A veritable Thomas Young de notre temps, Carty holds two, count them - one, two - masters degrees, one in science and one in the liberal arts, which form a fetching wall hang in his penthouse bathroom. He was head hunted by Hot Press from The Watchtower, for whom he wrote a popular advice column for nearly two decades. Despite his firm belief that popular music should have ceased trading around the time Van Halen fired Dave Lee Roth and The Clash fired Mick Jones, he will listen to anything for money and/or hard liquor. If he doesn’t know the answer, he can make it up for you cheap.
Latest Articles by Pat Carty
10 Hot Press writers share their favourite U2 moments as we get set for the release of Songs of Experience on December 1. Up first: Pat Carty takes us back to a beautiful day in Slane, 2001.
SONGWRITING GODDESS REVISITS AND RE-RECORDS EARLIER TRIUMPH
The Price is right...
Well seasoned pros lay out their wares.
Liam Gallagher gets the finger out, as The Strypes and TOUTS snap at his heels. Hangar-on: Pat Carty
Last man standing Donald Fagen brings the 'Dan to Dublin. Pat Carty reports.
Great and good Dublin musical talent come together to pay tribute to the late Heartbreaker
Music recently lost another iconic rock and roll figure with the sad passing of Tom Petty. As well as being one of the great American songwriters, Petty’s extraordinary life and times also encompassed record company wrangles, divorce, drug problems, a mid-career slump and an eventual triumphant resurgence. Tribute: Pat Carty
Rock icon still going strong.
Pat Carty attains rock nirvana in twenty seconds, and wakes up with his head in a sling
Pat Carty returns to his natural habitat, the early seventies, with Whole Lotta Zepp
Bob's yer Uncle
The Carpet man, who isn't called Des Kelly, comes to town.
Pat Carty has a good time with the mighty Neil Diamond at the 3Arena
'Art Of Darkness
Young man blues...
As one half of Steely Dan, Walter Becker helped to create what is among the most potent musical legacies of the past fifty years. Walter’s dime dancing may be through, leaving a gap where once rode a titan. But for Donald Fagen, the show must go on. With the help of ace Steely Dan stylist Greg Boland, we pay tribute.
Hello Yellow Brick Road...
Our man Pat Carty was in the heart of the action as The Rolling Stones took their European tour to Germany's capital of rock 'n' roll...
Inspired covers from sibling country duo.
Pat Carty takes in the second day at Stradbally.
There are two ends to the Psychedelic Furs. You have, on one hand, the edgy new wave band that gave the world some fine singles, and their excellent first two albums, The Psychedelic Furs and Talk Talk Talk.
Oh brother, here art thou...
Vintage effort from cult songwriter.
Our man Pat Carty was blown away by the legendary US boogie merchants last night!
Little Stevie rages on.
Cavan a rave-up
The brainchild of renowned musicians Colm Quearney and Graham Hopkins, Square Pegs' debut record is filled with electrifying R&B covers. Just don't call them a supergroup.
"Croaky and the bandit."
Ex-Gossip singer struggles to find her voice.
Return of the Mac (pretty much).
The song was king last night at 3 Arena, when Glen Hansard and then Eddie Vedder had the crowd eating from their hands… Report: Pat Carty
Our man Pat Carty weighs up the return of Simple Minds.
Crow is back on form with made-for-radio album
The Gospel according to Paul...
It's a shame about Ray
Levonstock, Levon Night, Helm’s Deep, call it whatever you want, the annual celebration of the life of Band drummer, and belter of a singer, Levon Helm organised, with love, by Hot Presser Roisin Dwyer, has now reached it’s fifth year. As a night out, it’s hard to fault.
It ain't really for me babe
You can put your arms around a memory
Boosted by the appearance of their track 'I Can See Clearly Now' on The Grand Tour, Hothouse Flowers are in the ascendant again. Hot Press went down to Vicar Street to see the band in action.
The Ryan line is open
Game of Two Halves from Former Green on Red Man
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