First things first, I’d no post for “Will O’ The Wisp”, for shame. In my defence, I was in a field in Laois before I remembered and battery life was a precious commodity. Won’t happen again. Back to this week’s post and it’s another one from Tom Waits. I’ve preached and preached about “Martha” ad nauseam and how it was my gateway drug into Tom Waits, but it was arguably this song that first opened that door. Juliet Turner and Brian Kennedy performed a wonderful cover of this song years back which prompted by father to run out and buy a copy of Closing Time and that was when I first heard anything from him. Little did I know what other gems, and genres, I was about to discover however. Continue reading niallon – I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You
Back when I was in school it seemed that everyone was a superfan of The Frames. Except me. That’s not really an uncommon anecdote in my music fandom, I have always tended to have a small set of artists/bands I like and I’m usually extremely slow to take to a new artist. I do feel I missed out with The Frames quite a bit though, and Glen Hansard in general is one of those artists where every time I hear his content, I tend to give it a thumbs up and say I should listen more. It’s hard work sometimes though. Continue reading niallon – Falling Slowly
In 1977 Eric Clapton released Wonderful Tonight, possibly one of the greatest love songs ever written. He wrote it for his then partner and soon be wife Patti Boyd. The couple would go on to be married for 9 years before separating, a marriage that was rife with infidelity, alcoholism and domestic abuse. So what does that then mean for the song? Continue reading niallon – Wonderful Tonight
12 years and no tracks from The Beatles. What the hell Niall? Yeah I’ll be honest that surprised even me, but then The Beatles have never really featured much in my songbook. That’s mostly on account of my favourite songs from them being the least guitar friendly to be honest, but I also have a tendency to learn the obscure tracks much sooner than the favourites. So the likes of “Love Me Do” and “Hard Days Night” would have merrily passed me by in my learnings. Continue reading niallon – Blackbird
I f**king love this song. Obviously one might assume that if I’ve chosen a song to cover I’m probably a fan of the original, but there are some songs that I truly love, so much so I tend to think twice about covering them. Some past examples of those are Mr Brightside and National Anthem where the song pretty much terrified me at the thought of covering it. I don’t really know why I take that attitude. I mean with the average view count on the videos being around the 100/200 mark should I really be that bothered? Continue reading niallon – Take On Me
I know I know. This isn’t the first time I’ve made excuses for leaving both this blog and the YouTube page somewhat barren for a long period. Suffice to say there’s a whole load of reasons but about 3 months ago is when I first took the decision to reignite both sites. One problem, I didn’t know the first thing about recording audio and had none of the required gear to do it. One of those problems has been solved and the other is a work in progress so finally, we’re back. At present the plan is to return to form, new uploads every week but who knows, I might even be able to muster two vids a week eventually. We’ll see. And get those requests in! Continue reading niallon – The Rains Of Castamere
Oh Joe, you cunning tactician you. Making us miss your presence less come the end of the World Cup with a subpar performance that flew in the face of all expectations. Ok, there’s a chance I’m still in denial. Who wouldn’t be though right? That was one of the worst Irish performances of the Schmidt era, capitalised on brilliantly by one of the best I’ve seen from England in a long long time. So what happened and what happens next?