EP from The Devlins back in 1993, which admittedly took a while to grow on me due to being quite rigid in my musical choices and very being very heavily…

The Waterboys | Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland | 04.11.15

Mr. Scott and Mr. Wickham are no strangers to my lenses. I caught them at a street performance on a very cold…

Mr. Scott and Mr. Wickham are no strangers to my lenses. I caught them at a street performance on a very cold January day earlier this year as they promoted their latest release "Modern Blues". It was a significantly easier assignment given that it was…

McAlmont & Butler | Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland | 01.11.15

Here is the ultimate example of how time flies. For anyone who was paying attention to the alternative music p…

Here is the ultimate example of how time flies. For anyone who was paying attention to the alternative music press in 1994, one of the bigger stories that shook the industry (after Cobain taking his own life) was Bernard Butler's decision to leave Suede…

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