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Interview: Passion and Pain

1993-06-16 00:00:00


WITH THE RELEASE OF HER FIRST LIVE ALBUM *LOVE FOR SALE* MARY COUGHLAN HAS PUT THE PERSONAL AND COMMERCIAL TRAUMAS OF THE PAST THREE YEARS BEHIND HER. IN A FRANK INTERVIEW SHE OUTLINES HER DARK DAYS TO SIOBHAN LONG AND INDICATES THAT PERHAPS A FUTURE COVER VERSION OF *WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN* MIGHT JUST BE IN ORDER.

Interview: Golden brown

2001-08-02 00:00:00


Are you ready for the jazz-bluegrass fusion? ALISON BROWN prepares SIOBHÁN LONG

Album: skin

2001-08-02 00:00:00


If sweat beads and airbrushed, anaesthetised rock is your thing, then Skin will set your hair on end. If on the other hand, you hanker for a sound that’s a touch more thoughtful, save your sheckels for Bruce or Ani.

Interview: Ladies day

2001-07-05 00:00:00


SIOBHÁN LONG Makes the call as CHERISH THE LADIES’ spokeswoman Ms Madden says “Hello, this is Joanie…”

Interview: Cuban music crisis

2001-05-24 00:00:00


SIOBHÁN LONG meets SILOS’ mainman WALTER SALAS-HUMARA, whose musical missiles arrive in Ireland in May

Album: Trains, Boats And Planes

1992-11-19 00:00:00


The Frank And Walters are shiny happy people. They sing in short sparkling couplets.

Album: Private Wars

1999-03-17 00:00:00


Zrazy are back with a bang. And boy, do they know how to renew old acquaintance with style.

Album: The Very Best Of... + Jelly Roll Morton

1999-03-31 00:00:00


This pair of digitally re-mastered collections are both welcome and timely. Damn fine performers of Texas folk/blues and jazz piano respectively, Hopkins and Morton are time travellers who betray not an ounce of jetlag, despite their millennial's end travels.

Album: Random Acts Of Kindness

1999-03-03 00:00:00


Passion. And faith. Gavin Harte's got it by the bucketload. And Random Acts Of Kindness is as articulate and combustible a calling card as he could possibly wish for.

Album: Volume

1999-03-03 00:00:00


Music for the new man. Mike Badger trades in lo-fi acoustic musings for the broken hearted. Founder member of The La's, Badger's music is low key and unassuming, in a way that suggests his bedtime listening is more Sonny Condell and Blue Nile than Henry Rollins and Tommy Lee Jones.

Album: Central Reservation

1999-03-17 00:00:00


Let's face it: Beth Orton has already proved her genius with her sublime debut, Trailer Park. Not only was it a remarkable record for a debutante; it was, and is, one of the standouts of the last three years. And now she's gone and done it again.

Album: Uprooted

1999-02-17 00:00:00


This Cape Breton quintet have been on the road almost a decade now, and Uprooted finds them asserting their independence and hankering after the traditional Nova Scotian sound at one and the same time.

Album: The Mountain

1999-03-03 00:00:00


If this is what a couple of years in the slammer does for you, I'd go behind bars myself. The Mountain makes it three in a row for Steve Earle.

Album: Strange Weather

1999-04-14 00:00:00


Seems like downtown Buncrana and upstate New York aren't so far apart after all. At least not on Kevin Doherty's map. He manages to tiptoe between both with a dexterity that'd have been the envy of Astaire.

Album: Original And Best

1999-02-03 00:00:00


He's been languishing in the undergrowth for way too long. But Lonnie Donegan has emerged from the shadows with a mighty fine album, a calling card to be proud of, especially when he comes knocking on the doors of an entire generation who missed out on the delights of 'My Old Man's A Dustman'.

Album: John Mellencamp

1999-02-17 00:00:00


Television has given the US a PR platform on a plate, and boy have they used it well. American literature classes have played their part in the Americanisation of the planet too. Everyone from Henry Miller to John Grisham has helped the cause of the Great American Way.

Album: Whitechocolatespacceegg

1999-03-31 00:00:00


She's the spit of Uma Thurman and has the wit of a Germaine Greer. Not quite your average rock chick, really.

Interview: Ladies’ Day

1998-08-05 00:00:00


One of the hardest working bands in trad, Cherish the Ladies are finally enjoying some time in the sun. Interview: Siobhan Long.

Interview: The Ali Shuffle

1998-07-22 00:00:00


He’s been dubbed the “Bluesman Of Africa” but Ali Farka Touré is Malian and proud of it. Interview: SIOBHÁN LONG.

News: Northern Exposure

1998-08-05 00:00:00


Siobhan Long steps into an electric ballroom of sounds, sense and sensibilities at the KAUSTINEN FOLK FESTIVAL in Finland.

Interview: Out Of Africa

1998-08-05 00:00:00


A powerful tale of love, lust and life with the Taureg nomads of Nigeria, Gaye Shortland’s new novel, Polygamy is based in large part on her own extraordinary experiences of an alien culture. Interview: Siobhan Long.

Live: KODO DRUMMERS/ DONAL LUNNY BAND

1998-07-08 00:00:00


KODO DRUMMERS/ DONAL LUNNY BAND (RDS, Dublin)

Album: Fís Carolan’s Dream

1998-07-08 00:00:00


GARRY Ó BRIAIN Fís Carolan’s Dream (Gael Linn)

Album: Odu

1998-07-08 00:00:00


KING SUNNY ADE Odu (Atlantic)

Album: Invisible Walls

1998-07-08 00:00:00


SHARON MURPHY Invisible Walls

Album: Sutra

1996-12-02 00:00:00


Donovan Sutra (American Recordings)

Interview: Stuck In The Midlands With You

1995-03-08 00:00:00


No one has their ears sadistically sliced off with a cut-throat razor but there's savage revelry aplenty as Siobhan Long sets her watch to Hiney time and spends 24 hours in the dangerously danceable company of Speranza.

Live: Richard Thompson

1995-02-08 00:00:00


Richard Thompson, (Olympia, Dublin)

Album: Black Boots on Latin Feet

1995-02-22 00:00:00


EZIO: “Black Boots on Latin Feet” (Arista/BMG)

Album: After Hours

1995-02-08 00:00:00


THE CAFE ORCHESTRA: “After Hours” (Gourmet Records)

Interview: PAPERBACK SONGWRITER

1995-02-08 00:00:00


Been there, seen that, doin' it tomorrow. Is there no stopping Shay Healy? The most popular songsmith in Europe — and, er, Turkey — has just published a new novel Green Card Blues. Night hawk: SIOBHÁN LONG.

Live: A TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE KENNEDY

1994-12-14 00:00:00


A TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE KENNEDY (Midnight at the Olympia, Dublin)

Album: Duchas Ceoil

1995-01-11 00:00:00


THE LENNON FAMILY: “Duchas Ceoil” (Gael Linn)

Album: Ready For the Storm

1995-01-11 00:00:00


DÉANTA: “Ready For the Storm” (Green Linnet)

Album: Cartwheels

1995-01-11 00:00:00


ANTHONY THISTLETHWAITE: “Cartwheels” (Rolling Acres)

Album: Everytime

1994-12-14 00:00:00


EOIN WOODS: “Everytime” (Mac Caoilte Records)

Frontlines: Still crazy after all these years

1995-01-11 00:00:00


Professor Ivor Browne has observed more cases of mental illness than the editor of Oireachtas Report. Siobhán Long takes a seat in the psychiatrist’s chair and hears Ireland’s leading man-in-a-white-coat give his diagnosis on the links between creativity and schizophrenia, the dangers of psychosurgery and the inevitable demise of the Catholic Church.

Interview: The SONNY SIDE of the STREET

1995-01-11 00:00:00


From a commercial point of view it hasn't exactly been all sweetness and light for SONNY CONDELL but his new album Someone To Dance With should bring a smile to his face. Interview: Siobhán Long

News: A Tribute To Frankie Kennedy

1994-12-14 00:00:00


Siobhán Long was at the Olympia Theatre to hear Ireland’s finest musicians pay their respects to the much lamented Altan flautist who died last September. The event, sponsored by Smithwicks/Hot Press, was a truly memorable and moving occasion.

News: A Year in the Life

1994-12-14 00:00:00


How was it for you? The assembled Hot Press writers offer their own opinions on 1994 over the next five pages.

Live: BRENDAN PERRY/HEIDI BERRY

1994-11-30 00:00:00


BRENDAN PERRY/HEIDI BERRY (Columbia Mills, Dublin)

Live: BRIAN KENNEDY

1994-11-30 00:00:00


BRIAN KENNEDY (Midnight At The Olympia, Dublin)

Live: RANDY NEWMAN

1994-11-30 00:00:00


RANDY NEWMAN (National Stadium, Dublin)

Album: Invocation

1994-11-16 00:00:00


ANÚNA: “Invocation” (Danú)

Interview: Begin the Beginish

2001-04-12 00:00:00


SIOBHAN LONG MEETS BEGINISH GUITARIST GAVIN RAWLSTON

News: A GOOD YEAR FOR THE IRISH

1994-11-16 00:00:00


Here, Hot Press profiles some of the home grown artists who've launched new releases in time for the Christmas market. Marian Bradfield

Live: CRASH TEST DUMMIES / JACK ROBERTS

1994-11-02 00:00:00


CRASH TEST DUMMIES / JACK ROBERTS (National Stadium, Dublin)

Album: Give Yourself A Hand

1999-07-07 00:00:00


Crash Test Dummies have always distinguished themselves from the rest of the posse with their highly literate (and often dauntingly dense) lyrics and their apocalyptic vision of the human condition in the last decade of the millennium.

Album: Social Studies

1999-07-07 00:00:00


Loud’s been around the block a couple a times. He’s supped of the pleasure and pain of the music circuit/treadmill; he’s washed his dirty linen in public with perverted glee; in essence he’s managed, like Woody Allen, to transform his personal neuroses into a lucrative earner that’s as likely to bring a grimace as a smile.

Album: Mirrorball

1999-07-07 00:00:00


Sarah McLachlan has finally re-emerged after the marathon touring schedule of Lilith Fair with her own new live album.

Album: Waterways

1994-11-02 00:00:00


RONAN HARDIMAN: “Waterways” (Hummingbird)

Album: The Songs of Van Morrison

1994-10-19 00:00:00


NO PRIMA DONNA: “The Songs of Van Morrison” (Exile)

Album: The Glory Of Gershwin

1994-10-19 00:00:00


VARIOUS ARTISTS: “The Glory Of Gershwin” (Mercury)

Interview: A Goss Man Altogether!

1994-10-19 00:00:00


He may have a wicked sense of humour but, ultimately, it's the way he sings 'em that has seen Kieran Goss lay to rest his partnership with Frances Black and produce one of the finest albums of the year. Siobhan Long has her ears caressed and her funnybone tickled by the newest member of Ireland's songwriting elite.

Live: DAVID BYRNE

1994-09-21 00:00:00


DAVID BYRNE (National Stadium, Dublin)

Album: No Need To Argue

1994-10-05 00:00:00


THE CRANBERRIES: “No Need To Argue” (Island)

Album: Capercaillie

1994-10-05 00:00:00


CAPERCAILLIE: “Capercaillie” (BMG)

Album: Maroon

2000-10-12 00:00:00


Christiaan and Justin Webb have wasted no time in carving their own niche: it’s a world of purple haze and post-Y2K insouciance, a hybrid of the Stone Roses and the Eels. This is music that’s so knowingly nonchalant, it lopes at its own pace in every direction except the one with the bright lights.

Album: Whaler

1994-09-21 00:00:00


SOPHIE B. HAWKINS: “Whaler” (Columbia)

Album: Out The Gap

1994-09-21 00:00:00


SHARON SHANNON: “Out The Gap” (Solid)

Interview: The Emerald Lyle

1994-10-05 00:00:00


Lyle Lovett, the crown jewel of Texas and everybody’s favourite alternative country celebrity, was in Dublin again recently to play a one-off, sell-out show in the Gaiety. Here he talks about his new album, I Love Everybody; his foray into Hollywood and, of course, Julia what’s-her-name. Siobhan Long found a very clear and pleasant ranger who knows the right way to order a pear tart!

Frontlines: Play That Fungi Music

1994-10-05 00:00:00


Now that the picking season is upon us, Siobhán Long offers a guide to the pleasures and perils of Pysolisin, otherwise known as the humble magic mushroom. Pic: Alan O’Connor.

Album: Osna

2000-10-12 00:00:00


Balance is such a delicate thing. Finding that elusive equilibrium between musicians so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and yet each part can shine in its own time. If it's to happen, egos must be jettisoned and the music must be master.

Album: An Irish Lullaby

2000-10-26 00:00:00


This is a gorgeous collection of Irish and English lullabies, many of them shot through with enough banshees, witches and mountainy hags to put manners on the feistiest of juniors.

Album: The Windy Gap

2000-11-09 00:00:00


Laurence Nugent, Chicago-born flute and whistle player is a man not given to stray notes or empty promises. The Windy Gap is the work of a musician who doesn’t need to prove anything, who tracks his route with the confidence of a traveller well used to the road, but still excited by the discoveries around every bend.

Album: Gotta Tell You

2000-11-09 00:00:00


So what's she got that the rest don't?

Album: Songs For A Fallen Angel

2000-11-09 00:00:00


Best known as the original lead voice in Riverdance, John McGlynn may have suffered from a case of sibling domination. His twin brother, Michael, wielding the Anúna baton, seems to have hogged most of the limelight in the past, but now it seems that John is set to redress the balance.

Album: The Hour Before Dawn

2000-11-09 00:00:00


When superlatives abound, there’s a risk that either: a) the musicians in question snap into autopilot, fuelled by the laurels, or b) they continue to do what they do best: pushing the outside of the envelope.

Album: The Cross Of Changes

1994-02-09 00:00:00


ENIGMA: “The Cross Of Changes” (Virgin)

Album: Saffron And Blue

2000-11-23 00:00:00


The McGuires have long been stalwarts of fiddles and bows. With his brother Seamus, Manus McGuire has never encountered much difficulty in cornering the market in pensive, considered playing, whether it be Breton, Irish, Scottish or French Canadian.

Album: The Man From Clare

2000-11-23 00:00:00


Tony Mac Mahon has never been behind the door in pronouncing the way forward in traditional music. There's a fire in his belly whose flames rarely need fanning, so passionate and fervent is his belief in the one true way.

Album: Snowdogs

2000-12-07 00:00:00


Two short years on from their spirit-shocking debut, Calico are back, their line-up embellished from a skeletal three to a more cosy five, their repertoire expanded and their confidence soaring.

Album: Little Black Numbers

2000-09-28 00:00:00


She screams originality, whispers of a creative spirit that hasn’t emerged from a xerox.

Album: Diamond Mountain

2000-09-14 00:00:00


With a guest list worthy of a Paddy Moloney project, this is an album which, on the face of it, could have sunk beneath the pressure of too many big names, too many egos jostling for position.

Album: Messenger

2000-09-14 00:00:00


Transplant Terry Callier or Curtis Mayfield down under and you just might get a Jimmy Little. He’s got a voice that’s more Stax soul than outback. Pair that with a lyric sheet that’s in equal parts pleasure and politics and you’ve got quite a cocktail.

Live: PAUL LAMB AND THE KINGSNAKES

1994-01-26 00:00:00


PAUL LAMB AND THE KINGSNAKES (Whelan’s, Dublin)

Live: SINEAD LOHAN AND DECLAN SINNOTT, NOMOS AND OPEN KITCHEN

1994-02-23 00:00:00


SINEAD LOHAN AND DECLAN SINNOTT, NOMOS AND OPEN KITCHEN (featuring Hank Wedel) (Whelan’s, Dublin)

Live: PAUL LAMB AND THE KINGSNAKES

1994-01-26 00:00:00


PAUL LAMB AND THE KINGSNAKES (Whelan’s, Dublin)

Frontlines: PEAK PERFORMANCE

1994-01-26 00:00:00


29,028 feet above sea level: that’s where Dawson Stelfox found himself last year when he successfully completed the first Irish Everest expedition. Interview: Síobhan Long.

Interview: That’s What Friends Are For?

1994-03-09 00:00:00


The Rolling Stones, The Who, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Sinéad o' Connor... The Chieftains are on first-name terms with all of them and as they pocket another Grammy for Celtic Harp Paddy Moloney tells Siobhán Long how the band retain their freshness after over twenty years together.

Live: HADA TO HADA

1993-12-15 00:00:00


HADA TO HADA: (An Beal Bocht, Dublin)

Live: THE CRANBERRIES

1994-01-12 00:00:00


Rawness was the order of the night...

Album: Aislingí Ceoil

1994-01-26 00:00:00


TONY McMAHON, IARLA O LIONAIRD & NOEL HILL: “Aislingí Ceoil” (Gael Linn)

Album: Yella Hoose

2000-08-17 00:00:00


Peopled solely by original tunes from John McCusker – Scottish prodigy, member of The Battlefield Band, producer of a Mercury nominated Kate Rusby album, guest of Teenage Fanclub, and purveyor of a rake of exceptional tunes – Yella House is a remarkable record.

Interview: Back in the HIGH LIFE

1993-12-15 00:00:00


With the departure of Shane McGowan a couple of years ago, it was fashionable to write off The Pogues as mere also rans. But the band have proven to be one of the success stories of 1993, with the release of their superb Waiting For Herb album putting them right back on course. Now they can afford to tell their detractors: kiss my ass (under the mistletoe of course). Interview: Siobhán Long.

Interview: Share and Share Alike

1994-01-12 00:00:00


In Meitheal, the duo of STEVE COONEY AND SEAMUS BEGLEY released one of the finest albums of the year. Here they talk about their spin on the tradition, the connection between Gaeltacht people and the Aborigines – oh and the logic of playing the accordion with a pen-knife. Interview: SIOBHÁN LONG

Interview: Share and Share Alike

1994-01-12 00:00:00


In Meitheal, the duo of STEVE COONEY AND SEAMUS BEGLEY released one of the finest albums of the year. Here they talk about their spin on the tradition, the connection between Gaeltacht people and the Aborigines – oh and the logic of playing the accordion with a pen-knife. Interview: SIOBHÁN LONG

Interview: Skin Trade

1994-01-12 00:00:00


With the release of their debut album, My German Lover, Hada to Hada's tenure as one of Ireland's best-kept musical secrets may well be over. Siobhán Long talks to Keiran Duddy and Belinda Morris about the craft of song-writing and the dedication that made the album possible.

Album: From Pana To Louisana

1999-09-29 00:00:00


From its title (From Pana To Louisiana slips a sly tongue-in-cheek reference to Two Time Polka’s origins, Patrick St., Cork) to its sheer joie de vivre, this is a CD for the downhearted and the party animal alike.

Album: Now Tell Me

1999-11-10 00:00:00


Martin Hutchinson is a native of Athy, now resident in Holland. Now Tell Me is his second album, a cool handed take on the blues with a distinctly Irish feel. The influence of Rory Gallagher is never far from the front line of Now Tell Me, especially on two tracks: the instrumental ‘Rory’ and the lament ‘So Rory’s Gone’ – unashamed homages to the great man.

Album: Snowfall On The Sahara

1999-09-15 00:00:00


It’s hard to credit it, but Natalie Cole has been plying her trade for a total of 21 albums now. And for those who made her acquaintance through her duetted song cycle with her electronically-reincarnated father, Unforgettable, With Love, rest assured that she continues to plough a compatible, if parallel terrain on Snowfall On The Sahara.

Album: Trad

1993-12-01 00:00:00


THE DUGGANS: “Trad” (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)

Album: An t-Oileán Aerach

1993-12-01 00:00:00


JOHNNY CONNOLLY: “An t-Oileán Aerach” (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)

Album: The Celtic Fiddle Festival

1993-12-01 00:00:00


KEVIN BURKE, JOHNNY CUNNINGHAM AND CHRISTIAN LEMAITRE: “The Celtic Fiddle Festival” (Green Linnet)

Album: Fair Dawning

1999-09-29 00:00:00


Seldom do you encounter recordings that are both as scholarly and lovingly honed as this. More seldom still do you trip across a debut as assured and considered as Fair Dawning. Tim O’Shea is a singer and guitarist from Killarney.

Live: CROWDED HOUSE

1993-11-17 00:00:00


CROWDED HOUSE (National Stadium)

Album: Where I Wanna Be

1999-11-10 00:00:00


Donell Jones seems to be pushing all the right buttons. He's had a resounding success with his debut album, My Heart, notched up a Top 15 R 'n' B hit stateside with the single, 'Knocks Me Off My Feet', and now he's on the return trip with Where I Wanna Be.

Album: King Puck

1993-12-01 00:00:00


CHRISTY MOORE: “King Puck” (Columbia)

Album: Best Of

1993-11-17 00:00:00


The Christians: "Best Of" (Island Records)

Interview: HE DID IT NORWAY!

1993-10-20 00:00:00


For many years a 'musician's musician', TOM PACHECO is now enjoying the commercial recognition he deserves thanks to a collaboration with Steiner Albrigtsen that's stormed its way to the top of the Norwegian charts. Here, the American singer-songwriter reflects on a remarkable career which has seen him hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and The Doors in New York, taking on the Nashville establishment and finally settling in Ireland where his star is also firmly in the ascendent. Interview: SIOBHAN LONG.

Interview: Killjoys were Here

1993-11-17 00:00:00


They came from sunny Melbourne to Chipping Norton, England to record their debut album, and thence to Ireland on a whistlestop tour that took them from the capital to the wilds of Leap and beyond. SIOBHAN LONG urges THE KILLJOYS to put down their back–packs for a while and make time for a chat.

Live: BIG COUNTRY

1993-10-06 00:00:00


BIG COUNTRY (Midnight at the Olympia)

Live: TERRY CLARKE

1993-09-22 00:00:00


TERRY CLARKE (Whelan's, Dublin)

Album: Ancient Rite

1999-12-08 00:00:00


Music that gets under your skin is a rare and beautiful thing. Ancient Rite has been a labour of love from its inception to its execution. No detail has been neglected, no note carelessly discarded.

Album: Road To Hell Part 3

1999-12-08 00:00:00


Chris Rea's been happier to cruise along the information superhighway than many of his contemporaries. With a definite case of technolust burning up his veins, Rea never made any secret of his love of new technology, particularly automotive technology. Now, 10 years after his first foray down the route of the automotive concept album, he's back on the same road.

Album: The Rowsome Tradition

1999-12-08 00:00:00


If tradition means passing on and according due respect, then The Rowsome Tradition lives up to its title to a tee. Kevin Rowsome is lucky enough, by an accident of birth, to belong to one of Dublin's finest piping families.

Album: 4 Track Demos

1993-10-20 00:00:00


PJ HARVEY: "4 Track Demos" (Island)

Album: Searc Mo Chléibh/Love Of My Heart

1999-09-01 00:00:00


Sean nós singing has undergone something of a renaissance recently, and Finola O'Siocrú's debut, Searc Mo Chléibh/Love Of My Heart is a welcome addition to the genre.

Album: The Children of Lir

1993-10-06 00:00:00


PATRICK CASSIDY: "The Children of Lir" (Son Records)

Album: Kulanjan

1999-08-18 00:00:00


If only album reviews could stop right there. Because there's very little else that needs to be said about Taj Mahal's latest studio offering.

Album: Midsummer's Night

1999-08-18 00:00:00


Manic genius. Dervish have been anointed with such a spectrum of talent that they've never wanted for vision when it comes to broadening their repertoire.

Album: Two Stories In One

1993-10-20 00:00:00


RECONCILIATION: "Two Stories In One" (Natural Symphonies)

Album: House Of The Dolphins

1999-08-04 00:00:00


Bilingual jazz/folk might inspire one of two things in any music listener: either baleful foreboding or hungry curiosity. O'Reilly's last album, Tír Na Mara, set the scene with an eclectic collection of material that melded the Irish tradition and subtle infusions of jazz with surprising skill. And second time round she's grown in confidence, with the result that House Of Dolphins is a mighty fine leap into the big blue.

Album: Musical Journey

1999-08-04 00:00:00


A long, meandering road, wending its way round gullies, crevices and drumlins: that's the kind of musical journey Cormac Breatnach has embarked on in this, his debut CD. Pensive and considered, it's a collection of gentle, low key tunes - with a surprising song or two in their midst.

Album: At Home

1999-08-04 00:00:00


If it's a roll-call of the best traditional musicians on the far side of the Atlantic you're after, then Cherish The Ladies' latest album will probably sate your thirst. It's brimful of magnificent talent, including the core sextet of female musicians who've paved such a fine path for others with their spunky, intricate arrangements of traditional tunes.

Album: Shine Eyed Mister Zen

1999-08-04 00:00:00


Mmmm. He's gone and done it again. Dotted his i's and crossed his t's with little more than a guitar and a pair of vocal chords that must have been hatched somewhere between Sonny Boy Williamson's chest cavity and John Lee Hooker's pelvis.

Album: Midsummer's Night

1999-08-18 00:00:00


Manic genius. Dervish have been anointed with such a spectrum of talent that they've never wanted for vision when it comes to broadening their repertoire.

Album: A Far Cry From Dead

1999-07-21 00:00:00


Unpredictability was always Townes' middle name. Just when you thought he was giving it heaps, he'd zip off into the stratosphere, not to be found for days - or weeks even. And A Far Cry From Dead is his postcard from the edge. Funny thing is, it's more polished and poised than anything he recorded while he shuffled on this mortal coil.

Album: Mojave

1999-05-12 00:00:00


It's been called 'lo-fi swamp'. I tend to think of it as loping prairie music, but hey, you'll find your own words to capture the essence of Willard Grant Conspiracy. Mojave is their fourth album, a shambolic, dazed and confused affair that's guaranteed to hog your stereo if it's quirky, original meanderings you're looking for.

Album: Great Human Being

1999-07-21 00:00:00


"Thanks to everyone and apologies to no one" Manor have stepped onto centrestage. This Keady quartet have been plugging away on the live circuit and in the recording studios for quite a while with ne'er a glance in the direction of the corporate music business for handouts.

Interview: MY DEAR WATSON

1998-06-10 00:00:00


No-frills, honky-tonk, matinee-idol looks and an allergy to Garth Brooks - dale watson is a sane man in a crazy world. Interview: siobhÁN long.

Interview: Hart Of The Matter

1998-06-10 00:00:00


He may be a man of few words, but alvin youngblood harT's artistic lineage is not to be sneezed at: this is one bluesman whose experiences include a spell in the US Coastguard and a stint in Switzerland. Tape: siobhÁn Long.

Interview: The Italian Job

1998-06-24 00:00:00


Italian-born multi-instrumentalist antoni o'breskey considers Ireland to be his spiritual home, so much so that he changed the spelling of his name just for us. siobhán long finds out more.

Album: My Country

1999-06-23 00:00:00


Imagine stories whispered as you sink into unconsciousness. Imagine rolling rhythms insinuating themselves into the marrow so deep that they never leave. Imagine a song cycle so cohesive it'd take a Glaswegian tug-o-war team to sunder it.

Album: Satanic Majesty

1999-06-23 00:00:00


The shoes fit. Their suits are made to measure and the skin's all their own. Finally, after more schizophrenic shifts than a busload of Hannibal Lectors, The Frames have found their own identity and they're not afraid to bask in its glories.

Live: TERRY CLARKE

1993-09-22 00:00:00


TERRY CLARKE (Whelan's, Dublin)

Live: John Cale

2001-03-01 00:00:00


He's the best ad for chronic drug taking you'll find this side of the Betty Ford clinic.

Live: TOM ROBINSON

1993-07-28 00:00:00


TOM ROBINSON (Whelan's, Dublin) MR. ROBINSON alights onstage with a sartorial inelegance that not many would manage to pull off, though he, of course, does - with aplomb.

Album: Gleanntán

1999-05-26 00:00:00


It's been a while in the making, but boy is it worth the wait. Sliabh Notes, a.k.a. Matt Cranitch, Donal Murphy and Tommy O'Sullivan whetted our appetites royally back in 1995 with their eponymous debut. With their ears trained to the holy ground of Sliabh Luachra, they gathered up a gabháil full of the finest local tunes, much to the delight of the aficionado and beginner alike.

Album: From The Chest

1999-05-26 00:00:00


There are times when listening to traditional albums, you sense a melting of one into another, with players' identities being lost, or at the very least, diluted in the mix. Kevin O'Connor is in no danger of falling prey to that particular malady, having an ear for arrangements that sparkle and shine in their originality.

Album: Seleniko

1993-09-22 00:00:00


VÄRTTINÄ: "Seleniko" (Green Linnet)

Album: Idle Dare

1993-09-08 00:00:00


DEBUT ALBUMS are a curious undertaking. With the luxury of a lifetime in the making, they can come seething with energy or pallid with overkill.

Album: Trad At Heart

1993-09-08 00:00:00


ELEANOR MacEVOY has a lot to answer for. Without her that little vessel that goes lub-a-dub-dub every time a stethoscope gets near it would still be languishing in the advertising pages of the Irish Medical Times, all arteries and veins, but no soul.

Album: Perfectly Good Guitar

1993-09-08 00:00:00


IT TAKES a heck of a thick neck to blithely ignore all that's happened musically over the last five years. Either that or a cast-iron identity that surpasses fleeting trends and passing fads. Randy Newman has always managed to pull it off with panache.

Album: Revelling/Reckoning

2001-03-29 00:00:00


Ani di Franco has never been stuck for words, for passions, or for ideals, and Revelling Reckoning snapshots her world - just for now. Because, like all full-blooded artists, her stance is likely to shift, her mind to expand.

Interview: NO ORDINARY JOE

1993-09-22 00:00:00


It is 15 years, almost to the day, since sound engineer JOE O'HERLIHY did his first gig with U2. SIOBHÁN LONG profiles the man with the longest beard in rock'n'roll (well, nearly) . . .

Ad Feature: DUBLIN AFTER DARK

1993-09-08 00:00:00


Whatever your fancy chances are the capital will be able to oblige. Here, the Hot Press team pound the pavement in selfless pursuit of Dublin's hottest - and coolest - nightspots.

Interview: SOLID AS A ROCK

1993-08-25 00:00:00


Happy in both her personal and professional life, DOLORES KEANE has learnt the wisdom of doing things for herself. Following the release of her latest album, Solid Ground, SIOBHAN LONG gets to meet her - at the second attempt.

Interview: Reeling In Rio

2001-02-01 00:00:00


ROCK IN RIO, which attracts 200,000 people, may be known for headliners like Sting, REM and Britney Spears. But this year, DERVISH played there too - and got a rapturous welcome. SIOBHÁN LONG reports from an extraordinary event

Album: Hymns To The Silence

1991-10-03 00:00:00


Hymns To The Silence, seeking higher planes, sometimes soars, occasionally strikes a flat note, but always repairs its errors with an offering pitch-perfect and ravishingly beautiful to the ear.

Album: Bury The Hatchet

1999-04-28 00:00:00


They're back. With a bang. Never ones to do it colour by numbers, The Cranberries waited 'til their third trip to the studio before encountering the difficult album syndrome.

Interview: ANOTHER SIDE of FRANKIE LANE

1993-08-11 00:00:00


Now that he's discovered the joys of the Dobro, are Frankie Lane's madcap, balcony-scaling days over for good? Not a bit of it. *It's all really just about finding a new way of being nasty.* He tells Siobhan Long.

Interview: Reservoir Songdogs

2001-03-15 00:00:00


Siobhán Long catches up with the globetrotting CALICO

Interview: ANAM: DISCOVERING JAPANANAM: DISCOVERING JAPAN

1998-06-10 00:00:00


It's been almost two years now since Anam's Brian O hEadhra unpacked his rucksack from top to bottom, two years of tearing all over the globe, from Düsseldorf to Darwin, Chicago to Castletownbere. With three albums well and truly reared, the band have recently been coaxing their fourth offspring, First Footing, out into the big bad world, blinkering its eyes against the glare of daylight.

Interview: DERVISH: WHIRL MUSIC

1998-06-10 00:00:00


If there were handouts for the shy and retiring, Dervish would be at the back of the queue. Never backward in coming forward, this Sligo/Roscommon ensemble have elevated audience rapport to an art form that's sadly all too rarely practised round these here parts. Lead singer, Cathy Jordan (the sole Roscommon interloper amid a quintet of Sligomen) delights in the more quirky and bizarre backgrounds to the band's songs and tunes. And somehow they all seem to treat a night flight to Kuala Lumpur with the same gravity as they would a skite to Kenmare. Dervish live and breathe on the road. Its interminable miles are the band's sustenance, its cat's eyes their compass to the next town, the next continent, and the next gig.

Frontlines: the dream team

1998-05-27 00:00:00


ned o'hanlon and maurice linnane, the men behind media company dreamchaser productions, aren't given to false modesty. And why should they be, given that their recent list of clients includes Garth Brooks, U2 and the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame? siobhÁN LONG meets the men who once adopted Gary Oldman for an all-night bender in America.

Album: Welcome To The Hotel Connemara

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn have been around the block more than a couple of times now, and they've seduced a rake of unlikely apostles with their high octane mix of the old and the new. The release of last year's best of, How The West Was Won, was a magnificent resume of their antics from then to now.

Album: Harps, Pipes And Fiddles

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Collections should sometimes carry a health warning. Temple Records are responsible for this release, a gabháilful of fine musicians, most with Scottish roots, purveying a snakecharmer's mix of slow airs, songs and dance tunes, played on Scotland's stalwart instruments. And that's where the Surgeon General needs to step, centrestage, scalpel in hand.

Album: The Pure Borhrán

2000-08-03 00:00:00


The Pure Bodhrán - The Definitive Collection is an interesting come all ye exercise that doesn't quite manage to gather the momentum it promises. Versatile and eclectic as the bodhrán is, it simply doesn't have the strength of personality (at least on the tunes collected here) to hold a double album together.

Album: Ancient Pleasures

2000-07-20 00:00:00


She must have read the book on it - the trigonometry of songwriting for a mass market. Frank is a twenty-something Dane with a mission to copy and paste, using everyone from Roxette to Natalie Imbruglia as her templates.

Album: In My Prime

2000-08-03 00:00:00


In the pantheon of fine female folk singers, a handful stand out. Sandy Denny, June Tabor and Pentangle's Jacqui McShee have been flagbearers for more than a few generations. And their circle can now be widened to include Niamh Parsons, a singer who has quietly carved a reputation for herself throughout the singing clubs of Dublin and well beyond.

Album: Nas

2000-02-17 00:00:00


Brazilian contraltos not being exactly ten a penny, Virginia Rodrigues' CD comes as a bit of a surprise. Nas is Rodrigues' second record, a gorgeous, sublime collection of songs from her native Brazil.

Album: Losers And Sinners

2000-03-02 00:00:00


Have guitar, will travel. That seems to be the raison d'jtre of Sean O'Neill. This is double barrel troubadour music complete with greatcoat and dusty vocals - and a skewed perspective that tilts at a delightfully obtuse angle with the world.

Album: Heritage

2000-03-16 00:00:00


'A journey into the Heart of America's Greatest Folk Songs'. So the sleeve proclaims. In truth it might better read 'self-indulgent musings of a muso let loose in a recording studio'.

Album: Lost In The Loop

2000-04-13 00:00:00


If only reviews could rest at this: astounding. Listen to Lost In The Loop as it rises storeys above anything else that's been released in the past year, and wonder at its majesty, its sheer dexterity.

Album: Making Waves

2000-04-13 00:00:00


Cadenza look set to cut a swathe through any cosy notions of musical boundaries by melding traditional, classical folk and contemporary music.

Album: Omara

2000-05-11 00:00:00


With music like this, why would anybody want to exit stage left of Havana?

Album: I Could Read The Sky

2000-05-25 00:00:00


I Could Read The Sky is a timely reminder of a matchless book from Timothy O'Grady.

Album: Forty Years Of irish Piping

2000-06-08 00:00:00


For many of us, Siamus Ennis is a mythological figure, a piping giant. A man whose legacy can be heard and felt in the playing styles of virtually every piper who came after him, . . .

Album: Smol Seed

2000-06-22 00:00:00


Co-operative effort in the music business is a rare phenomenon these days. Unless motivated by the promise of commercial gain, that is.

Album: Nua Teorainn

2000-06-22 00:00:00


Co-operative effort in the music business is a rare phenomenon these days. Unless motivated by the promise of commercial gain, that is.

Album: Traffic

2000-07-20 00:00:00


Lia Luachra are a quartet who've been scaling the heights for a couple of years now. Having launched a full frontal assault with their eponymous debut, they're back with another densely-packed hour-long conglomerate of new and traditional tunes and songs.

Album: Fused

2000-01-20 00:00:00


He wears his heart on his sleeve, Michael McGoldrick. Playing wooden flute, uileann pipes, low whistle and bamboo flute with the odd elect

Album: Seka Sister/Volume 2

2000-01-20 00:00:00


Seka/Sister is a marathon collection of 22 songs from a plethora of artists (both well known and obscure) in aid of a women and children's refuge in Croatia.

Album: Seka Sister/Volume 2

2000-01-20 00:00:00


Seka/Sister is a marathon collection of 22 songs from a plethora of artists (both well known and obscure) in aid of a women and children's refuge in Croatia.

Album: Duke Elegant

2000-02-03 00:00:00


There are few musicians whose sense of place is as firmly etched in their music as Dr John. New Orleans; the Crescent City oozes from every pore of his being, and every crotchet and quaver of his music.

Album: Always Now And Forever

2000-02-03 00:00:00


Always Now And Forever is the debut release from Irish-born New York resident, Amo. Amo's ambitions run high, so high that he conjures comparisons with Bono's overwrought emoting (The Joshua Tree's 'Bullet The Blue Sky'), Randy Edelman's fraught paeans to love lost,

Album: Harmonica

2001-01-17 00:00:00


Harp players don't come much better than this. Mick Kinsella navigates a path with the harmonica through rough and smooth, a veritable songline through the geography of is own choosing.

Album: Traditional Music On Fiddle Banjo And Harp

2001-01-17 00:00:00


The tide of burgeoning traditional music talent is rising so high these days that we're in danger of drowning in it.

Album: Another Sky

2000-03-02 00:00:00


Altan's evolution as an ace ensemble has made for fascinating observation. Wooed by the big industry players, they've (inevitably) been subtly moulded by Virgin over the past three albums.

Album: Hush

2001-01-17 00:00:00


'And it's in the hush that we hear the sound between darkness and first bird'. Jane Siberry has always been someone who's cocked her ear to the silence every bit as much as to the sound.

Interview: The Keane Edge

1999-12-08 00:00:00


The passion in JAMES KEANE's music making is matched by his passionate defence of tradition. Siobhán Long reports.

Interview: LITTLE VOICE

2000-12-07 00:00:00


Siobhan Long meets Billy Gilman, Nashville s biggest little country music star

Interview: Same As It Ever Was

2000-12-07 00:00:00


Abortion hasn t gone away, you know; rather it s Irish women, some 6,500 a year, who have to do the travelling while, back home, the pro-life movement continues to insist that It Can Never Happen Here. TONY O BRIEN of the Irish Family Planning Association believes it s well past time tht we got to grips with a problem whch, time and again, has dominated public debate while leaving women in the throes of crisis pregnancy to fend for themselves. Interview: Siobhan Long. Photography: CATHAL DAWSON

Interview: The Light Fantastic

2000-11-23 00:00:00


SIOBHAN LONG burns the midnight oil with Solas

Interview: KELLY S HEROES

2000-11-23 00:00:00


ALAN KELLY is in grave danger of making the piano accordion hip. SIOBHAN LONG finds out why

Interview: Between The Lines

2000-11-09 00:00:00


JANIS IAN was considered an enemy of the State by the FBI. SIOBHAN LONG finds out why

Interview: THE LONE PIPER

1998-03-04 00:00:00


Availing of a sabbatical from The Chieftains PADDY MOLONEY has kept busy creating a star-spangled soundtrack album. Interview: SIOBHAN LONG

Interview: The Red Dirt Girl

2000-10-12 00:00:00


At 53, EMMYLOU HARRIS has finally taken up the pen and the result is one of her finest albums yet. SIOBHAN LONG journeys to New York to meet the reluctant songwriter.

Interview: Been Around The World

2000-10-12 00:00:00


SIOBHAN LONG touches base with DERVISH

Interview: Seeger After Truth

2000-10-12 00:00:00


At 81 years of age, folk pioneer PETE SEEGER is still active in the politics of song. SIOBHAN LONG meets a man fully deserving of the title 'living legend'

Interview: Young At Art

1995-11-15 00:00:00


At just 23, Siniad Lohan is one of the brightest prospects to have appeared on the Irish music scene for some time, with the Woman s Heart stars taking her to their collective bosom not to mention her acclaimed debut album which is nestling comfortably in the Top 10. Siniad an scial: Siobhan Long.

Interview: Harping On

2000-09-14 00:00:00


Laoise Kelly is about to hit the road with an electric ensemble on a nationwide Music Network Tour. SIOBHAN LONG reports

Interview: Rebel With A Cause

1999-09-01 00:00:00


KARAN CASEY may be a folk singer, but don t classify her as easy listening . Her music is infused with radicalism and eclectism. She spoke to SIOBHAN LONG.

Interview: Live Mike

2000-09-28 00:00:00


Michael McGoldrick s music might be labelled as trad . But, as SIOBHAN LONG finds out, he s much more unpredictable than that might suggest

Interview: damn right he?s got THE BLUES

1997-10-01 00:00:00


SIOBHAN LONG meets Stockholm-based bluesman ERIC BIBB, who won friends and influenced people aplenty at the recent Guinness Blues Festival in Dublin.

Interview: Ronny, Don't Go Away

1999-07-21 00:00:00


SIOBHAN LONG meets RON HYNES, writer of Sonny and hears him talk about Paul Simon, Donegal and the lack of support for artists in his native Newfoundland.

Interview: Across the Great Divide

1997-10-01 00:00:00


Roots music may help build bridges between past and present and us and them, but the media stance is still often isolationist. So says simon emerson of the afro celt sound system. siobhan long takes notes.

Interview: Across the Great Divide

1997-10-01 00:00:00


Roots music may help build bridges between past and present and us and them, but the media stance is still often isolationist. So says simon emerson of the afro celt sound system. siobhan long takes notes.

Interview: Manor In The Works

1997-10-15 00:00:00


MANOR tell SIOBHAN LONG that what the world needs now is some decent kick-ass rock n roll .

Interview: on the trail of the LONESOME PINE

1997-10-15 00:00:00


For 20 years, iarla o lionaird has steeped himself in the neglected tradition of sean nss singing. Now signed to Peter Gabriel s Realworld label, he believes that the late 90s could finally see a breakthrough for his beloved art form. siobhan long talks to the man with what Martin Hayes calls the lonesome touch

Interview: SWEET JANE

1997-12-10 00:00:00


jane siberry might just have created the acceptable sound of Christmas. siobhan long reports.

Interview: NOW YOU SEE HIM, NOW YOU DON T!

1997-12-10 00:00:00


It should have been the biggest indoor rock n roll knees-up of the year but oasis three nights at The Point were as notable for what happened off stage as for what happened on it. Does Liam s partial no show spell the end for the dreadnoughts of Britpop or is it just the latest hiccup in a career that seems to thrive on adversity? Report: siobhAn LONG.

Interview: The Keenan Edge

2000-08-17 00:00:00


Piper extraordinaire, PADDY KEENAN tells SIOBHAN LONG about his upcoming tour, past troubles with drink and drugs, and his views on the new Ireland

Interview: LIFE OF BRIAN

2000-08-31 00:00:00


Piper BRIAN McNAMARA is set to reinvigorate Leitrim s musical tradition. Interview: SIOBHAN LONG

Interview: Harper's Bizarre

1999-08-18 00:00:00


BEN HARPER is a rarity in the contemporary music world political, articulate and willing to break and bend every rule. SIOBHAN LONG met him.

Interview: COOLER than THE OTHER side of THE PILLA

1997-08-20 00:00:00


You might take the man out of New Orleans but you cannot take New Orleans out of the man. siobhAn long meets the incomparable dr. john

Interview: THE POSITIVE TOUCH

1997-07-23 00:00:00


MARTIN HAYES fiddles while dennis cahill burns on The Lonesome Touch, an exercise in purity that is not exclusive to the purists. Joining them on the road, siobhan long learns the finer points of a good reel, and discovers that in Irish traditional music there s no place for conflict between continuity and change.

Interview: Sister Doin It For Herself

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Second generation Irish-American LIZ CARROLL is one of the best fiddlers around. She spoke to SIOBHAN LONG about her album, the importance of the session and Chicago. Picture: Declan English

Interview: Sister Doin It For Herself

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Second generation Irish-American LIZ CARROLL is one of the best fiddlers around. She spoke to SIOBHAN LONG about her album, the importance of the session and Chicago. Picture: Declan English

Interview: Sister Doin It For Herself

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Second generation Irish-American LIZ CARROLL is one of the best fiddlers around. She spoke to SIOBHAN LONG about her album, the importance of the session and Chicago. Picture: Declan English

Frontlines: Curbing the Herb

1999-12-22 00:00:00


SIOBHÁN LONG reports on the Department of Health's recent decision to restrict the sale of popular herbal remedy ST. JOHN'S WORT.

Interview: Aussies Rule

1999-11-24 00:00:00


ADRIENNE MURPHY speaks to MANDAWUY YUNPINGU, mainman of YOTHU YINDI, about aboriginal culture, Irish influences and the power of music.

News: The New Breed

1999-11-10 00:00:00


With the same old trad royalty still being treated with grovelling reverence, promoter and manager David Caren thinks it stime the young and innovative got their dues. But will it happen? Report: SIOBHAN LONG.

Interview: Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

1999-10-27 00:00:00


SIOBHAN LONG meets MAIGHREAD and TRMONA NM DHOMHNAILL, back together after a break of 29 years!

News: Critics' Round-Up of Year 2000

2000-12-15 00:00:00


The Trad Done Well by Siobhan Long

Commentary: KEEPING THE FAITH

1998-02-04 00:00:00


Australia s the churcH have survived nearly 20 years of changing fads and fashions by maintaining their commitment to pure pop. siobhan long takes a pew.

Frontlines: Green Takes On Giants

2000-09-14 00:00:00


The campaign for the US PRESIDENCY isn t just a two-horse race. GREEN PARTY candidate RALPH NADER tells SIOBHAN LONG about the issues that matter

Interview: Wearing Their Art On Their Sliabh

1999-08-04 00:00:00


Sliabh Notes are a trio of renowned traditional musicians who play dance music that long preceded the breed that flourishes these days in the club scene. Siobhan Long pays a visit to them in the best place possible to hear the music: a wedding reception in Kerry.

Interview: Eden Ain't Cheatin'

1999-08-18 00:00:00


From their earliest days in Gothenburg, WEST OF EDEN have fused Celtic and Scandinavian influences to come up with a unique sound. SIOBHAN LONG met them.

Commentary: get back to where we once belonged

1997-10-01 00:00:00


It?s real, it?s now and it goes all the way back to the source ? roots music is taking the world by storm and Ireland is very definitely on the map. By siobhan long.

Interview: Ivers of Sound

1999-05-12 00:00:00


Are you ready for hip hop, be-bop trad? Then EILEEN IVERS is ready to take you to the bridge. SIOBHAN LONG meets the fiddle player with the world at her fingertips.

Interview: Sonny: He Hasn't Gone Away You Know

1999-02-17 00:00:00


Far from it in fact with even the world of advertising now bestowing its blessings, things seem to have come full cycle for one of Ireland s most original and enduring songwriters. SIOBHAN LONG meets SONNY CONDELL.

Interview: Art Of The Matter

2000-08-03 00:00:00


Arts Council director PATRICIA QUINN talks to SIOBHAN LONG about internal strife, Ireland s changing attitude to art, and the necessity of taking risks. Picture: Myles Claffey

Interview: Between thought and expression

1997-07-09 00:00:00


The Go-Betweens are a band who prove that two heads are better than one.

Interview: The New Contender

2000-07-20 00:00:00


EAMONN DeBARRA is the Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He tells SIOBHAN LONG why he isn t strictly trad and why it s important to play the #20 gigs

Interview: Suzanne

1997-04-16 00:00:00


No-one has ever asked suzanne vega before if Luka the story about child sexual abuse which made her famous was based on personal experience. Here for the first time ever the singer reveals that indeed it is and that she is still dealing with the after-effects of that traumatic experience. Interview: SIOBHAN LONG. Pix: COLM HENRY.

Interview: The Live Pike

1997-04-30 00:00:00


Trad merchants hada to hada are back with a new album, Pike, and the same healthily cynical worldview. Interview: siobhAn long.

Interview: The Live Pike

1997-04-30 00:00:00


Trad merchants hada to hada are back with a new album, Pike, and the same healthily cynical worldview. Interview: siobhAn long.

Interview: Flight Of The Earle

1999-03-31 00:00:00


With his new album The Mountain, STEVE EARLE has turned his hand to bluegrass. He talks to SIOBHAN LONG about the record, his colourful past and his love of Irish music.

Interview: Whistle While You Work

1997-03-19 00:00:00


SIOBHAN LONG meets ex-Pogue JAMES McNALLY whose Everybreath album has infused new life into the tin whistle.

Interview: I was so much older then, i m younger than that now

1996-12-16 00:00:00


Six albums to the good and only now has andy white discovered his teenage years. siobhan long catches up with a man catching up with his own adolescence.

Interview: The Cream Of The Crop rrrr

1997-01-22 00:00:00


Trad legend PADDY MOLONEY of THE CHIEFTAINS singles out his own musical favourites of all time. Tape: SIOBHAN LONG. Pix: COLM HENRY

Interview: The Kerryman

1997-01-22 00:00:00


lthough left broken-hearted by the demise of the Irish Press, CON HOULIHAN s latest collection of prose, Windfalls, confirms that his pen, like the Castle Island colossus himself, is still mightier than the rest. Now, at 71, a novel is in the works. SIOBHAN LONG embarks on a long night s journey into day with the legendary journalist. Pix: COLM HENRY.

Interview: The Kerryman

1997-01-22 00:00:00


lthough left broken-hearted by the demise of the Irish Press, CON HOULIHAN s latest collection of prose, Windfalls, confirms that his pen, like the Castle Island colossus himself, is still mightier than the rest. Now, at 71, a novel is in the works. SIOBHAN LONG embarks on a long night s journey into day with the legendary journalist. Pix: COLM HENRY.

Interview: The Kerryman

1997-01-22 00:00:00


lthough left broken-hearted by the demise of the Irish Press, CON HOULIHAN s latest collection of prose, Windfalls, confirms that his pen, like the Castle Island colossus himself, is still mightier than the rest. Now, at 71, a novel is in the works. SIOBHAN LONG embarks on a long night s journey into day with the legendary journalist. Pix: COLM HENRY.

Interview: Ani, You're The One!

2000-03-02 00:00:00


ANI Di FRANCO has confirmed her position as one of the 90s most compelling performers with her new album Up, Up, Up, Up, Up Up. But there has always been more to Di Franco than her music. Here she talks to SIOBHAN LONG about her hard-won independence, corporate America and the stupidity of conservativism.

News: Agnes Bernelle - An Appreciation

2000-03-02 00:00:00


AGNES BERNELLE s death last month brought a truly remarkable life to a close. SIOBHAN LONG looks back, in the company of Gavin Friday, Philip Chevron and Alan Amsby.

Interview: The Shock Of The New

1997-03-05 00:00:00


A new album, a new producer, a new sound and a new lease of life so where better to launch mary black s Shine than in New Orleans? Report and interview: siobhAN LONG

Interview: The Shock Of The New

1997-03-05 00:00:00


A new album, a new producer, a new sound and a new lease of life so where better to launch mary black s Shine than in New Orleans? Report and interview: siobhAN LONG

Interview: SPEAKING IN TONGUES

1997-02-19 00:00:00


A North Carolinian who speaks Irish and a country performer who only occasionally performs country, jim lauderdale has a way that makes the seemingly contradictory work well. Interview: siobhan long.

Interview: The Jewels Of The Nile

1997-06-25 00:00:00


Having released just three albums in 16 years, PAUL BUCHANAN explains why THE BLUE NILE don t want to clutter the world up with useless CDs. Interview: SIOBHAN LONG.

Interview: Bragg, Mama, Bragg

2000-06-22 00:00:00


Back with another volume of Woody Guthrie songs, BILLY BRAGG talks to Siobhan Long about supersonic boogie, the act of collaboration and why Tony Blair s Labour Party still has his respect.

Interview: Earle s Pearls

2000-06-22 00:00:00


STEVE EARLE s back with a new album, a homage to his latest relationship. Interview: SIOBHAN LONG

Interview: Bird Is The Word

1997-07-09 00:00:00


STEVE JONES, of Babybird and You re Gorgeous fame, on the perils of overnight success after a mere nine yers. Interview: siobhAN LONG.

Interview: Stirring Up Ghosts

2000-03-02 00:00:00


SIOBHAN LONG talks to DESI WILKINSON about the haunting origins of the new album from CRAN.

Interview: The Calling Of The Pipes

2000-03-02 00:00:00


KEVIN ROWSOME s tribute to his musical lifeblood has produced a unique family album. SIOBHAN LONG reports.

Interview: From The Margins

2000-03-16 00:00:00


Lesbian singer-songwriter CATIE CURTIS doesn t care much for the mainstream. She talks to SIOBHAN LONG about sexuality, Lilith Fair and success in a parallel universe .

Frontlines: EAST TIMOR: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

1997-04-30 00:00:00


JOSI RAMOS HORTA, the Nobel Laureate from East Timor, on the Indonesian genocide which has killed one-third of his people and Ireland and the world can do to help. Report: SIOBHAN LONG.

Commentary: LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!

1997-04-02 00:00:00


If a city can be defined by a catchphrase, then Let the good times roll epitomises new orleans. Landing in The Big Easy slap-bang in the middle of Mardi Gras, siobhan long gets a crash course in gumbo, voodoo, hot music, chilling crime and, believe it or not, legal Ecstasy. But, most of all, she gets a masterclass in how to party. Pix: steve lasky and cathy anderson

Interview: True Grit

1997-06-25 00:00:00


NY blueser STEVE JAMES, whose acclaimed album Art And Grit is out now, talks to SIOBHAN LONG

Homefront: The Road Goes On Forever

2000-06-22 00:00:00


SIOBHAN LONG may have reached the end of her nationwide journey, but, as she explains here, there s still plenty of time for others to do their bit for THE GREAT RECORD OF IRISH MUSIC

Interview: AFTER THE FALL

2000-06-08 00:00:00


Five years after the collapse of The Irish Press Group, CON HOULIHAN suffered a fall of his own. Here, he reflects on broken hips, broken dreams and the road to recovery. Interview: SIOBHAN LONG

Homefront: #32: LIMERICK

2000-05-25 00:00:00


The Great Record has visited some fine places over the past year or more. Now we ve finally wound up in Limerick, plumbed the depths of both city and county and emerged in one piece to tell the tale.

Homefront: VOL. 30 MONAGHAN

2000-04-27 00:00:00


I phoned Monaghan and they were all out. Well, most of them anyway. And yet. And yet. The compass did yield a handful of musicians, with references to many more whom we valiantly attempted to locate, without success. Monaghan s best-known scions must surely be Paddy Cole and Big Tom.

Homefront: VOL. 31 LEITRIM

2000-05-11 00:00:00


Although one of Ireland s smallest counties, Leitrim boasts of a strong musical heritage that can trace its lineage back to the 15th and 16th centuries with ease.

Homefront: VOL. 29 WESTMEATH

2000-04-13 00:00:00


On the face of it, Westmeath s made more of a name for itself in the bellylaugh stakes than in the annals of music. Still, scratch beneath the surface of any town or townland, and you ll be rivetted to your seat with musical anecdotes.

Interview: The Great Irish Music Record

2000-03-02 00:00:00


Fermanagh is a county that s accommodated a rake of musical traditions both past and present. Split by the sibling lakes of Upper and Lower Lough Erin, Fermanagh s musical identity is as diverse as her geography, to the extent that at times there s little or no crossover in musical style from north to south of the county and vice versa.

Homefront: SLIGO

2000-03-16 00:00:00


To suggest that music is thriving in Sligo is akin to declaring that there s been a bit of an upturn in the economy lately. Music of all breeds, creeds and colour can be found in abundance around the county.

Homefront: #33: DUBLIN

2000-06-08 00:00:00


Well, reader, we ve finally reached the end of our journey, after navigating our way across the length and breadth of the 32 counties (and detouring briefly to New York for a tincture of the tastiest in that honorary 33rd county).

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