niallon – If I Should Fall Behind

Been a while since Bruce made an appearance on the niallon channel! Unlike previous covers though this is maybe one of his lesser known tracks and I was keen to get my take on it out there. Continue reading niallon – If I Should Fall Behind

niallon – Dancing In The Dark

I’ve well and truly run out of ways to describe my obsession with the music of Bruce Springsteen by now. For me, he and the E Street Band are the music. The music that popped up in my life at a time that I needed something to, that I needed something to point me in a direction. It’s my get hyped music, my comedown music, my inspirational music and of course the “Jesus will this hangover ever go away music”. I do feel a slightly stronger connection to it too, namely the New Jersey factor. Continue reading niallon – Dancing In The Dark

niallon – Fire

This one is a bit of a coincidence, solidarity with Bruce and all that. No this was just another one of the remakes, the original upload of Fire being one of our more popular ones, and we decided to drag it kicking and screaming out of the black and white mullet days into a more presentable HD world. Then North Carolina and HB2 happened. Continue reading niallon – Fire

niallon – Thunder Road

Sometimes you practice the hell out of a song and still fluff a chord or two, but then you decide to cover a song on the fly and realise early in that you don’t know it at all! A song that needs no introduction, from Bruce Springsteen’s seminal 1978 albumĀ Born To Run, Thunder RoadĀ is, to me anyway, the embodiment of what The Boss is all about. A cool summer’s evening in New Jersey, deadbeats, blue collars and wastelands all around, but the small few who might dare to dream of finding another way, a different path, want their voice to be heard. Or something like that! Watch, like, share, repeat!

Live In Concert – The Gaslight Anthem, Olympia Theatre, 2010

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Back in 09 a buddy pointed out a band to me in Rolling Stone. They were from New Jersey, they played in a punk rock fashion and one of their songs directly lifted/referenced Bruce Springsteen lyrics. ‘Nuff said, I was interested. What followed from there was me well and truly developing an obsession with Gaslight that has remained solid to today, and with them playing here in a few months what better time than now to look back at when I first saw them.

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Springsteen Set For Croke Park

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As an avid Bruce Springsteen fan and as the proud owner of an unused Garth Brooks ticket it’s hard to respond to this news with anything but at least mild trepidation; but all signs indicate that Bruce Springsteen is set to play two nights in Croke Park this coming summer. Continue reading Springsteen Set For Croke Park

Live In Concert – Bruce Springsteen, RDS, 2008

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Seven years ago, my life changed. Not some personal epiphany or near death experience; I got a new soundtrack. I actually can’t remember what specific song or moment it was that turned me onto Springsteen, I’m thinking it was “The River”, but what I do remember is that not since Tom Waits had I known so instantaneously that an artist’s music fit so perfectly in with my styles, though I don’t think even then I could have foreseen the fanatic I would become.

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Dublin Grooves To Jake Clemons

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Rarely I go to a gig entirely oblivious to the music of whichever artist I go to see. I’ll usually at least know their biggest hit. But when said artist is the sax player in my all time favourite band, good faith alone sees me buying a ticket, and I’m glad I did. Continue reading Dublin Grooves To Jake Clemons

Live In Concert – Bruce Springsteen, Giants Stadium, 2009

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It may not be obvious yet, but over the course of my posts here (starting today) it will materialise that I’m a Bruce Springsteen nut. No tattoos, no I haven’t heard every song, but in the six years since 2008 I have gone to nine of his gigs, and once he keeps going so too will I. Up until last year, but that’s a story for another post, 2009 was the peak year in this legacy of The Boss, encompassing three gigs two countries and a whole lot of music.
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More Than Just A Melody

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I’ve always loved music. Listening, singing, playing; it’s always been there. We listen to music for a multitude of reasons. To sing, to dance, to pick us up and even sometimes to bring us down. It stirs emotion, to those who allow it, above and beyond things we’ve ever previously experienced.
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