After a few weeks of “I wouldn’t be a major fan of band X, Y, Z”, this week is a total 180 to my all time favourite song. I’ve spoken plenty in the past about my Tom Waits obsession and how this song was really what kicked it all off, but I’ve never paid massive attention to that label – favourite. Continue reading niallon – Martha
Hello, it’s us again. These unplanned sabbaticals really have to stop. The good news is, we got a fair chunk of videos shot this summer and until very recently they were thought to be lost but Lazarus rose from the dead and so we’ve a few vids on the way. I won’t sell out what exactly happened…just always check your desktop. Nice subtle dig there. Continue reading niallon – Hang Down Your Head
I’m ashamed to say that even having lived in Sallins nearly all my life, I had no idea that McAuley Place in Naas was housing Naas Arts & Culture Centre. We’ll have to chalk that one up to a senior moment and move on however as there’s some live music to talk about, namely that of Freddie White who landed into Naas last Saturday for one of his trademark classy gigs.
That’s the funny thing about ticket less gigs, the memory fails on you. In 2007 and 2008 Cobh singer songwriter Freddie White did two consecutive winter residencies in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre on Grafton Street in a space fit for 50 people and no more. I love to rock out to a stadium gig as much as the next person but there’s no denying the privilege and awe that comes with seeing an artist in as intimate a surrounding as this. The problem is that myself and my father attended both years and each year we went to two or three gigs in the space of two or three weeks. This bit of a write up may incorporate events from more than one night and so I’ll apologise if my fact finding is a little off, it was a long time ago.
Originally published on IrishNewsReview.info in April 2014
Freddie White has been around the Irish music scene through every peak and drop it has seen. As we swept through punk, rock, disco, techno and all the rest, he has kept constant with his own brand of acoustic blues/jazz/folk and all the rest barring trad, staying true to his style. Back in Ireland from his current residence in Australia, I caught up with him and his equally talented wife Trish Hickey ahead of their sold out gig in The Mill Theatre in Dundrum in April.
Continue reading The Last Of The Troubadours – A Conversation With Freddie White
August 1st, 2008 was the day I went to a gig I thought I never would. The elusive Tom Waits was out on tour, and he was spending 3 nights in Dublin. With a marquee erected in Phoenix Park, the fabled Ratcellar, he would bring his unique carnival madness to Dublin’s fair city for one weekend only. Continue reading Live In Concert – Tom Waits, The Ratcellar, 2008
Alongside Live In Concert, I’m Talkin’ Here is going to play host to some musings on my favourite artists. No, it won’t be weekly (I’m only human) but I’ll try my best for some regularity. First up is the man who has presented the most divided opinions amongst my peers, that man is of course Tom Waits.
Continue reading Tom Waits – Artist In Focus