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Colm O'Hare

A Hot Press contributor since the early 1990s Colm’s work has also appeared on the pages of the Evening Herald, the Irish Independent and Melody Maker, among other publications. In his teens, he played guitar in local bands in the Howth area, which also included the likes of Gravedigger, Jack Dublin and Waterboy Steve Wickham, while he once organised a school concert that featured the future U2 on the bill. A regular radio contributor, he’s one of the Hot Press Radio Nova Rock Report team and hosted his own midnight show on Dublin radio station, Anna Livia. A fan of the original Social Networking site – i.e. the pub, he has written frequently on the increasingly well-organised war on alcohol and is one of the few people on the planet who doesn’t (yet) own a smartphone!

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Latest Articles by Colm O'Hare

Album: Album Review: Golden Hour , Kacey Musraves

2018-04-19 14:02:00

Excellent stuff from the new queen of Nashville.

Album: Album Review: Quiet Giant, Emma Langford

2018-01-30 17:08:00

Impressive debut from Shannonside songstress.

Album: Album Review: Colin O'Shea, Scars and Tones

2017-11-20 12:47:00

Strong debut from multi-talented Dubliner.

Album: Album Review: Trouble Pilgrims, Dark Shadows & Rust

2017-11-13 11:53:00

You made our days, punks!

Album: Album Review: AS Fanning, Second Life

2017-11-02 15:42:00

Impressive solo debut from Mercurial talent.

Live: Mike Scott and The Waterboys Take 3Arena By Storm

2017-10-28 19:28:00

The Waterboys 2017-style might best be described as Celtic Funk Soul Brothers. They came to 3Arena in Dublin this week, and delivered a superb set that embodied the thrill of the new, as well as classics from the past...

Album: Album Review: Blue Fantasia, Edel Meade

2017-10-18 11:40:00

Sophisticated fare from jazz vocalist.

Album: Album Review: The Revealer, Jesse Dayton

2017-10-18 11:37:00

Texas troubadour shows real lyrical flare.

Track Of The Day: Album Review: Leave Me Breathless, Ane Brun

2017-10-16 10:37:00

Impressive covers album from Norwegian Chanteuse.

Album: Music Review: Benny Andersson, Piano

2017-10-04 15:46:00

Solo career retrospective from ABBA legend.

Album: Album Review: Raised Under Grey Skies

2017-10-02 17:05:00

Enjoyable debut from British soul sensation.

Album: Album Review: Otherkin, Otherkin

2017-09-27 11:01:00

Slane four-piece get ready to take on the world.

Album: Album Review: Picture This Picture This

2017-08-25 16:58:00

Much-anticipated debut from Athy duo.

Album: Album Review: TV Tube Heart, Radiators From Space

2017-08-22 11:26:00

Irish punk classic gets 40th anniversary deluxe treatment.

Album: Album Review: Gabby Brady, Talk Horse

2017-08-08 16:08:00

Debut solo effort from The Voice star.

Interview: Deacon Blue look back on their career ahead of Punchestown Music Festival next week

2017-07-24 11:01:00

Shortly to hit the Punchestown Music Festival, Ricky Ross of Scottish pop heroes Deacon Blue on massive chart success, their celebratory live shows, and encountering legendary Beatles producer George Martin.

Album: Album Review: Shinbone Alley, The Sick and Indigent Song Club

2017-06-20 12:47:00

Seafaring fare from Dublin's Fair City

Album: Album Review: Trust The Wire by The Coronas is out now

2017-06-02 11:54:00

Impressive fifth album from homegrown indie-rockers

Album: Sgt. Pepper revisited with a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

2017-06-01 10:09:00

The fab four's masterpiece gets the boxset treatment

Album: Album Review: 'Soulsun, Damien Dempsey'

2017-05-31 10:42:00

Superb seventh album from the bard of Donaghmede

Album: Album Review: 'Harry Styles' by Harry Styles

2017-05-30 10:35:00

Solid solo debut from pop superstar

Album: Album Review: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Anniversary Deluxe Edition. The Beatles

2017-05-26 15:02:00

The Beatles' masterpiece gets the box-set treatment.

Album: Album Review: Rise & Shine, Square Pegs

2017-05-19 10:35:00

Dublin's finest players make it funky and loose.

Album: Album Review: Six Days In May, The Stawhall House Band

2017-05-19 10:25:00

American roots coming straight from the fair city.

Album: Album Review: Moya Brennan, Canvas

2017-05-18 11:18:00

Ninth solo album from Clannad chanteuse

Album: Album Review: Turn Your Face To The Sun, I Draw Slow

2017-05-04 11:29:00

Superior Americana from Dublin five-piece.

Album: Album Review: The Cranberries, Something Else

2017-05-02 17:51:00

Limerick rockers revisit the classics - with strings attached

Album: Album Review: Steve Wickham, Beekeeper

2017-04-28 17:19:00

Impressive second solo effort from fiddle legend

Album: Album Review: Fionn Regan, Meeting of the Waters

2017-04-19 15:52:00

Fine comeback effort from Bray singer-songwriter

Album: Album Review: Imelda May returns with stunning transformation

2017-04-07 11:32:00

Life, Love, Flesh, Blood is out now.

Album: Album Review: Far Beyond The Stars, The Henry Girls

2017-04-05 15:57:00

Donegal sisters doing it for themselves.

Interview: Hot in the City: An Interview with Nathaniel Rateliff

2017-04-03 14:06:00

Currently riding a crest of a wave following the phenomenal success of their self-titled 2015 album, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats recently played a very special St. Patrick’s weekend gig at the Jameson Distillery Bow St. for a lucky group of fans. Colm O’Hare reports on the evening and also talks to the band’s frontman about their meteoric rise...

Album: Album Review: Sharon Shannon, Sacred Earth

2017-03-08 16:24:00

10th studio album from Galway girl

Interview: 'They're Family To Me' - Maria McKee talks supporting U2 on original The Joshua Tree Tour

2017-03-07 17:20:00

As a member of Joshua Tree Tour support act Lone Justice, Maria McKee met Frank Sinatra with U2, partied with Clash legend Mick Jones and provided inspiration for a mooted Bono film script.

Album: Album Review: Kila, Alive

2017-03-06 15:37:00

Stunning live album from Dublin trad legends

Album: Album Review: Marlene Enright, Placemats & Second Cuts

2017-02-24 14:41:00

Sparkling solo debut from Cork Chanteuse

Album: Album Review: Paddy Dear - Finbar Furey

2017-02-08 12:02:00

Irish folk legend delivers strongest album in years

Album: Album Review: NoCrows, Why Us

2017-01-26 10:41:00

Fifth album from Sligo folk collective

Album: Album Review: The Blades, Modernised

2017-01-23 15:50:00

Long-Awaited Album From Dublin Legends

Album: Album Review: Kate Rusby, Life in a Paper Boat

2016-11-15 11:09:00

fine folk from yorkshire chanteuse

Album: Album Review: Old Dog New Tricks - Propeller Palms

2016-11-14 14:38:00

Rockin’ instalment from Deise’s finest

Album: Album Review: Marieann Dwyer, Stolen Hearts

2016-11-14 11:05:00

Stirring debut from Dublin-born singer-songwriter

Album: Album review: Original New York Cast, Lazarus

2016-11-09 12:29:00

Bowie musical features new songs from late singer.

Album: Album review: You Want It Dark, Leonard Cohen

2016-10-28 17:24:00

Stunning new album from legendary singer.

Album: Album Review: Vladimir & Anton, Live

2016-10-24 16:43:00

Impressive effort from russian folk duo.

Album: Album Review: American Band, Drive-By Truckers

2016-10-20 16:44:00

kila piper enlists a who’s who of trad stars

Album: Album Review: Eoin Dillon, Ponderlorum

2016-10-20 16:11:00

Kila piper enlists a who’s who of trad stars.

Interview: Owen's Goals: An Interview With Judith Owen

2016-10-19 14:22:00

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Judith Owen on her mental health struggles, the creation of her superb new album Somebody’s Child, and her upcoming appearance on The Simpsons.

Interview: Didn't She Do Dwell : an interview with Wallis Bird

2016-10-10 15:52:00

Although she hints that it may be her musical swansong, Irish singer Wallis Bird’s new album, Home, is her strongest record to date.

Album: Album Review: Jack O’Rourke, Dreamcatcher

2016-10-03 15:20:00

Strong debut from leeside contender.

Album: Album Review: David Bowie, Who Can I Be Now?

2016-09-29 13:10:00

Lavish box set of Bowie's period of transition

Album: Album Review: Van Morrison, Keep Me Singing

2016-09-28 15:44:00

36th studio album from the Belfast cowboy

Interview: #U240 U2: The Gig That Got Away

2016-09-26 17:42:00

McGonagles, in South Anne Street, Dublin, was one of the vital breeding grounds for young rock bands in Ireland towards the end of the 1970s. It was there that U2 did their ‘Jingle Balls’ gigs, which were a crucial formative moment for the band. But negotiating their way through those early days wasn’t always entirely straightforward…

Interview: #U240 U2: It was 40 Years Ago Today

2016-09-25 10:40:00

On September 25, 1976, a bunch of young Dublin teenagers, ranging in age from 13 to 16, gathered in a house in Artane to see if they could make a decent noise. Among those present on the day were Larry Mullen – who had made the call for like-minded souls by pinning a note pinned to the notice-board in Mount Temple Comprehensive – Paul Hewson, Adam Clayton and Dave Evans. Also there was Ivan McCormick, an aspiring guitar player, who wanted in on the action…

Album: Album Review: KT Tunstall, Turned A Light On

2016-09-19 16:25:00

Impressive effort from California–based songstress.

Interview: Playback to the Future

2016-09-14 12:54:00

Colm O'Hare joins hotly tipped Irish group Orchid Collective in the studio, where they're working on a new EP with super-producer, Rob Kirwan - the man renowned for collaborating with U2, Depeche Mode and PJ Harvey.

Interview: Eleanor McEvoy Laid Bare

2016-09-14 12:09:00

Colm O'Hare meets Eleanor McEvoy, and finds an artist not afraid to push boundaries, in the studio or out of it.

Album: Album Review: Norah Jones, Daybreaks

2016-09-08 11:56:00

Jazz pop superstar goes back to her roots.

Homefront: Is Irish Music Really Not Good Enough?

2016-08-30 15:47:00

Labour TD Willie Penrose has drafted a bill that would guarantee Irish music 40% of airtime on Irish radio. Radio stations, meanwhile, claim they play the music their listeners want to hear.

News: Album Review: Dolly Parton Pure and Simple

2016-08-22 17:42:00

Country music icon goes back to basics

News: First Among Equals: Cronin prep us for their new album The First Kiss of Love

2016-08-22 17:21:00

From partying with Noel Gallagher and Shane McGowan to getting airplay on the Beeb, Cronin look set to make waves with their debut album, The First Kiss of Love.

Album: Album Review: Lawson, Perspective

2016-08-10 22:38:00

Sophomore album for superstar Brit-poppers

Live: Believe The Strypes

2016-08-02 14:58:00

In advance of their appearance at Bulmers Live, Irish indie heroes The Strypes talk to Colm O’Hare about taking Europe by storm and their plans for album number three.

Live: Lionel Richie and Shane Filan Wow The Punchestown Crowd

2016-07-24 15:56:00

There were excellent moments through the day, as James Morison, Sister Sledge and Corrine Bailey Rae, among others, did their thing. But the final two acts really lit up Punchestown Racecourse. Report: Colm O'Hare…

Live: Magical Night With Richard Hawley In Dublin

2016-07-23 17:33:00

He dissed “the pricks who voted for Brexit” and delivered a highly emotional set on a beautiful evening in Iveagh Gardens

Live: Kodaline Take Marlay Park By Storm

2016-07-09 13:44:00

It was a very special night in Dublin, as Kodaline played their biggest ever headlining gig, with Walking On Cars and Jess Glynn in support. Report: Colm O'Hare

Album: Album Review: Wil Lyons Raven Haired Angel

2016-06-15 12:43:00


Album: Album Review: Michael MacLennan Roaming Soul

2016-06-14 15:00:00


Album: Album Review: Bronagh Gallagher Gather Your Greatness

2016-06-13 15:07:00


Album: Album Review: Christy Moore Lily

2016-06-08 12:54:00

Living legend's first album in three years.

Album: Album review: Dexys Let The Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul

2016-06-01 11:56:00


News: Picture This take Ireland by storm

2016-05-31 17:06:00

Though they’ve only officially released three songs, Athy duo Picture This are now selling out major gigs on the back of several viral videos.

Album: Album Review: Bob Dylan Fallen Angels

2016-05-31 14:45:00

Second album of old time standards from His Bobness.

Interview: A Wabi-Sabi Soul: Dylan Tighe interview

2016-05-24 12:52:00

His new long-player is atypical and ambitious – but coming from Dylan Tighe, perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise.

Album: Album review: Late City Edition: A Classic Case of...

2016-05-23 11:21:00


Album: Album Review: Foy Vance The Wild Swan

2016-05-19 12:24:00


Album: Album review: Luka Bloom Frugalisto

2016-05-18 11:27:00

Irish folk legend at the top of his game

News: The Young Folk: Kidding In The Name Of

2016-05-09 15:40:00

Up-and-coming Irish rockers of the moment, the Young Folk talk about next-big-thing status, Jools Holland and the ways in which their name is and isn’t misleading

Album: Album Review: The Young Folk First Sign Of Morning

2016-04-29 10:28:00

Sophomore album from rising Dublin Folksters

Interview: The Gospel According to Luke: Hot Press Catch Up with The Kooks

2016-04-20 16:43:00

Having come close to total implosion, The Kooks are back making the best music of their lives. Luke Pritchard tells Colm O’Hare about the highs and lows of being on the indie frontline.

Album: Album Review- Eric Bell- Exile

2016-04-20 15:57:00

Lizzy legend's still got the blues

Albums: Album Review: Slow Motion Heroes Hinterland

2016-04-13 14:18:00


Album: Album Review: The Shoos

2016-04-12 11:32:00


News: Live Review: Little Green Cars @ Whelan's

2016-03-21 13:18:00

The five-piece wowed with jangling guitars and ambitious vocal arrangements

News: One Track Minds: Single File of the 45's - 80's Edition

2016-03-11 14:10:00

We recall the 80's and select 10 Irish singles that your collection can't be without!

Album: Album Review: Nicole Maguire - Wishing Well

2016-03-11 12:53:00


Album: Album Review: The Blazing Zoos- Chocks Away

2016-03-07 17:07:00

Brit-country outfit game for a laugh

Album: Album Review: Elton John- Wonderful Crazy Night

2016-02-24 16:30:00

33rd studio album from the former Reginald Dwight

Album: Album Review: Eileen Gogan - Spirit of Oberlin

2016-02-22 11:31:00


Album: Album Review: Eleanor McEvoy - Naked Music

2016-02-17 17:07:00


Album: Album Review: Lucinda Williams Ghosts of Highway 20

2016-02-17 16:44:00


Interview: Duo of the Year: Still Zrazy After All These Years

2016-02-03 11:37:00

Female JAZZ-FUNK duo Zrazy are on the comeback trail with their remarkably eclectic musical mix.

Album: David Bowie - Blackstar

2016-01-29 11:45:00

One Last Time For The Man Who Fell To Earth

Album: Cillian Foster - GDC Volume 1

2015-12-07 10:03:00

Impressive debut from much touted Dubliner

Album: Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone In The Universe

2015-11-27 11:04:00

Long-awaited album from legendary art-rocker is worth the wait

Frontlines: Jean-Pierre Sabouret and Maggy Ledent: Eye-witnesses To The Paris Atrocities

2015-11-27 10:19:00

The day the music died. Eye-witnesses to the horrifying events of November 13 speak to Hot Press about the shocking ordeal they endured. In the aftermath, most of all they want the spirit of freedom which music represents to endure...

Interview: Tom Jones Interview

2015-11-23 09:56:00

Say what you like about the stage persona; Tom Jones is one of the all-time great vocalists and he’s still gleefully belting them out after five decades.

Album: Zrazy - The Art Of Happy Accidents

2015-11-12 14:56:00

Irish duo return with dazzling collection

Album: Pugwash - Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)

2015-11-12 10:00:00

First studio album in four years from master purveyors of pop

Interview: Mike Scott Interview

2015-11-09 10:23:00

After a four-night stand at Vicar Street, The Waterboys are sounding better than ever. Frontman Mike Scott sounds off about assembling his finest line-up to date, covering Prince in the singer’s hometown and playing one of David Letterman’s final shows.

Report: LIVE REVIEW: The Strypes in The Academy

2015-09-25 17:52:00

Storming Dublin before they hit the UK...

Album: Crosseyed Heart - Keith Richards

2015-09-22 10:42:00

Rare solo album from Rolling Stones legend

Album: Servant Of Love - Patty Griffin

2015-09-11 14:25:00

10th album from Americana queen.

Album: The Strypes - Little Victories

2015-08-21 14:36:00

Sophomore long-player from Cavan indie stars

Interview: The Singer And The Song

2015-08-13 12:55:00

Ireland has produced a disproportionately high number of quality singer-songwriters. And suddenly, they are getting the international recognition they deserve...

Album: Ryan Sheridan - Here And Now

2015-08-11 10:57:00

Long-awaited sophomore album is worth the wait

Album: Olliver Cole - Year of the Bird

2015-07-29 15:19:00

Impressive sold outing from former turn leader

Album: Na Fianna - Unearthed

2015-07-28 11:01:00

Impressive contemporary take on the traditional ballad group

Album: Wilco - Star Wars

2015-07-27 12:05:00

Terrific ninth studio album from Jeff Tweedy's gang

Report: Live Report: Ed Sheeran in Croke Park, Friday night

2015-07-25 13:36:00

All killer, no filler as one man takes on a stadium... With a little help from his Kodaline friends.

Album: Neil Young - The Monsanto Years

2015-07-14 12:01:00

36th solo album from a still angry young man

Album: Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern

2015-06-11 17:16:00

Twelfth solo album from the modfather

Album: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind

2015-06-09 13:46:00

Second album of duets from country music royalty.

Album: Young Wonder - Birth

2015-06-05 12:03:00

Brilliantly ambitious debut from Cork duo.

Interview: Mumford & Sons Interview

2015-05-29 10:46:00

They were once the king-pins of nu-folk. But Mumford & Sons have ditched the banjos and waist-coast and plugged in with a vengeance. They discuss whether they are in danger of alienating their audience and express their surprise at their initial success.

Album: Roesy - Wolf Counsel

2015-05-20 11:28:00

Impressive effort from Melbourne-based Irish singer-songwriter.

Album: Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind

2015-05-18 11:02:00

Operation Transformation For Folk Superstars

Interview: Kings of the Castle: Lord Henry Mountcharles on the Foos and Hozier at Slane

2015-04-22 12:32:00

Lord Henry Mountcharles tells Colm O’Hare why he’s so excited about the Foo Fighters’ impending arrival in Meath, with a seriously hot Hozier in tow.

Album: Jenn Grant - Compostela

2015-04-22 11:35:00

Excellent fare from Canadian singer-songwriter

Album: Gavin Glass - Sunday Songs

2015-04-20 16:10:00

Fourth long player for Dublin producer/singer-songwriter

News: Cait O'Riordan on honouring Roddy Doyle

2015-04-14 16:32:00

Former Pogue Cait O’Riordan is part of the hugely impressive bill for Barrytown Meets Music Town, the upcoming event celebrating the work of author Roddy Doyle.

News: Hot Press catches up with Daniel Lanois

2015-04-13 17:11:00

Legendary producer Daniel Lanois has a new album out and – as the football crowds used to sing – you’re going home in a floating ambience.

News: George Byrne: A Tribute

2015-04-06 17:48:00

The funeral takes place today of the late rock writer George Byrne (pictured right, with Paul Woodful onstage). Here, his good friend Colm O’Hare recalls the man in all of his humour, enthusiasm and occasional craziness...

Album: Brian Wilson - No Pier Pressure

2015-03-30 13:36:00

Beach Boys genius rides the waves one more time

Album: Joe Fury & The Hayride - 13 Hours

2015-03-25 12:58:00

Rip-roaring effort from Irish rockabilly merchants

Album: Colin Deady - Out Of The Blue

2015-03-25 12:33:00

Sumptuous West coast melodies from West Cork

Album: Lucky Peterson - The Son of A Bluesman

2015-03-18 13:14:00

Smouldering 21st Century blues from former child prodigy

Album: Hail the Ghost - Forsaken

2015-03-11 15:46:00

Hugely impressive debut from Dublin three-piece

Album: Kíla - Suas Síos

2015-03-03 13:40:00

Dublin trad heroes bring it up and down

Album: Tweed - Now And Then

2015-03-03 13:25:00

Seventies Irish rockers release tracks from the vaults

Album: Sarah McQuaid - Walking Into White

2015-03-02 16:59:00

Fourth solo effort from Cornwall-based folk chanteuse

Interview: The Waterboy: Mike Scott on the rockers' return

2015-03-02 16:10:00

As The Waterboys return with a rollicking new blues album, leader Mike Scott discusses Ireland, America and why music cannot continue to be a force for revolution

Album: David Lyttle - Faces

2015-03-02 14:14:00

Third album from Northern Ireland renaissance man

Interview: Born With the Blues: Hot Press meets Lucky Peterson

2015-02-24 12:39:00

Blues legend Lucky Peterson looks back on a sublime career ahead of a first-ever visit to Ireland.

Album: Stephen McHale - Weird Glitches

2015-02-11 12:46:00

Jazz rock fusion from Valencia-based Irish guitarist.

Album: Lisa Lambe - Hiding Away

2015-02-11 12:39:00

Excellent solo outing for Celtic woman

Album: Mark Knopfler - Tracker

2015-02-11 12:32:00

Stellar six-string fare from Sultan of Swing.

News: Kodaline Treat Fans To Whelan's Special

2015-02-07 23:32:00

The first 400 people to buy albums in HMV's Dublin stores were treated to a fine set on a unique Saturday afternoon in the capital...

Album: Kodaline - Coming Up For Air

2015-01-26 15:47:00


Album: Collette Sheerin - Making Grace

2015-01-22 11:11:00


News: Live Review - Vibe for Philo rocks Vicar St

2015-01-05 14:00:00

The 29th annual celebration of the words and music of Dublin’s favourite musical son saw a stellar line-up at the Thomas Street venue, offering a marathon five hours worth of Philo and Lizzy related fare

Live: Live Review - Van Morrison in the Olympia

2014-12-11 16:01:00

A classic performance from the legendary musician charms the Olympia crowd

Album: Bryan Ferry 'Avonmore' - Album Review

2014-12-02 15:25:00


Album: Edisons 'Little Bohemia' - Album Review

2014-11-27 12:24:00


Interview: Welsh Troubadour - Hot Press meets Judith Owen

2014-11-24 10:18:00

California songwriter Judith Owen talks about hooking up with some of the most legendary players of the past 40 years for a remarkable new album

Album: Bob Dylan & The Band 'The Basement Tapes Raw' - Album Review

2014-11-20 11:39:00


Album: Pink Floyd 'The Endless River' - Album Review

2014-11-18 11:39:00


Album: Blink 'Catch That Moment' - Album Review

2014-11-13 10:53:00


Album: Yusuf 'Tell ‘Em I’m Gone' - Album Review

2014-11-04 12:19:00


Album: Pete Cummins 'Crooked Highway' - Album Review

2014-10-31 11:22:00


Album: The Young Folk 'The Little Battle' - Album Review

2014-10-09 11:37:00


Album: The Legal Matters - Album Review

2014-10-07 12:04:00


Album: Clare O’Riordan 'Shelter' - Album Review

2014-09-23 12:42:00


Album: The Lost Brothers 'New Songs Of Dawn And Dust' – Album Review

2014-09-22 15:06:00

Fourth album from acclaimed Irish harmony duo.

Album: The Empty Hearts 'The Empty Hearts' - Album Review

2014-09-18 12:13:00


Album: Fia Rua 'The Sky Went Low And The Sea Went High' - Album Review

2014-09-11 16:02:00


Album: Laura Mvula 'With Metropole Orkest' - Album Review

2014-09-11 15:57:00


Album: The Script 'No Sound Without Silence' - Album Review

2014-09-09 16:41:00


Album: Aisling 'Hold My Dream' - Album Review

2014-08-21 15:30:00


Reports: Meet The Beetle - Classic Cars

2014-08-14 11:28:00

Rock DJ by day, motoring enthusiast afterhours, for Radio Nova's Marty Miller happiness is an open road and his 1972 VW Beetle Wizard.

Album: Preachers Son - Album Review

2014-08-13 15:49:00

Dublin rockers strike it hot on sophomore effect.

Interview: BOY RACER

2014-08-06 10:57:00

Some petrol heads look for their kicks on the road. Others get behind the wheel of a real racing car and enjoy a different kind of buzz...

Album: CARSWELL and HOPE - A Hunger

2014-07-24 11:22:00


Album: James O’Connor - Behind The Scenes

2014-07-15 12:08:00


Interview: Interview - MAC ATTACK: IAN MCLAGAN

2014-07-14 11:53:00

Legendary sideman & founding member of The Faces, Ian Mclagan wishes to set the record straight about his reported intention to assassinate Green Day...

Album: The Harvest Ministers - You Can See Everything From Here

2014-07-11 13:40:00

Comprehensive retrospective from much-loved Dubliners

Album: Cormac O'Caoimh – The Moon Loses Its Memory

2014-06-17 11:03:00

Third solo outing for Cork troubadour.

Album: KRB- Divisadero

2014-06-17 10:48:00

Impressive debut from Kilkenny outfit.

Album: Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm

2014-06-16 13:05:00


Album: Roddy Frame - Seven Dials

2014-06-12 16:31:00

Welcome return for '80s Scots legend

Interview: Cara Dillon Interview- California Dreaming

2014-05-30 10:35:00

An encounter with an Eagle has led the esteemed Ms. Dillon to possibly her most intriguing collaboration yet.

Album: Rackhouse Pilfer-Love and Havoc

2014-05-26 17:35:00


Album: Big September-Ballroom Addicts

2014-05-21 14:27:00


Album: Mick Flannery - By The Rule

2014-05-02 12:12:00

Impressive fourth album from Cork stalwart

Album: Stuart Wilde - Devil In My House

2014-04-30 15:03:00

Sophomore album from West Cork troubadour shines

Album: Imelda May - Tribal

2014-04-25 15:53:00

Album: Friends of Emmet - State of Mind

2014-04-23 12:39:00

Slick debut from LA-based Dublin rockers

Album: Morrissey & Marshall - And So It Began...

2014-04-17 10:25:00

Poptastic harmonies on debut from Dublin Duo

Interview: Gangsters' Paradise: Hot Press meets Godfathers

2014-04-10 11:32:00

Emerging during the heyday of the New Romantic movement, Godfathers were loud, hard-hitting and very angry. Three decades later, they continue to make audiences an offer they can't refuse.

Album: Shakira - Shakira

2014-04-04 15:09:00

Cololmbian diva returns to the spotlight with tenth album

Album: Wallis Bird - Architect

2014-04-04 10:47:00

Challenging album from acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter

Album: Nicole Maguire - What You Really Mean

2014-03-31 14:43:00

Impressive debut from Cork singer-songwriter

Album: Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff

2014-03-31 12:49:00

Rarities album from Wexford-based Dubliner

Album: Ken Cotter - Anatomy Of A Goddess

2014-03-27 12:23:00

Literary concept album from Cork singer-songwriter

Album: Barry Warner - No Nostalgia

2014-03-18 17:32:00

Limerick electro legend is back in the groove

Album: Lisa Stansfield - Seven

2014-03-18 17:18:00

Eighties diva makes a welcome return

Live: Live Review: 7UP unplugged with Kodaline

2014-03-14 15:09:00

It was more like a big party than a gig in Smock Alley Theatre; with the men of the moment Kodaline taking centre stage as the hugely popular guests of honour.

Album: Hazel O'Connor - Here She Comes

2014-03-12 10:50:00

Wicklow based punk era legend still got the blues

Album: Bap Kennedy - Let's Start Again

2014-03-11 11:15:00

Stellar Americana from Belfast veteran

Album: Tarka and Friends: Life

2014-03-05 11:52:00

Moving tribute to tragic society boy

Album: Andy White - How Things Are

2014-03-05 10:10:00

Northern Irish troubadour releases 11th studio album

Album: Tupelo - Push On

2014-02-27 12:18:00

Sophomore album from Dublin trad roots outfit

Album: David Crosby - Croz

2014-02-27 10:43:00

First solo album in twenty years from west coast legend

Album: Eddi Reader - Vagabond

2014-02-18 11:45:00

Tenth solo album from Scots chanteuse

Album: Kathryn Williams - Crown Electric

2014-02-17 11:35:00

Newcastle based singer-songwriter returns to spotlight

Album: Eugene Donegan - Sail Against The Wind

2014-02-14 17:12:00

First album in four years from Meath troubadour

Album: The Henry Girls - Louder Than Words

2014-02-14 10:27:00

Donegal sister act in perfect harmony

Album: All The Luck In The World

2014-02-12 11:18:00

Debut from Wicklow teen sensations

Album: Dahí Jim and The Adelaide Band - Shine

2014-02-04 16:49:00

Decent first effort from new talent

Album: The Gloaming - The Gloaming

2014-02-04 13:58:00

The cream of Irish and American roots musicians coalesce.

Album: Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours

2014-01-31 12:10:00

Former Genesis frontman covered by cast of major artists

Live: Review: Vibe For Philo

2014-01-06 16:45:00

The 28th Vibe saw the annual, commemorative Philo-fest return to Vicar Street – a move more than justified by the huge crowd that turned out on what was a very stormy night indeed.

Album: Dave Clarke - Hey You

2013-12-18 11:00:00

Sophomore album for Dublin veteran

Live: The Duckworth Lewis Method live at The Olympia Theatre

2013-12-10 11:03:00

According to Maureen, the Olympia’s legendary matriarch, Laurel and Hardy appeared at the Dame Street venue shortly after she started working there back in 1949.

Album: Neil Young - Live at the Cellar Door

2013-12-10 10:51:00

Another live album from Young’s vast vaults

Live: Kodaline live at The Olympia

2013-12-09 11:50:00

Three sold-out nights at the Olympia – not to mention an already sold-out 02 for next March – is a pretty impressive feat for a band who released their very first recording in 2012.

Album: One Direction - Midnight Memories

2013-12-09 11:42:00

Boy Wonders tackle the “difficult” third album

Live: Tim Easton live at Whelan's

2013-11-19 12:10:00

With his battered black Gibson acoustic, harmonica around his neck and depression-era pork-pie hat, Ohio-raised, Nashville-based Tim Easton looks every bit the troubadour.

Album: Johnny Duhan - Winter

2013-11-18 10:57:00

Veteran singer-songwriter confronts morality

Album: Horslips - Biography

2013-11-14 10:48:00

Comprehensive singles and rarities collection from the ‘Lips

Album: Willie Nelson - To All The Girls...

2013-11-12 11:08:00

Duets album from the original American Outlaw

Album: Van Morrison - Moondance - Deluxe Edition

2013-11-11 11:48:00

The last word on Van's 1970 masterpiece

Album: David Burke - Where Colours Swim

2013-11-05 14:28:00

Debut from well-travelled Kildare Troubadour

Live: KeyWest live at Vicar Street

2013-10-30 11:20:00

Playing their biggest ever hometown headliner, the Dublin-based five-piece confirmed from the off that they really know how to work a crowd. Indeed, the band could do no wrong in front of a sell-out, predominantly female audience. These guys are stars in the making.

Album: Paul McCartney - New

2013-10-29 12:42:00


Album: Trackdogs - All Roads

2013-10-29 11:39:00


Album: Clannad - Nadur

2013-10-24 10:50:00


Album: Minnie and The Illywhackers - Make Me Yours

2013-10-23 10:38:00


Album: Don Baker - My Songs My Friends

2013-10-23 10:29:00


Interview: Bob Almighty

2013-10-22 11:41:00


Album: Caruso - Everything You Need Is Here

2013-10-21 11:12:00


Album: Ger Wolfe - I Have Been Loved

2013-10-14 12:20:00


Live: Fleetwood Mac Live at The O2

2013-10-11 11:35:00

They’ve never been less than enduringly popular, especially in this neck of the woods where sell-out shows are the norm. But for some reason, Fleetwood Mac have suddenly become hip with a much younger audience. In fact, a sizeable contingent of the crowd tonight weren’t even born when the band’s 40 million-selling 1977 opus Rumours was released.

Album: Billy Ocean - Here You Are

2013-10-10 11:28:00


Album: Chequerboard: The Unfolding

2013-10-01 16:17:00


Interview: A Walk On The Dark Side

2013-10-01 15:19:00

She sang with Sisters of Mercy and opened for Marillion, while her new album is a concept record about the Magdalene Laundries. But whatever you do, don’t call Lisa Cuthbert a goth.

Live: Roger Waters: The Wall

2013-09-30 16:16:00

How to describe The Greatest Rock Show On Earth? “Epic”, “ambitious,” or even “pompous,” fail to do justice to the sheer scale of the live incarnation of Roger Waters’ audacious concept album, released all of 34 years ago.

Album: Ultan Conlon - Songs of Love So Cruel

2013-09-30 12:00:00

Irish Americana From Out West

Album: John Mayer - Paradise Valley

2013-09-16 00:00:00


Album: John Spillane - Life In An Irish Town

2013-09-13 00:00:00


Album: Hidden Masters - The Jess Roden Anthology Review

2013-09-05 00:00:00

Career Spanning Anthology From Underrated Soulster

Album: Rare Recordings 1968-1989

2013-09-04 00:00:00

In Concert Recordings Of Irish Blues Legend

Interview: We Meet Robert Knight & Children of the Son

2013-08-27 00:00:00

He is one of the world’s top rock photographers, they are an up-and-coming Irish guitar band. Now Robert Knight and Children of the Son are joining forces. Their goal? Nothing less than world conquest...

Album: Veritas Review

2013-08-22 00:00:00

Nottingham outfit with friends in high places...

Album: Tiny Review

2013-08-21 00:00:00

Solo debut from blink man...

Album: Trimming & Burning Review

2013-08-20 00:00:00

Authentic sounds from the past...

Album: This is My Identity Review

2013-08-20 00:00:00

Debut from Dubliner showcases powerful voice...

Album: Baidin Fheidhlimi Review

2013-08-19 00:00:00

Sixieth anniversary "Greatest Hits"comp from seminal Irish label...

Album: Frances Black: Stronger

2013-08-07 00:00:00

Welcome return from Dublin legend...

Live: Michael Buble at The O2

2013-08-06 00:00:00

Interview: Hot Press Meets Don Baker

2013-08-06 00:00:00

For his latest project, bluesman Don Baker has hooked up with some of the country’s best vocal talent. He talks about his remarkable LP and the life-long pain behind it....

Track: The Sun Is Gonna Shine

2013-07-31 00:00:00

Album: Keith Moss, What Eludes You Moves You

2013-07-22 00:00:00

Promising Debut from Dublin alternative maverick...

Track: Alaska

2013-07-17 00:00:00

Track: Restless Sleepers

2013-07-17 00:00:00

Track: Clothes on the Floor

2013-07-17 00:00:00

Track: Alaska

2013-07-17 00:00:00

Track: Restless Sleepers

2013-07-17 00:00:00

Track: Clothes On The Floor

2013-07-17 00:00:00

Album: B and the Honeyboy: Forgotten Books

2013-07-09 00:00:00

Irish duo's take on Americana...

Album: Caro Emerald: The Shocking Miss Emerald

2013-07-09 00:00:00

Retro dancefloor jazz from Dutch chanteuse...

Album: Picturehouse: Evolution

2013-07-01 00:00:00

Dublin popsters return with first album in over a decade...

Live: The Who, Live at O2

2013-06-21 00:00:00

Album: Moya Brennan & Cormac De Barra: Affinity

2013-06-21 00:00:00

Ambitious album from harp virtuososa...

Track: Woe To The Holy Vow

2013-06-19 00:00:00

Track: Sweet Jelly Roll

2013-06-19 00:00:00

Track: Bird In A Cage

2013-06-19 00:00:00

Track: Battlescars

2013-06-19 00:00:00

From the ‘With Or Without You’ school of power ballads, this melancholy affair from the highly-fancied Dublin outfit boasts a restrained backing and a powerful vocal that ignites towards the finish.

Album: Peter Delaney: Witch Bottle

2013-06-12 00:00:00

Echoes of Bon Iver on idiosyncratic release...

Album: Lloyd Cole: Standards

2013-06-11 00:00:00

Fan-funded album from ‘80s legend...

Album: The Winters: Riches,

2013-06-05 00:00:00

Dubliners VARIED take on Americana

Album: Nigel Mooney:The Bohemian Mooney

2013-06-05 00:00:00

Superior blues and jazz from Dublin stalwart

Album: Rod Stewart: Time

2013-06-04 00:00:00

Decent return from rock icon

Live: Eric Clapton, live at the O2

2013-05-23 00:00:00

Unlike his near disastrous appearance at Malahide Castle a few years back, when power failures and monsoon rains dogged the set, everything seemed to fall into place...

Live: Bressie, live at The Academy

2013-05-23 00:00:00

Dressed in shirt and tie, neat waistcoat and matching slacks, with his name spelt out in giant white letters behind him, he exudes a straightforward sense of decency...

Album: Texas: The Conversation

2013-05-20 00:00:00

Scottish sensations in partial return to form...

Album: The David Nelligan Thing: Dark Matters

2013-05-20 00:00:00

Sprawling ambitious one-man project...

Album: Steve Earle: The Low Highway

2013-05-15 00:00:00

14th studio album for the king of the Americana...

Album: Dervish: The Thrush In The Storm

2013-05-13 00:00:00

First album in five years from Sligo's finest...

Album: Alison Moyet: The Minutes

2013-05-03 00:00:00

'80s icon goes back to her electro-roots...

Album: Austin Leahy: In The Town of The Foreigner

2013-05-01 00:00:00

Vascular surgeon has shot at heartfelt acoustic rock

Album: TV After Midnight: Arrivals

2013-04-23 00:00:00

Rocking debut for Westmeath four-piece...

Album: Niall Thomas: Breathe Easy

2013-04-23 00:00:00

Solid debut from Dublin singer-songwriter...

Album: The Spikes: Joylist

2013-04-23 00:00:00

No sophomore slump for these Dublin rockers...

Album: Ben Reel: Darkness & The Light

2013-04-23 00:00:00

Career highlight for South Armagh man...

Album: Paul Kelly: Spring & Fall

2013-04-18 00:00:00

Nineteenth studio album from Aussie veteran...

Album: The Crayon Set: The Crayon Set

2013-04-17 00:00:00

Perfect pop from Dublin collective...

Report: It Pays To Shop Local

2013-04-16 00:00:00

Looking for an instrument that meets your needs - and at a decent price? Well, your friendly local music store is the place to go...

Album: LOWmountain: DNA

2013-04-08 00:00:00

Cork roots trio's take on Americana...

Album: Katherine Lynch: Settling Dust

2013-04-05 00:00:00

Comedy star's debut is no laughing matter...

Album: Crushed Rose: Ashes In the Wind

2013-04-04 00:00:00

Late flowering for Dublin stalwarts...

Album: David J. Caron: Thru Ever-Ending Black

2013-04-03 00:00:00

Epic-lenght debut from Letterkenny-based rocker...

Reports: The Ultimate Guide To Rock'N'Roll Success

2013-04-02 00:00:00

Succeeding in music is a greater challenge than ever. But with the right know-how, and the best experts fighting your corner, there is no limit to how far you can go...

Album: Rocky de Valera and The Gravediggers: The Best Of 1980-83

2013-03-27 00:00:00

Legendary Dublin outfit compiled...

Album: Eleanor McEvoy: If You Leave

2013-03-25 00:00:00

Album number ten from 'a woman's heart' creator...

Album: Dirty Epics: One Way Mirror

2013-03-20 00:00:00

Dublin outfit's sophomore shot for glory...

Travel: 12 Step Planet: La Rochelle

2013-03-14 00:00:00

One of France’s better-kept secrets, the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’ is an enchantingly beautiful spot with no shortage of fine cuisine, wine and glorious sunshine...

Album: Stereophonics: Graffiti On The Train

2013-03-11 00:00:00

Steady as she goes on Welsh wonders' eight album...

Album: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Cromwell: Old Yellow Moon

2013-03-11 00:00:00

Country stalwarts unite for duets album...

Album: Carmel McCreagh: Skylark - The Songs of Johnny Mercer

2013-03-11 00:00:00

Classic torch songs from Irish chanteuse...

Reports: Be Hear Now

2013-03-11 00:00:00

One of Ireland’s leading hi-fi retailers Cloney Audio has embraced the digital revolution and is going from strength to strength...

Album: David Hope: Scarecrow

2013-03-11 00:00:00

West of Ireland singer-songwriter looks to America...

Album: Mark Eitzel: Don't Be A Stranger

2013-03-01 00:00:00

Stunning return to form for 'The American Morrissey'...

Album: Eamonn Hehir: The Flag Listeners

2013-03-01 00:00:00

Limerick Singer-Songwriter Comes Up With The Goods

Album: Ray Heffernan & The Grand Canal Band: New Dress Woven

2013-03-01 00:00:00

Intriguing album from Dubliner...

Album: Stepaside: Straitjacket

2013-02-12 00:00:00

Rarities album from seminal Dublin band

Album: Southern Tenant Folk Union: Hello Cold Goodbye Sun

2013-02-12 00:00:00

Fifth album from the Edinburgh based folk/roots collective

Album: Helena Jesele: Sweet Sticky Fix

2013-01-28 00:00:00


Album: Saturday Captains

2012-12-18 00:00:00

Return to the Fray For 1990's contenders

Album: The Popgun Plot

2012-12-18 00:00:00

Modern Indie-Pop with a historical twist


2012-12-18 00:00:00

Third album from Dublin singer-songwriter

Album: The Lofires

2012-01-18 00:00:00

Laid back Americana from Dublin veterans


2012-12-18 00:00:00

Smouldering blues summit meeting

Album: Connor & The Crooks

2012-12-19 00:00:00

Vintage blues and soul from homegrown stalwarts.

Album: Connor & The Crooks

2012-12-19 00:00:00

Vintage blues and soul from homegrown stalwarts.

Album: Fintan Brady: Under The Great Shady Tree

2012-12-19 00:00:00

Curious debut from Tipperary singer-songwriter..

Album: Pat Byrne: All or nothing

2012-12-05 00:00:00

Debut from the voice winner

Album: Autumn Owls:Between Buildings, Towards The Sea

2012-12-05 00:00:00

Defiant debut from Dublin three piece.

Album: Julie Feeney: Clocks

2012-11-28 00:00:00

Superb third album from Ireland's national treasure.

Album: The Chevin: Borderland

2012-11-27 00:00:00

The next big stadium thing have arrived.

Album: Jack Lukeman: The 27 Club

2012-11-13 00:00:00

Songs from the grave brought (a)live

Album: Kaplin: Devestating Ways

2012-11-13 00:00:00

Dublin band head west

Album: Paddy Casey: The Secret Life Of

2012-11-07 00:00:00

Fourth album and first independent release from dubliner.

Live: Ray Davies, live at the O2

2012-11-05 00:00:00

Former Kinks man proves he's still got it...

Track: Blue Eyes

2012-11-02 00:00:00

Album: Glad All Over

2012-11-01 00:00:00

First album in seven years from Dylan Jnr. & Co...

Album: Release me

2012-10-25 00:00:00


Report: Introducing the bands

2012-10-25 00:00:00

Ireland’s ambitious booking agency AMA has come up with a novel way of bringing rising stars such as The Pale, Solar Taxi and Dirty Epics to music lovers around the country.

Frontlines: When Art Met Pop

2012-10-23 00:00:00

Commissioned by Illustrators Ireland, an exhibition in the Grand Social will pay tribute to The Beatles – and their extraordinary legacy of great songs.

Album: Deetrich

2012-10-18 00:00:00

Debut Album From Former Dali Chanteuse

Album: Mika: The Origin Of Love

2012-10-05 00:00:00

Dance pop genius with third album

Album: Mickey Harte: Forward To Reality

2012-10-05 00:00:00

Donegal singer songwriter returns strong collection

Album: Van Morrison: Born To Sing: No Plan B

2012-10-05 00:00:00

Belfast legend storms back into the limelight

Album: Peter Doran: Overhead The Stars

2012-10-05 00:00:00

Album number three from midlans singer-songwriter

Album: Christian Bookshop

2012-10-05 00:00:00

Impressive debut from mayo duo

Live: Mumford & Sons, Arthur's Day review

2012-09-28 00:00:00

The alt. folk act rocked Whelan's last night...

Album: Declan Sinnott

2012-09-13 00:00:00

Irish guitar veteran releases solo debut

Album: Rory And The Island

2012-09-13 00:00:00

Sunny solo outing for former rev

Interview: The Gospel According To John

2012-09-12 00:00:00

One of RTE’s best-loved broadcasters, John Creedon has been 25 years on the air with RTÉ. In a fascinating interview, he tells his remarkable story to Colm O’Hare

Live: Van Morrison & Tom Jones

2012-09-12 00:00:00

Marlay Park, Dublin

Interview: NYC Woman

2012-09-12 00:00:00

Laura Izibor's excellent new record goes back to basics with just herself and a piano.

Album: Sailing To Byzantium

2012-09-11 00:00:00

Yet another conversation with Mr. Yeats.

Album: Various Artist: Just Tell Me That You Want Me

2012-09-04 00:00:00

Eclectic tribute to fleetwood mac

Album: Seamus O Muineachain

2012-09-04 00:00:00

Impressive pianist from way out west

Album: Noel Holmes

2012-09-04 00:00:00

Cork Studio Maverick makes impressive debut

Album: John Hiatt: Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns

2012-08-31 00:00:00

Small town america at its best

Album: Soapbox Fury

2012-08-28 00:00:00

Roots Reggae from the Emerald Isle

Frontlines: Are You Avant A Laugh?

2012-08-23 00:00:00

He's one of Ireland's leading experimentalists, the outsider artist who tried to wean the Virgin Prunes off punk and went on to create ground-breaking art projects. We met Daniel Figgis before his recent Galway Arts Festival appearance..

Album: In Movement

2012-08-23 00:00:00

Sophomore selection from Sligo singer-songwriter

Album: Joe Jackson - The Duke

2012-08-23 00:00:00

Former New Wave Star's Tribute To Jazz Master

Track: Japanese Writing

2012-07-25 00:00:00

Album: The Shortest Night

2012-07-10 00:00:00

Sweet soul music from Ireland's finest...

Album: Tuscon

2012-07-05 00:00:00

More desert songs from Americana legend

Album: Years Ago In Our Backyard

2012-07-03 00:00:00

Northern irish country rock

Interview: 98FM’s Dermot And Dave Scoop Prestigious Radio Award

2012-07-03 00:00:00

The irreverent drive-time duo have been honoured at the World’s Best Radio Programs Festival

Album: Big Moon Ritual

2012-07-02 00:00:00

Black crowe goes solo

Album: Sleep Tonight

2012-06-26 00:00:00

Impressive debut from Austrian/UK duo

Interview: This Will Be The Last Time...

2012-06-25 00:00:00

After 14 years and 20 million album sales, Westlife will bring the curtain down on an amazing career with two dates at Croke Park this month. In one of his last major interviews as a member of the band, Kian Egan talks about their lively relationship with Simon Cowell, the impact of Brian McFadden’s dramatic departure in 2004 and why this was the right moment to end it all.

Interview: Sisters In Harmony

2012-06-22 00:00:00

From the village of Malin on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal the Henry Girls – aka sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen – blend traditional Irish folk with bluegrass and classic American songwriting to create a unique sound.

Interview: Dylan In The Name Of

2012-06-21 00:00:00

Having had a best-seller with My Boy, music journalist Jackie Hayden has switched his focus to the first rock and roll poet, Dylan Thomas. He talks about discovering Thomas’ effervescent verse via Bob Dylan, holds forth on his mysterious death and explains why he isn’t as revered in his native Wales as he ought to be.

Album: White Collar Lies

2012-06-21 00:00:00

Powerful debut from Dublin rockers

Album: Hope Against Hope

2012-06-20 00:00:00

Producer to the stars does it his own way

Album: This New Morning

2012-06-19 00:00:00

Kildare troubadour returns with a strong collection

Track: Together You

2012-06-13 00:00:00

Track: Maybe Maybe

2012-06-13 00:00:00

Album: Painkillers

2012-06-13 00:00:00

Veteran Cork singer-songwriter at the top of his game

Album: Melting Cavalry

2012-06-12 00:00:00

It's a string driven thing!

Album: I Woke Up And I Was Gone

2012-06-11 00:00:00

Enduring Dublin outfit grow old gracefully

Interview: Got A Song? Send It To Tom!

2012-06-07 00:00:00

Call it the anti-X Factor. Radio host and Something Happens singer Tom Dunne wants unsung artists to send him their best song. The winner will receive a valuable ‘leg-up’...

Live: JD Roots, Live At The Button Factory

2012-05-31 00:00:00

It would have been nice to hear something a little less obvious

Album: We’re Not Strangers

2012-05-30 00:00:00

Sturdy debut from Cork hard-rock outfit

Album: Life In A Beautiful Light

2012-05-29 00:00:00

Glasgow songstress returns to form

Album: Signs & Signifiers

2012-05-29 00:00:00

Rockabilly rebel's debut shows signs of greatness

Album: Ghost Estates

2012-05-29 00:00:00

Stunning debut from Dublin guitar/electro five-piece

Live: Elvis Costello And The Imposters, Live At The O2

2012-05-28 00:00:00

This Wheel was certainly on fire!

Album: Approaching Rain

2012-05-25 00:00:00

Superior alt. country from Dublin's heartland

Album: High & Low

2012-05-25 00:00:00

Nashville comes to Wexford!

Album: Various Artists

2012-05-25 00:00:00

Charity album with stellar line up of home grown talent

Album: Songs About Love, Songs About Leaving

2012-05-24 00:00:00

Steady as she goes for Irish troubador

Interview: Going back to our roots

2012-05-22 00:00:00

Some of Ireland’s top bands are joining forces to pay tribute to their favourite Dublin artists. It’s all happening at the JD Roots concert in May.

Album: Dreamers Stadium

2012-05-21 00:00:00

Donegal four piece take it to the stadium

Album: Love Is A Four Letter Word

2012-05-21 00:00:00

Saccharine-sweet sunshine pop from down San Diego way

Frontlines: Up the republic

2012-05-16 00:00:00

A push to have the anniversary of the 1916 Proclamation declared a national holiday is gathering pace. One of the leaders of the campaign explains why it would be a good idea.

Album: Nudie Books And Frenchies

2012-05-16 00:00:00

Enduring Northside Dubliners come up with the goods

Frontlines: Here comes the judge

2012-05-16 00:00:00

With a solo career, family commitments and her gig judging The Voice to juggle, Sharon Corr has a lot going on. She talks about how her new career as a TV talent spotter has changed her life.

Album: Interlude

2012-05-04 00:00:00

Homegrown urban soul at its finest

Track: Ten Long Years

2012-05-02 00:00:00

Track: Skin

2012-04-18 00:00:00

Album: Keep On Keepin' On

2012-04-12 00:00:00

Dublin rockers take it to the limit.

Album: Afer Autumn

2012-04-12 00:00:00


Track: Come On

2012-04-04 00:00:00

News: The Snowstorm

2012-04-04 00:00:00

Album: Grennwich Meantime

2012-03-28 00:00:00


Album: Simone Felice

2012-03-27 00:00:00


Album: The Band Perry

2012-03-22 00:00:00


Interview: Slippery When Silhouette

2012-03-21 00:00:00

They’re the most exciting hard rock outfit to come out of Ireland in heaven knows how long. Lift Off @ The Music Show winners Shadowplay talk about collaborating with the lead singer from Toto and taking on the rock world on their own terms

Reports: Making An Exhibition Of Themselves

2012-03-13 00:00:00

For exhibitors the Music Show represents a unique opportunity to show-case their wares to the Irish public. From Fender to Marshall to some of the country’s leading music retailers, the event was an outstanding success

Reports: Seach To The System

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Bigger and better than ever before, this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge will be one to remember.

Album: The Something Rain

2012-03-05 00:00:00


Album: Heal My Faith

2012-03-01 00:00:00

German based Irish guitarist plays the blues.

Frontlines: Music Festivals And Sporting Events Under Threat As Drinks Report Row Deepens

2012-02-27 00:00:00

The impartiality of the advisory group shaping government policy on alcohol use (and misuse) is being questioned, as evidence mounts that the National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group are less motivated by informed expert scientific opinion than by a fundamental antipathy towards alcohol use itself...

Album: Keywest: The Message

2012-02-16 00:00:00

North Dublin pop hopefuls aim for the big time...

Interview: The Cajun Queen

2012-02-16 00:00:00

She comes from Cajun music royalty. Now Sarah Savoy is taking on the world, on her own terms.

Album: Blackpenny

2012-02-13 00:00:00

Power-Trio blues rock at its finest

Live: James Morrison

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Live at the Olympia, Dublin

Interview: Lyttle Drummer Boy

2012-02-09 00:00:00

He’s one of Ireland’s leading jazz drummers, a prodigy who picked up his first instrument aged four. David Lyttle tells us what to expect from his Music Show workshop.

Album: The Sailor's Revenge

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Brian's talented brother delivers the goods

Frontlines: Avian Invasion

2012-02-03 00:00:00

They were one of the most important bands in the history of popular music. Without The Byrds, we’d never have seen The Stone Roses, REM or The Strokes. In his mammoth new history of the group, Johnny Rogan traces their rise and fall and asks why they are so under-appreciated today.

Album: Big World

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Ambitious change of direction for Northern singer-songwriter.

Frontlines: The New Prohibition

2012-01-27 00:00:00

A mooted government crackdown on cheap booze comes amid growing hysteria about Ireland’s alleged problem with drinking. But do we really consume more than fellow northern European countries? And will calling a halt to bargain drink prices truly solve the problem?

Track: Get It Right

2012-01-24 00:00:00

Track: Tinted Glass EP

2012-01-24 00:00:00

Album: Which Side Are You On?

2012-01-18 00:00:00

A timely return to the fray from the voice of conscience.

Frontlines: A Tax On All Your Houses!

2012-01-17 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare reports on the thorny issue of the Government’s new ‘household charge’...

Live: Imelda May

2012-01-12 00:00:00

Home is right!

Interview: Reekus In The Years

2012-01-11 00:00:00

Having lit a fire under the punk scene and introduced the world to bands as diverse as Aslan, Microdisney and The Blades, Reekus Records’ is celebrating its 30th birthday. Founder Elvera Butler explains what inspires the ongoing adventure.

Live: Imelda May, live at the O2

2011-12-19 00:00:00

Dublin singer rocks her hometown.

Album: Too Late To Stop Now 1981 – 2011

2011-12-14 00:00:00

Neat 40-tracked potted history of vital Irish indie label.

Interview: Take It To The Lynott One More Time

2011-12-13 00:00:00

You might have thought that, having marked the 25th anniversary of Phil Lynott’s passing, the Vibe For Philo would take a breather. Actually, that was the plan. But Thin Lizzy fans had other ideas.

Live: The Coronas, live at The Olympia

2011-12-09 00:00:00

Dublin band go down a storm with adoring fans.

Album: Sweet Little Lies

2011-11-30 00:00:00

A ray of sunshine from seven-piece collective.

Live: Another Honest Jon's Chop Up

2011-11-25 00:00:00

It was impossible not to be moved by the exhilarating rhythms, and percussive textures, while the wall of brass was at times stunning.

Interview: Black In The High Life Again

2011-11-25 00:00:00

After a seven year sabbatical, Mary Black has released what might very well be the finest album of her long and wildly successful career. Imelda May, America and her musical offspring Danny O’Reilly and Róisín Ó are all up for discussion as she shares a jar with Colm O’Hare.

Album: Torn At The Seams

2011-11-24 00:00:00

Acoustic melancholia from like-minded souls.

Album: Mr. Bookshop

2011-11-22 00:00:00

Cork songstress releases strong debut.

Reports: The Music Show We’re Here For The Gear

2011-11-18 00:00:00

It is a place where thousands of musicians converge. Some of Irish rock 'n' roll's finest tell our man Colm O'Hare why they love The Music Show, which returns to the RDS next February.

Interview: Once More With Feeling

2011-11-14 00:00:00

Diagnosed last year as suffering from Alzheimer’s, Glen Campbell is Ireland-bound next month for a last hurrah. His hit-laden career, the time he depped for Brian Wilson in the Beach Boys, hanging with Elvis and his remarkable new album are all on the agenda as he talks to Colm O’Hare.

Album: New Blood

2011-11-11 00:00:00

Former Genesis man revisits his back catalogue - with strings attached.

Album: Dirty Money

2011-10-28 00:00:00

Dublin outfit let the good times roll.

Album: Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary Editions

2011-10-28 00:00:00

The sound of four men chopping down the joshua tree - over then discs!

Album: Anar

2011-10-28 00:00:00

Swell season songstress strikes out on her own.

Interview: Top Of The World, Ma

2011-10-21 00:00:00

Mama’s Boys were one of the greatest Irish hard rock bands ever. Guitarist Pat McManus continues to perform and record. He talks guitar with Colm O’Hare

Interview: Congo Beat

2011-10-14 00:00:00

He fled war in Africa to make a new life in Ireland. Now Niwel Tsumbu has established himself as one of the country’s most intriguing guitar men.

Album: The Brilliant Things

2011-10-12 00:00:00

Superior home-grown pop rock has big ambitions.

Album: Hello Bright Spark

2011-10-11 00:00:00

Dundalk Troubadour's heartbreak hotel.

Album: The Very Lotust

2011-10-11 00:00:00

Refreshingly melodic and rhythmic whimsy.

Live: David Gray, Pugwash & LIR

2011-10-11 00:00:00

You really had to be there!

Album: People Street

2011-10-03 00:00:00

Galway band release HIGHLY impressive debut album.

Reports: The Magnificent Seven

2011-10-03 00:00:00

A new motion picture in the works in Ireland’s West is set to showcase the homegrown musical talents of Ultan Conlon and Jim McKee. We catch up with the pair as they work on the project.

Frontlines: Racing in the streets

2011-09-29 00:00:00

With plans afoot to bring the spectacle that is Bavaria City Racing to Dublin, our man in Rotterdam is there for the big announcement – and gets up close and personal with the high-performance cars themselves.

News: Arthur's Day, Storehouse live review

2011-09-23 00:00:00

Featuring Paolo Nutini, The Saturdays and The Stereophonics...

Reports: Keeping on trend

2011-09-19 00:00:00

In a once in a lifetime event, veteran ballad singer Patsy Watchorn has gathered some of his favourite musicians to record a collection of old-style ballads, Colm O’Hare pulls up a ringside seat.

Album: Constant Companion

2011-09-14 00:00:00

Not quite country, not quite folk, not bad at all

Album: Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down

2011-09-13 00:00:00

Sumptuously splendid slice of Americana.

Interview: Maud of all she surveys

2011-09-05 00:00:00

As excitement over this year’s Arthur’s Day continues to grow, Maud in Cahoots singer Maud Reardon recalls the 2010 festivities, when she got to headline at Guinness Storehouse and share the stage with Gary Lightbody.

Live: Roger Daltrey

2011-08-24 00:00:00

@ The Park, Marlay Park, Dublin

Album: Standing On The Rooftop

2011-08-23 00:00:00

Crossover maven goes back to her american roots

Interview: Hhymn to the Gods

2011-07-12 00:00:00

Intriguingly-named Nottingham outfit Hhymn are receiving ecstatic reviews for their debut album.

Interview: Cut Some Rugger

2011-07-06 00:00:00

An Irish rugby international and chum will be setting the decks on fire at Oxegen

Album: Black Ship

2011-06-29 00:00:00

Difficult to pin down, easy to love debut from boy/girl foursome

Album: So Beautiful Or So What

2011-06-29 00:00:00

Folk-pop legend stages gentle return to form

Album: In The Depths

2011-06-24 00:00:00

Earthy organic textures tap the best of English folk

Interview: Southern man

2011-06-23 00:00:00

Gregg Allman is a true American music legend, steeped in the country, blues, gospel and soul of his Deep South birthplace. Both as a solo artist and as a key member of the Allman Brothers Band, he has survived five decades of performing and recording despite enduring the kind of tragedies that would sink most musicians.

Report: San Francisco Blues

2011-06-10 00:00:00

It was one of those meetings of remarkable men that promised much. But nothing went according to the script when Ireland’s ultimate guitar hero, Rory Gallagher, travelled to San Francisco to record with the legendary Janis Joplin and Neil Young producer, Elliot Mazer. All of 33 years later, fans are about to be treated to a full Rory studio album which was – literally and controversially – binned in 1978.

Interview: Cheap and cheerful

2011-06-10 00:00:00

Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen talks guitars, amplifiers and rock ‘n roll.

Live: Bon Jovi opening act competition

2011-06-03 00:00:00

Congrats to everyone involved for what was a great evening’s entertainment!

Album: Goldfish Love

2011-06-02 00:00:00

Belle & Sebastian jam with Lambchop at a Leadbelly convention (well, almost)

Album: Rocket Science

2011-06-02 00:00:00

Re-christened Dubliners get their Fountains Of Wayne on

Album: Let The Games Begin

2011-06-02 00:00:00

Seventies songwriter thrills from Galway newcomer

Album: The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2

2011-06-01 00:00:00

Snarky genius at work!

Track: Give Me Love

2011-06-01 00:00:00

Album: Lonely Nights In London

2011-05-31 00:00:00

Lizzy guitarist delivers the goods again

Album: Shuffle

2011-05-17 00:00:00

Mundy pays tribute to his musical heroes

Interview: Rhythm's Gonna Get You

2011-05-13 00:00:00

They’ve played with some of rock’s biggest names. On the final leg of the P!NK Rhythm Section Clinic Tour 2011, bassist Eva Gardner and drummer Mark Schulman talked about the difference a quality instrument can make as well as life from the rhythm section’s point of view. Brought to Ireland by Fender and Gretsch Drums, the clinic took place in Music Maker, Dublin.

Album: Honey Skippin'

2011-05-10 00:00:00

Old timey rockers keep it real

Interview: West Is Best

2011-05-03 00:00:00

It’s one of Dublin’s most storied studios with a glittering roll-call of artists having passed through its doors. Now under new management, Westland Studio continues to go from strength to strength.

Album: Paper Airplane

2011-04-29 00:00:00

Krauss returns to her roots

Album: Feel That You Own It

2011-04-26 00:00:00

U2 gain some young stadium rivals

Track: Tender To The Touch

2011-04-20 00:00:00

Album: Wasn't Expecting That

2011-04-14 00:00:00

Novelty songwriter delivers passable debut

Album: When Ronan Met Burt

2011-04-13 00:00:00

Boyzone man emerges from bacharach covers project with dignity intact

Live: Elbow

2011-04-11 00:00:00

Live @ The O2, Dublin

Album: Mag Pai Zai

2011-04-04 00:00:00

A sparkling return from the Dublin troubadour

Live: The Committments, live at the O2

2011-04-01 00:00:00

Even Jimmy Rabbitte Snr. would have been moved to tears!

Album: All You Need Is Now

2011-03-31 00:00:00

Gigantic 80's icons are back with (sort of) a bang

Live: Bruno Mars

2011-03-24 00:00:00

Live @ The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Album: Tell Me

2011-03-16 00:00:00

An Alt. Country Star Is Born

Album: Credo

2011-03-16 00:00:00

Solid Return From Electro Pioneers

Reports: Rock This Way

2011-03-15 00:00:00

It’s the alma mater for artists such as The Kooks, The Ordinary Boys and Kate Walsh. Now Britain’s most prestigious school of rock is expanding to Ireland

Album: Dust Bowl

2011-03-14 00:00:00

Guitar God Delivers Big Time

Interview: Confessions Of A Rock'n'Roll Manager

2011-03-08 00:00:00

Former Thin Lizzy manager Chris O’Donnell talks about the band’s early struggles, their major successes – and Philip Lynott’s tragic decline.

Interview: Songs In The Keys Of Life

2011-03-04 00:00:00

Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton discusses his relationship with Phil Lynott and the band’s ongoing resurrection.

Album: Collapse Into Now

2011-03-01 00:00:00

Alternative Veterans Roar Back To Relevance

Frontlines: Driving Force

2011-03-01 00:00:00

Gus Curtis was Phil Lynott’s driver, personal assistant, tour manager, friend and confidante during Thin Lizzy’s decade-long reign. Here he recalls some of the highs and lows of life with Philo.

Reports: Four Strings And The Truth

2011-02-15 00:00:00

He used to play with Lir. Now he’s David Gray’s right-hand man. Rob Malone talks to us about his favourite basses.

Live: Joe Pug

2011-02-11 00:00:00

At Whelan's, Dublin

Album: Long Player Late Bloomer

2011-02-08 00:00:00

Canadian tunesmith gets his buble on.

Album: Lullabies For The 21st Century

2011-02-04 00:00:00

Power Pop Gem From Ex Picturehouse Singer

Album: Mission Bell

2011-02-03 00:00:00

Solid effort from american songwriter.

Report: A New Approach

2011-01-31 00:00:00

We used to be past-masters at Eurovision. Now we’re in danger of becoming the class dunces. With the 2011 Song Contest looming some of Ireland’s top songwriters are aiming to bring us back to Euro-respectability

Live: Imelda May: Live at The Olympia Theatre

2011-01-13 00:00:00

She can rock and she can roll but she can also swoon

Album: The Peel Sessions

1994-11-02 00:00:00

True fans- of which there are still many- will want to own this one.

Interview: Clear As A Bell

2010-12-06 00:00:00

With Thin Lizzy's iconic first three albums getting a longer-due re-release, the band's original guitarist Eric Bell wends his way down memory lane

Album: A Woman's Heart - Then And Now

2010-12-01 00:00:00

Girl power, twenty years on

Album: Live At The O2

2010-12-01 00:00:00

Horslips reunion celebrated in marathon live set

Album: Seraphim

2010-12-01 00:00:00

Classical crossover covers outing is strangely effective

Album: I'd Rather Go Blonde

2010-09-06 00:00:00

McEvoy looks into her soul

Album: Progress

2010-11-30 00:00:00

Decent return from the reunited pop icons

Album: Seasons Of My Soul

2010-11-29 00:00:00

New soul diva is her own woman

Interview: Scripture Perfect

2010-11-29 00:00:00

One Gretsch guitar, one Sonar Teardrop drum-kit, a Kíla man, and an ex-Engine Alley girl. That's the recipe for Preachers Son.

Album: Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor

2010-11-22 00:00:00

Dutch jazz sensation makes bid for global success

Report: Paying 'Lips Service

2010-11-22 00:00:00

As they prepare to do folk-rock battle again, JIM LOCKHART tells Colm O’Hare about the instruments and technology that make HORSLIPS tick.

Album: Jazzing At Midnight

2010-11-16 00:00:00

Jazz veterans tackle some of the classics to memorable effect

Album: Wake Up

2010-11-15 00:00:00

Legend lives in successful search for black legends

Interview: Guitar Man

2010-11-15 00:00:00

‘Guitarists’ guitarist’ Pierre Bensusan reflects on a life-long love affair with the instrument, his favourite Irish guitar and why it sometimes pays to use nonconventional tunings

Interview: Parle Of Wisdom

2010-11-09 00:00:00

She’s been beaten up and bruised by the record industry but now, after a multitude of set-backs, Luane Parle is finally getting her career on track. She talks about the long road to redemption.

Interview: All That Jazz

2010-11-03 00:00:00

The legendary Herbie Hancock discusses his new album of John Lennon covers, producing classic film soundtracks and his ongoing fascination with cutting-edge music technology

Album: Fingertips Of The Silversmith

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Impressive Americana-flavoured offering from Irish artist

Album: You Can't Buy Back Your Life

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Brilliantly eclectic offering from maverick Cork singer

Album: Love Life & Limb

2010-11-02 00:00:00

His and her pairing make lots of good sense

Live: Santana

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Carlos Santana brings his Latin fervor to The O2, Dublin

Interview: Are Friends Electronic?

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Having already played locations like the Pyramids and the Acropolis, where next for Jean Michel Jarre? The Moon? Not quite...he’s coming to the 02...

Interview: Newton's Lore

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Million-sellng singer songwriter NEWTON FAULKNER on why he sleeps better on the tour bus than in his own home, and why it’s not a good idea to ask 6,000 people to boo your songs.

Album: The Full Circle

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Irish songstress blends numerous genres to bewitching effect

Album: Lonely Avenue

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Lad-lit author hooks up with cult pianoman to largely astonishing effect

Album: A Lifetime To Kill

2010-10-12 00:00:00

sometime hard rocker goes prog-folk on impressive solo effort

Interview: Newton's Lore

2010-09-27 00:00:00

Million-sellng singer songwriter Newton Faulkner on why he sleeps better on the tour bus than in his own home, and why it’s not a good idea to ask 6,000 people to boo your songs.

Interview: Nice Guy Leddy

2010-09-27 00:00:00

Tommy Leddy’s Sound Shop in Drogheda has long been the store of choice for the Wee County’s discerning music fans. The past 12 months have also seen him enjoy further success thanks to the opening of the hugely successful live venue the TLT Theatre.

Interview: Can't Stop The Beat

2010-09-10 00:00:00

Legendary Dublin DJ SHAY HANNON reflects on two decades of adventures in clubland..

Album: Interpol

2010-09-06 00:00:00

Boys of bummer get a little too downbeat for their own good

Album: Blind sound

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Album: Rancho terrahedron

2010-07-29 00:00:00

legendary Cork Firebrand takes a walk down melody lane

Live: Stevie Wonder

2010-07-14 00:00:00

This was never going to be anything other than thrilling. After all, they don't come much more legendary than the artist formerly known as Little Stevie Wonder.

Album: Sugar for my soul

2010-07-14 00:00:00


Album: Laws of Illusion

2010-07-14 00:00:00

country diva channels marriage break-on first LP in nearly a decade

Album: Homeland

2010-07-05 00:00:00

Veteran performance artist gets her snooze on

News: It Ain't Broken

2010-07-05 00:00:00

Broken Social Scene are back with a terrific new album

Album: Of the people

2010-06-29 00:00:00

Dublin maverick returns with wonderfully eclectic collection

Live: Alicia Keys 'Free' at the O2

2010-06-15 00:00:00

She is clearly expected not just to perform but to put on a show – with all the bells and whistles this involves.

Album: Dinosaur

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Album: Myna Birds

2010-06-15 00:00:00

Dublin GUITARIST goes native americana while on tour with lisa hannigan

Album: Behind Closed Doors

2010-06-14 00:00:00

Charity album is full of thrills and spills

Album: Diamond Eyes

2010-06-14 00:00:00

Veteran rap metallers return to form

Album: Yesterday today & Tomorrow

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Album: Love and its opposite

2010-06-14 00:00:00

English rose returns with gorgeously melancholic second solo outing

Album: Lafaro

2010-05-19 00:00:00

Pristine RAWK! from much fancied nordies

Album: The Routine

2010-05-05 00:00:00

Great Shakes from punk newcomers

Interview: Having The Tim Of His Life

2010-05-05 00:00:00

As his band gear up for their 20th anniversary celebrations, The Charaltans' TIM BURGESS reflects on past achievements and future ambitions – and talks about his work with up and coming bands

Album: Root To The Fruit

2010-05-05 00:00:00

Ex Lir man consolidates solo reputation on not-that-difficult third album

Album: Green Light Go

2010-05-04 00:00:00

Limerick Outfit Match The Ferocity Of Their Live Shows

Album: Alonewalk

2010-04-27 00:00:00

A House legend back with another winning collection.

Album: 100,000 Ways To Harvest Hope

2010-04-20 00:00:00

A fistful of epic, passionate powerhouse rock anthems

Frontlines: Born Snappy

2010-04-14 00:00:00

Back in the late ‘70s Colm Henry was house photographer to an up-and-coming Dublin combo called U2. Ahead of a new exhbition of his photographs of the band, he talks about their early years, and how the fab four were always learning.

Reports: Getting The Points

2010-04-13 00:00:00

Evidence has emerged that the beleaguered motorists of Kildare are substantially more likely to incur penalty points from Garda checkpoints than their counterparts in the rest of the land. Is this fair?

Album: Identity Parade

2010-04-06 00:00:00

Dublin Power Quintet Come Out Fighting

Interview: Scene In All The Right Places

2010-04-06 00:00:00

Ocean Colour Scene’s Simon Fowler talks about his favourite instruments and the highs and lows of touring.

Album: The Tune

2010-03-31 00:00:00

Maverick delivers album of poetic songs

Interview: Electric Bradyland

2010-03-23 00:00:00

For nearly a decade he was one of the leading lights of Irish folk. And then Paul Brady turned away from the trad scene and reinvented himself as a contemporary singer-songwriter, penning songs for stars such as Tina Turner along the way. Now, with a new album under his belt, he reflects on his long journey from the pub session to the rock stage, the price of fame and talks about his burgeoning friendship with artists such as Glen Hansard, Fionn Regan and Ronan Keating.

Album: This Is Where It Starts

2010-03-22 00:00:00

Berlin-based Virginia native channels Rolling Stones and Pernice Brothers

Interview: Desert Storm

2010-03-19 00:00:00

The little-known tale of a group of Irish troops who switched side in the American-Mexican war of the nineteenth century is the inspiration for a unique collaboration between THE CHIEFTAINS and Ry Cooder (with Liam Neeson roped in for good measure). The Chieftains' Paddy Maloney explains the inspiration behind this fascinating project.

Interview: Rebels with a Cause

2010-03-09 00:00:00

Legendary southern-fried rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd are still going strong and are on their way to Dublin.

Interview: Thy Kingdom Strum

2010-03-04 00:00:00

From humble origins, a singer-songwriter night has grown into a fertile breeding ground for up-and-coming talent, including Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey and Gemma Hayes. David Gray even popped along one night to check things out. The man behind the music, Dave Murphy, looks back over 20 years of unearthing exciting new artists

Album: Stop Screaming Start Dreaming

2010-03-04 00:00:00

Doves-meets-Franz on rollicking, if needlessly glossy, debut.

Album: Early in the Morning

2010-02-22 00:00:00

Quality Americana from whiskery Dublin Wunderkind

Interview: Twink Deville

2010-02-22 00:00:00

Celtic Krautrock? Dublin trio Twinkranes have used technology to produce an early contender for Irish album of the year.

Album: Scratch My Back

2010-02-18 00:00:00

Oddball covers project comes together surprisingly well

Live: Bryan Adams Live at The Olympia

2010-02-11 00:00:00

Appearing solo and acoustic with just a piano player to fill out the sound, this was a stripped-down version of his greatest hits and all the better for it.

Album: Waking Up

2010-02-11 00:00:00

Pop hitmaker takes the stadium rock route to success

Album: San Patricio

2010-02-11 00:00:00

Another Stellar Effort From Paddy Moloney & Co

Education Feature: Have We Got News For You

2010-02-11 00:00:00

The Leaving Cert is now only a few months away and all across the country students are weighing up their options. If you are considering a career in journalism, music or other media disciplines, the good news is that there are now several highly-recommended courses from which to choose.

Interview: Stars Collide

2009-12-14 00:00:00

7 Worlds Collide is a once-in-a-lifetime get together featuring members of Wilco and Radiohead, Johnny Marr, KT Tunstall and Bic Runga – all curated by Crowded House’s Neil Finn. He talks about how the project came together.

Reports: Keep it Local

2009-12-08 00:00:00

Irish music equipment retailers are competing successfully with online competitors, by virtue of offering good value and excellent after-sale service.

Live: Horslips Live at the O2

2009-12-07 00:00:00

The most long-awaited reunion in the history of Irish rock has finally come to pass...

Interview: The Answer Questioned

2009-11-30 00:00:00

It’s a position not many bands can boast about, but The Answer have lasted some 118 shows opening for AC/DC, one of the toughest jobs in rock.

Album: The Circle

2009-11-25 00:00:00

Predictable return to stadium soft-rock from former Poodle-permers

Live: Yusuf Islam

2009-11-24 00:00:00

“Now I know how Dylan felt.”

Album: Sunflower Nights

2009-11-19 00:00:00

Nostalgia ahoy from legendary Dublin pub

Interview: Worth Their Eight in Gold

2009-11-19 00:00:00

Their odd-ball sound is hard to pin down, but that hasn’t prevented indie rockers 8 Ball from becoming one of the most buzzed about Irish groups on the scene.

Album: Scrapbook

2009-11-17 00:00:00

Northerner Produces Americana-Tinged gem

Interview: Blues Explosion

2009-11-06 00:00:00

Having built up a solid reputation on the gigging circuit, blues outfit Ali and The DTs have just released their debut album. Harp player Christian Volkmann discusses the details of their unique sound with Colm O’Hare.

Album: She Wolf

2009-11-03 00:00:00

Howling good fun from Lupine superstar

Album: After The Wedding

2009-11-02 00:00:00

Debut Album of the Year contender from Monaghan Outfit

Reports: Thank You For The Music

2009-10-27 00:00:00

Never mind the recession, the outstanding attendance made this year’s MUSIC SHOW the most successful ever.

Album: Tickety-Boo

2009-10-20 00:00:00

South Dublin singer-songwriter cuts convincing roots rock dash

Album: You Are My Friend

2009-10-19 00:00:00

Quirky Lucan Power Pop. Smiles All Round.

Album: With All Your Friends

2009-10-16 00:00:00

Dublin hopefuls evoke beach boys and Television

Album: No Bird Sang

2009-10-08 00:00:00

Folk thrills from underrated cork songwriter

Album: Saints & Scoundrels

2009-10-08 00:00:00

Dazzling effort from folk queen

Album: Mines

2009-10-08 00:00:00

Cult louth band kick up a storm


2009-10-07 00:00:00

Horslips axeman Johnny Fean is honouring us with a masterclass at the upcoming Music Show in the RDS. Here, he talks about his formative influences and Horslips’ upcoming reunion


2009-10-05 00:00:00

Excellent singles collection from Irish chanteuse


2009-10-05 00:00:00

Wide-eyed celtic rock from dire straits man


2009-10-01 00:00:00

Jangle-happy debut from dublin hopefuls


2009-09-25 00:00:00


Album: black swan

2009-09-16 00:00:00

Coldplay lite from britrock also-rans


2009-09-16 00:00:00

Crowded House singer ropes in some friends for uneven collection of duets.


2009-09-16 00:00:00



2009-09-04 00:00:00

Rustic charms from Bell X1 man on Second solo foray

Live: Simply Red

2009-08-31 00:00:00

Album: A Fire to Scare the Sun

2009-08-24 00:00:00

Guerilla troubadour delivers Tortured but compelling second record

Reports: The perfect environment

2009-07-08 00:00:00

In recent years, Oxegen has made it easier than ever for fans to enjoy an ecologically responsible festival. This year organisers are raising the ante yet further with a host of green initiatives – as well as oodles of on-site entertainment for campers .

Comedy: Hoot Press: From a whisker to a scream (of laughter)

2009-07-01 00:00:00

Some of the world’s leading comic talents descended on Kilkenny for the Cat Laughs festival – but it was the home grown comedians who truly shone.

Album: Wilco (The Album)

2009-07-01 00:00:00

Surprisingly laidback new dispatch from uptight country rockers

Interview: Hot Gear: Break it up

2009-06-30 00:00:00

From busking to breaking sticks, snares and cymbals: Bipolar Empire don't spare the horses when it comes to gear.

Live: Ry Cooder and Nick Lowe live at The Olympia

2009-06-18 00:00:00

With his woolly hat and trademark colourful shirt, Cooder arrived on stage to a hero’s welcome and proceeded to mesmerise with a stunning performance.

Interview: The XMusic files

2009-06-10 00:00:00

What better way for an indie musician to spend an evening than checking out the wares in one of Europe’s biggest and best stoked music stores? Welcome to XMusic, guys!

Album: Running Free

2009-06-10 00:00:00

Fun but less than compelling solo album from former UB40 man

Album: Perfect Stranger

2009-06-04 00:00:00

This debut offering from Dublin live favourites is well worth the wait – with hints of Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads, Springsteen and Snow Patrol.

Album: Proper order

2009-04-22 00:00:00

Veteran Dublin Oddballs persist with quirky pop nuggets

Interview: All mod songs

2009-04-03 00:00:00

They’re the unsung heroes of plaintive Irish pop. Ahead of a new run of live shows, Saville talk guitars, pedals and Wurlitzers – and explain why musicians should be prepared for the worst whenever they go on stage.

Album: Blood is not enough

2009-03-31 00:00:00

Impressive debut from Kilkenny rockers

Interview: Some like it HOT

2009-03-26 00:00:00

Metal superstar Justin Hawkins talks about his favourite guitars and explains why his new outfit, Hot Leg, are even better than The Darkness.

Reports: Equipment review: No need to rushe

2009-03-26 00:00:00

Padraig Rushe reviews the Peavey HP Signature Special CT Electric Guitar

Album: Heart strings - live with the royal Liverpool philharmonic orchestra

2009-03-23 00:00:00

Sweeping Live retrospective from the voice of clannad

Reports: Force ten gael

2009-03-09 00:00:00

A full-blown Irish language revolution is underway. And with DJ Ian Dempsey and Afternoon Show presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh as the new faces of Seachtain na Gaelige, our mother tongue looks set to go from strength to strength.

Album: Democracy of one

2009-02-26 00:00:00

Swoonful solo effort from Devlins songwriter in chief

Interview: Northern Exposure

2009-02-25 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare talks to Katie Larmour, presenter of UTV’s new music show Live At The Limelight, which will be showcasing the best young artists from around Ireland.

Album: Dolls & Jigsaws

2009-02-03 00:00:00

Singer-songwriter avoids clichÉs on invigorating DEBUT

Album: Strawberry Alarm Clock Bestest Bits

2008-12-03 00:00:00

This two-disc charity covers album offers a little something for all musical tastes and a few laughs from FM104's breakfast show.

Reports: X Marks the Spot

2008-12-02 00:00:00

Ireland's first music superstore, X Music has been up and running for just over a month. Colm O'Hare checked it out and was suitable impressed.

Interview: Heathers, Blazing

2008-11-28 00:00:00

Barely out of school, Dublin sister duo Heathers are already turning heads with their melodic punk-pop. They talk about what it's like being one of the country's buzzing newcomers.

Frontlines: Breaking Out of The Rooms

2008-11-26 00:00:00

Declan Lynch's acclaimed account of an alcoholic coming to terms with his self-destructive past has been adapted for the stage and is proving to be a hit all over again.

Interview: Cocks of the Walk

2008-11-19 00:00:00

Leeside took the honours at the recent PPI radio awards with Red FM's Red Rooster winning Best Breakfast Show. Co-host "KC" talks about the challenge of entertaining listeners.

Reports: Baz Ashmawy

2008-11-17 00:00:00

How Low Can You Go star Baz Ashmawy shares a house in Kimmage with a mate and a bulldog called Louis. Zen spartanism is the order of the day.

Live: Glen Campbell live at Vicar St.

2008-11-11 00:00:00

Campbell gives a grand presentation of his usual lineup and surprises the crowd with some souped-up renditions of classics from other artists.

Frontlines: Welcome to the New Prohibition

2008-11-05 00:00:00

Recent legislation creating a new offence of drinking to excess is just the latest of a campaign against the free consumption of alcohol in this country. Is it too late to stop the moral majority?

Album: 11 Songs

2008-11-04 00:00:00

Stalwart troubadour makes exultant dave odlum-produced 12th album

Reports: There's No Business like Music Show Business: The Music Show, Saturday

2008-11-03 00:00:00

Some of the country's leading music industry figures joined thousands of people for the Music Show, a two-day celebration of all that's good about the recording arts in Ireland.

Reports: At home with...Sonia Reynolds

2008-10-23 00:00:00

Modelling legend and the brains behind Motorola Dublin Fashion Week, Sonia Reynolds invites HP into her Rathgar home.

Reports: At home with... The Aftermath

2008-09-22 00:00:00

The Aftermath are the first rock band from Longford ever to hit the charts. But right now, they live in Mullingar, the new happening epicentre of rock’n’roll.

Reports: Andrew Rooney - Gift of the lab

2008-09-10 00:00:00

A host of pitfalls await the rock and roll newbie. But there's good news, Andrew Rooney's Red Lab Studios specialise in helping newcomers.

Album: Nostalgia

2008-08-28 00:00:00

Sunkissed delights from Dublin retro-popsters

Album: Stolen Apples

2008-08-27 00:00:00

Australian songwriting legend delvers ragged balladry and bittersweet lyrics

Interview: The Rooney bin

2008-07-11 00:00:00

Killinaskully star Joe Rooney has repaired to Drogheda’s suburbs to gorge himself on Alfred Hitchcock masterpieces. That’s the life.

Reports: Hey Joe

2008-07-14 00:00:00

New York blues prodigy JOE BONAMASSA is making a name as one of the hottest young guitar-slingers in the West. With a Dublin visit on the way, he's foaming at the mouth at the prospect of visiting Rory Gallagher's home country.

Live: Eric Clapton live at Malahide Castle

2008-07-03 00:00:00

Weather-plagued gig disappoints as Clapton goes heavy on the blues and light on the entertainment

Interview: Return of A Euro Star

2008-06-25 00:00:00

Paul Harrington won the Eurovision in 1994 with "Rock 'N' Roll Kids", a song which is reprised on his new album A Collection.

Live: Fleet Foxes Live At Whelan's

2008-06-19 00:00:00

Rarely has a band arrived on the Whelan’s stage with so much recent acclaim preceding them.

Interview: The Voice Of Authority

2008-06-19 00:00:00

He is widely regarded one of Ireland's finest singers. Now, by way of confirmation, Brian Kennedy has released a superb album, entitled Interpretations.

Reports: Remember The Master

2008-06-16 00:00:00

He was one of the first true trailblazers in Irish comedy. Now, a decade after his death, a host of his friends will gather to pay tribute to Dermot Morgan.

Album: Silent Cry

2008-06-12 00:00:00

Veteran Welsh outfit deliver another pulverising collection of hard-edged rock

Album: Windows To The Soul

2008-06-11 00:00:00

Strong solo debut from former picturehouse member

Album: Great Escape

2008-05-08 00:00:00

Wicklow Chanteuse back for a second bite at the fame cherry - a continental sound of high-class pop

Album: Prepare To Be Happy

2008-05-08 00:00:00

Smooth Soul from velvet voiced Dubliner, this record avoids a potential retro-fest and blends taut rhythm with insistent grooves.

Album: Love Must Be Tough

2008-05-21 00:00:00

Eleanor covers old ground afresh

Interview: The troubadours of perception

2008-05-20 00:00:00

Pete Cummins, has just released his first album as a solo performer, from which the single ‘Flowers In Baghdad’ was picked up by Neil Young’s website chart

Interview: At home with... Niamh Farrell, Ham Sandwich

2008-05-20 00:00:00

Arguably the most talked about Dublin band of the moment, Ham Sandwich, with their imminent UK tour , look well poised to take it to the next level.

Album: Great Escape

2008-04-30 00:00:00

Wicklow Chanteuse back for a second bite at the fame cherry

Frontlines: Drink driving hysteria continues to grow

2008-04-09 00:00:00

Following another spate of road deaths, the Government and Road Safety Authority may rush through legislation reducing the legal alcohol limit for drivers. This fails to get to the core of the problem, argues Colm O'Hare.

Interview: The vinyl countdown

2008-04-01 00:00:00

Producer, DJ and now a part of acclaimed dance/rock tie-in, Alloy Mental, Belfast-based Phil Kieran talks about his favourite mixing equipment and explains why we should mourn the passing of vinyl.

Album: Interpretations

2008-03-20 00:00:00

"Lush orchestration provides the perfect setting for one of the finest voices this island has ever produced. Listen without prejudice."

Interview: The polyphonic oui

2008-03-19 00:00:00

He helped invent synth-pop and is famous for his huge open-air shows. Now Jean-Michel Jarre is going back to basics to reprise his landmark Oxygene album.

Frontlines: The dangerous duplicity at the heart of our road death statistics

2008-02-19 00:00:00

When someone dies in a car crash, alcohol is routinely blamed. But a close look at the figures shows that, beyond the tabloid hysteria, the truth is sometimes very different.

Album: Sleep Through The Static

2008-02-13 00:00:00

"...with an album proper to offer this time around, it seems that Johnson is back with a vengeance – fans of his effortlessly laid-back acoustic fare will immediately warm to this strong collection of songs."

Album: Rockaway Blvd.

2008-02-11 00:00:00

"Featuring a mix of classics and originals recorded to capture the band’s live strengths the performances are faultless and Mary’s voice is better than ever."

Interview: At home with... Ray Foley

2008-02-05 00:00:00

When he’s not lighting up the airwaves with sparky banter you’ll most probably find Today FM’s Ray Foley chilling out with a DVD in his Artane pad.

Interview: The secret history of 'The Joshua Tree'

2007-11-21 00:00:00

For many people it is U2's greatest album. Twenty years on, to mark it's re-release, Colm O'Hare talks to Daniel Lanois and reflects on the extraordinary background to a monumental album.

Live: Laura Izibor live at Crawdaddy, Dublin

2007-11-15 00:00:00

Izibor’s friendly stage persona adds to the intimacy of the show and she comes across as a relaxed, supremely confident performer with a refreshing lack of self-consciousness.

Interview: At Home With... Holly White

2007-10-30 00:00:00

She may live in a salubrious corner of South Dublin but Dan & Becs star Holly White is no privileged posho.

Reports: Music Ireland '07

2007-10-18 00:00:00

The third Music Ireland exhibition was the most successful yet.

Interview: At home with... Glenda Gilson

2007-10-10 00:00:00

Snuggled up at home in her Dublin apartment, rising media star Glenda Gilson talks about fame, rock music and her love of Apocalypse Now.

Frontlines: Irish Language Film To Make Oscar History

2007-09-27 00:00:00

Chronicling the experiences of Irish emigrants in London, Kings is the first Irish language film to be put forward for an Academy Award.

Live: Josh Ritter at Tripod, Dublin

2007-09-20 00:00:00

A pair of well-dressed girls on the way out said it was the best concert they’d ever attended and who would argue with them?

Interview: At Home With... Sharon Shannon

2007-09-17 00:00:00

Whether cooking up a curry or watching Family Guy, trad music legend Sharon Shannon has plenty of room to roam in her Galway abode.

Live: Damien Rice plus support at Marlay Park, Dublin

2007-09-12 00:00:00

A picnic mood prevailed as the late summer rays caressed the crowds, many of them sprawled on blankets spread around the unfamiliarly dry grass.

Album: Renegade

2007-08-20 00:00:00

Sharon allows others equal billing on this refreshingly diverse collection of tunes.

Interview: At home with Steve Wickham

2007-08-16 00:00:00

One of Ireland’s outstanding violin players, Steve Wickham is a long-time member of The Waterboys and respected composer in his own right. Born in Dublin, he’s a country boy at heart.

Live: Midlands Music Festival at Belvedere House, Mullingar

2007-08-09 00:00:00

Home-grown acts more than held their own over the weekend, with the big names Christy Moore, Paul Brady, Hothouse Flowers and the ever-popular Mundy proving just as popular as the visitors.

Album: Charm Offensive

2007-08-07 00:00:00

The Radio have achieved the near-impossible feat of sounding comfortingly familiar without coming across as remotely derivative.

Album: Three Easy Pieces

2007-07-27 00:00:00

A sparkling return to form for a band regarded by many as the great lost hope of the early ‘90s.

Interview: King Richard

2007-07-27 00:00:00

Folk doyen Richard Thompson remains a singular presence in the roots music scene after four decades. Here he talks about “exile” on the US West Coast and his recent return to his electric rock roots.

Live: Rod Stewart at the RDS, Dublin

2007-07-26 00:00:00

You have to hand it to Rod. Forty years on the road, and he still draws them in droves – two nights’ open air at the RDS is impressive by any standards.

Interview: Out with the new

2007-07-26 00:00:00

Aimee Mann is one of the most interesting and distinctive songwriters of the past 20 years. Just don’t ask her what she thinks of the Mercury shortlist!

Album: Instant Karma - Save Darfur

2007-07-23 00:00:00

If ever a cause needed highlighting, it’s the ongoing tragedy in Darfur, Sudan, which in the recent words of Goal’s John O’Shea "the international community has all but abandoned".

Album: This Is The Life

2007-07-23 00:00:00

Already tagged this year’s KT Tunstall, the Glaswegian 19-year-old is fast becoming a festival favourite on the British circuit with a slew of appearances lined up.

Interview: No ordinary Joe

2007-07-06 00:00:00

He played Woodstock and was part of The Beatles’ inner circle. Three decades on, Joe Cocker is still going as strong as ever.

Interview: No Bowie does it better

2007-07-05 00:00:00

Her beautiful lo-fi cover of a David Bowie song has made student Paula Flynn a sensation. Here she talks about her unlikely route to overnight stardom.

Interview: When Smokey sings

2007-07-02 00:00:00

Ahead of his Dublin gig, Motown legend Smokey Robinson tells Hot Press what it was like running one of the greatest music labels in the history of pop music.

Live: Peter Gabriel and Crowded House live at Marley Park, Dublin

2007-06-29 00:00:00

Welcome to the Irish summer, where monsoon-like rains transform Marley Park into a soggy wetland. But Crowded House cheered up the crowd with their quality tunes and Peter Gabriel's high-octane set sent the hoards home wet but happy.

Interview: Still Gray after all these years

2007-06-27 00:00:00

30th Anniversary Retrospective: To mark Hot Press’ anniversary issue, David Gray embarks on a ramble down memory lane.

Interview: Age shall not weary him

2007-06-26 00:00:00

He’s been a producer for Costello, a son-in-law to Cash, and written a bevy of classics in his own right. Meet Nick Lowe....

Live: Beyonce live at The Point, Dublin

2007-06-14 00:00:00

Choreography and technology almost threatened to outflank the pop princess on this hot, hot night in Dublin. It could have been a triumph of style over substance, if it weren't for her powerfully impressive pipes.

Album: No You Hang Up

2007-06-07 00:00:00

The future looks bright for this Belfast-based five-piece. No You Hang Up showcases a tight rhythm section, impressive fretwork and commanding vocals.

Album: Still Here

2007-06-07 00:00:00

Everywhere the harmonies are of cut glass vintage, the melodies well turned-out and the analogue-sounding production refreshingly gimmick-free.

Interview: At home with... Matthew Devereux

2007-06-07 00:00:00

Pale frontman Matthew Devereux’s Kilmainham pad betrays an '80s fetish, but he once served an Irish stew to Johnny Cash in Bad Bob's, so we’ll forgive him.

Album: An Irish girl in Paris

2007-06-01 00:00:00

Recorded before an intimate crowd in the appropriately named Café de la Dance in Paris in 2006, this stripped-down all-acoustic affair showcases what is arguably Harte’s strongest point – her crystal-clear voice.

Frontlines: The last broadcast

2007-06-01 00:00:00

The final class to graduate from Dun Laoghaire’s radio broadcasting course goes out with a flourish. But why pull the plug now?

Album: Late December

2007-05-29 00:00:00

Not quite country, not quite soul and certainly not very rock and roll, Maria McKee’s sixth album manages to encompass all of these genres and more.

Album: New Moon

2007-05-28 00:00:00

Elliot Smith was nothing if not prolific but it still comes as something of a surprise when, almost four years after his death, a double album’s worth of mostly unheard material is unearthed.

Single: I Don't Know How To Love Him

2007-05-15 00:00:00

From her forthcoming Theology album, this version of the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber classic from the Jesus Christ Superstar rock opera almost seems tailor-made for the controversial chanteuse. Originally sung in the musical/movie by Mary Magdalene (expressing her confused feelings for Jesus just before the crucifixion) it was seen as blasphemous in some quarters in its day and even now the lyrics would raise an eyebrow or two. Of course Sinéad sings it beautifully with no little passion while stylistically and sonically it’s the nearest thing she’s done to ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ in ages and could well prove a winner.

Single: Now That I've Found It

2007-05-15 00:00:00

Eight re-mixes of this track taken from the debut album of Ireland’s answer to Hot Chip might be seven too many for most people. But there’s no denying the skill and studio wizardry going on here especially if you like your tunes to come in different flavours. The ‘Corrugated Tunnel’ mix which is a kind New Order-meets-the Human League stands out among the bunch but with this much choice on offer there’s a version for everyone in the audience.

Single: Sixteen

2007-05-15 00:00:00

Long a live favourite for the Monaghan 4-piece they finally give this guitar pop gem a proper single release. The guitars on the opening riff sound so much like Blur’s ‘Song No 2’ that it has to be some kind of in-joke. Luckily that’s where the similarities end on this sublime slice of teenage angst. Paul Finn has a terrific voice – sort of a cross between Bowie and Echo & the Bunnymen’s Ian McCullough and the band’s gift for an indie pop melody is impressive to say the least.

Single: Again & Again

2007-05-15 00:00:00

Blissful, wistful summery pop from the duo consisting of singer Inara George and programmer Greg Kurstin. George has the voice of an angel and the tune drifts along like a warm August breeze the only negative being the chorus which comes over a tad repetitive after a while. But taken in small doses this is gorgeous stuff.

Single: Guess Again

2007-05-15 00:00:00

No surprises that this was the one chosen for a single release by Phantom listeners in a recent poll. A belter of a number with a chugging pacey rhythm, the crawling, Cure-like guitars, a terrific anthemic chorus and an outstanding vocal performance at that. Quite possibly their best effort yet!

Single: All My Friends

2007-05-15 00:00:00

At first listen this doesn’t come across as all that remarkable – the vintage sounding keyboard riff is a ringer for a song from the ‘70s called ‘Glass Of Champagne’ by Sparks clones Sailor (it’s even recorded in the same key – so expect clever DJs to be mixing these two liberally). But like all the best tunes after a few spins it gets right under your skin proving that James Murphy’s genre-crossing talents have done it again.

Single: Kiss You Off

2007-05-15 00:00:00

Their uncanny ability to blend pop, dance and disco styles with infectious, hummable melodies shows no sign of deserting them. This latest cut taken from their hugely popular Ta Dah album blends Hi NRG rhythms with big power chords and a damn fine tune to boot. Think Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ blended with Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ and you’re not far off the mark.

Single: Tonight

2007-05-15 00:00:00

Classic acoustic balladry of the sort that US radio loves but which might leave others a tad wanting from the German-based outfit fronted by Irishman Rea Garvey. They’re huge around Europe selling out wherever they go and it’s not difficult to see why. Without doubt the slickest production of this fortnight’s offerings

Single: Ole Black N Blue Eyes

2007-05-15 00:00:00

More jaunty, happy go lucky, hummable noughties Brit-pop that in truth is nothing more than a clever blend of The Kinks/Hollies/Squeeze/Blur/La’s. So derivative is it in fact that it sounds like it was knocked together in half an hour before everyone went off to the pub. Still, it’ll probably score well.

Single: Aspects

2007-05-15 00:00:00

The Dublin quartet go from strength to strength with each new installment. This opening cut from their terrific In Towers & Clouds album is characterised by a jerky syncopated rhythm, a mighty vocal from Dave Hedderman and more hooks than a school cloakroom.

Single: Loving Arms

2007-05-15 00:00:00

With a sound located in the early ’70s, this laid-back, slice of bluesy rock from the Dun Laoghaire outfit (formerly trading as Porn Trauma) falls somewhere between Derek & The Dominos Layla and the Stones’ ‘Exile On Main Street’. Replete with vintage sounding guitars, liberal use of harmonica and soulful backing vocals, it certainly offers a refreshing alternative to the raft of copycat, post-punk pretenders doing the rounds.

Album: This Is Our Emergency

2007-05-14 00:00:00

Don’t let the plaintive piano on the short opening track ‘Mierda De Tu Burro’ fool you; this is full-on guitar-driven rock, albeit with a strong melodic streak at the heart of it all.

Interview: At home with Sybil Mulcahy

2007-05-10 00:00:00

Sybil Mulcahy might put on the glam as an entertainment reporter for TV3, but when it comes to house buying and furnishing, she’s the picture of prudence.

Album: Are You Listening?

2007-05-01 00:00:00

With the Cranberries no more (or at least on an extended sabbatical) it was only a matter of time before their crystal-voiced singer struck out on her own.

Album: Between The Minds

2007-04-16 00:00:00

Half-Italian, half-English, Swiss educated and apparently discovered by Natalie Imbruglia’s manager, this hotly tipped troubadour ticks all the boxes in the singer-songwriter department.

Interview: Hail, hail rot and roll

2007-04-06 00:00:00

Ireland’s angriest agit-prop rockers, Paranoid Visions are back with some choice thoughts on the Celtic Tiger and the state of modern punk.

Live: The Waterboys live at The Point, Dublin

2007-04-05 00:00:00

Always at their best onstage, The Waterboys ‘07 incarnation is every bit as powerful as the collective that exploded onto the scene with the Big Music almost 25 years ago.

Album: My Name Is Buddy

2007-03-30 00:00:00

It’s a little long at 17 tracks, and hard to take in one sitting, but these songs present Americana in such an oddly compelling way that it’s almost impossible to ignore.

Album: 40 Shades Of Gangreen

2007-03-28 00:00:00

Just when you thought anger, frustration, despair and hopelessness were things of the past, along come Paranoid Visions, with their first new material since 1992, to shake us all out of our complacency.

Album: Dylanesque

2007-03-14 00:00:00

A life-long Dylan devotee, the Roxy Music frontman has wanted to make this album for 30 years and here he finally gives us 11 Dylan songs, recorded live in the studio in a week-long session with his touring band.

Interview: In the time of Mick

2007-03-13 00:00:00

He started out wanting to be Kurt Cobain. Then he went to New York, nursing dreams of emulating Dylan. Now Cork strummer Mick Flannery is resolutely charting his own course.

Album: Evening Train

2007-03-01 00:00:00

Cork-based Flannery is just 23-years old and on the evidence of his debut, he could well be the next big thing to come out of this country.

Interview: At home with Brendan Murphy

2007-03-01 00:00:00

Waving goodbye to the city Four Of Us frontman Brendan Murphy is learning to love life in the country.

Live: Moving Hearts live at Vicar St, Dublin

2007-02-22 00:00:00

The Hearts’ return to the stage was always going to be special and there certainly was magic in the air as Donal Lunny, Davy Spillane, Eoghan O’Neill, Keith Donald, Matt Kellaghan, Noel Eccles, Anto Drennan and Graham Henderson took to the stage for the first of a four night stand.

Interview: Pussycat power

2007-02-19 00:00:00

There’s at least one Irishman who has made a big impression on The Pussycat Dolls.

Album: A Brighter Beat

2007-02-14 00:00:00

The successor to the Arab Strap man’s highly acclaimed 2005 solo outing, Into The Woods, this follows a similar sonic approach.

Album: All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

2007-02-14 00:00:00

Adored by fans of similarly inclined outfits such as Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Lift To Experience and Sigur Ros, this Austin, Texas four-piece return with their first long-player in four years.

Live: Pussycat Dolls live at The Point, Dublin

2007-02-12 00:00:00

What started out as a burlesque dance troupe in LA’s Viper Room and is now the biggest girl pop/R’n’B sensation on the planet certainly gives value for money.

Interview: At home with Laura Wood

2007-02-05 00:00:00

Entertainment reporter Laura Wood hasn’t clambered aboard the property ladder yet but don’t expect to see her losing any sleep about it.

Live: Wilie Nelson live at The Point, Dublin

2007-01-29 00:00:00

Huge cheers erupted when he started into the familiar chorus of ‘On The Road Again’ and another classic, ‘Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys’.

Interview: Long dark riot of the soul

2007-01-25 00:00:00

He’s Ireland’s latest singer-songwriter sensation. But Colm Lynch is no mere Damien Rice clone. In fact, his debut album, A Whisper In A Riot might be the most exciting thing you’ve heard in years.

Album: Not Too Late

2007-01-16 00:00:00

This is a collection of songs (all self-penned), which showcases her versatility and willingness to move away from the jazz/torch-song style.

Album: Ruby's Torch

2007-01-12 00:00:00

Nanci Griffith steers clear of her usual country rock territory on this collection of cover songs.

Live: George Michael live @ The Point, Dublin

2007-01-11 00:00:00

What was remarkable about his first Irish visit in 20 years was how most of the 7,000 or so in attendance all but ignored his tabloid persona, preferring to concentrate on his impeccable pop credentials.

Interview: Got the Radiators on

2007-01-08 00:00:00

27 years after their classic Ghostown, The Radiators have returned with a blistering new album Trouble Pilgrim.

Interview: At home with Sheana Keane

2006-12-19 00:00:00

Motherhood means that television presenter Sheana Keane does not exactly enjoy a whirlwind social life anymore – but she’s mastering the art of the quiet night in.

Album: Moving On

2006-12-14 00:00:00

There’s something about the massed voices of a gospel choir in full flow that gladdens the heart and brings a smile to the face.

Album: Garageband

2006-12-11 00:00:00

Hard to believe it’s almost ten years since the Belfast troubadour departed these shores for pastures new; first to live in rural Switzerland, followed by a more permanent move to Australia where he’s currently based.

Live: Christina Aguilera at The Point, Dublin

2006-12-04 00:00:00

It’s called the Back To Basics Tour but there’s nothing remotely basic about the elaborately-staged extravaganza on display tonight.

Album: Lost And Found

2006-11-29 00:00:00

It’s a sure sign of the healthy state of the indigenous scene and its standing internationally when American artists re-locate to Ireland in order to further their career.

Frontlines: Driven to drink

2006-11-28 00:00:00

Contrary to what you may have been led to believe it is not against the law to drink and drive. So why is there a concerted attempt to demonise those who do it responsibly? Colm O’Hare who’d had a few drinks before being breathalysed recently asks: what’s it all about?

Album: Live at St Kevin's

2006-11-28 00:00:00

This follow-up to his 2005 debut Wax & Seal was recorded on his ingenious Living Room Tour, during which he played at private homes throughout Ireland.

Interview: The thrill of Tara

2006-11-24 00:00:00

Fresh from her War Of The Worlds experience, Tara Blaise is re-releasing her debut album – with an additional four tracks for good measure.

Album: Wintersong

2006-11-22 00:00:00

Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong is the perfect Christmas-time treat.

Live: Paul Simon live at The Point, Dublin

2006-11-17 00:00:00

Paul Simon's show at The Point proves why the man is a living legend.

Interview: Star of David

2006-11-14 00:00:00

Venturing across the pond for his first London headline show since his days with A House Dave Couse was delighted, and not a little surprised, to play to a packed house. Might his stop-start solo career finally be gathering momentum?

Frontlines: Madonna reignites the adoption debate

2006-11-06 00:00:00

Madge’s controversial adoption of a Malian child has focused attention on the often murky world of third world adoption.

Interview: At home with Paul Linehan

2006-10-26 00:00:00

A cottage by the sea is just the thing for Frank's frontman Paul Linehan.

Album: Endless Wire

2006-10-25 00:00:00

The words “long” and “awaited” are much overused, but in The Who’s case, 23 years between albums probably qualifies as something of a record.

Album: Down Beside Your Beauty

2006-10-24 00:00:00

Some of you will doubtless remember Rollerskate Skinny, who released a bone-fide Irish classic in Horsedrawn Wishes all of ten years ago. The band’s vocalist/guitarist Ken Griffin relocated to the US and now fronts this Brooklyn-based quartet who formed in 2004, when he teamed up with Philadelphia psych-poppers, Aspera. With major label backing they’re being tipped for big things across the water.

Interview: Second chance saloon

2006-10-20 00:00:00

15-years after saying “no thanks” to the people who made a star out of LeeAnn Rimes, Luan Parle has made an album that should finally see her take her place among country’s elite.

Album: Foburg

2006-10-18 00:00:00

Foburg, a concept album of sorts, features sections of Flannery’s Mounted Head, the song-cycle with visual elements he premiered last year in Cork, as part of the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations.

Interview: At home with Rick O'Shea

2006-10-12 00:00:00

What does Rick O'Shea get up to when he's away from the microphone? His south Dublin pad offers few choice hints.

Album: A Whisper In A Riot

2006-10-10 00:00:00

Though he comes across like almost every other acoustic guitar totin’ soul who has graced a mid-week open-mic session, this Killiney troubadour’s years of relentless gigging have clearly paid off. For Lynch’s much-anticipated debut oozes with a confidence, passion and steely determination unusual in a first offering.

Interview: Crooner with a view

2006-10-04 00:00:00

He’s one of the hottest young talents around. So why is James Morrison sick of the song that made him famous?

Album: The End Of History

2006-10-04 00:00:00

Already receiving rave notices in the UK where he is now based, this young Dubliner’s debut has long been anticipated thanks to his captivating live performances and a couple of EP releases which showcased his unique brand of acoustic melancholia.

Album: Futuresex/Lovesounds

2006-09-26 00:00:00

This is the first album from the former ‘NSync frontman since his trillion-selling 2002 debut Justified, and back in the safe hands of hitmaker and producer Timbaland, he seems to be trying to come up with a latter day version of Marvin Gaye's ‘Let’s Get It On’. Only instead of recreating Gaye’s subtle mastery of sonic seduction, Timberlake goes straight for the main course.

Live: Susan Bluechild live at Whelan's, Dublin

2006-09-25 00:00:00

With a strong, wide-ranging voice and a commanding stage presence she wears her influences – mainly ‘80s MTV fare – proudly.

Album: Out There

2006-09-20 00:00:00

On her third (independent) solo album, the Wexford-based Dubliner explores the mult-faceted nature of modern Irish life, tackling everything from the search for love to the Celtic Tiger and the destruction of the environment.

Interview: Jodavino Veritas

2006-09-18 00:00:00

No, the name doesn’t refer to a local Corkonian wino legend; it derives from founder members Joe and Aoibheann Carey’s first names. Since forming the band just under 12 months ago Jodavino have gone from playing to just a dozen punters to feeding the 4000 at the Marquee.

Album: Leanne Harte

2006-09-15 00:00:00

Though she’s only 20, this hugely talented North Dubliner has been knocking around the local scene since her early teens, gigging relentlessly and releasing a well-received EP a few years back. For her full-length debut she’s enlisted a heavyweight producer in Chris Tsangarides (Thin Lizzy, Ozzy, Depeche Mode), and recorded it in a remote studio in North Wales (fans of Led Zeppelin IV take note).

Album: We're Smiling

2006-09-12 00:00:00

This long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed debut Poor Horse, the more hopeful sounding We’re Smiling was recorded in stolen moments over the past two years in various studios around Ireland and mixed in the famed Black Box in France.

Album: Modern Times

2006-09-06 00:00:00

Semi-officially, Modern Times is being touted as the third in a trilogy that began with 1997’s Time Out Of Mind and the follow up Love and Theft. Recorded with his current touring band and produced by Dylan himself, it treads very similar territory sonically with that raw, live feel and no-nonsense, almost 1950’s production that made his last two albums so compelling.

Album: Ta-Dah

2006-09-05 00:00:00

With a weight of expectation, it can’t have been easy to come up with a sequel. Wisely, they’ve chosen not to fix what ain’t broke; Ta-Dah sounds exactly as you'd expect, - though on first listen it doesn’t appear to have a single as irresistibly catchy as ‘Comfortably Numb’.

Album: Overnight Sensational

2006-09-01 00:00:00

Moore was one half of the Stax duo Sam & Dave, who scored huge hits in the late 60’s with the likes of ‘Soul Man’, ‘Hold On I’m Coming’ and the sultry ballad ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’. Here he duets with a host of big names on songs that range from soul and gospel to country and funk.

Interview: The chip hits the fan

2006-08-24 00:00:00

New kids on the dance-block Hot Chip are gearing up for an Electric Picnic stormer.

Interview: Nu better believe it

2006-08-24 00:00:00

After an early string of synth-pop classics (‘Are Friends Electric’, ‘Cars’, ‘She’s Got Claws’) Gary Numan survived a two-decade slump and became a cult icon. Now he’s back in road-warrior mode.

Interview: The beginning of a great adventure

2006-08-21 00:00:00

Most people know Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy as the swashbuckling rock ‘n’ rollers who produced hard rock classics like ‘The Rocker’, ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ and ‘Don’t Believe A Word’. But there were other fascinating forces at work in Ireland at the end of the ‘60s, with poetry and folk music both influencing the rock scene hugely. Philip Lynott was at the heart of that development – a charismatic star in the making with a deep romantic streak and an innate lyricism that separated him from the crowd. Now, these qualities have been captured, as never before, on a remarkable CD, released for the first time, free with HotPress. Read on...

Live: Midlands Music Festival live at Ballinlough Castle

2006-08-11 00:00:00

Ireland's first contemporary country music festival sees stars such as Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris and Kenny Rogers entertain the punters in Meath.

Interview: Songs in the chimpanzee of life

2006-07-25 00:00:00

Temporarily quitting their LA abode for a rare homeward trip Saucy Monky reveal that the Viper Room isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and explain how they’ve conquered US television.

Album: DJ Kicks

2006-07-25 00:00:00

Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, chooses to open his addition to the DJ Kicks series with the twisted electronica of David Behrman, and follows that with the altogether funkier Syclops. Hearing those two tracks segue into each other is a reminder of how glorious mix albums like this can be in the hands of someone as skilled as Hebden.

Interview: In God's country

2006-07-17 00:00:00

Country music’s stock has never been higher. First Johnny Cash gained an entire new generation of fans, then Hollywood began to pepper its films with bluegrass and roots music. Now, everyone from Jack White to Van Morrison is waking up to the magic of country. Ireland's getting in on the act too, with the launch of the Midlands Music Festival, a two-day celebration of all things hatted and booted. Colm O’Hare traces the rebirth of a genre.

Interview: At home with Leo Moran

2006-07-13 00:00:00

For a hardened road dog like Leo Moran of The Sawdoctors, his childhood home in Tuam is not so much a house as a rest-and-recuperation facility.

Interview: Finger pickin' good

2006-07-06 00:00:00

Melbourne born virtuoso classical guitarist John Williams is best known for a pair of unlikely chart hits, one with fusion outfit Sky, the other being 'Cavatina', the theme to Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter. But beyond the pop spectrum he's enjoyed a long and distinguished career.

Live: Source Festival live at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny

2006-07-03 00:00:00

An all star line up featuring Mundy, the Violent Femmes, the Flaming Lips and the inimitable Bob Dylan successfully rocked the Source Festival in Kilkenny.

Interview: Reeling in the Yeahs!

2006-06-21 00:00:00

Joe Elliot takes time out from filling American baseball stadiums to tell Colm O'Hare about Def Leppard's glam worshipping labour of love.

Comedy: Welcome to the house of Dom

2006-06-14 00:00:00

One of America’s biggest comedy stars, Dom Irrera is one of the first names on the team sheet at Smithwick’s Cat Laughs.

Interview: Ron with the wind

2006-06-08 00:00:00

He's not exactly a household name but life as a jobbing troubadour suits Canadian strummer Ron Sexsmith just fine.

Interview: A spring in his zep

2006-06-07 00:00:00

Among the finest vocalists in the history of rock, the former Led Zeppelin front-man Robert Plant will bring something very special to the Cork bill.

Interview: Still Waters runs deep

2006-06-07 00:00:00

Many artists would find Pink Floyd a tough act to follow. Roger Waters however has embraced his past while looking towards the future

Interview: The only Vonne I know

2006-06-07 00:00:00

Her sizzling Tex-Mex pop has put Patricia Vonne on the map. She's not a bad actress, either.

Interview: Miss Maple investigates

2006-05-29 00:00:00

Canadian songstress Emm Gryner has toured with David Bowie and released a collection of Irish rock covers. Her new album might just be her most ambitious, and mysterious, yet.

Album: Living With War

2006-05-25 00:00:00

Recorded in six days and rushed out – first on the ‘net and now as an album release proper – Neil Young’s 32nd album is without a doubt his most controversial. It certainly doesn’t get any more direct than ‘Let’s Impeach The President’ (“for lyin’ and misleading his country to war”), the key track here and the one that’s drawn him the most flak from predictable quarters in the US.

Comedy: Blame it on the Dougal

2006-05-25 00:00:00

Wil Ardal O'Hanlon ever escape the shadow of Fr Dougal Maguire? If not, it certainly won't be for lack of effort - as his new stand-up show demontrates.

Interview: Rouse of the rising sun

2006-05-18 00:00:00

Exile in sunny Spain has fuelled Josh Rouse‘s melancholic instincts.

Album: We Shall Overcome – The Seeger Session

2006-05-16 00:00:00

Meet the new Boss - not the same as the old Boss! Or is he? When you think about it, this is quite possibly the least surprising album of Springsteen’s entire career. Despite his glory days as a rocker beyond compare circa Born To Run/Darkness On The Edge Of Town, he has always been a folk artist, in spirit if not in deed.

Album: Time Being

2006-05-15 00:00:00

His eight album in a decade sees the Toronto-based troubadour re-united with producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Costello etc), who helmed his first couple of albums.

Album: The Summer Of High Hopes

2006-05-12 00:00:00

The former Bowie backing singer and occasional member of The Cardigans is an award-winning solo star in her native Canada, but given her frequent visits here she seems doggedly determined to break out on this side of the pond. Following her eclectic take on a bunch of Irish classics on last year’s Songs Of Love And Death, she wastes little time in returning with this album of her own material recorded on and off over the past three years.

Comedy: Life in the fast Spain

2006-05-10 00:00:00

How Karl Spain found love and gave his career a boost in the same breath.

Album: Union Street

2006-05-03 00:00:00

Hard to believe they’ve been around for over 20 years, but it was back in 1985 when former Depeche Mode/Yazoo keyboardist Vince Clarke first hooked up with ex-butcher Andy Bell for what would become a match made in pop heaven. 32 Top 40 hits later and they’re still capable of surprises, none more so than on this all-acoustic outing which sees them re-visit some of their finest moments in a radically transformed setting.

Interview: A live less ordinary

2006-04-19 00:00:00

Say what you like about the Stereophonics – and let’s face it, the Welsh superstars have taken their share of flak over the years – but 10 years since they first emerged they’re arguably bigger than ever.

Comedy: Comeback girl

2006-04-12 00:00:00

One of this country’s most beloved comedians, Galway-bound Deirdre O’Kane is staging her comeback after a spot of maternity leave.

Album: The Potential Collection

2006-04-11 00:00:00

Live: The Buzzcocks live @ The Village, Dublin

2006-04-06 00:00:00

With trademark buzz-saw guitars and memorable tunes, their back catalogue is an object lesson in the power of the sub-three-minute pop single, with the added appeal of the subject matter – sex, romance, love and guilt. But despite the “maturity” of the audience, there was an edgy atmosphere in the packed Village tonight.

Album: Live From Dakota

2006-04-04 00:00:00

Depending on where you stand, this is either essential listening or something to be avoided like the plague, but if nothing else they make latter-day Oasis sound good – no mean achievement!

Album: I'm Not Dead

2006-03-29 00:00:00

Interview: At home with...Francesca Brown

2006-03-22 00:00:00

She’s one of the chief movers in the Cork music scene. But what does Cork Rocks’ founder Francesca Brown get up to when she’s back at base? Photos by David O'Mahony.

Interview: Electroclash of the Titans

2006-03-21 00:00:00

They were one of the bands that kick-started the synth-rock revolution. Now, The Human League are finally basking in the acclaim they deserve.

Album: Pay the Devil

2006-03-03 00:00:00

At last, the Belfast Cowboy lives up to his name by recording a straight-up country album.

Interview: Irish – the future is bright

2006-02-28 00:00:00

Our native tongue has achieved official EU recognition and is being embraced by an increasingly enthusiastic public.

Live: Gemma Hayes live at Vicar St, Dublin

2006-02-27 00:00:00

“Holy Shit!” Not the words you might expect to hear from the usually quietly-spoken Ballyporeen beauty. But that was precisely her reaction to the rapturous reception she received from a packed to the gills Vicar St. for what, I’m reliably told, was her biggest solo headliner to date.

Album: Bowery Songs

2006-02-22 00:00:00

Astonishing to think that Joan Baez has been making records since 1959, but at 65 the veteran folk-singer still releases albums and tours the world with all the energy of someone half her age.

Album: Sing-A-Longs And Lullabies For The Film Curious George

2006-02-07 00:00:00

While not strictly a fully-fledged follow-up, Sing-a-Longs… is to all intents and purposes a Jack Johnson solo album. Nine of the 13 songs are newly written and recorded by Johnson, in just a month, for the soundtrack of the animated movie.

Album: Love Many, Trust Few

2006-02-06 00:00:00

Ex-Almighty man and sometime Dublin resident (he now spends most of his time in LA) Warwick has an impressive pedigree. Apart from his time with the Scottish punk-metallers, he’s played with New Model Army and even guested with his earliest inspiration, Stiff Little Fingers.

Live: Vibe For Philo live at Vicar St, Dublin

2006-01-17 00:00:00

Maybe it was a combination of the post-Christmas blues, the freezing weather outside and the fact that the gig fell on a mid-week night. Or perhaps it was the unveiling of that magnificent statue of Philo late last year that dissipated the celebrations somewhat. Whatever the reason, this year’s 20th anniversary vibe lacked the atmosphere of previous years’ events.

Album: Ballad of the Broken Seas

2006-01-16 00:00:00

They don’t come more unlikely than this long-distance collaboration between the Scottish-based former Belle and Sebastian chanteuse and the ever-versatile Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age vocalist and LA resident.

Interview: Band on the run

2006-01-04 00:00:00

E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons recalls the momentous creation of Born To Run.

Album: Stay

2005-12-13 00:00:00

With a couple of well-received EPs under their belts and a growing live following, the first full-length release from these Dublin contenders is keenly anticipated in some quarters. Pleased to report then that Stay is as good a local debut as has arrived on the HP reviews desk in many a month.

Album: Red Letter Day

2005-12-02 00:00:00

Hummingbird purvey a kind of guitar-based, proto-grunge that was all the rage a decade ago. To put it another way they sound pretty much like Pearl Jam circa 1991, albeit with more acoustic guitar thrown into the mix.

Album: A Time to Love

2005-11-15 00:00:00

Live: KT Tunstall live at The Olympia

2005-11-10 00:00:00

The Scottish singer-songwriter, unheard of a year ago, oozes the kind of charisma and girl-next-door charm that makes for a refreshing change from the wistful and mournful personas of most in the genre

Album: Face To Face

2005-11-10 00:00:00

Sticking to the template that has worked so well in the past (even the press release describes their approach as a “straightforward formula”) means it’s back to the soaring ballads with the odd mid-tempo dance pop-tune and the carefully calculated cover.

Interview: Covered in glory

2005-11-02 00:00:00

Canadian songwriter Emm Gryner has released a covers album of Irish rock classics. But what inspired her to tackle Horslips, The Undertones and Gilbeert O'Sullivan? And why didn't The Pogues make the cut?

Album: As Is Now

2005-10-27 00:00:00

It’s certainly the most energised and stylistically wide-reaching of all his solo albums to date, bringing together pretty much every musical direction he’s taken in a career that stretches back almost 30 years.

Album: HMV Artist Playlist

2005-10-26 00:00:00

Not an official release in the strictest sense, this in-store sampler serves as a timely reminder – if one were needed - of the quality, variety and commercial potential of the current batch of homegrown releases.

Album: Wildflower

2005-10-10 00:00:00

Now 43, the former Michael Jackson backing singer shows little sign of giving up the territory she’s so successfully staked out for herself over the last decade.

Album: Wildflower

2005-10-10 00:00:00

Now 43, the former Michael Jackson backing singer shows little sign of giving up the territory she’s so successfully staked out for herself over the last decade.

Album: Where You Live

2005-10-05 00:00:00

On first listen, her latest outing offers yet more spiritually-inclined acoustic folk-rock, but it soon becomes clear that Where You Live is her strongest collection since her groundbreaking debut.

Interview: Blood on the tracks

2005-10-04 00:00:00

Erin McKeown’s new album confirms, yet again, that there’s nothing like a traumatic relationship break-up to inspire creativity.

Live: David Gray live at The Olympia, Dublin

2005-09-22 00:00:00

David Gray’s seventh studio album is called Life In Slow Motion. As someone who hasn’t ever fully understood the appeal of his music, that’s exactly what his concert experience felt like.

Album: Black Acetate

2005-09-22 00:00:00

The sixty-plus former Velvet Underground lynchpin and producer extraordinaire has long enjoyed legendary status, his prolific solo output ensuring continued interest and sold-out live shows everywhere.

Album: A Bigger Bang

2005-09-12 00:00:00

It’s unmistakably The Rolling Stones as we know and love them, down to the last chopped rhythm of Keith Richards’ telecaster, Charlie Watts’ snare crack and the mannered tics of Sir Mick’s white boy blues croak. Like The Ruttles’ clever pastiches of Beatles classics, the Stones appear to have perfected the art of parodying themselves to a point where you wonder if they might be having a laugh.

Album: We Will Become Like Birds

2005-09-07 00:00:00

She earned her reputation on the road, supporting the likes of Ani Di Franco and the Be Good Tanyas. However, Erin McKeown has long since won her own audience.

Interview: Republic Of Luas

2005-08-10 00:00:00

Over one year in operation, the Luas is emerging as one of Dublin's big success stories

Album: Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

2005-07-27 00:00:00

Ten years and 30 million sales after she first burst onto the scene urging self-empowerment, the Canadian songstress returns to the album that made her an overnight star.

Interview: My Lady's Story

2005-07-27 00:00:00

She’s been a rock icon, a tabloid sensation and a muse to Mick Jagger. But you won’t find Marianne Faithfull mooning over past glories.


2005-07-27 00:00:00

She’s been a rock icon, a tabloid sensation and a muse to Mick Jagger. But you won’t find Marianne Faithfull mooning over past glories.

Interview: At home with... Julian Gough

2005-07-22 00:00:00

As frontman of Galway’s Toasted Heretic Julian Gough was an enfant terrible of Irish rock. Then he jacked in music to become a best-selling writer. With his old band preparing to reform, Gough reveals his loathing of television and explains why his home town is the cosmopolitan capital of Ireland.

Live: Live At Vicar Street, Dublin

2005-07-18 00:00:00

Sandwiched between his Glastonbury triumph and his Live 8 appearance in Berlin, the former Beach Boy and pop genius came to Dublin for what surely must’ve been the most intimate show on his current tour.

Album: Gratitude

2005-07-13 00:00:00

Formed by Jonah Matranga and Mark Weinberg, from the ashes of two bands Far and Crumb, this eponymous debut pushes all the right buttons in the grungy guitar, catchy melody and harmonies department. Add some teenage angsty lyrics and it’s not difficult to figure out why they could be the biggest teen sensations since Limp Bizkit.

Album: Shortly After Take-Off

2005-07-12 00:00:00

Though a Leeds native, Sally Crew looks towards the garages and high school gyms of America’s hinterland for her new-wave/power pop. Continuing the automobile theme of her last album Drive It Like You Stole It, tracks such as ‘Good Morning Aston Martin’, ‘My Heart’s A Motorway’ and ‘Rear View Mirror’ recall the economical guitar riffs and pop smarts of, er, The Cars.

Album: Fallingwater

2005-07-11 00:00:00

Sweden’s premier female singer-songwriter, apparently, Miskovsky has already enjoyed success as co-writer of a Backstreet Boys hit. Here she demonstrates her talents on the breezy acoustic pop of ‘A Brand New Day’, the Shania Twain-like ‘You Dance Just Like Me’ and the melodramatic balladry of ‘Butterfly Man’.

Album: Ordinary Days

2005-07-06 00:00:00

Produced by Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon man Mark Kozelek, the highly-rated Washington DC folk/Americana singer returns after a seven-year hiatus. Cerbonne’s soft, clear voice is almost hypnotic, while the songs range from the pared-down acoustica of ‘Araby’ and ‘Beautiful Mess’ to the low-key, full band arrangement on ‘Ruthless Order’.

Album: Seventeen Days

2005-07-06 00:00:00

Like Staind and Nickelback this lot purvey a kind of generic, sub-Zeppelin post-Nirvana rock that Americans undoubtedly describe as “kicking ass”. The single ‘Let Me Go’ is momentarily memorable while ‘Father and Son’ recalls the southern style of Lynyrd Skynyrd but no album especially one like this should be 55 minutes long!

Interview: At Home With David O'Reilly

2005-07-05 00:00:00

Across The Line presenter David O’Reilly is a house-proud DIY enthusiast. And look what a lovely garden he’s got. Photography by Amberlea Trainor.

Album: Brothers From Another

2005-07-04 00:00:00

Hip/hop R&B from this Philadelphia crew who scored with cuts like ‘Friday Night’ and ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’ from their debut (Tough Love). Nothing here to set the world alight although ‘Set It Off’’ is undeniably catchy while ‘Grown Man Pt 2’, featuring Kanye West and John Legend, has a backing melody that recalls the '70s soul of Stevie Wonder's Innervision era.

Album: Chávez Ravine

2005-07-04 00:00:00

Following his massively successful Cuban odyssey, which yielded albums such as the Buena Vista Social Club and its various solo offshoots, Cooder turns his attentions to his own Los Angeles backyard for inspiration.

Album: Metal Cares

2005-07-01 00:00:00

‘Winter Notes’ – a song from their last album – was used on the soundtrack of television series 24 but this Toronto quintet headed up by vocalist/guitarists Liz Hysen are unlikely to have Hollywood queuing to use their bleak, lo-fi post-folk.

Album: All My Love's In Vain

2005-06-29 00:00:00

Former Gripewater Blues guitarist Mooney is a respected blues/jazz player who has worked with many of the greats, including Louis Stewart, Ritchie Buckley and Georgie Fame. His singing and playing recalls BB King. Here he presents six originals and three standards, including the title track, an adaptation of the old Robert Johnson tune.

Album: Safe Life

2005-06-27 00:00:00

The second album from the Derry duo is a pleasant collection of acoustic, folk-based songs replete with laid-back melodies and lush harmonies. Think Simon & Garfunkle and you’re not far off the mark, though the country-ish ‘Faults And Gains’ might appeal to Americana fans. A tad too downbeat at times but a real grower.

Album: All Winter We Have Waited

2005-06-24 00:00:00

An English teacher and acoustic troubadour Chris Gavin writes songs that are full of slice-of-life vignettes and wryly observational lyrics. ‘School Trip’ describes a childhood jaunt; the title track celebrates the glories of swimming at the Forty Foot in Sandycove in Dublin. The record is exquisitely arranged with angelic backing vocals, strings and flutes.

Album: Into The Woods

2005-06-22 00:00:00

Another welcome dose of Scottish miserablism on this second solo outing from the Arab Strab man. Here he ropes in bandmate Aidan Moffatt as well as members of Mogwai, The Delgados and The Reindeer Section. All you need to know about this is contained in the line from ‘Monday Night Nothing’: “On A Monday Night I’m nothing/On A Tuesday night I’m Nobody/On a Wednesday, Thursday Friday, Night I’m Sad.” Endearing in an odd way.

Live: Live At Lansdowne Road, Dublin

2005-06-21 00:00:00

You have to hand it to Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle. Despite a three-year hiatus and burgeoning solo careers, the massive popularity of the Texas trio trio hasn’t dimmed one whit, although there was the definite sense that this could've been their last date as Destiny’s Child.

Album: A Beautiful Corpse

2005-06-21 00:00:00

Styling himself “the dark prince of pop” is some claim to live up to but this relentlessly uncompromising Dublin singer-songwriter is nothing if not modest. His 20th release apparently, this 17-tracker (which in truth is an elaborate demo) showcases his multi-faceted talents and singular approach, which recalls Pierce Turner.

Album: Passion

2005-06-21 00:00:00

She’s not the worst singer in the world and this isn’t the worst collection of dance pop tunes ever released but somehow it’s hard to believe in the former Ginger Spice. The jazzy Norah Jones/Katie Melua influenced title track and the Kylie-like ‘Superstar’ are all that remain in the brain after several spins of this entirely unnecessary release

Interview: The Right Stuffing

2005-06-14 00:00:00

Back to basics guitar-pop practitioners with killer melodies and a refreshingly independent attitude – meet widely touted Dublin three-piece Crumb.

Interview: A Byrd In The Hand

2005-06-09 00:00:00

Although he views bass players as "the ugly step-child in any band", Chris Hillman was one of the longest serving members of both The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and 40 years on his music career shows no sign of retiring. Colm O'Hare meets the legendary Hillman ahead of his Dublin visit.

Live: Live At The Point Depot, Dublin

2005-06-07 00:00:00

Of the dozen or so Springsteen shows I’ve witnessed over the years, this was without doubt the most memorable, and certainly the most emotionally intense of them all. Shorn of the formidable might of the E-Street Band, the man-they-still-call-The-Boss arguably had to work harder than ever. That he pulled it off so successfully in the acoustically-unfriendly environs of The Point was a testament not only to his talent and experience but to his willingness to experiment.

Interview: 10 Years After: Remembering Rory Gallagher

2005-06-03 00:00:00

One of the most iconic Irish musicians ever, Rory Gallagher died on June 14 1995. In 2005, he was commemorated with a comprehensive retrospective, Big Guns – The Very Best Of Rory Gallagher. His brother, Donal Gallagher, who was both manager and mentor to Rory, talked to Colm O’Hare about the work involved in compiling the album, the guitarist’s legacy – and the fascinating story of how he nearly joined the Rolling Stones.

Album: Revolution Of The Heart

2005-05-27 00:00:00

The father of Strokes-man Albert Hammond Jnr has written more hits than almost anyone on the planet, penning hits-to-order for artists like Tina Turner, Celine Dion and Aswad as well as having success in his own right (‘It Never Rains In Southern California’). His first album proper in 23 years has hooks aplenty but the MOR arrangements and his shaky singing make it an acquired taste at best.

Album: Word Of Mouth Vol 1

2005-05-26 00:00:00

This compilation of 16 Ballyfermot College artists varies widely in quality but on first listen Anthony Tester’s vocal performance on the sublime ‘Where Are You Now’ is hugely impressive, as is the Hi-Fi Junkies' dissonant ‘Come Again’. Also worth hearing is Anthony White’s ‘Faith In Love’, the Handles' jangly pop ballad ‘Pieces’ and Double D’s Dub rap on ‘For What It’s Worth’.

Album: Days Go By

2005-05-25 00:00:00

The Australian born pin-up boy has racked-up 5 US no 1’s and a heap of Grammy nominations over the past couple of years with his country-inflected pop/rock. This European introduction to his undoubted talents compiles his two previous albums Be Here and Golden Road. It’s all very impressive stuff with Urban’s appealing voice matched with catchy songs. The undoubted highlight is the big-production ballad ‘Raining On Sunday’.

Album: New Dawn Breaking

2005-05-23 00:00:00

Five years after their Hi-Lo debut, the former Stunning Brothers return to the fray with their strongest calling card to date. Recorded largely in the famed Black Box studios in France with the ubiquitous Dave Odlum at the helm, New Dawn Breaking is an immediately impressive record on almost every level (and very nicely packaged it is too in gatefold digipak!)

Album: Days Go By

2005-05-20 00:00:00

The Australian born pin-up boy has racked-up 5 US no 1’s and a heap of Grammy nominations over the past couple of years with his country-inflected pop/rock. This European introduction to his undoubted talents compiles his two previous albums Be Here and Golden Road.

Album: Live In Concert

2005-05-19 00:00:00

Taken from their 1996 tour, this belated live outing showcases the Donegal musical dynasty at the height of their powers performing material from throughout their career. Includes early material like ‘Down By The Sally Gardens’ and ‘Nil Se ‘n’ La’ as well as the hits: ‘Robin of Sherwood’, ‘Theme From Harry’s Game’ and ‘In A Lifetime’ with Brian Kennedy ably tacking the Bono-part.

Interview: At Home With Noel Hogan

2005-05-18 00:00:00

Currently on sabbatical from The Cranberries, Noel Hogan has recently been spending time working on a new project, Mono Band , in his large period house in Limerick. Though not without keeping abreast of developments in The Sopranos and 24, of course. Photography Liam Burke

Interview: Red Hot Chilli

2005-05-18 00:00:00

Based in Glasnevin and founded by producer Mark Hadfield, businessman Chris Hehir and Brian McFadden, Chilli Studios proves that home digital recording hasn't yet usurped state of the art commercial studios.

Interview: The Redneck Manifesto

2005-05-10 00:00:00

Born to a teenage mother, brought up in a succession of trailer parks and working in bars age 14, Nashville-based country-rocker Gretchen Wilson has had to earn her fame and success the hard way. And with even the great Tony Bennett high-tailing it from his own shows to catch her performances, it looks like the singer’s popularity is set to grow and grow.

Album: The Antidote

2005-05-05 00:00:00

First outing for Morcheeba – aka Ross and Paul Godfrey – since their greatest hits collection Parts Of The Process came out two years ago, this is also their first release on a new label and the first to feature new singer Daisy Martey (formerly with Noonday Underground) who replaces Skye Edwards.

Live: Live At Whelan's, Dublin

2005-04-29 00:00:00

According to many, the best thing to come out of Canada since Neil Young, Edwards is the complete artist – a great songwriter with a distinctive, slightly ragged voice, a damn good guitar-player and she looks very cool onstage. One thing is certain – she’s unlikely to be appearing at venues this intimate for much longer.

Album: Ignoto

2005-04-27 00:00:00

While the band have the requisite break neck speed and manic energy the songs are a bit lacking and they ultimately come across (to these ears) like a less talented Placebo.

Album: Philtre

2005-04-25 00:00:00

Almost impossible to pin down musically, the multi-award winning Sawhney goes even further sonically than he has before on this ambitious record.

Album: The First Lady

2005-05-03 00:00:00

The former wife of the late Notorious BIG, Faith Evans has forged a highly successful career for herself, and on her fourth album she showcases her soulful take on the rather narrow R&B genre.

Album: Tom O'Hare and Gunther Fischer Featuring James Williams

2005-04-28 00:00:00

Irish jazz releases are rare enough and this one (recorded in Kinsale of all places) looks and sounds the real deal with artwork to match the classic Blue Note house style.

Album: Deadwing

2005-04-29 00:00:00

This London quartet have been making good old fashioned muso-rock since the late ‘80s with growing success. Their eighth studio album sports an impressive array of influences, which range from the prog-rock (Marillion/Genesis style) of ‘Lazarus’ to the Radiohead-meets-Pink Floyd textures of ‘Melletron Scratch’.

Album: Seconds

2005-05-03 00:00:00

Kate Rogers has been called the Canadian Dido but that description does her little justice – Aimee Mann and Beth Orton are far more apt comparisons. Her unforced vocal style and canny choice of tracks makes this a quietly enjoyable record and the perfect summer soundtrack.

Album: Mood Swing

2005-05-03 00:00:00

Niall Toner has been flying the flag for bluegrass and country music in Ireland for over thirty years now both as a broadcaster/journalist and a tireless live performer. This superbly recorded album features a collection of songs he has written over the years, many in collaboration with top American writers.

Album: Realistic

2005-04-20 00:00:00

The New York based Lorson makes gorgeously understated music which truly deserves to be heard. The combination of her mellow, slightly ragged voice, her engaging melodies and low-key production make this a must for Americana fans.

Album: Renee Olstead

2005-04-19 00:00:00

Yet another young jazz-influenced singer (she’s just 15) Olstead tackles the Great American Songbook with impressive ease on her debut, produced by David Foster who has worked with Celine Dion and Michael Buble.

Album: Animal Lover

2005-04-18 00:00:00

This bunch of anonymous San Francisco parodists have been deconstructing pop music for well over 30 years with mixed results. While their avant-garde approach makes them an acquired taste at best you have to admire their longevity and refusal to conform. Personally, I hated this!

Album: Saul Williams

2005-04-14 00:00:00

Poet, actor, philosophy graduate and rap lyricist Williams’ main shtick is to utilise unorthodox backing on his spoken word diatribes. On this follow-up to the Rick Rubin produced Amethyst Rockstar he brings in everything from chamber music, lush orchestration and heavy rock riffs. Like much hip hop, it can come across as repetitive and overly angst-ridden but there’s no doubting his skills with textures.

Interview: At Home With... Colin Murphy

2005-04-13 00:00:00

BBC 4 & 6, Gardener's Question Time, The Guardian crossword... comedian Colin Murphy's Belfast home is a veritable hub of bacchanalia. Photos by Amberlea Trainor.

Interview: Don't Dream Its Over

2005-04-12 00:00:00

John Spillane has remained a stalwart of the traditional scene for close to two decades. With his excellent new album Hey Dreamer having just hit the shops, Spillane sounds off to hotpress about his long and eventful career, his enthusiasm for younger artists such as Damien Dempsey and Juliet Turner, and why the organisers of the European Capital of Culture events in his native Cork have gotten things spectacularly wrong. words Colm O’Hare photos Mick Quinn

Album: The Emancipation of Mimi

2005-04-11 00:00:00

Helped by guests of the calibre of Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Twista, with production assistance from The Neptunes and Kayne West the original pop diva returns with a strong collection of mainly R ‘n’ B based songs

Album: Wilderness

2005-04-11 00:00:00

She has a gorgeous voice and a knack for penning memorable tunes – just a shame she didn’t opt for a rootsier backdrop here.

Album: Marian Bradfield Live

2005-04-05 00:00:00

The Donegal songstress has long been a live favourite and this Dutch-recorded concert offers the ideal introduction to her writing and singing talents.

Album: Black Tape

2005-04-04 00:00:00

Hailing from Boston, this hotly-tipped, stylish-looking outfit have built their reputation on spiky, punky anthems. Their first major label release sees them fine-tuning their raucous sound somewhat but it’s still strong, fist-punching stuff.

Album: In Between Dreams

2005-04-01 00:00:00

This Hawaiian-born former surf-movie maker might have divided the critics but there’s no denying the instant appeal of his feelgood, acoustically-strummed ditties.

Album: The Revivals

2005-03-31 00:00:00

This excellent outfit (who’ve toured recently with The Zutons) blend a full-on rock assault a la The Faces, Black Crowes, Zeppelin etc., with Rolling Stones’ (Exile-era) country rock - all deftly performed by what sounds like a bunch of seasoned bar-band musicians.

Album: Atom Bomb

2005-03-30 00:00:00

The gospel legends make a crossover album with impressive results.

Interview: Edwards The Confessor

2005-03-30 00:00:00

Rolling Stone's most promising artist of the year and Dylan/Stones endorsed songstress Kathleen Edwards tells all about her acclaimed new record Back To Me, life on the road in the US and why she just might make the move to those shores in the not-too-distant future.

Album: Three Days In Italy [Open All Night DVD]

2005-03-29 00:00:00

[open all night DVDJoe D’Urso is a Jersey Shore musician much loved by Springsteen fans and with a similar street-corner sound and approach. As the title states this is a concert video shot during a recent Italian tour. However, the low production values make this barely watchable and does him no favours at all.

Interview: The View From A Broad (caster)

2005-03-30 00:00:00

Veteran 2FM DJ Larry Gogan was honoured by IRMA earlier this month, in recognition of the forty years he has spent at the top of his profession. To mark the occasion, Hot Press catches up with the presenter to discuss the beginnings of his career during the showband era, how Irish music has changed down through the years – and the time he earned Larry Mullen's thanks for playing U2 records despite the protestations of station chiefs.

Interview: And You Will Know Them By The Trail Of Dead

2005-03-22 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare talks to boy-girl sensation The Kills about their adoration of the US underground, touring with Franz Ferdinand and Primal Scream, and why those White Stripes comparisons are totally wide of the mark.

Album: The Boy To Be With

2005-03-16 00:00:00

Uncompromisingly quirky and at times downright odd, Turner has always been refreshingly honest and true to his skewed musical vision. His brand of artisitic singularity has come with a price and though he has been churning out album after album to growing acclaim, commercial success has eluded him.

Album: A Few Steps More

2005-03-16 00:00:00

This is a collection of irresistibly infectious Gallic indie pop.

Album: Life In Dreaming

2005-03-16 00:00:00

This band suffers from a fatal lack of originality.

Album: Awake Is The New Sleep

2005-03-18 00:00:00

Not quite fitting into the classic singer-songwriter mode Lee blends a kind of quirky pop-folk-country with all manner of unusual but complementary studio doodles.

Album: Exploration

2005-03-15 00:00:00

Their combined backgrounds, great songs, production by Jayhawk Gary Louris and stellar backing from a host of Americana notables makes this a sure-fire alt. country winner.

Album: Cartoon Maher

2005-03-14 00:00:00

Maher fills the John Lennon role in the hugely popular tribute band The Classic Beatles so no great surprises that his debut solo album displays plenty of Fab Four influences.

Album: Stitch

2005-03-09 00:00:00

Dublin-based electronica/roots outfit throw everything but the kitchen sink into the mix on this highly experimental exercise. In the main it’s blips and bleats, blended with more conventional instruments and textures including banjos!

Album: Dangerous Dreams

2005-03-09 00:00:00

Older listeners will detect more than a hint of 80’s outfits like A Certain Ratio and Gang Of Four while the razor-sharp guitars and syncopated rhythms will evoke comparisons with the likes of Franz Ferdinand

Album: Mercy Now

2005-03-03 00:00:00

Follow-up to the superb Filth & Fire album sees the Louisiana-born singer-songwriter (pronounced go-shay- y’all) once gain explore the underbelly of life. With sparse production and atmospheric backing, her half sung, half spoken lyrics conjure up a world of sinners, losers and doomed lovers - Southern Gothic at its very best in other words.

Interview: At Home With... Amanda Brunker

2005-03-03 00:00:00

Social diarist Amanda Brunker is so high-maintenance even her paper plates are designed by Damien Hirst. Colm O'Hare joins the TV presenter, model, actress, budding novelist and loose-tongued Eamon Dunphy guest in her comfy sea-front residence in Clontarf. Photos by Cathal Dawson.

Album: Bastard Ugly Everything

2005-03-02 00:00:00

No surprises then to discover that the fourth album from this long-time Dublin punk collective sounds exactly like you expect it to. Cue blood curdling vocals, fuzzy speeded-up guitars and car-crash drumming. But despite their “stuck in a time-warp” musical ambitions the production here is pretty impressive and they remain unrepentantly faithful to the genre

Album: Trouble

2005-03-02 00:00:00

Debut album from hip-hop R&B singer/songwriter/producer sounds to my ears like a dozen other like-minded artists. True, he hasn’t a bad voice but the subject matter and the song titles (‘Gangsta’, ‘Ghetto’, ‘Gunshot’) are clichéd in the extreme while on the sleeve notes he even thanks the people who continually bailed him out of jail.

Album: Love Everybody

2005-02-28 00:00:00

Their self-titled debut back in ’95 was the perfect antidote to the all-pervading angst of grunge while their cover of the Buggles ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ was inspired. Here the newly reformed PUSA (they split in ’97) come up with another collection of smart, tuneful ditties in a similar vein.

Album: Back To Bedlam

2005-02-23 00:00:00

Though he styles himself as a singer-songwriter, this English Son and former squaddie (who served in Kosovo) comes across as one of those earnest, Pop Idol pretty-boy types with acoustic guitar and floppy haircut – you know the kind!

Interview: At Home With... Mick Pyro

2005-02-23 00:00:00

When not touring with Republic Of Loose, Mick pyro is free to kick back in his basement pad in a 1960s Swedish-style Terenure house, where he indulges his love of CDs, books and movies – and ponders the aesthetic similarities between Shakespeare and hip hop.

Album: Transistor Radio

2005-02-22 00:00:00

Championed by the likes of Giant Sand’s Howe Gelbe and Granddaddy’s Jason Lyttle, M(att) Ward successfully recreates the sounds and textures of old-time American radio. The result is a beguiling tapestry of organic, lo-fi, folk, country and Americana - some of which sounds like it was recorded on a gramophone.

Album: Dress Rehearsal

2005-02-22 00:00:00

Second album from the multi-award winning chart-topping Canadian singer-songwriter who has yet to break big over here. Many will be familiar with her US number one ‘Complicated’ from her debut, Room With A View. That and other key tracks are included on this European only release. Despite possessing a powerful voice and no shortage of catchy songs, the backing is predictable and unadventurous, rendering this indistinguishable.

Album: Shakey

2005-02-21 00:00:00

This Chicago based outfit used to be called the Blackbirds and formed when they backed a singer-songwriter who subsequently ditched them. In truth they’re more of an art ensemble than a band proper and are involved in all manner of design work. The music comes across as an avant-garde blend of freeform, bass-heavy, piano-led tunes with not much to grab onto melodically.

Album: Cash Is King

2005-02-17 00:00:00

Very impressive debut from Mocrac - aka Maurice Ferriter – who rallies an impressive roll-call of home-grown musicians on this clever blend of electronica/acoustica.

Album: Prefection

2005-02-16 00:00:00

Highly-rated alt. American singer-songwriter whose re-location to London has seen him transformed into a kind of post-modern Goth- revivalist. His second album certainly reveals a passion for dense 1980s textures and echo-laden vocals with strong hints of The Cure and The Bunnymen. Some of the material descends into bombastic stodge but songs such as the Smiths-like ‘Sacred Heart’ and the indie-pop of ‘City of Brotherly Love’ are well worth hearing.

Interview: Byrne Baby Byrne

2005-02-15 00:00:00

Hoot Press talks to the perennially busy Ed Byrne about his hectic schedule, partying hard at comedy festivals, sexing up his audience and why he won’t be doing a McDonald’s voice-over any time soon.

Album: Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Eggs

2005-02-15 00:00:00

This quirky, experimentally-minded Chicago based violinist/guitar player has apparently been churning out albums like this for years with growing critical acclaim.

Interview: Exhuming McCarthy

2005-02-09 00:00:00

The new musical based on Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane’s infamous bust-up in Saipan, I Keano, aims to bring closure to one of the most divisive conflicts in the nation's history. Colm O’Hare talks to the play’s writer Arthur Mathews and lead actor Risteárd Cooper.

Album: This Is Living

2005-02-08 00:00:00

There can’t be too many young home-grown jazz-based vocalists plying their trade out there. But here’s one, and a fine voice Kenevey has too, as this stellar collection of Rat Pack-style stompers and croonsome torch ballads demonstrates – all backed by a bevy of top Irish jazz players to boot.

Album: More Adventerous

2005-02-07 00:00:00

Blessed with the pure-as-ice vocals of Jenny Lewis and the searing guitar lines of Blake Sennett this LA four-piece are one of the hottest-tipped bands of 2005. And with good reason too! Lewis’ Dusty Springfield-meets-Debbie Harry vocals are truly mesmerising while the songs are replete with memorable hooks and a range of influences while sounding wholly distinctive.

Album: Underneath

2005-02-07 00:00:00

First album in four years from the flaxen-haired boy wonders who briefly tasted stardom in their early teens (their debut Middle of Nowhere sold a staggering 6.5 million copies!) Now in their early 20’s they’ve “matured” into a competent guitar-based outfit capable of well-rounded songs with impressive harmonies.

Interview: When We Were High Kings

2005-02-04 00:00:00

They toured the world throughout the ‘70s, earning rave notices from Bono, The Edge and Melvin Bragg, upsetting the clergy, terrifying the American public in the company of Blue Oyster Cult and the J Geils Band and out-glamming even Bowie with their flamboyant sartorial taste. With a new DVD on the way and much speculation about a possible tour, legendary Celtic rockers Horslips here talk to Hot Press about a decade of adventure, decadence and great music.

Album: Crumble

2005-02-03 00:00:00

Solo project of Stéphane Garry, member of Domotic and Davide Balula (Active Suspension). Inspired in equal parts by folk and electronica, Pokett mixes acoustic guitars, singing and various instruments with laptop generated FX.

Album: Say What You Feel

2005-02-03 00:00:00

According to my calculations, Paul Brady celebrates forty years as a professional musician this year. You certainly wouldn’t think so – looking at the fresh-faced (and decidedly blonder than usual) chap staring out from the cover of his first album since 2001’s Oh What A World. And if his gruelling touring schedule is anything to go by (he treks around the US in Feb followed by an Irish/UK tour) the man from Strabane shows little sign of slowing down.

Album: Shlap

2005-02-02 00:00:00

Just in case you’re wondering, this Glasgow outfit’s moniker apparently means, “the man in the suit” and they claim influences as diverse as The Minutemen and Charles Mingus (I’d also add in Gang of Four). Syncopated, bass heavy with crisp clean guitars and odd time signatures, it’s a tad heavy going but well executed nonetheless

Album: Ten Summer Nights Live At Annesley House Dublin

2005-01-31 00:00:00

The fare from acts like Chiara Browne & The Rose Ponies, Q, Earthquake Hair, Wally Page and Sonny Condell is excellent.

Album: world On A Wire

2005-01-27 00:00:00

The follow-up to his acclaimed Ten of Swords solo debut, World On A Wire sees the prodigiously talented Dubliner in a much more sombre mood. World

Interview: At Home With... Declan O’Rourke

2005-01-25 00:00:00

Despite sharing a home with fellow troubador Paddy Casey, singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke isn’t one for late-night acoustic sessions. You’re far more likely to find him kicking back with a Coen brothers box-set and musing on the early exploration of Antarctica.

Interview: Smoking- When Giving up Became a Craze!

2005-01-12 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare looks back on the smooth, cool and satisfying introduction of Ireland’s pioneering smoking ban.

Interview: Idaho-ho-ho

2004-12-09 00:00:00

With the huge success of his sophomore album and a brand new masterwork in the offing, 2004 has been a capital year for US singer-songwriter and adopted son of Eire, Josh Ritter.

Album: Teddy TV

2004-12-01 00:00:00

A very impressive collection of songs from this quirky and highly polemical Cork outfit who come across as a tantalising blend of Talking Heads, The Doors and The Cure.

Album: Peachtree Road

2004-12-01 00:00:00

Recorded in Atlanta this umpteenth studio album from the former Reg Dwight has a strong Southern soul feel to it.

Album: Right About Now

2004-11-30 00:00:00

From the multi-talented genius who brought us dancefloor favourites like ‘Horny’ and Tom Jones’ ‘Sex Bomb’ comes an album featuring a dizzying plethora of styles with multiple collaborations.

Interview: The Headline Act: Harte Of Rock

2004-11-30 00:00:00

Fresh from completing her Leaving Certificate, Leanne Harte’s blend of gutsy hard rock is beginning to cause a stir in Ireland and beyond.

Live: Live at the Olympia, Dublin

2004-11-29 00:00:00

No great surprise then that tonight’s audience was overwhelmingly female (average age early 30-something) and clearly out for a good time as they sang along to virtually every word of every song on Gabrielle’s hit-heavy set-list.

Album: Schmack

2004-11-29 00:00:00

Fans of the genre will love this while anyone past mid-teens will find it juvenile in the extreme.

Interview: Band Of Brothers

2004-11-25 00:00:00

Currently touring the world with brother Tim as The Finn Brothers, Neil Finn tells of the pros and cons of his hugely successful past.

Album: Leave No Ashes

2004-11-23 00:00:00

A heady brew of metal, punk, glam ‘n’ grunge with Brit-pop melodies to boot, Philadelphia three-piece Burning Brides appear to have all the elements of a great band.

Album: Another Day’s Journey

2004-11-23 00:00:00

Shanley is a fine singer with an emotive depth to her voice but soul music isn’t necessarily her natural environment.

Album: The Light And The Half Light

2004-11-22 00:00:00

The combination of Doyle’s warm, fragile voice and the appropriately low-key arrangements on songs like ‘The Flower Of County Down’ ‘Henry Joy McCracken’ and ‘The Shores Of Lough Bran’ make this a highly enjoyable collection.

Interview: Ure A Star

2004-11-22 00:00:00

As rock’n’roll’s finest get ready to remake ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ Colm O’Hare talks to the man who kickstarted it and numerous other hits, Midge Ure.

Album: Roll Back

2004-11-19 00:00:00

Just short of a quarter of a century since they last blitzed the nation’s ballrooms, Ireland’s most fondly-remembered and (lest we forget) culturally influential outfits finally return to the studio.

Album: Tunde

2004-11-09 00:00:00

Without wanting to be cruel, there really are a good deal things that the world needs more right now than a solo album from the singer in the Lighthouse Family.

Interview: The Noble Art Of Comedy

2004-10-28 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare discusses DIY, fox-hunting, and Billy Connolly’s recent troubles with Northumberland’s favourite son, Ross Noble

Interview: At home with Jim Fitzpatrick

2004-10-27 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare meets sleeve designer to the stars Jim Fitzpatrick at his comfy apartment on Sutton beachfront.

Album: Reise Reise

2004-10-28 00:00:00

More bombast from the hugely popular German power metal/electronic outfit who broke into the big time a few years back with their Mutter album.

Album: Western Balleds

2004-11-01 00:00:00

Despite the title there isn’t even a hint of a country song on this solo debut from Foo Fighter lead guitarist Chris Shiflet.

Album: One

2004-11-02 00:00:00

Impressive follow-up to their eponymously- titled debut, One sees the South London collective move even further away from their clubby roots towards a more indie-pop sound.

Album: Outlaws and Angels

2004-10-28 00:00:00

Impressively diverse and all-encompassing this album includes duets with Al Green, Toots Hibbert, Carole King and Lucinda Williams among others.

Album: The Art Of Romance

2004-10-22 00:00:00

While the voice isn’t quite what it used to be Bennett is still capable of weaving nostalgic magic as this collection of candlelit dinner friendly love songs demonstrates.

Album: She Loves You

2004-10-19 00:00:00

The follow-up to last year’s well-received Blackberry Bell, this is what is essentially a solo project for former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli.

Interview: Looney Soup

2004-10-19 00:00:00

Paul Woodfull has cast off his Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly rags to team up with stand-up veteran Paul Tylak on the new RTE comedy sketch show Stew.

Interview: Snakes, rattle & roll

2004-10-19 00:00:00

Ireland is on the itinerary as Lloyd Cole & The Commotions reconvene to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic debut album.

Album: Infinity Land

2004-10-19 00:00:00

Biffy Clyro make an intelligent if at times dissonant noise that is several notches above the metallic competition.

Album: Real - A selection of acoustic artists

2004-10-19 00:00:00

Thirteen Irish singer-songwriters recorded in Loughrea, Co. Galway proves conclusively that there is plenty of talent out there just waiting to be discovered.

Interview: Antics roadshow

2004-10-18 00:00:00

Having established their cult credentials with Turn On The Bright Lights, Interpol are back with a new album that looks like earning them a place at rock’s top table. New York City fop Sam Fogarino tells Colm O’Hare how they’re sharp-dressed for success.

Album: Sabout

2004-10-13 00:00:00

An old acoustic release from the legendary West African singer and kora player who topped the charts back in ’88 with ‘Yeke Yeke’. On Sabou (The Cause) he goes back to his Guinean roots combining ethnic harmonies, melodies and instruments with his own inimitable songwriting style.

Album: Everything I've Got In My Pocket

2004-10-13 00:00:00

Backed by musicians from the Wallflowers and Pete Yorn’s band, she has made a highly impressive debut best described as contemporary pop blended with a bit of folk and alt. country.

Interview: At home with ... Joe O'Herlihy

2004-10-13 00:00:00

Inside the Terenure lair of the resident grand wizard of live sound engineering on Planet Earth.

Interview: You're A Star - Fanning fights back

2004-10-13 00:00:00

Eyebrows were raised in the Irish rock community at Dave Fanning’s appointment as a panellist for RTE’s next series of You’re A Star. Colm O’Hare gives him a chance to explain why he doesn’t care.

Album: Nyphettamine

2004-10-12 00:00:00

The self-styled UK merchants of darkness return with their particular brand of doom-laden, black metal Goth.

Album: Smile

2004-10-07 00:00:00

Smile, as every amateur rock historian knows, is the great lost Brian Wilson/Van Dyke Parks project, abandoned after the commercial failure of Pet Sounds and Wilson’s descent into drug-induced paranoia.

Album: Something Big

2004-10-06 00:00:00

This one suffers from the obvious problem that Fleetwood is a great drummer but not much else

Album: California

2004-10-05 00:00:00

The offspring of California pop legends Brian Wilson and John and Michelle Phillips (Mamas and the Papas) record a batch of West Coast classics with mixed results.


2004-10-04 00:00:00

Return of the Sean “Puffy” Combs’s protégé, after a long lay-off (presumably to get his house in order for a visit from the MTV Cribs crew).

Interview: Comedy goes to college

2004-09-30 00:00:00

Ireland may not have a tradition of collegiate comedians to compare with the UK, but college gigs remain a mainstay of the comedy circuit.

Album: Weightlifting

2004-09-30 00:00:00

A stellar collection of melancholic, melodic tunes.

Interview: Ireland calling

2004-09-30 00:00:00

US singer-songwriter David Mead doesn’t want to be relegated to the folk sections. Which is why he’s looking forward to coming here.

Album: Weed

2004-09-29 00:00:00

A highly regarded American roots guitarist and singer who is influenced by blues and country in equal measure, Whitley’s albums have been consistently good.

Album: The Definition

2004-09-28 00:00:00

The 11th album from the original and arguably the most versatile of rap superstars, this features the Timbaland- produced hit ‘Headsprung’ and ten other hip-shaking, beat-driven cuts.

Interview: No sleep ‘til Christchurch

2004-09-28 00:00:00

Exhausted following her prolonged spell on tour, Bic Runga is keen to make it back home to New Zealand for some well-earned r’n’r. but not before she discusses the vagaries of life, love and pop stardom.

Album: Sound

2004-09-23 00:00:00

Her debut album, released a few years back revealed this talented County Clare native to be a gifted songwriter and a single-minded live performer, with a pleasantly distinctive voice.

Live: Live at the Olympia

2004-09-23 00:00:00

Selling out six nights in a venue this size is impressive by any standards and usually the preserve of the Christy Moores and Mary Blacks of the this world.

Interview: The heat is on

2004-09-23 00:00:00

Having befriended Joe Strummer before the Clash man’s untimely death, artists such as Adam Duritz, Ryan Adams and Shane MacGowan are also now lining up to give kudos to New York singer-songwriter Jesse Malin.

Album: The tension and the spark

2004-09-22 00:00:00

Second solo outing from the former Savage Garden heart-throb sees him continue what he started with his hit debut, Spin.

Album: My Own Best Enemy

2004-09-21 00:00:00

The mullet’s gone but not much else has changed in the Marx camp.

Album: Winged Life

2004-09-20 00:00:00

If you like your Americana on the impressionistic side with broad, widescreen textures then Shearwater are for you. Frontman Johanthon Melburg’s choirboy vocals blend with layers of guitar, violins, Wurlitzer organ and glockenspiel to create a heavenly soundscape which is not a million miles from outfits like Calexico. This has been described as the perfect music for a rainy Sunday morning – and they win the song title of the week award thanks to ‘Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine’.

Album: Out of Nothing

2004-09-20 00:00:00

Once unfairly derided as a second-rate Oasis, it looked for a while as if the McNamara brothers and co might be swept away in the great Britpop clear-out which saw off even more successful outfits like The Verve.

Album: Dreamland

2004-09-17 00:00:00

Once regarded as the singer-songwriter’s singer-songwriter, Mitchell’s influence seems to have faded in recent years, presumably down to nothing more than the passage of time.

Interview: Plan of Attack

2004-09-16 00:00:00

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken looks set to be the latest sensation to break out of Music City.

Album: Induce Vomiting

2004-09-10 00:00:00

You really have to admire this spiky Athlone three-piece’s adherence to good old-fashioned hardcore punk values.

Album: Money money 2020

2004-09-13 00:00:00

There are rumours doing the rounds on the internet that this is actually a secret collaboration between members of Green Day and Devo.

Album: Studio 150

2004-09-13 00:00:00

Like all great songwriters you could always rely on Paul Weller to come up with a good cover version – for his 10th studio album he’s gone the whole hog and recorded an entire album of covers.

Live: Madonna live at Slane Castle

2004-09-10 00:00:00

Despite the hype and controversy surrounding ticket sales in the run up to Slane 2004, on the night it certainly looked as near to a sell-out as made no difference.

Laugh Lines: The wit parade

2004-09-10 00:00:00

Colm O’ Hare previews the exciting range of performers set to light up the inaugural Bulmer’s International Comedy festival

Album: Emotion Free

2004-09-07 00:00:00

From the “where are they now” department comes a homegrown talent who by rights should be a lot better known.

Album: Bungalow Hi

2004-09-07 00:00:00

Not for the faint-hearted

Album: Tarzan's Ambition (Best Of)

2004-09-07 00:00:00

For some inexplicable reason (and despite insistent recommendation from colleagues) the charms of Dr Millar have somehow eluded me over the years.

Album: The Long Way Round

2004-09-06 00:00:00

Debut album from the former Rialto frontman sees him focus his talents as a singer-songwriter in a Ray Davies mode, with shades of Beck and Elliot Smith.

Album: Other Ways of Speaking

2004-09-02 00:00:00

Well-played and produced – the only weak point here is Crowe’s crowing.

Album: Scream

2004-09-02 00:00:00

Signed to Warner offshoot 14th Floor Records by the man who also signed David Gray and Damien Rice, things are looking good for the Luton DIY star who gatecrashed the charts with his home recorded single ‘Fly’.

Album: 8:09

2004-09-01 00:00:00

One for the ladies!

Live: Live review from Whelan's, Dublin

2004-08-27 00:00:00

Just hurry up with the album lads!

Interview: At Home With Dan Hegarty

2004-08-23 00:00:00

Insomniac tv, wrestling, satellite movies… and comfort cooking. that’s life in the d4 nest of 2fm’s midnight cowboy Dan Hegarty.

Album: We Were Born In A Flame

2004-08-23 00:00:00

Buy The Best Of Steve Miller instead!

Album: The Whole Enchilada

2004-08-23 00:00:00

American supergroup featuring former Flying Burrito Band stalwart “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow, The Band’s Garth Hudson and Jeff Davis from The Amazing Rhythm Aces with vocalist Carlton Moody and top Nashville drummer Rick Lonow go for broke.

Album: Nina Sky

2004-08-23 00:00:00

Unusually but helpfully the first track on this debut from the New York City born identical twins is a spoken word explanation of who exactly Nina Sky is (are?)

Interview: The couple walked into a bar

2004-08-19 00:00:00

Pixie Joey Santiago mixes love and business with Linda Mallari on their new project The Martinis.

Album: Dialogue

2004-08-18 00:00:00

The combined talents of chief songwriter Wayne Murray and Icelandic chanteuse Thorum Magnusdottier makes this a real grower – fans of Air should snap it up!

Live: Mindy Smith live at The Village

2004-08-18 00:00:00

Treading similar country/folk territory to Alison Krauss and Shelby Lynn, Smith’s style is less structured in the traditional sense and more quirky and personal.

Interview: The long Grass

2004-08-17 00:00:00

The most durable band of the Britpop class of ‘94, Supergrass are doing better than ever.

Album: Keep Your Wig On

2004-08-17 00:00:00

If your tastes run to meticulously crafted and deftly played Beatlesque pop with driving rhythms this ones for you.

Album: Greetings from Michigan

2004-08-13 00:00:00

Following the success of his Seven Swans album, the Dutch-born New York- based singer songwriter returns with another epic

Album: Beautiful view

2004-08-09 00:00:00

On first acquaintance, this young Limerick-born chanteuse comes across as yet another jazz-inspired vocal stylist of the kind that the world doesn’t really need many more of.

Interview: At Home With Philomena Lynott

2004-08-05 00:00:00

The mother of Philip Lynott has seen her home in Dublin double as a place of pilgrimage for fans of the Irish rock legend – and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Album: Over the Counter Culture

2004-08-04 00:00:00

A scintillating debut, brimful of great songs performed with true conviction

Live: Source Festival

2004-08-03 00:00:00

If last year’s line-up (Shania Twain, Pretenders), seemed a little below par following previous appearances by Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, the fourth Source Festival was very much back on track with a much stronger bill.

Interview: Y marks the spot

2004-07-28 00:00:00

How Rodrigo y Gabriela made it from Mexico to Ireland their unique musical hybrid of Mexican, Flamenco, jazz and heavy metal.

Interview: The return of the fab four

2004-07-27 00:00:00

Planxty’s rebirth was a dream come true for band and fans alike – and the good news is that there’s more to come.

Interview: Meet the new boss

2004-07-26 00:00:00

Patti Scialfa the wife of Bruce Springsteen steps out with her own solo album and her own story to tell.

Album: In this Skin

2004-07-16 00:00:00

While her Barbie Doll looks are clearly her main asset, Simpson’s voice is surprisingly muscular and she shines particularly on the big ballads which make up the bulk of the songs here.

Interview: Revenge of the NERDs

2004-07-05 00:00:00

The producers of choice for everyone from Justin Timberlake to Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo are also earning plaudits for their rock and hip-hop influenced side project, N*E*R*D


2004-07-05 00:00:00

The 2004 version of The Radiators presented an intriguing prospect to the full-house, which was made up of long-time fans, ex-punks, scene-makers and assorted Horslips, not knowing quite what to expect. But they needn’t have worried. After a wobbly start, the band, which included original members Phil Chevron, Pete Holidai and Steve Rapid, quickly found their feet and proceeded to tear into their hallowed legacy with a renewed vigour.

Interview: At home with Sean Millar

2004-06-30 00:00:00

A family home packed with music and books in the heart of the city – Colm O’Hare pays a house call to the good doctor

Interview: Bacharach to basics

2004-06-29 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare talks to local indie heroes Saville, the acclaimed quartet determined to make their inspired blend of ’60s pop and rock heard above the din of their hipper contemporaries

Album: 23rd Street Lullaby

2004-06-24 00:00:00

It can’t be easy trying to establish a distinct identity for yourself as an artist when you happen to be married to one of the world’s biggest rock stars, but for now at least – she’s The Boss!

Live: No sex please, we're Brit-ish

2004-06-23 00:00:00

Performing in front of a stage set that Cecil B. De Mille would’ve been proud of, it was clear from the off that Britney was just one element (albeit an important one) in what was an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza, almost old-fashioned in concept. Themed around the “Onyx Hotel”, it owed a good deal to the Moulin Rouge movie with hints of Lisa Minnelli’s Cabaret and almost every other classic Hollywood musical of the last 60 years.

Interview: A long, strange trip

2004-06-23 00:00:00

Sole survivors of Madchester, The Charlatans now find themselves courted by Bowie and The Stones. Tim Burgess explains their longevity.

Interview: In Bloom

2004-06-14 00:00:00

In between attempts to appease her one-year-old daughter, Angeline Ball talks to Hot Press about her part in Bloom, Sean Walsh’s ambitious adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Interview: At home with... Sean Moncrieff

2004-06-09 00:00:00

A private pool table, DIY and alphabetically ordered CDs. Welcome to the wild world of Sean Moncrieff.

Interview: At home with...Sean Moncrieff

2004-06-08 00:00:00

A private pool table, DIY and alphabetically ordered CDs. Welcome to the wild world of Sean Moncrieff.

Album: live in Dublin

2004-06-08 00:00:00

Known as the African Reggae King, the Transvaal-born Dube is a huge star in his native land and increasingly popular abroad especially with ex-pats...

Album: Borrowed Heaven

2004-06-03 00:00:00

Four years is a hell of a long time in pop music – the fact that The Corrs could afford to lay low for such an extended period is a testament to the band’s confidence in their audience...

Single: In a Cage (on Prozac)

2004-06-01 00:00:00

With lyrics like ‘I know where the fascist lives, I’m gonna take a knife around his house’, Welsh trio My Red Cell’s first full blown release is an impressively intense affair.

Single: Mass Destruction

2004-06-01 00:00:00

Faithless return with their oddest single to date. Gone is the standard anthemic dance vibe, replaced by punk guitars, brass, pounding drums and even handclaps.

Single: Eve- The Apple of my Eye

2004-06-01 00:00:00

Bell X1’s transformation into one of the big bands is already in process, with only an all-conquering run of festival appearances left to complete the picture..

Single: Kiss of Life

2004-06-01 00:00:00

Like others before them, Supergrass have decided to spice up their forthcoming greatest hits with those familiar ‘exclusive new tracks’.

Single: You Can't Hurry Love

2004-06-01 00:00:00

...aka one minute fifty five seconds of near pop perfection.

Frontlines: Suicide is painless

2004-05-26 00:00:00

One of the most disturbing developments in the Middle East over the past number of years has been the rising number of female suicide bombers. Colm O’Hare talks to Barbara Victor, the pulitzer prize-nominated journalist who examines this alarming trend in a compelling new book, Army of Roses.

Interview: Andy work if you can get it

2004-05-25 00:00:00

Most people slow down a bit when they turn 60, but not trad legend Andy Irvine. Colm O’Hare hears about his latest collaboration with Donal Lunny, the Planxty reunion and the perils of being stranded in small German towns.

Album: So Called Chaos

2004-05-20 00:00:00

Is there any other artist in the history of pop music who has used the words “I”, “Me”, “My”, “Mine” with such regularity? No wonder one UK critic was recently moved to describe Alanis Morissette as “the Queen of self-absorption”.

Single: Alone

2004-05-17 00:00:00

West coast harmonies, a soaring melody, stinging wah-wah and lyrics about peace love and understanding.

Single: One More Try

2004-05-17 00:00:00

A fine version of George Michael’s soulful ballad from the former punk siren and now Wicklow resident, this is a more commercial offering than much of her more folk-inspired output of late.

Single: Stolen Car (Take me Dancing)

2004-05-17 00:00:00

Sting isn’t the first person who comes to mind when it comes to extolling the virtues of joyriding but on this third single from his surprisingly successful Sacred Love album Sting gets down and funky with the help of someone called Twista..

Single: Winning Days

2004-05-17 00:00:00

The title track and one of the better numbers from the Winning Days album this song is a game of two halves. It starts out with a languorous laid-back melody before speeding up in tempo on the back of Beach Boys-style harmonies and jangly guitar textures.

Single: The Letter

2004-05-17 00:00:00

The long awaited first single from the forthcoming album – her first in three years – finds Polly Jane as uncompromisingly left-field and abrasive as ever.

Single: Last thing on my Mind, with Leanne Rimes

2004-05-17 00:00:00

What is it about Ronan Keating and duets? He just can’t seem to get enough of them..

Single: Le Debenos EP

2004-05-17 00:00:00

The opening track of this EP from the ‘Kings is pretty damn good – all chugging guitars, an irresistibly memorable chorus which comes across as sort of Ash-meets-Blue-Oyster-Cult. The rest ain’t half bad either.

Single: Magic

2004-05-17 00:00:00

New music from Nick Drake...

Single: By Her Side

2004-05-17 00:00:00

Not immediately recognisable as a Mundy song, this up-tempo taster from his forthcoming Raining Down Arrows album rolls along like a summer breeze on a hot dusty day.

Single: Van Lear Rose

2004-05-17 00:00:00

Isn’t Loretta Lynn the country veteran who sang all about being a coal miner’s daughter and the pill back in the early ’70s? What the hell is she doing up here – you might well ask. Well, this unexpected gem was produced, arranged and mixed by one Jack White..

Album: The Girl in the Other Room

2004-05-10 00:00:00

With her rich velvety vocal style, consummate piano playing and – let’s be honest here – her stunning good looks, she came on like a breath of fresh air in the mid-1990’s

Album: Field Recordings

2004-05-06 00:00:00

Taking his cue from a wide range of left-of-centre practitioners – from Billy Bragg and Ray Davies to Jonathan Richman and Ian Dury – this Dublin singer-songwriter has come up with a hugely engaging and highly tuneful collection of numbers. As debuts go, this is a hell of an arrival.

Interview: Westlife, but not as we know it!

2004-05-07 00:00:00

How did IOYOU become the biggest boyband on the planet?

Interview: Yola Tango

2004-05-04 00:00:00

After ten years on a major label, Eleanor McEvoy went deep south-east to learn the value of self-determination.

Album: Fate's Right Hand

2004-04-29 00:00:00

The long awaited follow-up to what is now regarded as his comeback album – the superb Houston Kid released in 2001 after a long lay-off

Interview: Portrait of a Sick America

2004-04-28 00:00:00

Ex-Jayhawk Mark Olson on why the politics of his band The Creekdippers won’t endear them to Texas.

Live: Alphastates

2004-04-26 00:00:00

Sonically ambitious and not afraid to stretch the possibilities of the form, you imagine them sitting around and thinking deeply about arrangements, mixes and beats even before they pick up an instrument.

Album: Quelqu'un m'a dit

2004-04-26 00:00:00

Interview: The Last Gangster in Town

2004-04-16 00:00:00

He plays guitar for Springsteen, plays The Clash on his radio show and plays it fast and loose as Silvio Dante in The Sopranos. Colm O’Hare meets the three-in-one Steven Van Zandt

Album: Early Hours

2004-04-14 00:00:00

Her last album, 2001’s Yola, saw Eleanor McEvoy move away from the electric pop rock of her major label days to the more rootsy, acoustic approach of her earlier work. It was a wise decision...

Album: Damita Jo

2004-04-16 00:00:00

Given the generally high quality of her output since 1986’s Control, you really have to wonder why Janet Jackson felt the need to resort to such gimmicks as the recent Superbowl “wardrobe malfunction” incident.

Live: Live in Dublin

2004-04-15 00:00:00

If your image of a jazz session is one of goateed middle-aged men, all listening intently to complex, impenetrable music with modal scales and syncopated rhythms, then it’s time to think again.

Interview: Bringing it all back home

2004-04-15 00:00:00

Familiar surroundings play a big part in the music of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer.

Interview: Who's last?

2004-04-14 00:00:00

The death of John Entwistle and Pete Townshend’s troubles haven’t stopped The Who reconvening for another tour. Colm O’Hare got to see the warm-up show ..

Album: The Blue Jukebox

2004-04-06 00:00:00

After a decade skiving to recapture his 1980s dance-pop glory years, Chris Rea finally xx going back to his roots for the stripped-down blues album..

Interview: Keeping the home fires burning

2004-03-31 00:00:00

While Calexico‘s Joey Burns is property hunting in Tucson, his vision of the band’s music is roaming further afield. Words: Colm O’Hare

Album: Roots

2004-03-30 00:00:00

Their first all-acoustic album since 1990’s Allegria, the excellent Roots sees the Gipsy Kings music return to its Flamenco/Gipsy origins without the studio embellishments of their more recent output.

Album: Back on Track

2004-03-18 00:00:00

Forty years since she belted her way to the top of the charts with a raucous version of the Isley Brothers’ ‘Shout’, the former teen soul singing sensation somehow manages to stave off the ravages of age.

Live: The Last Sunay Showcase

2004-03-18 00:00:00

Another instalment in this highly successful monthly songwriters’ showcase, this was the first to be held in a brand new facility at the Holiday Inn. The Green Room is an impressive live space by any standards and offers every possible creature comfort, matched with superb sound and a warm, lively atmosphere.

Album: Patience

2004-03-16 00:00:00

Releasing just one album of original material in 14 years is not exactly the mark of a prolific artist. But when you’re a star of the calibre and reach of George Michael it almost beggars belief.

Album: Me and Mr. Johnson

2004-03-15 00:00:00

Me and Mr Johnson features Clapton renditions of 14 of the 29-song legacy of Robert Johnson, mythical Mississippi bluesman recorded during his brief career in the 1930s.

Live: Wogan's heroes

2004-03-11 00:00:00

For a mere 19 year old, Katie Melua has a surprisingly mature audience – the average age on the opening date of her first major tour was at least 40.

Interview: Twin Peaks

2004-03-09 00:00:00

The irish language is thriving like never before, in Derry and Belfast.

Interview: Hector O'hEochagain

2004-03-09 00:00:00

Hector Ó hEochagáin is from Navan in Co. Meath. He learned Irish by attending summer colleges in the Gaeltacht and later studied Irish in Trinity College He has presented several popular Irish language programmes on TG4, including the acclaimed Amú series of travel documentaries, which last year won three awards at the IFTA’s.

Interview: Irish: the strong will survive

2004-03-05 00:00:00

While some concern has been expressed about the future of Irish, all the current indications are that the enthusiasm of the people – who are learning the language now with greater gusto than ever – will ensure that it not only survives but thrives.

Album: Red Colour Sun

2004-03-03 00:00:00

Galway based, Dingle native Pauline Scanlon has a lot going for her on this impressive debut, not least of them a distinctive, occasionally beguiling voice, which seems to soar several miles above the varied arrangements on offer here.

Album: Lucky

2004-02-26 00:00:00

With her raspy voice and big shouty delivery, Etheridge has always sounded like a female Rod Stewart or John Cougar Mellencamp. Since releasing her self-titled debut in 1988 she has more or less followed the same stylistic path – a mix of mid-western bar-band rockers and ballsy ballads.

Interview: With a little help from my friends

2004-02-24 00:00:00

There are no guarantees of success in the music biz, but if you have what it takes there is plenty of expert help available to ensure you give it your best shot.

Interview: This immortal coil

2004-02-24 00:00:00

Irish composer Patrick Cassidy and indie chanteuse Lisa Gerrard have combined to produce an album of “exquisitely beautiful, funeral music”.

Interview: RTE under fire over Des Bishop show

2004-02-20 00:00:00

Depiction of Waterford was very negative, says Edel Dooley of Beat FM.

Live: Live at the Sugar Club, Dublin

2004-02-18 00:00:00

Not many bands with zero recorded output to their name could draw a packed house, mid-week, on what turned out to be the coldest night in over two years.

Live: Planxty

2004-02-13 00:00:00

It’ll doubtless go down as the most anticipated (and long awaited) re-union in Irish music history. More than thirty years after they first transformed the possibilities of Irish music forever, the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young of trad/folk finally decide to re-convene for a series of gigs.

Interview: Big in Lithuania

2004-02-10 00:00:00

The unusual story of how Dubliner Erica Jennings found success in the Baltics.


2004-02-05 00:00:00

With nostalgia all the rage these days it comes as no great surprise that the 1960s ballad boom is currently enjoying a healthy revival among younger tykes.

Live: Dublin City Workingmen's Band

2004-02-05 00:00:00

With nostalgia all the rage these days it comes as no great surprise that the 1960s ballad boom is currently enjoying a healthy revival among younger tykes.

Album: The Bronx

2004-02-03 00:00:00

The latest LA outfit to cause a stir on this side of the pond (in the pages of Kerrang! at any rate) The Bronx come with all the right booze, puke ‘n’ drugs credentials to make them instantly appealing to their demographic (i.e. 13-year-old males).

Reports: Learning the game

2004-02-03 00:00:00

Talent will always be the most important prerequisite for a career in music, but you’ll find the going a lot easier if you understand what makes the industry tick. Colm O’Hare looks at the specialist music courses which have helped the likes of Sinéad Lohan, The Thrills and Mundy to steal a march on the competition.

Album: Call off the search

2004-02-02 00:00:00

She’s been hailed in some quarters as the new Norah Jones and the heir to Eva Cassidy’s throne. With sales of her debut going through the roof, things are looking bright indeed for the Russian-born, Belfast-bred daughter of a heart surgeon.

Album: Flood the Tanks

2004-01-30 00:00:00

This particular Northern light has lent his distinctive guitar and vocal style to a host of collectives and collaborators over the years –from Snow Patrol and The Reindeer Section to Juliet Turner and Ursula Burns.

Interview: Contemporary Irish friction

2004-01-29 00:00:00

He may have his critics among the academic literati, but Belfast singer/songwriter Brian Kennedy insists that his move into the realm of fiction is a natural artistic progression.

Interview: Bic In New Zealand

2004-01-22 00:00:00

And likely to be big all over in 2004, if her Irish experiences are any guide. Meet the distinctive Bic Runga.

Album: Pieces Of April

2004-01-21 00:00:00

Clocking in at just over 26 minutes in total it’s hardly value for money but completists will want it for the new stuff.

Album: Take A Wish

2004-01-21 00:00:00

Wexford-based singer-songwriter Paul O’Reilly blends folk, country and traditional styles in equal measure on this impressive self-produced debut.

Frontlines: Putting the boot in

2003-12-16 00:00:00

A police raid on a dublin record store has led to intense speculation that the Gardaí are about to commence a serious crackdown on the retail of bootleg CDs.

Interview: Voice recognition

2003-12-11 00:00:00

Lunar Records supremo Brian Molloy has enlisted the help of such luminaries as Bertie Ahern, Eamon Dunphy and Bono in the making of voices and poetry of Ireland, a one-off CD being released to benefit the homeless this Christmas.

Live: Fleetwood Mac

2003-12-10 00:00:00

A quarter of a century since they topped the album charts and ruled the airwaves with their distinctive brand of West Coast pop/rock, not much has changed in the Fleetwood Mac camp.

Reports: The great rock and roll swindle

2003-12-03 00:00:00

In a special hotpress feature Colm O’Hare investigates how the music business is attempting to deal with the single biggest threat facing the industry today – piracy.

Interview: Broadening Her Horizons

2003-11-25 00:00:00

From pioneering ambient-trad with Clannad, through to her brand new concept album 'Two Horizons', Moya Brennan can now look back on 30 years of lending her voice and harp to some of the most distinctive music ever to come out of Ireland.

Album: Twenty Something

2003-11-25 00:00:00

A potentially huge star of the future.

Interview: Emmy award winner

2003-11-21 00:00:00

You can tell how highly regarded she is by the number of top stars who want her to sing with them. But for Emmylou Harris such collaborations are a two-way street.


2003-11-20 00:00:00

“I fucking hate playing in Dublin,” Geldof joked at the start of this marathon show...

Album: This Left Feels Right

2003-11-20 00:00:00

A completely different live acoustic session is probably the best thing about this package.

Interview: Get into gear

2003-11-12 00:00:00

The guitar is back – and how! Instrument sales are healthier than they’ve been in years. but that’s not the only good news from Ireland’s music equipment shops.

Album: Earworm

2003-11-11 00:00:00

Pugwash look poised to finally reap some well-deserved rewards.

Interview: Ways To Go

2003-11-10 00:00:00

A sister group whose family name begins with ‘C’ – little wonder that The Conways are being compared to you-know-who. Find out what’s different about the Sligo foursome.

Live: -

2003-11-06 00:00:00

A sort of homecoming for the one time Dun Laoghaire resident on his “short tour of County Dublin” .

Album: Last Night Stars

2003-11-06 00:00:00

Not recommended listening for the recently jilted or the manic depressives among you.

Interview: Keeping The Home Fires Burning

2003-11-05 00:00:00

Over the past number of years, Today FM has consistently supported Irish music, playlisting records by local artists and doing in-studio sessions on a regular basis. in the process the station has played an important part in the increasingly impressive chart and sales achievements of irish acts.

Interview: Postcards From The Edge

2003-11-04 00:00:00

How Mary Gauthier came through years of drink and drugs to find truth and redemption in the power of song.

Interview: Dan The Man

2003-10-29 00:00:00

Daniel Lanois is thriving as a solo artist but his work with U2 is not yet done.

Live: You Got Me Dizzy Ms. Chrissie

2003-10-28 00:00:00

Without doubt, one of the gigs of the year.

Interview: Shan The Woman

2003-10-23 00:00:00

Shana Morrison, daughter of Van, is doing it for herself.

Album: Life For Rent

2003-10-21 00:00:00

She’s hit the nail squarely on the head with her sophomore album.

Interview: The Bickle Hand Of Fate

2003-10-20 00:00:00

18 months ago Travis weren’t sure if they wanted to be a band anymore. Then their drummer was told he’d never walk again and their whole outlook changed.

Album: Hand Over Your Loved Ones

2003-10-17 00:00:00

Avoid like the plague if you value your sanity.

Interview: So Much For The City

2003-10-10 00:00:00

With cork set to become european capital of culture just over a year from now, Colm O’Hare reports on the cultural attractions punters will be treated to by the lee in 2005

Album: Tattoos & Alibis

2003-10-09 00:00:00

The guitar textures are layered high in the mix but not to the exclusion of Warwick’s confident, assertive vocals.

Live: Special Sauce

2003-10-01 00:00:00

This pair of unashamed rock chicks have developed their own unique take on a well-worn blueprint.


2003-09-29 00:00:00

Enan is a major talent and one clearly in it for the long haul.

Interview: Liberty Belle

2003-09-29 00:00:00

Determined to make traditional music cool again. That’s the stated aim of Cara Dillon now happily resident on legendary indie label Rough Trade.

Interview: Ride With Care

2003-09-18 00:00:00

Whilst the biker culture has retained it aura of outlaw glamour and leather-clad allure down through the years, it’s nonetheless a mode of transport not without its dangers.

Album: Storm

2003-09-17 00:00:00

The first thing to say about Storm is that it’s beautifully recorded and produced and sounds absolutely gorgeous sonically.

Frontlines: The Men Behind The Berlusconi Hoax

2003-09-12 00:00:00 has been responsible for more than one news hoax – leaving egg on the faces of some more ‘reputable’ newshounds.

Album: Silence Is Easy

2003-09-02 00:00:00

"Singing like his life depended on it, James Walshe’s booming, pitch-perfect voice is the dominant force once again"

Album: Grand

2003-08-29 00:00:00

Single: Acoustic Junction EP

2003-08-21 00:00:00

The island of saints and scholars has of late been transformed into a land awash with singer-songwriters.

Single: Don't Know Why

2003-08-21 00:00:00

Single: Friend

2003-08-21 00:00:00

Single: Dice

2003-08-21 00:00:00

Single: Sing Song Sung EP

2003-08-21 00:00:00

Single: I Fought The Law

2003-08-21 00:00:00

Live: Boy's Night Out

2003-08-18 00:00:00

The encores began with the crowd chanting the opening bass riff of ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’ while the band nailed it with a killer version of ‘Suicide’.

Album: My Lost City

2003-08-14 00:00:00

Interview: Going down under

2003-08-08 00:00:00

The extravagantly monikered Chit Chat Von Loopin Stab of Oz crazies Machine Gun Fellatio assures Colm O’Hare that they’re a bit more Las Vegas than the Virgin Prunes

Interview: Some of the boys are back in town

2003-07-29 00:00:00

Some might think it’s live and dubious but Scott Gorham insists that the Thin Lizzy of 2003 is a heartfelt tribute to Phil Lynott.

Interview: Calling out around the world

2003-07-28 00:00:00

An Irish band who don’t entirely fit in at home, Relish can console themslves with a great new album Karma Calling, and an international fanbase that stretches from the U.S. to Japan.

Interview: Calling out around the world

2003-07-28 00:00:00

An Irish band who don’t entirely fit in at home, Relish can console themslves with a great new album Karma Calling, and an international fanbase that stretches from the U.S. to Japan.

Live: Shania Twain

2003-07-24 00:00:00

She certainly gave them what they’d come to hear and like her or not, Twain is a seasoned performer with more than enough hits to carry a major event like this.

Single: Inappropriate

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Single: Sleeping On Our Feet

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Single: You Were The Last High

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Single: Everything Eventually

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Single: Tour De France

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Single: Something Beautiful

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Single: Shake The Dope Out

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Single: Vodka And Solpadeine

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Single: Rush Hour Soul

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Single: Crazy Beat

2003-07-23 00:00:00

Live: The Last Sunday Showcase

2003-07-21 00:00:00

An increasingly popular platform for emerging and established talent, this monthly showcase (run in conjunction with IMRO) has been hanging the “House Full” signs of late.

Album: Donal Lunny's Definitive Lisdoonvarna

2003-07-08 00:00:00

A solid if predictable collection of major, mainly Irish acts then, but hardly a “definitive” representation of Lisdoonvarna as it truly was.

Commentary: The west of everything

2003-07-01 00:00:00

By now one of the most esteemed events on the Irish cultural calendar, the Galway Arts Festival 2003 will once again bring you the best in contemporary theatre, literature, comedy and music

Album: Part Of The Process

2003-06-27 00:00:00

While some might have had them marked them down as a poor man’s Portishead or a less credible Massive Attack, this collection convincingly proves otherwise.

Live: Halite

2003-06-25 00:00:00

Ranging from the jangly, melodic variety to more hard-edged riff-oriented numbers the songs were impressive

Interview: Going up against the country

2003-06-19 00:00:00

When the Dixie Chicks came out against the Iraq war, they were accused of being "un-American”. Colm O’Hare hears how the country rebels survived their own desert storm

Interview: Bringing it all back home

2003-06-13 00:00:00

How Bruce Springsteen drew inspiration from, and in turn exerted an influence on, Irish rock’n’roll.

Album: NYC Man

2003-06-09 00:00:00

Like almost anything Reed has ever done, it’s a mixed bag, but what emerges in the end is a fascinating, compelling portrait of one of the most important artists of the last 30 years.

Live: Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival

2003-05-26 00:00:00

Three days of heaven on earth for fans of alt. country, Americana and roots.

Interview: A pinch of salt

2003-05-20 00:00:00

Niall Colfer of rising Wexford four-piece Salthouse on recording techniques, archaeology, and the band’s novel approach to sampling.

Interview: A pinch of salt

2003-05-20 00:00:00

Niall Colfer of rising Wexford four-piece Salthouse on recording techniques, archaeology, and the band’s novel approach to sampling.

Interview: Luscious Jackson

2003-05-20 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare hears the bullish tale of the latest band to rise up from down under – The Sleepy Jackson

Album: All About Love

2003-05-21 00:00:00

Album: I Wish You Love

2003-05-16 00:00:00

That most quintessential of 1970’s disco divas

Single: To The Open Spaces

2003-05-09 00:00:00

Single: Nitelite EP

2003-05-09 00:00:00

Single: Madame Helga

2003-05-09 00:00:00

Single: Karaoke Soul

2003-05-09 00:00:00

Single: 3 Miles EP

2003-05-09 00:00:00

Single: Upside Down

2003-05-09 00:00:00

Single: The Long Goodbye

2003-05-09 00:00:00

Single: We Used To Be Friends

2003-05-09 00:00:00

Live: Fair play

2003-05-06 00:00:00

But what about the music? If it did feature what was described recently as the “usual suspects” there’s no denying the popularity of the current class of 2003.Short sets from Lisa Bresnan, Bellxi’s Paul Noonan, Leya and Nina Hynes got the show on the road with Bresnan in particular impressing everyone present with her knock-out voice.

Interview: All you need is here

2003-05-06 00:00:00

You’ve never seen them like this before. Now available on DVD with extra features and footage, the new edition of The Beatles Anthology is as close to a definitive visual tale of the band as we’re ever likely to get. Producer Chips Chipperfield tells Colm O’Hare how it came together

Interview: Mixing up the medicine

2003-05-06 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare gets down with the Las Vegas Basement

Interview: How David became Goliath

2003-04-30 00:00:00

So famous he’s become a comic caricature, the phenomenally successful Craig David continues to have the last laugh

Interview: All cultural life is here

2003-04-29 00:00:00

Oh, the summer time is coming and the music, theatre, comedy and arts are sweetly blooming. Colm O’Hare details what’s budding on the festival front

Live: Tom McRae

2003-04-29 00:00:00

That’s Tom McRae for you – earnest, sensitive, seemingly permanently frustrated, and deadly serious, albeit with a warped sense of humour.

Interview: Tell Laura I love her

2003-04-29 00:00:00

Laura Cantrell is an equity banker beloved of Elvis Costello, John Peel and Teenage Fanclub. Colm O’Hare hears why


2003-04-23 00:00:00

"Looking healthier and less cherubic than he has appeared in the past, a beaming Casey opened with the sublime, ‘Sweet Suburban Sky’"

Album: Sally O'Mattress

2003-04-16 00:00:00

It’s hard not to be reminded of The Levellers in their crusty, polemic prime, the bombastic 1980’s textures and a lyrical obsession with the elements adding to the overall dated feel.

Album: Fall Of The Plastic Empire

2003-04-14 00:00:00

Singer Dmitri Coats – aside from having one of the best names for a frontman in existence – is a self-professed wannabe rock star and something of a publicist’s dream, while poster girl and female bassist Melanie Campbell is apparently not averse to vomiting during gigs.

Live: Arthur Lee And Love

2003-04-14 00:00:00

Looking impossibly fit and lean, a gringo hat and wraparound shades added a faint air of menace to his trippy persona.

Live: Lee Scratch Perry

2003-04-08 00:00:00

With a slim three-piece band supplying some fairly rudimentary rhythms Perry came across like the true Shaman/Guru space cadet that he is.

Album: Amsterdam

2003-04-04 00:00:00

With no frills or gimmicks, what you get is Bloom’s impassioned singing and distinctive guitar style, along with what sounds like a 1,000-strong audience lapping up every minute of it.

Album: Diamonds On The Inside

2003-03-28 00:00:00

Such is the all-pervading influence of Hendrix, Marley, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder et al, that you wonder why he doesn’t abandon these pastiches and opt for a covers album instead.

Interview: All you need is love

2003-03-27 00:00:00

Back on the road again with a famous band name and his classic Forever Changes songs, Arthur Lee of Love recalls the golden psychedelic era of Hendrix, Morrison and Young.

Interview: The Cooder blockade

2003-03-26 00:00:00

World music pioneer, soundtrack supremo and legendary guitarist Ry Cooder has made his last Cuban album. Colm O’Hare hears why

Live: Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man

2003-03-24 00:00:00

Live, it’s even more dazzling; backed by sundry acoustic instruments including guitars, accordion, violin and a low-key rhythm section, the effect is both pastoral and hypnotic.

Album: Reason

2003-03-18 00:00:00

With a team of mainly LA songwriters and producers on board, including the ubiquitous Marius de Vries, this is unquestionably a pop record.

Interview: The next time we see Richard

2003-03-13 00:00:00

He’ll have a new album, a new band and might well have just spent a night at the opera. Colm O’Hare talks to Dublin-bound Richard Thompson

Interview: Lethal inside the box

2003-03-07 00:00:00

He may be best known over here as the voice of Carlos Santana’s ‘Smooth’ but Rob Thomas still gets his biggest kicks with Matchbox Twenty.

Interview: LA women

2003-03-04 00:00:00

Though soaked in the musical culture of Southern California, female-fronted indie quartet Saucy Monky say there’s an undeniably Irish strain to their music.

Album: Little Hooks

2003-03-03 00:00:00

Elegantly crafted songs like ‘Ease Your Mind’, ‘With Me It’s Down’ and ‘It’s Over You’ reveal a strong folk sensibility with a hint of psychedelia apparent in some of the off-kilter chord progressions.

Interview: Mayer of New York

2003-02-26 00:00:00

Though not the darling of the critical fraternity, NYC-based singer-songwriter John Mayer has had the last laugh courtesy of a top 20 album and a Grammy nomination.

Album: Shut Up

2003-02-17 00:00:00

And while there’s no shortage of faux teenage angst on display here, there are a handful of numbers that make this more than the empty cash-in it might otherwise have seemed.

Album: Everything's Eventual

2003-02-17 00:00:00

Though their new direction has been described by the duo themselves as, “Alanis Morrissette meets Sheryl Crow,” there remains an inescapable girl-band sensibility running through most of the songs here.

Album: Other People's Songs

2003-02-06 00:00:00

For their tenth studio album Vince Clarke and Andy Bell go the whole hog, pouring forth a dozen mainly well-known covers candidly entitled Other People’s Songs.

Album: Eyes Adrift

2003-01-23 00:00:00

Despite the weight of history, the music clearly takes pride of place here with reputations set aside in the cause of quality

News: Calling all film and video makers...

2003-01-22 00:00:00

Aspiring John Cassavetteses, Sam Mendeses and Martin Scorseses take note: Lights, Camera, Action - a seminar on video editing and production organised by Apple Computers - comes to the Music Centre on January 29

Album: More Than A Woman

2002-12-11 00:00:00

Album: Just Whitney

2002-12-12 00:00:00

To be fair to Whitney – the über-diva of uber divas – she is the proud possessor of one of the most powerful, polished and soulful voices in pop music

Album: Cry

2002-11-26 00:00:00

While she has the requisite airbrushed looks and a powerful voice to match, this is no more country music than that of her main rival, Shania Twain

Interview: Can’t stop the music

2002-11-14 00:00:00

The Pogues’ Jem Finer has created a musical composition which is designed to play non-stop until December 2999

Interview: Magic in the night

2002-11-11 00:00:00

Bruce Springsteen’s recent storming performance in London suggests his 2003 European tour will be a must-see event

Live: Imro Showcase

2002-10-23 00:00:00

The second in a monthly series of showcase nights designed to highlight singer-songwriter talent

Interview: Oh lucky man

2002-10-16 00:00:00

Dave Caplice is a man with a knack for being in the right place at the right time. So far, he’s recorded with Wizardz Of Oz, played at Washington’s White House and signed a five-album deal with Telstar, and he’s only just begun

Album: The Ragpicker's Dream

2002-10-11 00:00:00

Interview: INXS all areas

2002-10-10 00:00:00

Five years after the death of singer Michael Hutchence and with the release of the greatest hits compilation Definitive INXS, the biggest Australian rock outfit of the ’80s and ’90s are about to re-enter the live arena

Interview: Pop class

2002-10-10 00:00:00

While the word pop currently raises the hackles of anyone who considers themselves a music fan, Pugwash’s Thomas Walsh, whose music is influenced by the move, XTC and the Kinks, is attempting to set the record straight

Live: Acoustic Junction

2002-10-08 00:00:00

Take a group of up and coming, like-minded singer-songwriters; put them up on stage, and let them perform a short set of their own songs

Interview: She sells sanctuary

2002-10-03 00:00:00

Though Beth Nielsen Chapman's latest album deeper still was created when she was mourning the death of her husband and battling breast cancer, the result is an uplifting collection of life-affirming songs

Album: Dry Land

2002-08-22 00:00:00

Multi-layered, mellow and sumptuously melodic, Dry Land, is a quiet triumph for songwriter Alan Kelly

Live: Paul Simon

2002-08-07 00:00:00

Paul Simon was in spectacularly good form and in great voice – one of the great live shows this year

Album: Be Not Nobody

2002-07-30 00:00:00

Rather than fashion her undoubted talents into something genuinely original she has chosen the now well-trodden path of the angst-ridden, overwrought fem-rocker

Album: In'Shallah

2002-07-09 00:00:00

Consisting of 13 self-penned tracks, ranging in style from jaunty, mid-tempo pop songs, to more reflective ballads, In'shallah more than lives up to the claims being made on their behalf

Live: Roger Waters

2002-07-09 00:00:00

This rare appearance from a key member of one of rock's most successful outfits was always going to be something special

Single: Homeland Of The Brave

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Single: Porcelain Skin

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Single: Blue World EP

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Single: For The Lonely

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Single: Attitude

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Single: Don't Waste Your Time

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Single: Light My Fire

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Single: Hey Mr DJ

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Single: Apples

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Live: Bacardi Hot Press Plugged Band Of The Year Grand Final 2002

2002-05-07 00:00:00

The finalists, chosen from the hundreds of entries received, were all winners of the regional heats that had taken place up and down the country since January

Album: X

2002-09-10 00:00:00

X sees a more considered approach to songwriting

Live: Paul Weller, The Waterboys

2002-08-01 00:00:00

Inevitably it was down to the recognition factor and the biggest hits went down the best but in the end you couldn't help feeling a tad cheated.

Album: Pet Sounds Live

2002-07-22 00:00:00

If anything, the live sound is more expansive, the exquisite harmonies even more spine-tingling and the instrumentation more deftly executed

Album: Ultimate High

2002-07-16 00:00:00

She has a formidable voice, that’s for sure, with an exuberant, effortless style, albeit with a tendency to over-sing at times

Live: Destiny's Child

2002-07-12 00:00:00

Witnessing the Texas trio in full flow one thing becomes crystal clear-they punch well below their weight in musical terms

Live: Santana

2002-06-27 00:00:00

Every number, it seemed was elongated to the max with never-ending congas, bongos and call and response guff

Album: Destination

2002-05-22 00:00:00

Mainly predictable but with few surprises

Single: Bop Bop Baby

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Single: Headlong

2002-05-10 00:00:00

Album: What a corker

2002-09-03 00:00:00

This overdue collection gathers together the singles, some EP tracks and a smattering of album favourites

Interview: Neil's Old Man

1993-06-30 00:00:00

COLM O'HARE meets SCOTT YOUNG, father of Neil, and a renowned journalist, author and broadcaster in his own right. In this rare interview he talks about his best-known subject - his famous son.

Interview: IT'S A DOGS LIFE!

1993-06-16 00:00:00


Interview: A lifetime in music

2001-03-01 00:00:00

BILL WHELAN has been given a Lifetime Achievement award by IMRO. JACKIE HAYDEN outlines the career of the man behind Riverdance

Interview: The agony in the garden

2002-09-18 00:00:00

Now back on the road with his own band, sometime Pogue Terry Woods recalls a near disaster on-stage with U2 in New York

Interview: Still angry after all these years

2002-09-18 00:00:00

Paul Weller has a reputation as one of the most truculent men in pop, with a deep-seated dislike of the promotional process. But with the release of his latest solo album Illumination, the man who once led The Jam and the Style Council agreed to put himself in the firing line. Looking back over a career that's studded with success, he's reflective and forthright - but the anger that inspired much of The Jam's finest output still burns

Interview: Come gather 'round people

2002-07-26 00:00:00

From the biggest international names to the most dynamic local creations, festivals make Ireland a good place to be in summer, even when the sun refuses to put in an appearance

Interview: Definitely baby

2002-07-22 00:00:00

There's much more to Rhianna than one dance/pop hit

Interview: 25th Galway arts festival preview

2002-07-15 00:00:00

From 15-28 July 2002 Galway city hosts one of the most comprehensive of this year's arts festivals with esoteric offerings from the genres of visual art, music, theatre, comedy and lots, lots more

Interview: A window on the world

2002-05-01 00:00:00

Not easily contained by either the folk or country labels, Maura O’Connell is now adding a Scorsese movie to her credits. By Colm O’Hare

Interview: Mexican Rave

2001-06-05 00:00:00

Carlos Santana tells Colm O'Hare that he's going to be 'fresh and in the moment' when he visits Ireland in June

Album: Some Glow In The Dark

2002-05-30 00:00:00

Aided and abetted by a host of session musicians it consists largely of extended pieces with dreamy, atmospheric textures, ambient dance rhythms and choral-like vocals

Album: Some Glow In The Dark

2002-05-30 00:00:00

Aided and abetted by a host of session musicians it consists largely of extended pieces with dreamy, atmospheric textures, ambient dance rhythms and choral-like vocals

Interview: Iceland makes it easy for Mum

2002-05-28 00:00:00

On the even of their Irish live debut, Kirsten Anna Valtysdottir of Iceland's latest export Mum tells Colm O'Hare that it's all been a happy accident

Interview: I want my MTZ

2002-05-17 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare meets MTV's Zane Lowe

Interview: Can I have some Gilmore

2002-05-15 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare meets 21-year-old Thea Gilmore, who visited Kilkenny's Rhythm 'n' Roots Festival in May to promote her third album, Rules For Jokers

Album: Stateless - Big Self

2002-04-26 00:00:00

Re-mastered and released on CD, it serves as a timely reminder of the band's distinctive brand of hard-edged, melodic dance-pop

Interview: Band of brothers

2002-04-17 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare meets indie teen-sensations Electric Soft Parade

Live: The Monkees

2002-04-23 00:00:00

Thanks to a cracking band, the old hits were faithfully reproduced with all the showbiz flair of a slick Las Vegas cabaret

Album: C'Mon C'Mon

2002-04-24 00:00:00

Only her fourth studio album in the eight years since she first burst on the scene, C'mon C'mon finds her very much in a holding pattern

Live: Bacardi/Hot Press Plugged Band Of The Year Competition: Belfast Heat

2002-04-16 00:00:00

To no-one’s surprise it was Indigo Fury who bagged that last place in next week’s grand final

Live: Bacardo hotpress band of the year competition: Limerick Heat

2002-04-03 00:00:00

The penultimate heat of this increasingly tense battle for a coveted place in next month's grand final saw five more contenders fight it out at this fine venue on the banks of the Shannon

Live: Paul Cleary

2002-04-01 00:00:00

He certainly couldn't be accused of mellowing over the years as solid, guitar driven numbers like 'The Queen of Indecision', 'Liberty Hall' and 'The Ghost of Christmas Past' are delivered with no little passion

Live: Joseph Arthur

2002-03-26 00:00:00

While extremely impressive and effective in bringing extra dynamics to the singer songwriter format, the novelty wears off after a while and occasionally takes away from the songs, which certainly struck a chord with the entranced audience

Live: Bacardi Hot Press Band Competition Dublin heat

2002-03-26 00:00:00

The third Dublin heat of this year's increasingly interesting battle saw five very diverse acts slugging it out for a coveted place in April’s grand final

Interview: Different strokes

2002-03-18 00:00:00

How the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion were always ahead of the posse. Interview: Colm O’Hare

Interview: Breakfast at Tubridy's

2002-03-18 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare meets radio DJ and presenter Ryan Tubridy who has forsaken the hallowed halls of RTE Radio 1 for the rough and tumble that is 2FM's Breakfast Show

Album: Lovers Live

2002-03-04 00:00:00

This live collection recorded over two nights on last year's US tour consists of note perfect renditions of her greatest hits

Live: Indigo Girls

2002-02-22 00:00:00

With rarely a dull moment over almost two hours, the Atlanta based duo entertained and thrilled a lively audience with songs from their 15-year career and a handful of teasers from their upcoming album

Live: Bacardi Hot Press band challenge: Cork Heat

2002-02-20 00:00:00

The second regional heat of this year's contest saw five very different acts battling it out for a coveted place in April’s grand final

Album: Between the Mountain and the Moon

2002-02-12 00:00:00

Arguably, his most fully realised collection of original songs yet

Live: Grant Lee Phillips

2002-02-08 00:00:00

The band played a major part in making this show the success it was...

Live: Bob Geldof

2002-01-17 00:00:00

With a deft five-piece band in tow, Geldof, nattily dressed in pinstripe suit and red polka-dot shirt, kicked off with his last real hit, ‘The Great Song of Indifference’ – a good start!

Live: The Pogues

2002-01-17 00:00:00

It’s Christmas in the drunk tank and The Pogues have reformed, featuring the classic line-up of Shane MacGowan, Jem Finer, Darryl Hunt, Philip Chevron, Terry Woods, Spider Stacey, Andrew Rankin and James Fearnley. Who wouldn’t raise a glass to this momentous occasion?

Live: Bob Geldof

2002-01-17 00:00:00

Bob Geldof eased himself back into the frame in the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry

Ad Feature: Taking on the pirates

2001-12-06 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare considers some of the problems posed by music piracy

Live: Ibrahim Ferrer

2001-11-29 00:00:00

If at times it felt like a heat of Come Dancing, the quality of the playing and the dynamics created by the large brass section was infectiously entertaining.

Album: Love Shelby

2001-12-06 00:00:00

A record that grows in leaps and bounds with repeated listening.

Album: The Rare Oul' Stuff

2001-12-06 00:00:00

While it's probably true that he was never likely to repeat his groundbreaking early years, the Popes have their moments, particularly in a live context where MacGowan often seemed more in control.

Live: Andy White

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Andy White’s brand of acerbic songwriting is always a welcome tonic in these troubled times.

Album: Experience

2001-11-29 00:00:00

On this sprawling, ambitious double album mostly recorded live in her home town of Philadelphia, she proves she’s got the voice, the songs and the personality to go with the reputation.

Album: World of their Own

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Pleasing little girls and their mums and their grandmums is what they do. And they do it brilliantly.

Live: Beautiful South, The

2001-11-29 00:00:00

For an arena-filling band like Beautiful South it was an unusual departure but the lack of a full compliment of musicians was more than made up for by the intimacy of the performance.

Album: Experience

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Intelligent, soulful if a tad predictable at times, Experience is a perfect introduction to Jill Scott.

Album: Living Proof

2001-11-29 00:00:00

The result of all this water treading is that we can expect to see Cher battling it out for chart placings with Kylie over the coming months.

Album: World Of Their Own

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Pleasing little girls and their mums and their grandmums is what they do. And they do it brilliantly.

Interview: White here, right now

2001-11-08 00:00:00

ANDY WHITE is back in Ireland with a new optimism and a new album. COLM O'HARE reports

Interview: Age of consent

2001-11-08 00:00:00

with a higher profile internationally than at home, and the support of heavyweight friends, The Devlins have recorded an impressive third album. COLM O'HARE reports

Interview: Kelly’s heroes

2001-11-08 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare meets Stereophonics, the Welsh band who consider Ireland a home away from home and are shortly to tour the US as U2’s guests

Album: All This Time

2001-11-08 00:00:00

Recorded in Italy on September 11th 2001, this live album (and soundtrack to an upcoming DVD) presents more or less the same show in a similar format. But what started out as an end-of-tour celebration for the former Policeman turned into an emotion-filled requiem for the events that had taken place hours before.

Album: Best Of

2001-11-08 00:00:00

And what a fine collection it is too. All the hits and more are here, with a pair of previously unreleased tracks, including the current single, ‘Would You Be Happier’ and a trio of live cuts culled from their hugely successful Unplugged album.

Interview: Super Nova

2001-10-25 00:00:00

COLM O'HARE meets the globetrotting singer/songwriter HEATHER NOVA

Interview: Havana second chance

2001-10-25 00:00:00

COLM O’HARE meets the cuban vocalist IBRAHIM FERRER who came out of retirement to find fame with the buena vista social club

Live: Brady’s bunch

2001-10-11 00:00:00

Then, almost unnoticed special guest Sinéad O’Connor slipped out on stage to take the vocals on ‘The Lakes Of Ponchartrain’

Album: Sex, Age & Death

2001-10-11 00:00:00

These are songs of grief, pain, anger, loss and disappointment

Album: Through The Loop

2001-10-11 00:00:00

This is a fine debut, which should make waves for a promising new talent

Interview: The Paul Brady fanclub

2001-09-27 00:00:00

Broadcaster and writer JOHN KELLY started out as a fan and later became a friend of PAUL BRADY

Interview: The Paul Brady fanclub

2001-09-27 00:00:00

PAUL BRADY’s long association with US legend BONNIE RAITT has been one of his most successful, particularly in terms of enhancing his reputation as a world ranking songwriter

Interview: The Paul Brady fanclub

2001-09-27 00:00:00

The American songwriting legend CAROLE KING numbers PAUL BRADY among her favourite collaborators

Interview: The Paul Brady fanclub

2001-09-27 00:00:00

Curtis Stigers and Paul Brady have collaborated on a number of projects together, performing live on several occasions and writing songs

Interview: The Paul Brady fanclub

2001-09-27 00:00:00

The pop Svengali LOUIS WALSH’s association goes back to the ’60s when they were both active on the Irish ballroom circuit

Interview: The Paul Brady fanclub

2001-09-27 00:00:00

BRIAN KENNEDY’s new album Get On With Your Short Life, due for release in early October features a song written in collaboration with PAUL BRADY

Live: Lisa Stansfield

2001-09-27 00:00:00

The audience, mainly 30-something females, got up out of their seats where they remained for most of this enjoyable if predictable performance

Album: Songs From The West Coast

2001-09-27 00:00:00

Songs From The West Coast harks back to a time, before the tiaras and tantrums when Elton John had an untouchable knack for turning out memorable, melodic songs in tune with the times

Album: Crooked Town

2001-09-27 00:00:00

Cleary’s solo debut more than lives up to expectations

Interview: Party like it's 1899!

2001-09-13 00:00:00

COLM O'HARE meets MARIUS DE VRIES, the musical director who brought Bono to turn-of-the-century Paris’ Moulin Rouge

Live: Eoin Coughlan

2001-09-13 00:00:00

The quality of those songs didn't quite match up to the promise

Live: The Garage Gigs

2001-09-13 00:00:00

This project was set up with the sole aim of providing an outlet where young, unsigned bands can play properly organised gigs in established venues

Frontlines: Good sports

2001-09-13 00:00:00

COLM O'HARE reports on some good sports who are combating racism in Ireland

Interview: Staind Up!

2001-09-13 00:00:00

AARON LEWIS of US rock outfit staind tells COLM O'HARE how his band once blew Limp Bizkit's fuse

Album: Strange Little Girls

2001-09-13 00:00:00

Tori Amos' sixth album and her first since 1999's To Venus And Back, marks a major departure for her in that it consists entirely of cover versions – written exclusively by men!

Album: Beautiful Garbage

2001-09-13 00:00:00

The sheer variety of the material is breathtaking and brave, making it sound more like a compilation of a decade’s work rather than the “difficult” third album it could have been.

Album: Listen And Learn

2001-08-30 00:00:00

While "screaming" might be a bit harsh to describe the collective singing style of the four Diver sisters, the Orphans certainly don't believe in holding back on the vocal histrionics.

News: Sound Choice

2001-08-30 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare considers the choices available at STC to those who want to pursue a career in music and stage production

Commentary: Staring At The Sun

2001-08-30 00:00:00

Somebody up there likes us -that's for sure! Slane Castle 4pm on Saturday 25th August 2001 and the sun is shining down through deep blue skies like it hasn’t done all summer.

Album: All Saints - Collected Intrumentals 1977-99

2001-08-17 00:00:00

Drawing heavily on his Berlin, post Thin White Duke period and the albums Heroes and Low in particular, All Saints is something of a mixed bag.

Homefront: Easter Rising

2001-08-16 00:00:00

A Peter Frampton cover version, a flautist and female backing vocalists were all elements of FEEDBACK’s first ever live concert performance, yet this was th eoutfit that would eventually become U2. COLM O'HARE recalls the event

Interview: Keeping it real

2001-08-02 00:00:00

Having survived brit pop, DODGY turn to their fans and the internet to secure their future. Report: COLM O'HARE

Live: Wheatus

2001-07-19 00:00:00

Everywhere I Go The Kids Want To Rock. Trouble is, they’re turning in droves to punk-pop-by-numbers bands like Blink 182, Limp Bizkit, Ween, and now Wheatus, for teenage kicks.

Interview: Raven Mad

2001-07-23 00:00:00

It's probably one of the more unlikely cross-cultural, rock ‘n’ roll match-ups. But the current Brotherly Love Tour in the US featuring kick-ass Southern rockers The Black Crowes and erstwhile Brit-poppers Oasis has been a surprising success.

Interview: A Sort Of Homecoming

2001-07-23 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare meets bluesman Robert Cray who’s just released a new album, shoulda been home

Interview: Steady As She Goes

2001-07-19 00:00:00

Jonatha Brooke tells her story to Colm O’Hare

Album: Cara Dillon

2001-07-19 00:00:00

Here Dillon brings her warm, natural style to standards like ‘Black Is The Colour’, ‘Lark In The Clear Air’ and ‘I Am A Youth That’s Inclined To Ramble’.

Live: The Eagles

2001-07-05 00:00:00

The Eagles put on a three-hour show that would’ve converted even the most sceptical of doubters

Album: The Magnificent Tree

2001-07-05 00:00:00

The Magnificent Tree blends all the best elements of Portishead, Massive Attack and Morcheeba with a bit of Air and even Dido thrown into the mix.

Live: Roxy Music

2001-06-21 00:00:00

Roxy Music was always greater than the sum of its parts and as a unit they sounded magnificent, majestic even

Reports: On The Road Again

2001-06-21 00:00:00

The foot-and-mouth crisis plunged the Irish live music scene into one of its most difficult phases. Now, however, the business is back – and flourishing. Report: COLM O'HARE

Interview: Ronan Eile

2001-06-21 00:00:00

While one Irish Ronan is currently attempting to break the US market, another already has. COLM O'HARE meets RONAN HARDIMAN, the music composer behind Michael Flatley’s successes and discovers a considerable solo talent

Interview: Revolution No.3

2001-06-21 00:00:00

COLM O'HARE discovers that REVELINO, far from fading away, have recorded their most assured album yet in to the end.

Interview: Consuming passions

2001-06-21 00:00:00

MY VITRIOL are young, angsty and ambitious. They talk to NADINE O’REGAN about fame, their debut album, Finelines, and the merits of female bass players

Live: Ignition Unsigned Band Showcase

2001-06-07 00:00:00

Kicking things off, Donegal outfit Berkley displayed a neat line in edgy, guitar-driven pop, which was tight and well rehearsed. They also demonstrated solid songwriting skills which, combined with an obvious live ability marked them out as definite future contenders.

Interview: The Joy of Sexsmith

2001-06-07 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare meets Ron Sexsmith, who tours Ireland in July

Album: The Green Album

2001-05-24 00:00:00

Unsubstantial, inconsequential but great fun all the same

Interview: House full

2001-05-24 00:00:00

It’s a familiar sign, wherever PICTUREHOUSE appear, all over Ireland. This time it’s Carrick-On-Shannon, as the band take to the rock tower stage. Report: COLM O'HARE

Frontlines: The smoking gun

2001-05-24 00:00:00

It’s time for the tobacco industry to pay the price for the damage caused by cigarette smoking. Solicitor PETER McDONNELL explains why he’s leading the campaign in Ireland and why the Government “needs to push the button now”. Report: COLM O'HARE

Interview: Flying solo

2001-05-10 00:00:00

Leo O'Kelly steps into the glare with the release of his first solo album. Colm O’Hare reports.

Interview: Arms and the man

2001-05-10 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare mellows out with Elbow’s Guy Garvey

Interview: Independent woman

2001-05-10 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare catches up with Eleanor McEvoy on the eve of her biggest ever irish tour

Album: Scream If You Want To Go Faster

2001-05-10 00:00:00

With her snappy version of The Weather Girls’ 80’s gay anthem, ‘It’s Raining Men’ heading for the No 1 spot, her decision to bail out of the Spice Girls before the rot set in looks like going down as one the shrewdest moves since George Michael ditched Andrew Ridgley.

Album: Timbre

2001-05-10 00:00:00

Part of the first wave of feisty, in-your-face 1990s women singer songwriters that also included Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow and Meredith Brooks, the openly lesbian Sophie Ballantyne Hawkins struck gold with the affecting hit, ‘Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover’.

Album: The Science Of Things

1999-11-24 00:00:00

When Brit-Pop was raging across Blighty and the market for the Seattle sound had all but dissipated, America welcomed this unfashionably noisy outfit to its bosom, making them superstars into the bargain.

Album: Happy Like This

1993-12-01 00:00:00

MICK HANLY “Happy Like This” (Round Tower)

Album: Promises And Lies

1993-07-28 00:00:00

THEY'VE HAD more hits than Madness, were the first reggae group to top the charts in the U.S. (with 'Red Red Wine') and have been the unofficial 'international ambassadors of reggae' for over a decade and a half now.

Album: Joy And Blues

1993-07-28 00:00:00

LIKE Julian Lennon, Ziggy Marley can never hope to fully escape from under the shadow of his legendary father.

Album: Photographs ... Letters

1999-03-31 00:00:00

THIS DUO are clearly being groomed for greater things, judging by the amount of pre-publicity and general fuss that has accompanied their lavishly produced debut.

Album: I'm So Confused

1999-03-03 00:00:00

WITH HIS boyish looks remarkably preserved (despite the fact that he's approaching fifty) and his adenoidal vocals still intact, Jonathan Richman is still every bit the wide-eyed innocent who brought us the infectious garage punk of 'Road Runner' and 'Egyptian Reggae' over twenty years ago.

Album: French Windows

1999-02-17 00:00:00

SEPIA-TONED and timeless, Sonny Condell's velvet-tinged voice and mystically-inspired songwriting have long been such an integral part of the Irish musical landscape that he's lately been overlooked in favour of some of his more commercially-inclined peers such as Kieran Goss and Brian Kennedy.

Album: Wildflowers

2001-03-15 00:00:00

After what seems like (and probably is) half a decade on the road, the much-touted Downpatrick trio finally get to release an album. It's clearly a big budget affair too with no expense spared. Kicking off on familiar territory with the epic, multi-layered single that is 'Rainbow Zephyr', it continues with the hard driving, generic rock of 'Heart Shaped Box'.

Album: None

1999-02-03 00:00:00

WELL KNOWN in Irish music circles as a session musician, Ennis born/Nashville resident O'Beirne has lent his distinctive 6 and 12-string acoustic guitar talents to artists as varied as Sharon Shannon, The Waterboys and Marianne Faithful.

Interview: Songs In The Quaye Of Life

2001-02-01 00:00:00

Putting his personal problems to one side, FINLAY QUAYE waxes lyrical about everyone from the Steve Millar Band to U2. Interview: COLM O'HARE

Interview: Getting the finger out

2001-04-26 00:00:00

Big down under, Powderfinger are ready to rock the world. Interview: Colm O’Hare

Album: Draw

2001-04-26 00:00:00

Widely touted as the UK’s answer to Elliot Smith, 22 year-old Welshman Matthew Jay certainly looks the part, gazing out serenely from the cover of this promising debut all dreamy and cherubic.

Album: Irlish

2001-04-26 00:00:00

What’s eating Gilbert O’Sullivan these days? He might have had his troubles with the music industry and the media in the past but why does he continue to harbour so much bitterness and resentment?

Album: Rufus Wainright

1998-08-05 00:00:00

rufus wainright Rufus Wainright (Dreamworks)

Album: The Winds Begin To Sing

2001-04-26 00:00:00

KAREN CASEY The Winds Begin To Sing [Shanachie]

Interview: Old Cowboys Never Die

1998-08-05 00:00:00

Famed for their live shows in the late ’80s, the Fleadh Cowboys have reassembled for a new album. Peter Cummins explains all to Colm O’Hare.

Interview: No Frontiers

1998-07-22 00:00:00

His famous family name notwithstanding, Sean Keane’s music won’t be easily classified. Interview: Colm O’Hare.

Commentary: A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY For Emerging Writers

1998-08-05 00:00:00

The Hennessy Literary Awards are one of the most important landmarks on the Irish arts scene. Report: Colm O’Hare.

Interview: Filling In The Blanks

1998-07-08 00:00:00

The task of exhuming a number of folk legend Woody Guthrie’s unused lyrics and setting them to music would be a daunting prospect for most artists – but not Billy Bragg, the self-styled Bard of Barking. The guitar-slinging socialist has teamed up with acclaimed US country-rockers Wilco to do just that. Interview: Colm O’Hare.

Interview: Kane and Able

1996-12-02 00:00:00

Nashville-based country-folknik Kieran Kane on the fine art of getting back to basics. Interview: Colm O’Hare.

Interview: Owl’s Well That Ends Well

1998-07-08 00:00:00

Having put a considerable amount of personal strife behind her, Dolores Keane is back in the public domain with a new album, Night Owl, and a new outlook. Interview: Colm O’Hare.

News: Getting into Gear

1996-12-02 00:00:00

Equipment, like fame, has it price. Colm O’Hare goes bargain-hunting and discovers that spending your band’s hard-earned loot on new musical instruments need not be a traumatic experience.

Album: Sex & Jazz & Rock & Roll

1996-12-02 00:00:00


Album: Pain Killer

1995-02-22 00:00:00

ENERGY ORCHARD: “Pain Killer” (Castle)


1995-03-08 00:00:00

From The Marquee to Sarajevo, Bruce Dickinson tells Colm O’Hare all about life after Iron Maiden.

Interview: Interior Monologue

1995-02-22 00:00:00

Bet you thought we’d gone all literary for a minute there. Not a chance! Europe is about to get a dose of The Cramps – so we decided to get the low-down on what to expect from the band’s prime-mover and trash philosopher extraordinaire Mr Lux Interior. Ear to the phone: Colm O’Hare.

News: Giving Good Demo

1995-03-08 00:00:00

Your live set's honed to perfection, you're tighter than the proverbial duck's posterior in rehearsal but how are you going to persuade that hotshot record company exec that it's more than his or her job's worth not to sign you? Colm O'Hare gets the lowdown from the experts on how to make the perfect demo.


1995-03-08 00:00:00

There was a time when being shortsighted was regarded as a major handicap. However with the popularisation of contact lenses the necessity of wearing specs has diminished. Meanwhile the design of frames has improved so dramatically that prescription glasses and shades alike have become a hot fashion item. Report: Colm O’Hare.

Reports: This Party’s Not Over!

1995-02-22 00:00:00

As the Irish Music Industry hurtles towards the next millenium, Colm O’Hare reports that the philosophy of the key players is to accentuate the positive and keep both feet on the peddle. Anyway, nobody ever said that world domination would be easy . . .


1995-01-25 00:00:00



1995-02-08 00:00:00

BOOTSY COLLINS (Tivoli, Dublin)

Album: Transgression

1995-02-22 00:00:00

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: “Transgression” (Lodge Records)

Album: About Time

1995-02-08 00:00:00

SPERANZA: “About Time” (Starc Records)

Album: Musical Tourists 3

1995-02-08 00:00:00

VARIOUS ARTISTS: “Musical Tourists 3” (Lodge Records)

Album: Dr A’s Secret Remedies

1995-02-08 00:00:00

FOUR MEN & A DOG: “Dr A’s Secret Remedies” (Castle)

Interview: DRUID BOY

1995-01-25 00:00:00

Kieran Kennedy has just released a solo album – the Donal Lunny-produced Pagan Irish – but, he tells Colm O’Hare, The Black Velvet Band are still alive and well.

Commentary: Public Image Unlimited

1995-02-08 00:00:00

Every Picture Tells A Story You don’t have to hire the services of a professional photographer or the PR agency to help your band achieve world domination. But it certainly helps! Colm O’Hare offers some valuable advice to the would-be stars of tomorrow and talks to some music biz insiders who can point you in the right direction.


1995-01-25 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare takes stock of the considerable advances made in the area of musical instruments, sound gear and recording equipment.

Album: A Stor’s A Stoirin - Padraigin Ni Uallachain

1994-12-14 00:00:00



1995-01-11 00:00:00

A WOMAN’S HEART (The Point, Dublin)

Album: Sings Like Hell

1995-01-25 00:00:00

PETER CASE: “Sings Like Hell” (Glitterhouse Records)

Album: Good News From The Next World

1995-01-25 00:00:00

SIMPLE MINDS: “Good News From The Next World” (Virgin)

Album: Cliarai Ceoil – Minstrel’s Fancy

1995-01-11 00:00:00

SEAN RYAN: “Cliarai Ceoil – Minstrel’s Fancy” (Gael Linn)

Album: Crazy Love

1994-12-14 00:00:00

FIONA KENNEDY: “Crazy Love” (Flying Saucer Records)

Album: Reconciliation

1994-12-14 00:00:00

GERALDINE MACGOWAN & FRIENDS: “Reconciliation” (GMG Records)

Album: A Stor’s A Stoirin

1994-11-16 00:00:00



1995-01-11 00:00:00

Noel Hogan the man behind those sumptuous melodies, tells the story of how THE CRANBERRIES made it in America. Colm O'Hare goes West.

News: We Cannes work it out!

1995-01-11 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare previews MIDEM, the music business trade fair to end all music business trade fairs held each year in Cannes, France and talks to Irish delegates about the increasing possibilities it opens up for Irish labels.

News: Let the IMRO flow

1995-01-11 00:00:00

The Irish Music Rights Organisation has embarked on a nationwide recruitment campaign. Report: COLM O’HARE.

Ad Feature: TIM’LL FIX IT

1994-12-14 00:00:00

COLM O’HARE talks to TIM MARTIN, one of Ireland’s leading recording producer/engineers. Trend Studios

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: Terry Callier

2001-04-12 00:00:00


Album: Wildflowers

1994-11-16 00:00:00

TOM PETTY: “Wildflowers” (Warners)

Album: The Dreamer

1994-11-16 00:00:00

JIMMY MacCARTHY: “The Dreamer” (Sony)

Live: Bacardi Plugged Band Of The Year

2001-04-12 00:00:00

BACARDI PLUGGED BAND OF THE YEAR Dolan’s Warehouse Limerick. Katie Gallagher’s Gray, Co. Wicklow.

Interview: MAN DOG STAR

1994-11-30 00:00:00

COLM O’HARE talks to GINO LUPARI of Irish folk veterans FOUR MEN & A DOG about their new album, which has just been unleashed.


1994-11-30 00:00:00

With the demise of his former band, In Tua Nua, the future may not have looked too bright for Martin Clancy. Now, however, with the critically acclaimed Serious Women project under his belt, and a key role in the Advanced Technology College, the forecast is looking good. Interview: Colm O’Hare

Interview: The Dubliner And De Dannan

2001-04-12 00:00:00

COLM O’HARE meets RONNIE DREW and ELEANOR SHANLEY as they speak about their timely collaboration and the resultant album A Couple More Years


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. Ronan Hardiman


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. Christie Hennessey

Interview: Jazzy ESB

2001-04-12 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare reports on the upcoming ESB Jazz series of concerts at Dublin’s Vicar St.


1994-11-16 00:00:00

The debut album you’ve been planning for ages is finally in the can. But what happens next? Colm O’Hare accompanied Derry band Scheer to Trend Studios to find out . . .

Frontlines: Cois Céim Guaranteed Irish

1994-11-30 00:00:00

COLM O’HARE reports on independent Irish language publishers COIS CéIM


1994-11-30 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare turns over a new leaf or two from the huge variety of publications on the shelves this Christmas, from rock biographies to more general Irish published works. So, for those of you who like your entertainment between the covers, read on . . .


1994-11-16 00:00:00

We are going to spare you all the obvious puns about going back to basics, catching this particular fish in the raw or even the irrefutable truism that fins ain’t what they used to be. But as you can see from the accompanying pictures, there is something particularly vulnerable about people when they're naked. Dropped by Atlantic Records, stripped of all the corporate support, funding, and of course bullshit, – this is how An Emotional Fish stand before the public, on the launch of their independently-produced Sloper album. Not that either the band or lead singer are without the support of people who matter. Ger is photographed with his wife Lorraine . . . Interview: COLM O’HARE. Pix: MICK QUINN.

Album: Live In New York City

2001-04-12 00:00:00

“One… two… three… four. Is anybody aliiive out there?” Recorded at the final two shows of his record breaking ten-night stand at Madison Square Gardens last summer, this is The Boss’ most anticipated release in years.

Album: No Boundaries

1999-07-07 00:00:00

Where there's a crisis or a human catastrophe, a charity album is never far behind, with artists, major and minor, eager to be seen to be doing something to ease the suffering of the victims.

Album: Comatised

2000-08-31 00:00:00

Her father is a Norwegian shipping magnate who was once married to Diana Ross and Leona Naess has by all accounts, led a charmed life, flitting between New York, London and Norway.

Album: Maroon

2000-08-31 00:00:00

The long awaited follow-up to the mega-selling breakthrough that was Stunt, Maroon sees the Ladies linking up with veteran producer Don Was.

Album: Sing When You're Winning

2000-08-31 00:00:00

Album number three for the man who would be pop king finds Robbie Williams in increasingly contemplative mood. Which isn’t all that surprising, as anyone who has been observing him of late would agree.

Album: Bedtime Stories

1994-11-02 00:00:00

MADONNA: “Bedtime Stories” (WEA)

Album: The Celtic Connection

1994-11-02 00:00:00

VARIOUS ARTISTS: “The Celtic Connection” (Green Linnet)

Album: The Ultimate Collection

2001-04-12 00:00:00

Subtitled Notes From Planet Earth (whatever that means) this newly compiled collection from the Dalkey Dynamo claims to be different in one major respect from previous Greatest Hits offerings.

Album: The Peel Sessions

1994-10-19 00:00:00

This collection of fifteen tracks, recorded between 1972-77 for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show, is a hugely welcome release.

Album: d’ Flute Album

1994-10-19 00:00:00

KEVIN CRAWFORD: “‘d’ Flute Album” (Kerbstone)

Commentary: Fast Forward into the Future

1994-11-02 00:00:00

The technology which drives home entertainment is changing, and it's changing fast. Colm O'Hare takes a close-up look at what's happening in hi-fi, television, video and home cinema technology and discovers that the future has already arrived.


1994-11-16 00:00:00

Last week in Dublin, a highly ambitious new independent label was launched. LODGE RECORDS will reflect the diverse musical interests of its founder pat dempsey – as well as reflecting a funamental commitment to the song. Report: Colm O’Hare


1994-10-19 00:00:00

Computer games have been one of the remarkable growth areas of recent years in home entertainment. Colm O'Hare looks at developments in this intensely competitive field and predicts that – with so much mazooma at stake – it could become a veritable battle zone over the coming twelve months.

Album: King Of The Beach

2000-10-12 00:00:00

After the commercial disaster that was La Passione (both the film and Rea's over-indulgent soundtrack) and last year's less than spectacular revisit to the Road To Hell (Part Two) the Middelsboro' bottle blonde returns to yet another familiar theme.

Album: Don Quixote

1994-09-21 00:00:00

JOHNNY DUHAN: “Don Quixote” (Bell)

Album: Path Across The Ocean

1994-09-21 00:00:00

BARRY GLEESON: “Path Across The Ocean” (Wavelength)

Album: Revelino

1994-10-05 00:00:00

REVELINO: “Revelino” (Dirt Records)


1994-10-05 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare talks to Kerry King, guitarist with thrash-metal outfit Slayer, and discovers that under that murderous, violent exterior lies a great big pussy cat . . . almost.

Interview: The Kids Are Alright

1994-09-21 00:00:00

After suffering from a particularly nasty bout of 'difficult second album' syndrome, GOATS DON'T SHAVE have come up trumps with a record that's destined to take them way beyond their present cult status. PAT GALLAGHER tells COLM O'HARE how they managed to avoid becoming the world's first folk techno band and why doing-it-yourself is definitely the best policy.

Ad Feature: DIGGING The Tunnel!

1994-09-21 00:00:00

The Tunnel Recording Studio is celebrating its fifth birthday. Colm O’Hare investigates its unique charms and talks to the people who make it tick.

News: Sympathy For The Devil

1994-10-05 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare reports on the controversy over death metal whose continuing interest in all things Satanic has been blamed for a series of anti-social activities, from the vandalisation of cemeteries and churches to the deaths of rock stars themselves.

Education Feature: CAREER Paths

1994-09-07 00:00:00

Now that the Leaving Cert results have been fully digested, people are looking afresh at their options. colm o’hare explores some interesting opportunities for career advancement.


1994-08-24 00:00:00

TADHG MAC DHONNAGÁIN (Mother Redcaps, Dublin)


1994-08-24 00:00:00

TED HAWKINS (Whelan’s, Dublin)

Album: The Cat That Ate The Candle

1994-08-24 00:00:00

JOHN CARTY & BRIAN McGRATH: “The Cat That Ate The Candle” (Clo Iar Chonnachta)

Album: Head Like A Rock

1994-08-24 00:00:00

IAN McNABB: “Head Like A Rock” (This Way Up)

Album: Banjo The Irish Way

1994-08-24 00:00:00

KEVIN CONLON: “Banjo The Irish Way” (Sound Records)


1994-02-09 00:00:00

It may not seem as glamorous as appearing on Top of the Pops but it can be a hell of a lot more lucrative. That’s right, publishing is one of the most widely misunderstood and underestimated aspects of the music industry. The message for Irish songwriters: get weaving! There’s classics that need writing . . .

News: Money, Money, Money

1994-02-09 00:00:00

Now that you've written that smash hit, organisations such as IMRO are here to make sure you get what's coming to you


1994-08-24 00:00:00

Colm O’Hare reports on the latest developments in the Irish film world which – thanks to initiatives spearheaded by Michael D. Higgins, Minister of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht – is experiencing an unprecedented boom period.

Album: TP-2.Com

2000-11-23 00:00:00

From the man who gave us one of the biggest gospel-inspired hits of the 1990's in 'I Believe I Can Fly', comes another classy collection of soulful grooves, infectious club jams and R&B ballads.

Album: Barefoot And Shitfaced

2000-09-28 00:00:00

Devon-based DJ collective Elevator Suite purvey a kitschy blend of loungcore pop that at times recalls the studied retro chic of Air – albeit with much more emphasis on the dance floor than the Gallic duo.

Album: Miss You

2000-09-28 00:00:00

The seventh album in just over a decade from one of this country’s most gifted blues practitioners, Miss You finds Don Baker in an introspective mode as he turns fifty. Apart from a handful of tracks, including the up-tempo opener, ‘Chains’ and the straight rock and roll of ‘Mama’, the bulk of the material here is laidback, late night blues fare.

Album: Those Were The Days

2000-12-07 00:00:00

Defiantly working class and staunchly political, The Blades stood apart from almost every other Dublin outfit that stalked the over-blown 1980’s rawk landscape.

Album: The Unutterable

2000-12-07 00:00:00

Having rocked up twenty-five years and over thirty albums of sometimes brilliant but always uncompromising progressive punk, Mark E. Smith's singular approach shows no sign of letting up.

Album: Hello Pig

2000-09-14 00:00:00

In their prime, a decade or so ago, the Levellers made for an awesome live prospect – all flailing fiddles, flying dreadlocks and impassioned agit-prop lyrics.

Album: Sailing To Philadelphia

2000-09-14 00:00:00

Not quite what the world needs right now you might be forgiven for thinking – yet another instalment from the erstwhile Sultan of Swing. But to be fair to Mr Knopfler he has hardly been ingratiating himself into our lives since the demise of the colossus that was Dire Straits over eight years ago. Movie soundtracks aside, this (astonishingly) is only Knopfler’s second solo album.


1994-03-09 00:00:00

Located in Dublin’s thriving Temple Bar area and owned by U2, The Kitchen is one of the hottest clubs in one of the most happening cities in Europe. Report: Colm O’Hare

Album: Everywhere

1994-01-26 00:00:00


Album: Love and The Russian Winter

1999-10-27 00:00:00

ON THEIR last album, 1998's Blue, Simply Red's patent dearth of strong original material was rescued somewhat by the inclusion of an eclectic mix of covers.

Album: Greatest Hits

1999-10-27 00:00:00

"GARTH HAS summoned up the long-gone thrill of innovation, adventure and risk that was once the foundation of rock ’n’ roll music. More importantly, he has done so while making an artistically gratifying album that blossoms under the scrutiny of repeated listening.”

Album: Homespun

1999-11-24 00:00:00

Subtitled The Apple Venus Volume One Home Demos, this is essentially a companion piece to Apple Venus Volume One, XTC’s rather brilliantly conceived record which was released earlier this year.


1993-12-15 00:00:00

With her superb new album Kelly’s Heroes, SANDY KELLY has established herself as Ireland’s undisputed Queen of Country Music. She has also consolidated her status as an international star of the highest calibre. Report: COLM O’HARE

Ad Feature: Come Fly with Me!

1994-01-26 00:00:00

Aer Rianta’s Annual Arts Festival takes place this year from the 6th to the 12th of February at Dublin Airport. Now in its seventh year, the festival is a massive undertaking and is the first and only event of its kind to take place at an airport terminal, anywhere in the world. Featuring both performing and visual arts, this year’s festival promises to be the most ambitious and exciting to date and a quick glance at the impressive line-up should confirm exactly why, writes Colm O’Hare.


1994-01-12 00:00:00

That’s the philosophy behind Cross Border Media, a label which has had a remarkable impact on Irish music since its foundation just three years ago. A special report by Colm O’Hare and Jackie Hayden


1994-01-12 00:00:00


Album: Destiny Road

1999-11-24 00:00:00

AS ANYONE who witnessed his recent Dublin gig will testify Peter Green can cut a sad and lonely figure up on stage. The ravages of time, coupled with a long history of depression and disillusion with the music business have all taken their toll on this once vital guitarist and songwriter.

Album: The Crooked Stair

1993-12-15 00:00:00

CRAN: “The Crooked Stair” (CBM)

Album: Raifteirí San Underground

1993-12-15 00:00:00

TADHG MAC DHONNAGÁIN: “Raifteirí San Underground” (Cló lar Chonnachta)

Album: Live In Texas

1999-09-15 00:00:00

Recorded in 1995 and released on the back of a swing revival currently sweeping the US, Live In Texas is a long overdue in-concert record from arguably the best singer songwriter to have emerged from Texas in the past twenty years (and there’ve been many).

Album: Coloursound

1999-09-29 00:00:00

COLOURSOUND IS the innocently monikered collective put together early last year by former Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and Mike Peters, one time spike-topped frontman with ’80s Welsh outfit The Alarm.


1993-12-15 00:00:00

Deco Cuffe me bollix. With the release of his debut album Andrew Strong has finally left behind his Commitments' character and launched his solo career in earnest. Interview: Colm O'Hare


1993-12-15 00:00:00

With their Harmony Hill album establishing them as one of the Trad world’s brightest hopes, Dervish are now busy taking their music to anyone who wants to listen. Colm O’Hare meets the Sligo six-piece who are being favourably compared to and discovers a band determined to breathe new life into old traditions.

Album: Ten Years of Folk Fleadh

1999-09-29 00:00:00

THESE TWO compilations have been released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of promoter Vince Power's hugely successful annual celebration of Irish music.

Album: Both Sides

1993-11-17 00:00:00

PHIL COLLINS: "Both Sides" (Virgin)

Album: Best Of

1993-11-17 00:00:00



1993-11-17 00:00:00

Technology is setting the pace in the musical instrument and equipment market of the ’90s, with one great leap forward following another, and the musican reaping the benefits in terms of a vastly increased range of product choices. But it’s a difficult market for retailers nonetheless, with the level of investment and exposure rising all the time. Report: Colm O’Hare

Album: On The Line

1999-12-08 00:00:00

Portumna, Co Galway-based four-piece rock band Big Generator have been touring extensively over the past few years, particularly around Europe. They've also been busy guesting with similarly inclined acts such as Whitesnake and Joe Satriani. Following the success of the singles 'Don't Walk Away' and 'Sometimes' which were minor radio hits in Ireland, the band have now released their debut album On The Line on a Dutch-based label.

Album: Leanne Rimes

1999-12-08 00:00:00

She might be seen in some quarters as the Brittany Spears of country music but there's no denying that this seventeen-year-old prodigy has an impressive vocal range and an instinctive feel for mainstream country material.

Album: Strong

1993-10-20 00:00:00


Album: Portrait

1999-09-01 00:00:00

Enniskillen brothers Pat and John McManus (one time members of '80s metal trio Mama's Boys) are joined by keyboardist Jonathan Czerwik to form the core of this London-based collective.

Album: Mock Tudor

1999-09-01 00:00:00

Despite a body of work that marks him as one of the outstanding figures of British music over the past 30 years and high profile patronage from the likes of REM (who covered his song 'Wall of Death'), Richard Thompson continues to bathe in relative obscurity.

Album: Supernatural

1999-08-18 00:00:00

Thirty years after his breakthrough Woodstock appearance, Carlos Santana returns to the fray with a star-studded album. It also reunites the San Francisco-based guitar legend with co-producer and label supremo Clive Davis, who gave Santana their first recording contract back in 1968.

Album: Before The Calm

1999-08-04 00:00:00

This Wigan four-piece with a tenuous (mainly geographical, it has to be said) Verve connection have accumulated a load of accolades and plaudits on the basis of a handful of singles released over the past year.

Album: Bad Love

1999-07-21 00:00:00

Following a seemingly endless bout of movie soundtrack projects, Newman's first album proper in almost a decade has been hailed (most notably by Newman himself) as his best yet. Whether that's true or not is debatable, but Bad Love, produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Suzanne Vega, Ron Sexsmith etc.) is certainly up there with past glories such as Good Old Boys, Sail Away and Little Criminals.

Album: Echo

1999-05-12 00:00:00

With his blonde strands thinning noticeably and his trademark feline features becoming bloated, time appears to be taking a particularly heavy toll on the once vital Tom Petty. Performing 'Room At The Top' recently on Later with Jools Holland he looked and sounded jaded. Such is the mood on Echo his "long awaited" follow up to 1994's Wildflowers.

Album: Exposed

1999-08-04 00:00:00

Celebrating ten years in existence this year, the Ballyfermot Rock School has come in for more than its share of criticism over the years ."You can't teach rock n roll" is the main accusation levelled at it, and there's an element of truth in that.

Interview: Flying High

1998-06-10 00:00:00

Eurovision may have kick-started her career, but things didn't exactly go according to plan after that. Now NIAMH KAVANAGH is taking off again. colm o'hare reports.

Interview: "We're Just Five Culchies Coming Into Dublin's Pop Scene"

1998-06-24 00:00:00

So says Kian of I.O.U., the latest boy band to be taken under the wing of Boyzone boss Louis Walsh. Interview: COLM O'HARE

Commentary: The Best Little Venue In Galway

1998-06-24 00:00:00

Since opening its doors five years ago, Galway's Róisín dubh has established itself as a superb live music venue that's a firm favourite with performers and punters alike. colm o'hare reports.


1998-06-10 00:00:00

And it will! colm o'hare reports on the crucial role being played in live music by the Irish Music Rights Organisation.


1998-06-10 00:00:00

Celebrating its 21st anniversary this summer, 1998's Galway Arts Festival promises to be the best ever. Hot Press' honorary Tribes-man, COLM O'HARE, previews the main attractions and offers a comprehensive guide to the best places to eat, drink and make merry.

Commentary: FATHER TED

1998-06-10 00:00:00

Ted Turton, Artistic Director of the Galway Arts Festival, looks back on 20 years of fruitful involvement with the event. Interview: COLM O'HARE

Album: Californication

1999-06-23 00:00:00

Already being hailed as a mighty return to form and a worthy successor to the groundbreaking Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik, Californication sees the Red Hot Chili Peppers back on the block and re-energised.

Live: Bacardi Hot Press Plugged Band Of The Year Competition

2001-03-01 00:00:00

Not even a suspect device on the railway line could prevent the Bacardi/hotpress team from reaching Belfast for the Northern leg of the new-look plugged format.

Album: For The Want Of Some Better TV

1999-06-09 00:00:00

When an album kicks off with the line "She broke my heart, so I ate her liver/And dumped her putrefying carcass in the river", you know you're not in for an easy ride. But hey, hey, it's The Hitchers - Limerick's very own post-modern, guitar-pop ironists - with another instalment of cartoon punk for our delectation and delight.

Album: Swing - Original Soundtrack

1999-06-09 00:00:00

Following a strong start with a slew of slickly produced soul/dance singles, including 'All Around The World' and 'This Is The Right Time', Lisa Stansfield has failed to live up to her initial promise as a soul diva of substance.

Album: Einniú

1993-09-08 00:00:00

INTERESTING DEBUT this, from this Dublin/Connemara based five-piece who despite their moniker, perform what are essentially American country-rock tunes with mainly Irish language lyrics.

Album: Coumineol

1993-09-08 00:00:00

THIS IS a highly listenable collection from this Dingle-based uileann pipes player and whole-food restaurant manager who achieves a kind of new-age sound with his anciently-inspired, originally composed melodies.

Album: The Optimist LP

2001-03-01 00:00:00

Their languorous, minor key songs and stripped-to-the-bones arrangements have seen them dubbed the torchbearers of "slo-fi" across the water.

Interview: Shawn's Showdown

1993-09-08 00:00:00

Increasingly popular, critically acclaimed, a Grammy Award Winner - and yet, Shawn Colvin still sings those 'ol record company blues. Colm O'Hare lends a sympathetic ear.

Interview: So You Wanna Be In My Gang....

1993-09-22 00:00:00

Well then you better be prepared to hang upside down naked once in a while! Colm O'Hare meets Dublin's Ride Or Die Gang, the band behind this year's ballsiest publicity campaign

Interview: My Aimee Is True

2001-03-29 00:00:00

With nominations for an oscar, a grammy and a golden globe under her belt, Aimee Mann has proved her critics wrong as colm o'hare discovers

Interview: Black Humour

2001-03-29 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare finds former Pixie FRANK BLACK in mischievous mood

News: Bacardi/Hotpress Plugged Band of the Year

2001-03-29 00:00:00


Album: Big Storm Comin'

1993-08-25 00:00:00

THE APPARENT cultural contradiction of a Norwegian country music singer dueting with an American singer/songwriter (who's based in Ireland!) is soon forgotten after a few spins of this album, which stylistically sounds like anything that might have come out of Nashville recently.

Interview: Making For The Stars

2001-03-01 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare meets the band named after a Tim Buckley album, Starsailor

Interview: Sister Act

2001-02-01 00:00:00

BRIDIN BRENNAN may be the sister of Enya and Maire Brennan but her music is set to take a more poppy direction. COLM O'HARE reports.


1993-08-25 00:00:00

RTE Television's Editor of Irish Programming Cathal Goan discusses recent initiatives aimed at keeping the Irish language alive on the tube

Interview: THE REAL McEVOY

1993-08-11 00:00:00

With her own debut album, ELEANOR McEVOY, one of the stars of 'A Woman's Heart', has come out of the folk closet and revealed herself to be a real rocker - feedback, distorted guitars and all. Interview: COLM O'HARE

Commentary: Mor the Merrier

1993-07-14 00:00:00

On the face of it, the Fleadh Mor in Tramore had it all: blistering sunshine, hairy hippies, a stall selling glow in the dark condoms and a line up of rock 'n' roll legends that would be hard to match.


1998-04-15 00:00:00

colm o'hare gets the hoe-down from karl power, the stetson sporting crooner behind the garreth brooks experience.

Interview: the sweeney

1998-04-15 00:00:00

With a little help from daddy, traditional chanteuse orla has released her eponymous debut album.Interview: colm o'hare.


1998-04-15 00:00:00

rob thomas is cautiously optimistic that his multi-million selling outfit, matchbox 20, will not succumb to the Hootie syndrome. Interview: colm o'hare.

Interview: wimp rock

1998-04-29 00:00:00

Carlow outfit SISSY may have one of the most knock-kneed band names around - but, they tell colm o'hare, there's nothing emasculated about their music.

Interview: In many ways the music industry is a scam

1998-04-29 00:00:00

These words of wisdom belong to jim kerr, a working-class boy from Glasgow who proved that he was as good at scamming it as the next man. Now he's back for one more shot with the new Simple Minds album Neapolis. Interview: colm o'hare.

Interview: Steely Dan

1998-05-27 00:00:00

His new studio album, Celtic Heritage, is an ethnic masterpiece, so why didn't DAN AR BRAS win the 1996 Eurovision? COLM O'HARE finds out.


1998-05-27 00:00:00

And it will! COLM O'HARE reports on the crucial role being played in live music by the IRISH MUSIC RIGHTS ORGANISATION

Commentary: on the BOILGay nightlife in Dublin is even hotter than ever before. Report: Colm O'Hare.

1998-04-29 00:00:00

Gay nightlife in Dublin is even hotter than ever before. Report: Colm O'Hare.


1998-04-29 00:00:00

Meet andy yorke, frontman with Unbelievable Truth and kid brother of Radiohead's Thom. Interview: colm o'hare.

Album: More Grip

2000-08-03 00:00:00

Sidestepper is a collaboration between UK producer/musician Richard Blair and Colombian native Ivan Benavides.

Album: Best Kept Secrets

2000-08-03 00:00:00

Hailing from the leafy environs of St. Albans in the British Home Counties, Cat, aka Catherine Lawless and friends, concoct a generic, hard-rock sound rooted in the spandex-wearing eighties metal revival.

Live: Christy Moore plays the Inaugural Gig at the Mean Fiddler

1995-07-25 00:00:00

THE QUEUES down Wexford Street for this rare club appearance from the mighty Christy were reminiscent of the crowds that stormed The Baggot Inn for those legendary Moving Hearts shows, all of fifteen years ago. Since then, Christy has become a megastar of ludicrous proportions and not surprisingly, the "Sold Out" signs were in place by around 8:00pm.

Interview: The bare necessities

1998-03-04 00:00:00

She may not be a folk-chick , but for the time being, a bottle of beer, a chair and a guitar is all it takes to get Kristin Hersh through the night. Interview: colm o hare.

Album: Getaway

2000-08-03 00:00:00

Like Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller, Reef doubtless make for great festival fodder. Their workmanlike brand of heads-down boogie-metal (as exemplified by their best known number 'Place Your Hands') is always guaranteed to get bodies moving and heads popping.

Album: The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II A Book

2000-08-03 00:00:00

He's done it again. Arguably the most credible and without doubt the most adventurously talented figure in mainstream hip-hop, ex-Fugee Wyclef Jean has managed to outmatch his first solo outing, 1997's Carnival.

Album: The Almighty

2000-07-20 00:00:00

When Kerrang favourites The Almighty split up at the height of their success in 1996 Newtownards-born frontman Ricky Warwick decamped to Dublin to form a new, more indie oriented combo.

Album: Wildflowers

2001-02-15 00:00:00

After what seems like (and probably is) half a decade on the road, the much-touted Downpatrick trio finally get to release an album. It's clearly a big budget affair too with no expense spared. Kicking off on familiar territory with the epic, multi-layered single that is 'Rainbow Zephyr', it continues with the hard driving, generic rock of 'Heart Shaped Box'.

Album: Back To The Blues

2001-03-15 00:00:00

On his last album, 1999's A Different Beat, Belfast born axe-meister Gary Moore successfully updated his trademark hard-rock blues by incorporating techno rhythms and break beats.

Album: To Record Only Water For Ten Days

2001-02-15 00:00:00

Third solo effort from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers axeman, (he made two wildly unsuccessful albums during his long sabbatical from the band in the nineties) this oddly titled collection will win him few new friends.

Album: The Optimist LP

2001-03-01 00:00:00

Their languorous, minor key songs and stripped-to-the-bones arrangements have seen them dubbed the torchbearers of "slo-fi" across the water. But London duo Olly Knight and Gale Paradganian have also won praise for their uncompromising adherence to the dark soul of their material.

Album: Pomegranate - An Anthology

2001-02-15 00:00:00

Long before UK folk-based artists such as Beth Orton and Eliza Carthy came to prominence Heidi Berry reigned as the lone voice of British indie folk - a strange accolade given that she was born in Boston.

Album: Amy

2000-02-17 00:00:00

Truth to tell I've never heard of Stephen Ferra before but he appears to be a UK-based singer/songwriter/guitarist of some note.

Album: Out Of The Dark

2000-03-16 00:00:00

DENIS LOCORRIERE was in the original line-up of Dr Hook & The Medicine Show and was the voice behind their first (and best) ever hit 'Sylvia's Mother'.

Album: Hellocentric

2000-04-13 00:00:00

HIS FIRST studio album since the (decidedly unsoulful) Heavy Soul, and first release since the immodestly titled greatest hits collection Modern Classics, Heliocentric finds Weller settling even more comfortably into the role of UK rock's Mr Everyman.

Album: Woodstock 99 - Volume 2

2000-04-12 00:00:00

UNLIKE ITS legendary ancestor, Woodstock '99 could hardly be described as "three days of music, peace and love", ending as it did in a riot.

Album: Real Live Woman

2000-04-27 00:00:00

Trisha Yearwood has always looked beyond Nashville's tight circle for her material and Real Live Woman follows a similar pattern.

Album: White Pepper

2000-05-11 00:00:00

"THE WEEN diet of mind enhancing drugs has been replaced with alcohol and pharmaceuticals, giving the band new insight into the psyche of working class America."

Album: Groovin'

2000-05-11 00:00:00

GROOVIN' IS the final chapter in the Rhythm Kings' trilogy, which began a couple of years back with the rootsy R&B of Struttin' Our Stuff and its follow-up, Anyway The Wind Blows, a collection of mainly '30s and '40s blues/jazz standards.

Album: Beyond

2000-05-25 00:00:00

Variously named the "young lion" and "crown prince" of the tenor saxophone, former Harvard Law student Redman (the son of well known saxophonist Dewey Redman) has emerged as the latest Stateside jazz superstar.

Album: The Other Side

2000-05-25 00:00:00

A purveyor of classic sweet soul of the old school, Hall looked set to follow in the footsteps of Seal as the saviour of UK Soul following the release of his debut Medicine 4 My Pain.

Album: Proud

2000-06-08 00:00:00

Blessed with one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in British dance/pop Heather Small was always a likely candidate for a solo career once M People ran out of steam.

Album: Bugged

2000-06-08 00:00:00

Babybird mainman Stephen Jones is a frustratingly uneven talent - his tendency to irritate is redeemed only by the occasional stroke of genius.

Album: NYC Ghosts & Flowers

2000-06-08 00:00:00

For those among you who hate melodies, despise choruses and balk at the very thought of a hook, there's always been Sonic Youth.

Album: Clouds In My Heart - Live In Dublin

2000-06-08 00:00:00

Mary Stokes and her band have been keeping the home blues flame burning for over 13 years now, with increasing power and authority.

Album: Outside Looking In

2000-01-20 00:00:00

A self-released, self-produced debut from a 27-year-old Dublin singer/songwriter Outside Looking In contains 12 original songs.

Album: Outside Looking In

2000-01-20 00:00:00

A self-released, self-produced debut from a 27-year-old Dublin singer/songwriter Outside Looking In contains 12 original songs.

Album: Original Soundtrack

2000-01-20 00:00:00

Sountracks are getting weirder, that's for sure. No longer an excuse for stringing together the usual clutch of Motown classics, they are increasingly challenging audiences' sense of time and place by crossing genres and spanning generations.

Album: Original Soundtrack

2000-01-20 00:00:00

Sountracks are getting weirder, that's for sure. No longer an excuse for stringing together the usual clutch of Motown classics, they are increasingly challenging audiences' sense of time and place by crossing genres and spanning generations.

Album: Summer Of Sam

2000-02-03 00:00:00

HOT ON the heels of the American Beauty OST comes another genre-crossing soundtrack, this one taken from a new seventies retro-flick, Summer of Sam.

Album: Telling Stories

2000-02-03 00:00:00

IT'S NOT all that hard to fathom the phenomenal success and longevity of Tracy Chapman. Her winning combination of simple, folk-based melodies, wise, knowing vocals and a quietly spoken dignity, has made her the most popular singer-songwriter of the last decade.

Album: United

2000-07-20 00:00:00

Like most French bands, Parisian four-piece Phoenix couldn't give a toss about musical fashions or fads.

Interview: Natural High

2001-01-17 00:00:00

How Katie Jane Garside left Daisy Chainsaw, got lost in nature and found her way back to music with a new attitude and a new name queen adrenna. By Colm O'Hare

Interview: Back on The Road Again

1999-11-24 00:00:00

But this time, CHRIS REA is definitely not crashing the same car. Interview: Colm O'Hare.

Interview: The Good Seed

1999-12-08 00:00:00

COLM O'HARE talks to IAN BROUDIE about Liverpool, Ringo Starr and the new Lightning Seeds album.

Interview: Party Shots

1999-11-10 00:00:00

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER talks to Colm O Hare about her new compilation, the Country establishment and her burgeoning career as an author.

Interview: Legend Lost And Found

1999-11-10 00:00:00

COLM O HARE meets 74-year-old JIMMY SCOTT and hears the jazz king talk him through his remarkable life story. Pics: Cathal Dawson

Main Event: All In A Good Corrs

1999-11-10 00:00:00

COLM O HARE previews the album which is likely to take the Heineken/Hot Press Rock Award-winners to fresh levels of multi-platinum success.

Interview: The Real McEvoy

1993-08-11 00:00:00

With her own debut album, Eleanor McEvoy, one of the stars of A Woman s Heart , has come out of the folk closet and revealed herself to be a real rocker feedback, distorted guitars and all. Interview: Colm O Hare.

Interview: It Never Rains But It Pours

1999-09-29 00:00:00

COLM O HARE speaks to Fran Healy and Dougie Payne of TRAVIS about ongoing success, irritating Radiohead comparisons and avoiding the nightmare of 9-5 existence.

Interview: Simon Says

1999-09-29 00:00:00

SIMON FOWLER of OCEAN COLOUR SCENE speaks to Colm O'Hare about the band s new album, his outing at the hands of the tabloid press, and hanging out with Noel Gallagher.

Interview: On The Rise

2000-11-23 00:00:00

ELEVATOR SUITE could be the English pretenders to Air s throne. We don t want to change the world or any of that bollox, they tell Colm O'Hare

Interview: One Man And His Songs

2000-11-23 00:00:00

TOM McRAE tells Colm O'Hare why he isn t the new David Gray


1998-03-18 00:00:00

Until recently, Scottish jazz/folk legend john martyn was almost as renowned for his hard-living consumption of booze as he was for his marvellous records. But, he tells colm o hare, these days he s on the wagon, and operating on full horsepower for the first time in years.

Interview: The Hitman Bites Back

2000-10-26 00:00:00

PETE WATERMAN, one third of the famous Stock, Aitken and Waterman team, defends himself. Interview: Colm O'Hare

Interview: Tricks Of The Trade

2000-11-09 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare meets magician-to-the-stars KEITH BARRY

Interview: wimp rock

1998-03-04 00:00:00

Carlow outfit SISSY may have one of the most knock-kneed band names around but, they tell colm o hare, there s nothing emasculated about their music.

Interview: Queen Of The Slipstream

1999-09-01 00:00:00

COLM O HARE catches up with MARY BLACK, as the singer helicopters her way around the country and talks about her new album, the song writing of Ron Sexsmith and unfair criticism. Pics: PETER MATHEWS.


1998-01-07 00:00:00

The Queen of Zydeco, Boris Bob Dylan Grebenshikov and an erstwhile Rolling Stone were among the unlikely collaborators on ANTHONY THISTLETHWAITE S latest opus, Crawfish & Caviar. COLM O HARE hears more.

Interview: Sol Survivor

2000-09-14 00:00:00

French jazz pianist Martial Solal is one of the greatest talents to grace Dublin Jazz Week. He spoke to COLM O'HARE

Interview: The Naked Truth

1994-11-16 00:00:00

We are going to spare you all the obvious puns about going back to basics, catching this particular fish in the raw or even the irrefutable truism that fins ain t what they used to be. But as you can see from the accompanying pictures, there is something particularly vulnerable about people when they re naked. Dropped by Atlantic Records, stripped of all the corporate support, funding, and of course bullshit this is how An Emotional Fish stand before the public, on the launch of their independently-produced Sloper album. Not that either the band or lead singer are without the support of people who matter. Ger is photographed with his wife Lorraine . . . Interview: Colm O Hare.

Interview: The Ladies Boy

2000-09-14 00:00:00

Jim Creegan of BARENAKED LADIES tells Colm O'Hare about meeting Brian Wilson, working with Don Was and the oft-ignored depths to their music

News: Rory's Storm

1999-09-01 00:00:00

A previously unreleased BBC Sessions CD and a video of the man in concert in his hometown, form the latest chapter in the posthumous story of the great RORY GALLAGHER. COLM O HARE has the details.

Interview: HOT COLE

1997-10-01 00:00:00

Despite the beliefs of many misguided Americans, paula cole has no intention of giving up her singing career to look after a macho cowboy. colm o?hare feels neglected.

Interview: A LONG WAY FROM there to here

1997-10-01 00:00:00

With 35 years on the road behind them, THE DUBLINERS are the roots of Irish music. Interview: COLM O?HARE.

Interview: WHY, MAN?

1997-10-15 00:00:00

Bill Wyman apparently retired from rock n roll five years ago so what s he doing releasing the first in a trilogy of new albums? colm o hare talks to a Stone alone.


1997-12-10 00:00:00

White-boy soulsters daryl hall and john oates have returned to keep America safe for accomplished, slick R n B and they re still packing in the punters after all these years. Interview: colm o hare.

Interview: Spencer For Hire

1997-12-10 00:00:00

the jon spencer blues explosion are the hippest, baddest, sleaziest, sweatiest, sexiest, sickest, noisiest, in-your-face-est rock n roll act to come out of America for a loooooong time. colm o hare joined them on the road to Manchester.

Interview: Up And Adams!

2000-08-17 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare looks forward to BRYAN ADAMS tearing the roof off Slane. If it had a roof, that is

Interview: C s Sides

2000-08-17 00:00:00

Colm O Hare profiles the Spice Girl with the talent and tenacity to make a career of her own

Interview: The Boy David

2000-08-17 00:00:00

Young r n b wunderkid CRAIG DAVID is more than just another manufactured pop star. Interview: Colm O'Hare

Interview: Folkin Great Great

2000-08-17 00:00:00

English folk singer KATE RUSBY has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. She tells Colm O'Hare about sad songs, her Bon Jovi phase, and attracting praise from Blur s Graham Coxon

Interview: A long way from there to here

1997-10-01 00:00:00

A long way from there to here With 35 years on the road behind them, THE DUBLINERS are the roots of Irish music. Interview: Colm O'Hare. The Rolling Stones aren't the only ones celebrating 35 years on the road this year.

Frontlines: the wisdom of SOLOMON

1997-08-20 00:00:00

With Solomon s Seal, MOLLY McCLOSKEY has emerged as a potent literary force. Interview: Colm O HARE. Pix: CATHAL DAWSON


1997-07-23 00:00:00

Access All Areas COLM O HARE takes a guided tour through alternative access studios in Kerry.

Interview: A Rap With The Bap

2000-08-03 00:00:00

Steve Earle saved his ass and he finally found success on Lonely Street. COLM O HARE hears how BAP KENNEDY survived success in the eighties

Commentary: The Write Stuff

1999-11-24 00:00:00

COLM O'HARE reports on this year's HENNESSY NEW IRISH WRITING AWARDS, and we also print some of the prize-winning submissions.

Interview: Glad To Be Green

1999-09-15 00:00:00

COLM O HARE speaks to ANTHONY GOULDING, writer of Green, a play centreD around male prostitution in Dublin.

Ad Feature: Studio Time

1999-09-01 00:00:00

Ireland s recording studios are busy creating the masterpieces that will dominate the charts over the coming year but there are still good deals on offer from some of our most respected establishments. colm o hare reports.

Commentary: SIX OF THE BEST

1998-04-01 00:00:00

. . . and not a Christian Brother in sight! Colm O Hare previews the 1998 Bacardi/Hot Press Band Of The Year conmpetition

Interview: Dancing With Lunasa

1998-01-21 00:00:00

colm o hare hears about the waxing of a super supergroup

News: All That Jazz

2000-09-14 00:00:00

Colm O'Hare previews ESB DUBLIN JAZZ WEEK, which brings the pick of international and homegrown talent to the capital

News: The Writing Irish

2000-09-14 00:00:00

COLM O HARE reports on the IMRO Songwriters Week 2000

News: A Vital Deal

1999-08-04 00:00:00

Better music should be more readily available in Ireland now that VITAL DISTRIBUTION have set up permanent base here. COLM O HARE reports.

Interview: You Can Call Me Hal

1999-08-04 00:00:00

Back from the brink, HAL KETCHUM comes out fighting and fit on his new album. Colm O Hare hears him damn the money and praise the music.

Ad Feature: The Rose Rocks

1999-08-18 00:00:00


Frontlines: PARK LIFE

1997-10-01 00:00:00

A new play Green shines a light on male prostitution in Dublin. Colm O?Hare reports.

Interview: Horsman, Donn't Pass By

1999-07-07 00:00:00

Colm O Hare speaks to LIZ HORSMAN about her debut album, the crap music of the 80s, and her past life as a mascot for Ipswich Town FC.

Education Feature: Equip For Success

1999-05-12 00:00:00

Equip For Success No matter how brilliant you or your band are musically, poor equipment can destroy your chances of fulfilling your potential. COLM O HARE gets a few pointers from the HALL OF FAME ALL-STARS, who play the greatest Irish rock and pop songs in the world ever(!), every Sunday afternoon in HQ at The Hot Press Hall Of Fame, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin. Pics: CATHAL DAWSON

Education Feature: Leaving Home is Easy

1999-02-03 00:00:00

Despite the benefits of the Celtic Tiger, there are still many young people who take time out to work abroad. COLM O HARE outlines the options.

Interview: American Pie

1999-04-28 00:00:00

A feast of good music is promised for this year s KILKENNY COUNTRY ROOTS WEEKEND with RODNEY CROWELL just the icing on the crust. COLM O HARE reports.

Main Event: Roots '99

1999-04-28 00:00:00

Country, folk and roots fans are in for a treat on the May Bank Holiday weekend when a veritable who's who of the best bands and solo performers of the genre head to Kilkenny for the second annual Kilkenny Country Roots Weekend.

Interview: Das Ist Ein Groovy Beat, Ja?

1997-04-02 00:00:00

Cavernous arenas, capacity crowds, shrieking teenagers and a brisk trade in merchandising. No, it s not a Take That reunion, it s eh, Dublin popsters picture house travelling the autobahns of Germany. Our Eurosceptic in D|sseldorf: colm o hare


1997-04-02 00:00:00

Not content to let other country stars record her songs and keep her in massive cheques for the rest of her life, gretchen peters has decided to do a little performing and touring of her own. Interview: colm o'hare.

Interview: Return of the Mack

1997-04-16 00:00:00

The sky s the limit for mackerel sky. Interview: COLM O HARE

Interview: Kane and Able

1996-12-02 00:00:00

Nashville-based country-folknik kieran kane on the fine art of getting back to basics. Interview: colm O Hare.


1996-12-02 00:00:00

KIERAN HALPIN's new live album, Glory Dayz, is the perfect vehicle for a man who hardly ever stops gigging. In a rare off-stage interlude, he talks to Colm O'hare.

Interview: What s Another Earplug?

1997-01-08 00:00:00

Irish guitarist bernie torme no relation to Mel has played with Ian Gillan, Atomic Rooster and Ozzy Osbourne, and lived to tell the tale. Interview: colm o hare.

Interview: Manhattan Transfer

1997-01-22 00:00:00

Having made the move from Cork to New York, folk enthusiast eamon o tuama managed to set the home fires burning. Big Apple mac: colm o hare.

Interview: Blood On The Tracks

1997-02-05 00:00:00

ed-hot blues is the stock in trade of the Nashville-based MIKE HENDERSON & THE BLUEBLOODS. COLM O HARE is impressed.

Interview: Rea View Mirror

1997-02-05 00:00:00

Continuing the theme of cars and road imagery in his music, chris rea has delved into the world of 1960s Italian sportscars for his latest project, La Passione. colm o hare finds out about it.

Interview: Playing Fast And Loose With Bruce

1997-02-19 00:00:00

Canuck protest singer Bruce Cockburn is attempting to put some bite back in mainstream rock n roll. Interview: colm O Hare.

Interview: PIPING HOT

1997-03-05 00:00:00

colm o hare meets carlos nunez, the unofficial seventh Chieftain and a rising star in his own right.

Interview: Androgyny In The U.K.

1997-03-05 00:00:00

placebo have probably garnered more column inches in the British press for frontman brian molko s effeminate appearance than for their music. colm o hare meets the men who want to be a band that parents hate .

Interview: THE SKY BLUES

2000-05-25 00:00:00

IARLA O LIONAIRD has a new star-studded solo album out but the Afro Celt Sound System continue to teach him that music can be enjoyable and not just sublime . Interview: Colm O'Hare

Interview: Come Into The Garden

2000-05-25 00:00:00

Come Into The Garden Colm O'Hare meets Fionnuala Sherry, the only Irish person to win the Eurovision for Norway and half of new age superstar group Secret Garden


2000-06-08 00:00:00

JULIET TURNER seems to have turned an emotional corner with her more effervescent new album Burn The Black Suit. Here she talks to COLM O'HARE about faith, hope and songwriting

Interview: Viva La Vega!

2000-06-22 00:00:00

Suzanne Vega talks to COLM O HARE about the proliferation of serious female artists, the break-up of her marriage and incorporating spoken word into her performances

Interview: Strange Roots

2000-04-27 00:00:00

COLM O HARE talks to MARY COUGHLAN about her upcoming show, LADY SINGS THE BLUES, a tribute to BILLIE HOLIDAY, and about the parallels between Holiday s life and her own.

Interview: Flac Attack

2000-04-13 00:00:00

COLM O HARE speaks to FLACO JIMENEZ in advance of his appearance in Kilkenny.

Interview: Holding Tight

2000-04-13 00:00:00

COLM O HARE talks to EMBRACE frontman DANNY McNAMARA about the band s new album, their fondly remembered Glastonbury performance and being told to sound more like Shed Seven .

Interview: Keeping His Cool

2000-06-08 00:00:00

A new compilation album charts DONAL LUNNY s extraordinary musical journey to date but Colm O'Hare finds that the COOLFIN founder still has his eye fixed firmly on challenges to come

Interview: The Maverick

2000-02-17 00:00:00

Hard-core honky tonk star DALE WATSON talks to COLM O HARE.

Interview: Manhattan Transfer

1997-01-22 00:00:00

Having made the move from Cork to New York, folk enthusiast eamon o tuama managed to set the home fires burning. Big Apple mac: colm o hare.

Commentary: Going For A Take

2000-07-06 00:00:00

All over Ireland, at any time of the day or night, hundreds of musicians are at work in recording studios, getting their sounds down for your delectation. So which are the trailblazing facilities? COLM O HARE reports.

Reports: The Net Effect

2000-06-22 00:00:00

A boon to creativity or a blow to the industry? Colm O'Hare reports on the latest developments in music on-line

Commentary: West Is Best

2000-06-22 00:00:00

The Galway Arts Festival is one of the most exciting in Europe. COLM O HARE profiles this year s attractions

Interview: The Parson's Tale

1999-04-14 00:00:00

Irish fiction continues to grow in both popularity and hipness. In this special feature we talk to three of its most prominent young exponents: John Connolly, Conal Creedon and Julie Parsons.

Reports: Getting Down To Business

2000-02-17 00:00:00

All you need to know about starting your own business. By Colm O'Hare.

Commentary: Getting into Gear

1996-12-02 00:00:00

Equipment, like fame, has it price. colm o hare goes bargain-hunting and discovers that spending your band s hard-earned loot on new musical instruments need not be a traumatic experience.

Commentary: The Art And soul Of Dublin

1999-03-03 00:00:00

COLM O HARE reports on the Temple Bar success story

Education Feature: There s no time like the present

2000-03-30 00:00:00

IF EVERYBODY s doing it, why can t we? It s not a bad question actually, though of course you can answer it in a dozen different ways especially where starting your own business, or becoming your own boss.

Reports: Web Feats

2000-03-02 00:00:00

Many Irish music business companies are utilising the web and Internet to make the most of their resources.

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