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Jackie Hayden

Jackie Hayden has spent virtually all his working life in the music business. As Marketing Manager with Sony Music (then CBS Records) he signed U2 to their first recording contract, one of countless examples of his relentless support for homegrown talent. He’s been a member of the Hot Press crew since 1983, writing about virtually every aspect of Irish culture and interviewing subjects as varied as Bob Geldof, The Corrs, Gerry Adams, Mary Black, Glen Hansard, Christy Moore, Eleanor McEvoy, Brian Kennedy et al. He’s written several books, including the number one best-selling Phil Lynott biog My Boy, and spoken at music industry seminars all over Europe.  He offers constructively succinct, and often humorous, reviews of new Irish artists in his highly-regarded Hot Press column First Cuts.    

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Album: Album Review: Le French Album, Liffey Light Orchestra

2018-06-12 10:17:00

Wonderfully eclectic effort from all-star Irish line-up.

Album: Album Review: 'The Gap Of Dreams' from Altan

2018-04-03 14:49:00

A quality offering from trad maestros.

News: Rory Gallagher at 70 - A 2001 tribute from Hot Press staffer Jackie Hayden

2018-03-02 17:57:00

Rory Gallagher was the real deal, a hard-rockin’ blues devotee whose live act, at its heady peak, was among the very best in the world. In this piece from 2001, to mark the release of the Let's Go To work box-set,Jackie Hayden pays tribute...

News: The Songs of Experience Countdown: Hot Press writers share their favourite U2 experiences

2017-11-22 12:00:00

10 Hot Press writers share their favourite U2 moments as we get set for the release of Songs of Experience on December 1. On our second day, Hot Press stalwart Jackie Hayden takes us back to when U2 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Interview: Ireland's Mr. Song: The Full Hot Press Interview with Brendan Graham

2017-10-10 10:38:00

One of the greatest and most acclaimed Irish songwriters, Brendan Graham is a towering figure in modern music, whose glittering career is shortly to be celebrated with a special gala night at the National Concert Hall. In a fascinating interview, he opens up about how songwriters are being screwed via the Internet, “shocking” artists’ contracts, our Eurovision dilemma – and his own great artistic memories.

Reports: Hot Press 40th Anniversary: Cultural Events That Changed The Face of Ireland (10 - 1)

2017-07-04 12:58:00

Our final act, where Hot Press stalwart Jackie Hayden retraces his steps back through four decades of cultural magic, mayhem and mistakes.

Reports: Hot Press 40th Anniversary: Cultural Events That Changed The Face of Ireland (20 - 11)

2017-07-04 12:37:00

Part three of four, where Hot Press stalwart Jackie Hayden retraces his steps back through four decades of cultural magic, mayhem and mistakes.

Reports: Hot Press 40th Anniversary: Cultural Events That Changed The Face of Ireland (30 - 21)

2017-07-04 11:51:00

Part two of four, where Hot Press stalwart Jackie Hayden retraces his steps back through four decades of cultural magic, mayhem and mistakes.

Reports: Hot Press 40th Anniversary: Cultural Events That Changed The Face of Ireland (40 - 31)

2017-07-04 11:36:00

Back in 1977, who would've predicted the mammoth changes that have taken place in Ireland and the game-changing events that catapulted us into the 21st century? A gay Taoiseach. A Taoiseach with a potty mouth (now deceased!). A woman President. The biggest rock band in the world. Marriage equality. The world dancing to Irish jigs and reels. The funniest comedy series ever. Irish films winning Oscars. Literary awards a go-go. A modern Irish poet getting the Nobel Prize. Here, in our first of four parts, Jackie Hayden retraces his steps back through four decades of cultural magic, mayhem and mistakes.

Album: Album Review: Tommy Keyes, An Irish Life

2017-05-03 13:35:00

Song-cycle lifts the lid on Ireland's rock past

Frontlines: No Tonic For Our Troops

2012-06-15 00:00:00

The recent visit of Brigadier General Frank Leidenberger to Dublin as head of the German-led EU Battlegroup has raised questions over Ireland’s commitment to the force. Jackie Hayden talks to Roger Cole, Chair of PANA (Peace & Neutrality Alliance).

Album: Born And Raised

2012-06-11 00:00:00

Mayer goes back to the future of rock'n'roll

Album: Bronagh Gallagher

2012-06-06 00:00:00

Second album brimful of enriching soulfulness

Album: The Whole Affair

2012-06-05 00:00:00

Comprehensive overview of defiant Irish talent

Album: Emmett Tinley

2012-05-30 00:00:00

Second solo effort puts ex-Prayer Boatsman back in contention

Interview: Rock Of Ages

2012-05-29 00:00:00

Noel McLaughlin and Martin McLoone’s new book Rock and Popular Music in Ireland: Before and After U2 is an impressive tome – a lovingly-researched and begrudgery-free exploration of the Irish rock scene over the past half century. Jackie Hayden talks to the authors.

Album: The Plum Tree And The Rose

2012-05-25 00:00:00

English-folk-themed album transcends the centuries

Album: Dancer In The Fire – A Paul Brady Anthology

2012-05-24 00:00:00

Double compilation shows depth of major Irish artist

Album: Nine And Fifty Swans

2012-05-22 00:00:00

A Norwegian take on Yeats' poems

Album: Young Hunting

2012-05-21 00:00:00

Much more than Enya for indie kids

Album: A New Season For Love

2012-05-21 00:00:00

Corkman’s intimate second album

Interview: Heat fightin' men

2012-05-18 00:00:00

The new Radiators From Space album features re-workings of tracks by Dublin-based beat groups from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Jackie Hayden caught up founder members Steve Rapid and Pete Holidai in Dublin, and Philip Chevron, touring Australia with The Pogues, to explore the thinking behind what is a Remarkable Record.

Album: Folila

2012-05-15 00:00:00

A rollercoaster ride across several cultures

Album: Sound City Beat

2012-04-16 00:00:00


Album: All Of Me

2012-04-12 00:00:00


Album: Flying Circus

2012-04-02 00:00:00


Album: This Life

2012-03-29 00:00:00


Album: All The Way Home

2012-03-28 00:00:00


Frontlines: DCFE Students In Pioneering Link-Up With Nielsen

2012-03-27 00:00:00

A DCFE initiative will provide a boost for Irish acts, while offering students an insight into what’s involved in releasing an album. words Jackie Hayden

Reports: Computer Lessons

2012-03-27 00:00:00

Sharon Shannon’s guitar accompanist Jim Murray has created a website that provides lessons in playing Irish trad guitar. He talks to Jackie Hayden about the thinking behind it and runs through his musical history.

Report: Our Lunny Valentine

2012-03-09 00:00:00

One of the most riveting discussions at this year’s Music Show was Kieran Hanrahan’s on-stage audience with trad legend and musical pioneer Donal Lunny. Our Jackie Hayden was on hand to listen.

Album: Gleann Nimhe - The Poison Glen

2012-03-08 00:00:00


Interview: The Brendan Voyage

2012-03-07 00:00:00

One of the key panelists at The Music Show at the RDS on February 25 and 26 will be Brendan Graham, internationally-acclaimed Irish songwriter, former IMRO chairman and fervent champion of the rights of songwriters and composers. Here he looks back over the highs and lows of his extraordinary songwriting career, and reflects on the challenges affecting today’s songwriters.

Track: Travelling Man

2012-03-07 00:00:00

News: Mountains To The Sea

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Track: Drive

2012-03-07 00:00:00

Album: Skip School

2012-02-28 00:00:00

Album: Redbird

2012-02-28 00:00:00

Album: Changeling

2012-02-20 00:00:00

Irish chanteuse a cliché-free zone.

Track: 13 Wonderful Love Songs

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Album: Cafe Irlandaise

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Irish female compilation avoids the obvious

Interview: Rory Gallagher A Guitar Hero Revisited

2012-02-01 00:00:00

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Rory Gallagher's eponymously-titled first solo album, Daniel Gallagher – nephew of the Irish guitar legend – has lovingly remastered the first six albums that formed the bedrock of the Cork legend's remarkable solo career.

Album: Speech Project

2012-01-30 00:00:00

Irish trad run through a Steve Reich blender.

Album: Roses

2012-01-26 00:00:00

It smells like they've never been away.

Album: Area 52

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Mexican duo play outside the box.

Frontlines: The Wild West

2012-01-20 00:00:00

It’s been described as “a new performance practice” and shows can last up to 5 hours! Jackie Hayden talks to Trevor Knight about his latest venture, The Devil’s Spine Band.

Interview: The Death Of Copyright?

2012-01-11 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden looks back on a year of exciting new music from emerging Irish artists, amid conflicting views about a number of key issues that will continue to provoke debate in 2012.

Album: Now

2011-12-09 00:00:00

Dublin singer delivers masterclass in ballad genre.

Album: All In This Together

2011-12-07 00:00:00

Ten-piece Irish outfit nail it in one.

Album: December Moon

2011-12-06 00:00:00

Donegal trio mine their Americana roots.

Album: Fling

2011-11-24 00:00:00

Galway virtuosos' zestful debut.

Album: Filaments

2011-11-15 00:00:00

Rockestral album from Dublin's musical institution.

Album: Colours

2011-11-11 00:00:00

Irish folk kingpin shines on new collection.

Album: Stories From The Steeples

2011-11-08 00:00:00

Assured return by Irish legend.

Album: Foxlight

2011-10-28 00:00:00

Space age thrills from ethereal folkie.

Album: Folk Tale

2011-10-28 00:00:00

Vintage album from a man smitten by truth

Interview: Glad To Be Gay

2011-10-24 00:00:00

Despite trailing in the polls, Gay Mitchell is still confident of becoming our next President. He talks to Jackie Hayden about his Catholic faith, God, the sanctity of the confessional, the Presidency, Martin McGuinness, his strengths and weaknessses, the future of Irish politics and... Ulysses.

Track: Too Many Drugs

2011-10-19 00:00:00

Track: Heaven Can Wait

2011-10-19 00:00:00

Album: S'all Vibration

2011-10-19 00:00:00

Congolese rhythms to stir the heart and feet.

Album: Force Of Habit

2011-10-19 00:00:00

Dubliners' debut underlines healthy state of Irish rock.

Album: Duets 11

2011-10-11 00:00:00

85-year-old has much to teach the kids.

Interview: Still Getting His Kicks

2011-10-07 00:00:00

With his debut album about to hit the racks, football legend Paul McGrath talks to Jackie Hayden about music, how soccer has lost its physical side, the fate of the current Irish team, his bust up with Alex Ferguson, the contrasting managerial styles of Giovanni Trapattoni and Jack Charlton, John Fashanu breaking his teeth, Norman Whiteside climbing out windows, and laughing at Vinnie Jones.

Report: Irish Rock In A Hard Place

2011-10-03 00:00:00

It’s a jungle out there for aspiring, and even established, rock musicians. But Jackie Hayden argues that it’s the Irish rock acts looking beyond the obvious who are most likely to get their music heard – and to sustain a livelihood in the long run.

Interview: Young, Gifted And Er, Back?

2011-09-19 00:00:00

A trip back to the early 1980s finds Simon Young in especially sarcastic form when quizzed by Hot Press' Jackie Hayden (who wasn't shy to reveal his true feelings either). The result was a fascinating back-and-forth. Were they joking? You decide...

Album: A Rock To Cling To

2011-09-15 00:00:00

Cork songwriter gets up close and personal.

Album: Alone

2011-08-30 00:00:00

Irish songwriter, alone, again, naturally

Reports: Let's talk about wex, baby

2011-08-23 00:00:00

Local Resident Jackie Hayden reflects on Wexford’s vibrant arts and music scene and its many popular tourist destinations and amenities.

Frontlines: We're Phil in love with you

2011-08-23 00:00:00

Arklow-based Thin Lizzy enthusiast Colm Weadick is celebrating a historic 1971 Lizzy gig with a weekend of events.

Interview: Young, gifted and back!

2011-08-22 00:00:00

In the vintage years at 2fm, Simon Young was a ubiquitous presence on Irish radio and TV, before mysteriously disappearing from public view, sparking speculation around the what and the why. In his first major interview for 20 years, Young talks frankly, and sometimes painfully, to Jackie Hayden about his mental health problems, the death of Gerry Ryan, being barred from Gerry’s funeral, receiving the last rites, his suicidal thoughts, his marriage break-up and his fight back to an acceptable form of reality.

Album: Track Dogs

2011-08-10 00:00:00

Ex-pats mess with the formula

Album: Blood And Bones

2011-08-10 00:00:00

Album: The Greatest Event

2011-07-15 00:00:00

Debut album to fill your head and nourish your soul.

Reports: Marc Of Quality

2011-07-12 00:00:00

Before he treks around Europe with Lou Reed, Grammy-winning engineer and producer Marc Urselli stopped off to record with local heroes Preachers Son in Grouse Lodge. Jackie Hayden talks to the man who has also worked with an impressive galaxy of stars, including the legendary Les Paul, Laurie Anderson and John Zorn.

Album: FOMO

2011-06-23 00:00:00

Finn makes cool second album

Album: Notes From San Francisco

2011-06-08 00:00:00

Holy grail album unearthed at last

Frontlines: A family affair

2011-06-08 00:00:00

Five members of the Quigley family, Pat, Fran, Liam, Gerry and Peter have made notable contributions to the Irish music industry.

Album: Not Lost

2011-06-07 00:00:00

Springsteen wannabe makes worthy debut

Report: The Reich Stuff

2011-06-07 00:00:00

The Republic of Congo-born guitarist and Irish resident, Niwel Tsumbu, is set to play two events as part of The Reich Effect series in Cork, in honour of the celebrated American contemporary composer, Steve Reich.

Album: The Day You Live Forever

2011-05-17 00:00:00

Jigsaw man delivers classy debut

Reports: Among friends

2011-05-17 00:00:00

As Philip Lynott fans commemorate the 25th Anniversary of his premature passing with a series of emotionally-charged events, their attention turns next to Arklow for the fourth Friends of Philo tribute gig.

Album: It's Time

2011-05-16 00:00:00

The next seventies revival starts here?

Interview: The latest from the Frankfurt frontline

2011-05-16 00:00:00

Hot Press reports back from a highly-charged 2011 Frankfurt Musicmesse.

Album: Redhills

2011-05-12 00:00:00

A greener shade of bluegrass

Album: The Word

2011-05-09 00:00:00

Orchestral manoeuvers on the dark side

Album: The Skinhead And The Daisy

2011-05-09 00:00:00

Dubliner's worthy effort in the pop rock stakes

Track: This Time of Life

2011-05-04 00:00:00

Album: When I Met The Devil

2011-04-26 00:00:00

Accomplished debut from Kildare wizard

Track: Another Life

2011-04-20 00:00:00

Album: Thirteen Steps

2011-04-20 00:00:00

Dublin funk rockers avoid the obvious on sparkling debut.

Interview: East London Calling

2011-04-20 00:00:00

South African singer, pianist and songwriter Cathryn Green is one of many immigrants adding their own vibrant creativity to a welcoming Irish music scene.

Album: Wren

2011-04-18 00:00:00

Indie Folk at its most minimal

Album: Sing It Loud

2011-04-14 00:00:00

Back with the same old Lang signs

Album: Killing Bono OST

2011-04-14 00:00:00

Not as good as the real thing

Report: Tuning Up For Guitar And Blues Fest

2011-04-13 00:00:00

The 2011 Irish Guitar and Blues Festival will take place in Drogheda from April 15 to 17. Jackie Hayden casts his eye over what’s on offer at one of the most vibrant musical feasts in the Irish calendar.

Album: You Stole My Heart

2011-04-12 00:00:00

Classy debut from Irish jazz vocalist

Album: Heart Waves

2011-04-06 00:00:00

Bleeps, beats and berry attitude abound on Dublin trio's debut

Interview: Just Joshing

2011-04-05 00:00:00

American singer-songwriter Josh Ritter talks to Jackie Hayden about the more technical side of playing music, touring and writing songs.

Album: Goodbye Lullaby

2011-04-04 00:00:00

Confused punk-popper struggles back towards top form

Frontlines: Poet On The Loose

2011-03-04 00:00:00

Recent years have seen a re-evaluation of Philip Lynott’s song lyrics and their poetic content. But as Horslips drummer and poet Eamon Carr recalls, in the heady days of the ‘60s the Thin Lizzy man was well tuned into the poetry vibe.

Interview: Izibor Covers Lizzy Hit

2011-03-02 00:00:00

Laura Izibor talks about Philip Lynott and why he was such an inspiration to her.

Frontlines: Lizzy Arist To Transfer Poster Rights To Guevara Family

2011-03-01 00:00:00

The iconic image of Che Guevara is going back to its safe Cuban home.

Travel: 12 Step Planet: Dublin

2011-02-24 00:00:00

If you’re visiting the capital for the Philip Lynott Exhibition, we’ve some Thin Lizzy-related haunts for you to check out.

Interview: Rockin' The Vote - Cathryn Green

2011-02-22 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to musicians around Ireland about their wishes and fears about the upcoming election and the future of Ireland

Interview: Rockin' The Vote - Steve Wall

2011-02-22 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to musicians around Ireland about their wishes and fears about the upcoming election and the future of Ireland

Interview: Rockin' The Vote - Jerry Fish

2011-02-22 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to musicians around Ireland about their wishes and fears about the upcoming election and the future of Ireland

Reports: Rockin' The Vote - Mick Pyro

2011-02-21 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to musicians around Ireland about their wishes and fears about the upcoming election and the future of Ireland.

Reports: Rockin' The Vote - Niamh Farrell

2011-02-21 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to musicians around Ireland about their wishes and fears about the upcoming election and the future of Ireland.

Reports: Rockin' The Vote - Lance Hogan

2011-02-21 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to musicians around Ireland about their wishes and fears about the upcoming election and the future of Ireland

Reports: Rockin' The Vote - Jinx Lennon

2011-02-21 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to musicians around Ireland about their wishes and fears about the upcoming election and the future of Ireland.

Reports: Rockin' The Vote - Nick Kelly

2011-02-21 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to musicians around Ireland about their wishes and fears about the upcoming election and the future of Ireland.

Frontlines: In The Lapland Of Luxury

2011-02-15 00:00:00

Kíla’s Lance Hogan has been nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award for the best original soundtrack for his work on the Irish/Finnish/Swedish co-production Lapland Odyssey. Jackie Hayden finds out the how and the why.

Frontlines: The Download War Rumbles On

2011-02-07 00:00:00

As the escalation of illegal downloading continues to dog the global music industry, last week’s Digital Music Report from the record industry’s global representative body looks to governments for help, with Ireland at the forefront of the struggle.

Album: There Are Debts

2011-02-02 00:00:00

Home Thoughts From Abroad

Album: Emigrants, Immigrants & Me

2011-01-24 00:00:00


Album: The Post War Musical

2011-01-24 00:00:00


Report: Woman's heart - Still beating fast

2010-12-13 00:00:00

The first Woman’s Heart compilation was released in 1992, spawning an international multi-million sales phenomenon. Now the concept is back with a special CD set Then And Now that links the artists from that ground-breaking release with the latest generation of Ireland’s female singers.

Interview: A life less ordinary

2010-12-13 00:00:00

John Giles is one of the most popular players ever to don an Irish football jersey. But he is also much more than that, his astute analysis of games having taken TV football punditry to a new level. On the occasion of the publication of A Football Man, he talks to Jackie Hayden about his life, his views on the Wayne Rooney fiasco, Roy Keane’s managerial prospects and the modern tendency to scapegoat referees.

Album: 13 Dalis

2010-12-01 00:00:00

Generally somber offering from the original Nirvana

Album: Not Lost

2010-09-06 00:00:00

Dubliner sings of life, love and loss

Album: Symphonicities

2010-08-12 00:00:00

Policeman revisits scenes of former crimes

Album: Irish Soul

2010-08-12 00:00:00

More soul, less Irish

Album: Songs For Drunks And Losers

2010-08-12 00:00:00

Tracks from the Liffey Delta

Album: The Night Is Huge

2010-03-24 00:00:00

Man makes merry in Nashville

Album: Songs My Father Taught Me

2010-03-24 00:00:00

Daughter keeps Hennessy flame alight

Album: Minor Love

2010-01-28 00:00:00

Not a barrel of laughs from former mouldy peach

Album: Dublin's Unsigned - ...The Best Of

2010-01-28 00:00:00

Quality compilation, but where are the women?

Album: Viva Elvis - The Album

2010-11-30 00:00:00

Elvis reworked - that's alright mama

Album: Water Off A Duck's Back

2010-11-29 00:00:00

Kilaman vibrations rock the recession

Album: Hey-Ho Believe

2010-11-29 00:00:00

Leading songwriter back on track

Album: Two Lights Not Broken

2010-11-23 00:00:00

DIY doesn't come much better than this

Album: There Was A Girl

2010-11-22 00:00:00

Drummer moves up front

Album: Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards

2010-11-17 00:00:00

Guitar ace back on track

Interview: Woodn't It Be Nice?

2010-11-15 00:00:00

Shiver our timbers – we’re going teak at the knees! The Chieftains are headlining a concert in Tullamore in support of the international Sound of Wood campaign. Jackie Hayden talks to Paddy Moloney and the concert’s main motivator Tom Roche.

Album: Roll A Double

2010-11-15 00:00:00

More American rock from Ireland

Interview: The Banagher Boy

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Once mobbed as an Irish hybrid of The Beatles, Bob Dylan and George Best in his folk singer days, Johnny McEvoy went on to a lucrative career in the Irish folk-country scene. With a new single recorded with Sharon Shannon, and an RTÉ documentary about his life, he looks back on the highs and lows of the eventful career of a performer who was once called Liam Zimmerman

Album: T With The Maggies

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Sublime work from Irish female supergroup

Album: The Bells Have Tolled

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Steaming live set from Ireland's first lady of the blues

Album: Trees

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Overdue debut worth the wait

Album: Strange Love Letter

2010-11-03 00:00:00

Ghost of cave hovers over Dubliners' fifth effort

Album: Twist

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Don Dixon produced debut from artist formerly known as Astropuppees

Album: East West

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Hard working class guitar hero

Album: Constant Adventure

2010-11-02 00:00:00

No difficult second album syndrome here

Reports: Prince Of Whales

2010-11-01 00:00:00

With most of the music industry distracted by the recession and its negative impact, one Irish record company is adopting a more positive attitude. The Dolphin Music Group is revamping its extensive catalogue, signing new acts, embarking on new projects and expanding into other areas including artist management and tour promotion. Jackie Hayden talks to DMG’s main man Paul O’Reilly.

Reports: A Drop Of The Loud Stuff

2010-11-01 00:00:00

According to recent reports and the admissions of musicians like Pete Townshend, listening to loud music, including via earphones attached to personal devices like iPods and mp3 players, poses an increasing threat to our hearing. Jackie Hayden gets the lowdown from an Irish hearing expert.

Album: Dirty Money

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Keeping Ireland safe for Americana

Album: The Juliana Field

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Early promise yet to be fulfilled

Album: A Portfolio

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Smouldering set from blues-rock singer

Album: Science & Faith

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Irish popsters benefit from sticking to the script

Album: Reflections In My Mirrorshades

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Raw exuberance scores for Cork Indie offering

Album: My Sweet Elixir

2010-10-13 00:00:00


Interview: Been There Dunn That

2010-10-12 00:00:00

One of Ireland’s best known music industry entrepreneurs, the remarkable Paddy Dunning has pioneered a bewildering array of high-profile projects, with an almost superhuman supply of energy and optimism. He explains to Jackie Hayden why he labours so long and hard, how he first learned his work ethic as a binboy, why bureaucracy frustrates him, how he went broke more than once – and recalls the day he ended up jamming with Michael Jackson.

Interview: Been There Dunn That

2010-10-12 00:00:00

One of Ireland’s best known music industry entrepreneurs, the remarkable Paddy Dunning has pioneered a bewildering array of high-profile projects, with an almost superhuman supply of energy and optimism. He explains to Jackie Hayden why he labours so long and hard, how he first learned his work ethic as a binboy, why bureaucracy frustrates him, how he went broke more than once – and recalls the day he ended up jamming with Michael Jackson.

Interview: Been There Dunn That

2010-10-12 00:00:00

One of Ireland’s best known music industry entrepreneurs, the remarkable Paddy Dunning has pioneered a bewildering array of high-profile projects, with an almost superhuman supply of energy and optimism. He explains to Jackie Hayden why he labours so long and hard, how he first learned his work ethic as a binboy, why bureaucracy frustrates him, how he went broke more than once – and recalls the day he ended up jamming with Michael Jackson.

Album: The Burning Word

2010-09-06 00:00:00


Album: Further Adventures

2010-09-06 00:00:00


Interview: Legrand master

2010-08-19 00:00:00

Ahead of his forthcoming appearance at the NCH, revered film composer Michel Legrand joins Jackie Hayden for a tete-a-tete about his approach to writing for the big screen.

Album: Three to one

2010-08-19 00:00:00


Album: Brother, The Fight Is Fixed

2010-08-18 00:00:00

Irish songwriter goes beyond cliche

Travel: 12 Step Planet: Granada

2010-08-12 00:00:00

It would be a pity to live a moderately long life and not see the Alhambra even once...

Live: Flying Columns and The 83s, live at Metro 17, Wexford

2010-07-30 00:00:00

Flying Columns take on The 83s in the sunny south-east...

Album: Jonny Rep

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Album: The sum of sounds

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Album: Animate

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Live: Our Thursdays review, Wexford.

2010-07-16 00:00:00

Fans of guitar-driven rock were generously catered for by the two bands on offer tonight.

Live: Bob Dylan, live at Thomond Park

2010-07-16 00:00:00

An animated performance, from a voice that can still mesmerise like no other voice in the universe..

Interview: After the war

2010-06-30 00:00:00

Since the signing of the Belfast agreement, GERRY ADAMS has moved into a different space, as a kind of elder Republican statesman. But that image belies the activism that still drives him, as he continues the long and often frustrating struggle to transform Sinn Féin from being seen as an essentially Northern phenomenon into one with broad island-wide support. He’s been in the middle of some unexpected controversies too...

Album: 21 years-from stage to stage

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Album: La Nua

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Album: Songs from the tainted cherry tree

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Interview: Back in Black

2010-06-14 00:00:00

Celebrating the release of her Twenty-five Years – Twenty-five Songs compilation, Mary Black returns for three nights at Dublin's Olympia. She talks to Jackie Hayden about singing with Joan Baez, juggling music and motherhood and her ambitions and fears for her own children as they follow her into the shark-infested entertainment industry.

Interview: Gerry Ryan: A Perfect 10

2010-05-19 00:00:00

Over the years, Gerry Ryan was interviewed on numerous occasions by Hot Press. Inevitably the encounters were hugely entertaining. To take just one example, in 1998, to mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of The G. Ryan Show on 2FM, JACKIE HAYDEN talked to the mainman himself. This is what was said...

Album: Outside Looking In

2010-05-19 00:00:00

Singer-songwriter reaps reward for paying his dues

Album: No Secret

2010-05-12 00:00:00

Fine debut from renowned sessioneer

Album: Fable

2010-05-05 00:00:00

Songs of Simple Wisdom

Album: Light Shape Sound

2010-05-04 00:00:00

Ireland's musical zeitgeist captured on disc

Live: JD Set, Heat 5 at Electric Avenue, Waterford

2010-04-23 00:00:00

Once the judges totted up the scores, it came as no surprise that Sixteen Layers were tops.

Reports: Ready, Fret, Go

2010-04-20 00:00:00

You don't always associate County Louth with cutting edge music - but Drogheda's upcoming Irish National Guitar Festival aims to change that.

Album: Stronger With Each Tear

2010-04-14 00:00:00

Soulful Diva Take Risks And Survives

Album: Emotion and Commotion

2010-04-13 00:00:00

Guitar legend rides again

Album: The Green Album

2010-04-01 00:00:00

Collectible Debut Gets Official CD Release

Album: Dreams In America

2010-03-31 00:00:00

Irish troubadour brings it all back home.

Interview: Mad, Ballad & Dangerous to Know

2010-03-22 00:00:00

Suddenly it’s safe to listen to Irish ballads again. The once-moribund genre has been rejuvenated by The High Kings who are currently playing to full houses and their second album Memory Lane is nestling in the charts. Jackie Hayden gets the how and the why from the band’s Martin Furey.

Album: 25th Anniversary Celebration

2010-03-11 00:00:00

Trad institution mark a quarter century in business with concert orchestra collaboration.

Album: Emigrants, Immigrants and Me

2010-03-10 00:00:00

It was 20 years ago.

Album: The Post War Musical

2010-03-10 00:00:00

The Musical Goes Cool

Album: Ceol 10: Súil Siar

2010-03-04 00:00:00

Nothing lost in translation.

Live: JD Set (Heat 1) Live at The Pavillion, Cork

2010-02-25 00:00:00

A victory for Saccade who go forward to the JD Set final in The Village on April 29

Frontlines: Session Man

2010-02-25 00:00:00

The In-studio Sessions recorded and broadcast by Meteor-nominated Galway Bay FM DJ Jon Richards have turned into an invaluable Irish music resource.

Laugh Lines: Rooney Goes Batty

2010-02-18 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden checks out the upcoming events on the comedy front, including the scary news that Joe Rooney has metamorphosed into “life coach guru” Batty Ryan...

Album: Hands and Imperfections

2010-02-11 00:00:00

Irish songwriter adds Spanish flavours

Album: Those Thousand Seas

2010-02-11 00:00:00

Intriguing debut from Swiss-Irish Chanteuse

Album: Without Silence

2010-02-11 00:00:00

Irish guitar Smith proves silence speaks loudest

Frontlines: Haiti's Hell on Earth

2010-02-11 00:00:00

With an earthquake that may have killed a quarter of a million people and made over a million homeless, Haiti has suffered the worst natural disaster since the Asian tsunami of 2004. Jackie Hayden talks to Susan Finucane of Concern about the grim situation she found there.

Frontlines: Sri Lankan government opposes Dublin tribunal

2010-01-27 00:00:00

The Sri Lankan government has denounced the Permanent People’s Tribunal, taking place in Dublin this week, which intends to investigate war crimes the government allegedly committed during the island nation’s civil war. Jackie Hayden talks to the co-founder of the Irish Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka, Jude Lal Fernando, about the background to the Tribunal. words Jackie Hayden

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Toledo

2010-01-15 00:00:00

A city experience, yet small enough to see it all in a few days.

Album: Where We Are

2009-12-15 00:00:00

Irish quartet's bland on bland

Album: Battle Studies

2009-12-14 00:00:00

Love as a battlefield

Album: The Other Side of Fear

2009-12-14 00:00:00

Dublin delinquents bring the noise

Album: Camilla Kerslake

2009-11-30 00:00:00

First album from Gary Barlow protege

Album: Winter Songs

2009-11-27 00:00:00

Boyzone man grows up in public

Album: Playing With Fire

2009-11-27 00:00:00

Worthy second album from Maverick songwriter

Album: Doing Their Thing

2009-11-26 00:00:00

Religion gets down and dirty

Album: Bless Your Heart

2009-11-26 00:00:00

Eloquent debut

Album: Arnold Sideways

2009-11-26 00:00:00

Aggressive debut takes no prisoners

Album: Heartland - Songs For Croi

2009-11-19 00:00:00

Charity album that’s as listenable as it is worthy

Album: A Friend Of Mine

2009-11-17 00:00:00

Poignant posthumous album from revered songwriter

Album: Live at Vicar St.

2009-11-06 00:00:00

Irish Pop supremos got live if you want it

Album: Songwriter

2009-11-05 00:00:00

A paler shade of white

Album: Come Alive

2009-10-30 00:00:00

Workmanlike third outing for Tuam Troubadour

Album: Songs That Saved My Life

2009-10-29 00:00:00

Debut album of real depth and maturity

Album: Wind Under Wood

2009-10-29 00:00:00

Tao inspires American's second outing

Album: Sound To Light

2009-10-28 00:00:00

The scaffolding is good

Album: The Ghost Country

2009-10-27 00:00:00

Irish guitar supremo finds his voice

Album: Haunted

2009-10-20 00:00:00

Scary stuff from Irish Techno-Popper

Interview: The Revolution Must Be Televised

2009-10-20 00:00:00

The media is in turmoil, with huge losses being posted by some of the country’s biggest broadcasting and publishing groups. It is a dramatic backdrop to the Hot Press Interview with DAVID McREDMOND, chief executive at TV3. In no mood to mince his words, the independent TV boss repeatedly goes for the jugular, insisting that RTÉ’s dual funding must end, and telling the State regulator to get off TV3’s back.

Interview: I'd Father Jack

2009-10-20 00:00:00

One of the most hotly anticipated events at the Galway Comedy Festival is the show featuring stand-up comedian from the characters of Father Ted. Jackie Hayden talks to the evening's host Frank Kelly, a.k.a Father Jack.

Album: Maslow's Songbook

2009-10-20 00:00:00

Irish artist's debut underachieves

Interview: Loaded Questions

2009-10-20 00:00:00

Loaded vocalist and guitarist DUFF McKAGAN has one complaint, that nobody has yet invented a system that would make soundchecks unnecessary. Jackie Hayden interrupted the former Guns N’ Roses bassist at his band’s rehearsal cabin on the eve of their visit to Ireland.

Album: Miss Paula Flynn

2009-10-19 00:00:00

Sparkling debut from the voice of Ballygowan.

Album: Tony was an ex-con

2009-10-16 00:00:00

Champion Irish band move up the gears


2009-09-22 00:00:00


Album: trees dream in algebra

2009-09-18 00:00:00



2009-09-18 00:00:00

We’re not accustomed to major corporations in Ireland taking a political stand. But US multi-national Intel, lead by its Irish general manager Jim O’Hara, is campaigning for a Yes vote on the Lisbon Treaty Take 2.


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Album: Draw The Line

2009-08-31 00:00:00

At last, a brighter shade of Gray.

Live: The Swell Season live at the Wexford Opera House

2009-08-28 00:00:00

In terms of contemporary Irish rock, this is about as good as it gets...

Reports: Making the Grade

2009-08-26 00:00:00

In an increasingly competitive world, there’s an increased awareness that practical knowledge and experience, allied to the appropriate qualifications, can give people the edge over rivals who adopt a more casual approach.

Interview: Ever Ready

2009-08-25 00:00:00

Ever27 are four determined Midlands musicians with their eyes on the main prize. Their frontman Brendan McEvoy, formerly of the much-loved Mesner, is enthused by the support they’ve had from the Mullingar community and beyond.

Album: Simple Times

2009-08-24 00:00:00


Album: Naked With Friends

2009-08-21 00:00:00

Voices-only album from Irish veteran.

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Madrid

2009-08-07 00:00:00

Madrid is a major European capital and there are daily flights from Dublin with prices as low as €8 or €9. So get surfing!

Album: The Working Title

2009-08-04 00:00:00

Workmanlike debut from Dublin pop-rockers

Album: Amber Skies

2009-07-30 00:00:00

Overdue debut from Irish girl rockers.

Album: Foot of the Mountain

2009-07-30 00:00:00

Norwegian masters of melancholic synth-pop get back to basics.

Reports: Some Marriages Are Less Equal Than Others

2009-07-20 00:00:00

Dublin singer-songwriter MICHELE ANN KELLY has been nominated as “Advocate of the Month” by the Marriage Equality campaign, having declared her support for the concept of Marriage Equality by dedicating a share of proceeds from the sale of her current single ‘Time’ to the campaign.

Album: Aliquot Strings

2009-07-16 00:00:00

Interview: Renowned Irish musician challenges RTE's Music Policy

2009-06-30 00:00:00

Pierce Turner is back in Ireland for a summer tour, but he’s also pre-occupied by his bad experiences in Ireland as a keen music radio listener and has some radical ideas for shaking up Radio 1 and Lyric FM.

Album: Mr. Lucky

2009-06-26 00:00:00

It's like he'd never been away after an absence of five years

Interview: Hail, hail Barack and roll

2009-06-18 00:00:00

Bap Kennedy explains how his latest album was inspired by America's new President, and the lunar landings of the late '60s.

Reports: Flying Blind

2009-05-11 00:00:00

Album: Live in London

2009-04-24 00:00:00

OAP releases best live album ever?

Album: Ceol ’09

2009-04-24 00:00:00

Rock agus ceol!

Album: Monsters

2009-04-22 00:00:00

Fanfares from the Roscommon man

Reports: Loads of Lolly

2009-04-22 00:00:00

Reports: First Cuts Clinic

2008-10-01 00:00:00

CD reviews by Jackie Hayden.

Album: Listen

2009-04-16 00:00:00

Irish legend still springing surprises.

Album: Human Nature

2009-04-15 00:00:00

Irish band’s triumphant second album.

Reports: Sprock and roll

2009-04-02 00:00:00

CD reviews by Jackie Hayden

Album: The nightsaver

2009-03-19 00:00:00

Big romancer gets real

Album: Grandstanding

2009-03-19 00:00:00

Selling Ireland by the pound

Interview: Crossing the threshold

2009-03-18 00:00:00

To coincide with her first solo album, Imeall, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh talks to Jackie Hayden about the pleasures and pressures of inter-band relationships, motherhood, the Irish language and her solo adventure.

Interview: She shoots, she scores

2009-03-18 00:00:00

Cork singer-songwriter NICOLE MAGUIRE is rapidly making a name for herself with her full-on pop-rock songs, swoonful voice and dogged determination. On the release of her debut album Fight The Score she talks to Jackie Hayden.

Reports: It’s only rock ‘n’ ceol

2009-03-06 00:00:00

Mick Flannery is just one of the top artists featured singing a track on Seachtain na Gaeilge’s Irish language compilation Ceol ’09, due for release next month. Jackie Hayden talks to him about the experience.

Interview: The Devlin you know

2009-03-03 00:00:00

Laughing in the face of a global music meltdown, Colin Devlin has temporarily exited The Devlins to release a solo album Democracy Of One and strike out on a world tour.

Album: Urges and purges

2009-02-26 00:00:00

Dynamic debut from Dublin delinquents

Album: I'll be seeing you

2009-02-26 00:00:00

Irish Songsmith keeps good company

Reports: 12 Step Planet: Newcastle

2009-02-25 00:00:00

12 steps to help you take on the vibrant British city of Newcastle. Plus, all the latest travel news from around the world...

Interview: At home with... Christy Dignam

2009-02-25 00:00:00

Aslan’s Christy Dignam lives not too far from where he grew up in Dublin. He talks to Hot Press about birdwatching, how he stays away from drugs and his disdain for celebrities who complain about fame.

Interview: Headline Act Musical Jigsaws

2009-02-24 00:00:00

Aoife Moriarty has captivated anyone who’s encountered her debut album Dolls & Jigsaws. She talks to Jackie Hayden about her musical past, present and future.


2008-12-11 00:00:00

Snowman FC from Cork won the Irish heat of the JD Sets, played live in the legendary Jack Daniel's Distillery in Tennessee and recorded with REM man David Barbe in Nashville.

Reports: At Home with Katherine Lynch

2008-12-11 00:00:00

Katherine Lynch has divided the nation with her challengingly fresh approach to comedy via her Wonderwomen and Working Girls sketches on the telly.

Album: To Be Touched

2008-12-11 00:00:00


Album: The Alesha Show

2008-12-04 00:00:00

Even though her debut album didn't go off so well with her label, Dixon's latest album gives her another chance in the music biz.

Album: Live

2008-12-03 00:00:00

O'Rourke's live performance at the National Concert Hall will leave you in anticipation of his next album.

Interview: In the Restaurant with Richard Corrigan

2008-12-01 00:00:00

TV celebrity chef Richard Corrigan's latest project is his new Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill in Dublin. He talks to Jackie Hayden about his passion for food, tricky customers and more.

Album: The Last Session: A Fond Farewell

2008-11-26 00:00:00

The Irish icon's musical epitath radiates with some classic songs and the help of several notable musicians, including Hugh Buckley and Mary Coughlan.

Album: Our Bright Future

2008-11-11 00:00:00

Chapman creates yet another soulful, personal album that adds to her repertoire of timeless tunes with a few mentions of Jesus and Barack Obama.

Interview: Profile: Innercity Pirates Going Commercial

2008-11-10 00:00:00

The Guinness 'Fridge Magnet' TV commercial features the song 'Dedication' by Peavey-baked Welsh indie wizards Innercity Pirates.

Album: Evolver

2008-11-06 00:00:00

Though it doesn't exactly live up to its name, Legend manages to capture the optimistic sprit of Barack Obama in addition to his mastery of soul, pop and hip-hop in this album.

Album: Bad For You Baby

2008-11-06 00:00:00

The content here rarely strays from standard 12-bar boogie guitar blues-rock, but there’s more fire in Moore’s soloing than we’ve heard in a while.

Album: Time The Conqueror

2008-11-04 00:00:00


Album: Straight In No Kissing

2008-11-04 00:00:00


Reports: At Home With: Wallis Bird

2008-11-04 00:00:00

How Wallis Bird's search for a bicycle led her to "the best house in the universe," a three-storey hippy-style Victorian residence in multicultural Brixton, London.

Album: 24 Hours

2008-10-22 00:00:00


Album: I Won't Go Home Till Morning

2008-10-22 00:00:00


Album: Lir Live

2008-10-22 00:00:00

Irish Prog champions return

Album: The House Of Ill-Repute

2008-10-21 00:00:00


Interview: Her day has Come

2008-10-21 00:00:00

Annmarie O'Grady's second album, 24 Hours, was produced in New York by Malcolm Burn who worked with Daniel Lanois on Bob Dylan's acclaimed Oh Mercy album.

Interview: The view from The Tower

2008-09-12 00:00:00

Tower's Wicklow Street store manager Clive Branagan reflects on how the shop's independent stance enabled them to get progressively stronger, while others floundered.

Reports: At home with: Victoria Mary Clarke

2008-09-11 00:00:00

Writer Victoria Mary Clarke lives with her partner Shane MacGowan in the leafy surroundings of Dublin’s Donnybrook.

Album: Secret Life Of A Girl

2008-09-09 00:00:00

Thankfully, Dublin jazz singer Christine Tobin has crafted an album of mostly her own songs rather than re-run us through threadbare standards.

Album: For Love and Laughter

2008-08-28 00:00:00

Solas have an uncanny instinct for blending the traditional and the modern so well that you can rarely see the join.

Album: Beauty Never Seen

2008-08-26 00:00:00

Average white band

Interview: Musician, Heal Thyself

2008-08-13 00:00:00

Ise's response to traumatic personal events, and the healing that music brings, underpins her debut album Angel One.

Fashion: Black Magic

2008-08-12 00:00:00

Lesley-Ann Halvey, singer and bassist with the all-girl Dublin four-piece Black Daisy, claims being in a band is different for girls, not least in squatting down to do the ass test in Penneys.

Album: God Bless The Big Bang

2008-08-11 00:00:00

Rory revs up his solo career with a surprisingly temperate debut album God Bless the Big Bang.

Comedy: Andrew Stanley

2008-07-30 00:00:00

Comedian Andrew Stanley plays host to Jackie Hayden ahead of the Carlsberg Comedy Carnival.

Album: NTB3

2008-07-28 00:00:00

Recorded live without overdubs or effects, this is testament to the Toner trio’s intense absorption into the genre.

Album: Words In Music

2008-07-24 00:00:00

Liam Merriman adopts the art of keeping it simple in his release Words In Music.

Album: The Field Mouse Conspiracy

2008-07-22 00:00:00

This collection of about 50 Irish and British artists performing folk-rock works mostly written by former music journalist Colin Harper is a seriously handsome affair.

Interview: Theology lesson

2008-07-11 00:00:00

Theo, aka Terry Quigley, did time in One Half Monk, but now fronts Theo and the Red Beats. Jackie Hayden uncovers the background to their debut album Get What You Came For.

Interview: The Chart of Noise

2008-07-14 00:00:00

Noise terrorists Paranoid Visions have had their first hit record after 30 years. Is this mere carelessness or part of a cunning plan to subvert the nation?

Album: No One Wants To Move

2008-07-14 00:00:00

Gift Grub's Rafa Benitez finds new role

Reports: The Rights Of Mannheim

2008-07-01 00:00:00

Wexford singer-songwriter Wallis Bird found herself living in Mannheim more by accident than design, and ended up loving the place.

Interview: First We Take Monaghan...

2008-07-01 00:00:00

The Monaghan-Cavan area has been a bit of a desert in quality rock terms in recent years, but the new Monaghan-based Venue Promotions is set on changing all that.

Album: People Have Names

2008-06-30 00:00:00

Irish Maverick in Album of the Year contender

Interview: At home with The Mighty Stef

2008-06-30 00:00:00

Now a provocative solo artist following a spell with the Subtonics, The Mighty Stef (alias Stefan Murphy) invites Jackie Hayden round for some pasta a la Murphy.

Laugh Lines: Oh Carol!

2008-06-25 00:00:00

Although Ireland's comedy community is heavily dominated by male figures, women like Carol Tobin have overturned the notion that women are intrinsically unfunny.

Live: Dirty Pretty Things Live At Dolan's

2008-06-19 00:00:00

Rapturous rockers showcase a mix of old and new material

Interview: Stable Diet

2008-06-17 00:00:00

The Stables in Mullingar has become an essential stopover on the Irish rock touring circuit. Here, the venue's booking man, David McLynn tells Jackie Hayden about the current state of rock in the Midlands.

Album: The Pink & The Lily

2008-06-17 00:00:00

Scottish singer plays it too safe

Interview: At Home With... David Norris

2008-06-16 00:00:00

In the run-up to Bloomsday, gay rights activist Senator David Norris explains why he hates iPods and he wouldn’t have wanted James Joyce as a neighbour.

Album: Tribute To Bobby

2008-06-16 00:00:00

At last, a tribute album that works

Report: Mixing It With The Best

2008-06-11 00:00:00

The bass player with Crowded House has latterly been making a name for himself as the kind of producer many bands would want to have in their corner.

Album: The Two Of Us

2008-05-12 00:00:00

Christy Moore, Ronan Keating and other Irish talents join in fitting swansong by sorely-missed songwriter

Interview: At Home With...Will Leahy

2008-05-13 00:00:00

Will Leahy is a busy man. He works full-time as a solicitor. In his spare time, meanwhile, he moves to RTE’s Limerick studios to broadcast his daily programme to the nation.


2008-05-13 00:00:00

Veteran Cork campaigner hits new folk highs

Album: Sam Sparro

2008-06-04 00:00:00

The ghost of Marvin hovers over debut by Digi-Soul merchant - sensuous dancefloor fodder with an evocative voice

Fashion: The human touch

2008-06-03 00:00:00

Jen Connell from Horray For Humans tells Jackie Hayden about the band's campaign to exterminate white runners - and talks about what turns her on in clothes.

Frontlines: Docklands of hope & glory

2008-05-28 00:00:00

Next time you visit Cork City, take a cool look around, for the vista is likely to undergo a major facelift over the next 20 years thanks to the planned development of the Cork Docklands area.

Album: Gypsy Trip

2008-05-20 00:00:00

If you’re tired of bands who wear out their shoes from gazing on them, Jaded Sun could be the pick-up you need.

Interview: In the producers chair

2008-05-20 00:00:00

Mick O’Gorman believes a producer’s job is to subtly enhance what the musicians are playing, rather than to invent sounds through studio trickery.

Fashion: Waterbabe

2008-05-19 00:00:00

Jacqui Carroll, presenter of Live In Your Living Room, explains her fashion philosophy – and offers a public health warning against water bras!

Album: Simple Truth

2008-05-16 00:00:00

Gary Dunne avoids the pitfalls of mawkish singer-songwriterdom with challenging indie-folk songs that bridge the divide between Cat Stevens and Neil Young.

Reports: Live and dangerous

2008-05-09 00:00:00

It’s shaping up to be the mother of all battles of the bands as Dublin heroes Bravado square up against Waterford’s Gorbachov in the Murphy’s Live 2008 final in The Savoy, Cork on May 15.

Album: The High Kings

2008-04-23 00:00:00

Regal debut from latest Irish folk big things

Fashion: Winner alright

2008-04-21 00:00:00

Michelle Wilson is the winner of the Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award 2008. Here she talks about her own clothes – and where she likes to buy them.

Album: Hell to Pay

2008-04-07 00:00:00

Take two Flowers, add one Pogue and stir...

Fashion: The backlash starts here

2008-04-03 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks fashion with DJ Chewy, a man on a mission to find as many shell-suits as he can before they become totally extinct.

Interview: Going down a country road

2008-04-09 00:00:00

After studiously walking the line between rock and pop, Corkonian Jennifer Clarke explains why she now regards herself as a country act, and tells Jackie Hayden about her interest in serial killers.

Fashion: Grace under pressure

2008-03-25 00:00:00

Popping into our Hot Looks studio this fortnight is Grace Fay, keyboardist and vocalist with Dublin indie pop contenders Television Room.

Fashion: The passion not the fashion

2008-03-10 00:00:00

Despite her recent international success as a songwriter, Ruth-Anne Cunningham doesn’t worry too much about how she looks.

Fashion: Hot Looks: Dead Gorgeous

2008-02-13 00:00:00

Anna and Tara from the Limerick band We Should Be Dead have no jobs and no money. They explain to Jackie Hayden how they put clothes on their backs.

Album: Paradise For Life

2008-02-08 00:00:00

"Glyder use their twin guitars to the max, and in vocalist Tony Cullen have a gritty frontman who avoids the macho excesses of so many other exponents of the genre."

Interview: The drug policies don't work

2008-02-05 00:00:00

As a long term drug rehabilitation activist, Sean Cassin knows more than most about the extent of heroin use in Ireland. Now, as a member of the Drugs Policy Action Group, it is telling that he is angry about institutional resistance to progress on the issue.

Album: Kindred Spirits

2008-02-04 00:00:00

Kindred Spirits brings us a golden hour of genuine raucous blues, with a little polish, but lots of spit.

Interview: At Home With... Aisling O'Loughlin

2008-01-30 00:00:00

Aisling O’Loughlin is one of the effervescent presenters on TV3’s Xpose. This week, however, she’s stuck with Jackie Hayden making one of his house calls.

Fashion: Designs Means Hynes

2008-01-28 00:00:00

Joanne Hynes is one of Ireland’s most intuitive fashion designers, with a particular love for knitwear. She talks to Jackie Hayden about the vision thing.

Album: Penny Arcade

2008-01-22 00:00:00

Cowboy Robot are four musicians firmly embedded in the rock tradition, with much to offer in terms of originality and a timely sense of good old rock’n’roll fun.

Fashion: A girl named Sue

2007-12-10 00:00:00

Sue Rose is guitarist and vocalist with The Radio and here she welcomes Jackie Hayden onto her fashion wavelength just in time for some Christmas shopping.

Album: Giving

2007-12-05 00:00:00

O'Snodaigh's songs exude a confidence and an intelligence that go way beyond the empty platitudes and three-chord trickery of yer standard Irish songsmithery.

Album: Live In Dublin

2007-12-04 00:00:00

From the off, the band's zest and breathtaking energy serve to remind us how lacking in invention most of the live music scene has been since they were last among us.

Fashion: Gettin' Bridgy With It

2007-11-28 00:00:00

Nigerian-raised, Dublin-based singer Bridgy has a distinctive and stylish dress sense influenced by her multi-cultural background.

Interview: At Home With... Claudia Carroll

2007-11-21 00:00:00

Claudia Carroll is a busy actress and author, but she still allows our Jackie Hayden the time of day, gives him a hot scoop and introduces him to her haunted room.

Album: My Whole Life Is Have To

2007-11-19 00:00:00

Large Mound make the kind of joyful noise that inspires kids to form bands.

Fashion: Blonde ambition

2007-11-14 00:00:00

Aoife Cleary’s band Fair Verona have changed their name to The Blonde Majority. Jackie Hayden compares highlights with the singer and guitarist.

Live: Hotpress First Cut Sessions in association with Beat FM

2007-10-08 00:00:00

Carlow's Alanalda capivated the audience with their twist on folk rock, The Citizen from Clonmel were nigh on perfect and Chaplin rounded off the night with fresh delights.

Interview: At Home With... Sinead Desmond

2007-10-03 00:00:00

Sinead Desmond is a presenter on TV3’s Ireland AM, a job that gets her out of the house by 4am. But it’s never too early for a house call.

Album: Cloaks And Daggers

2007-10-01 00:00:00

An album big on attitude and even bigger on choruses, a store full of jagged guitar riffage and a lyrical maturity way beyond their years.

Live: Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Longford

2007-09-24 00:00:00

Amid all the acrobatics on offer at the sixth Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, the highlight had to be the eagerly-awaited Guy Clark concert.

Album: Tribe

2007-09-21 00:00:00

Bloom has never made a dud album, and on the form displayed here, that’s not likely to happen any time soon.

Reports: It’s A Jingle Out There

2007-09-13 00:00:00

The use of rock music for soundtracking and advertising purposes has opened up important new avenues for artists eager to get their music out to a mass audience.

Fashion: Nothing tetchy about Maria

2007-09-11 00:00:00

Singer Maria Tecce’s wardrobe is as eclectic and as multi-cultural as you would expect from a woman with a repertoire of English, Spanish, Italian, French and Polish songs

Interview: At home with...Paddy Cullivan

2007-09-03 00:00:00

Two house calls for the price of one? Jackie Hayden calls in on political satirist Paddy Cullivan and Clint Velour of Camembert Quartet, resident ingredient of RTÉ TV’s Tubridy Show, only to find they are one and the same person!

Live: Hot Press First Cuts Gig at the Wexford Arts Centre

2007-08-31 00:00:00

Supported By Hot Press and Beat FM to highlight emerging local talent, the second in the First Cuts series saw Odi and former Salt House man Niall Colfer supporting local heroes Chaplin.

Album: Untitled

2007-08-22 00:00:00

Both bands are masters of hardcore punk metal, often bringing a level of musical invention rare in the genre.

Reports: A soul eaten alive in Hollywood

2007-08-16 00:00:00

Joe Jackson re-evaluates Elvis' prolific but inconsistent movie career – and the decisions that would lead to the ultimate downfall of the man known as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Album: The Other Side

2007-08-02 00:00:00

Heffernan knows how to cherry-pick songs from quality songwriters while avoiding the obvious, and then stake her own claim to them.

Interview: With a banjo on my knee

2007-07-10 00:00:00

The annual Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival has put Longford on the world music map. Jackie Hayden talks to the festival’s originator Chris Keenan about how it grew from initially being laughed at to becoming one of the most important folk festivals in the international calendar.

Interview: The next picture show

2007-07-10 00:00:00

One of Ireland’s most respected photographers, John Minihan not only remembers the ‘60s, but he was there, and he has the photographs to prove it.

Reports: Where are they now?

2007-07-10 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden goes in search of some long lost rock 'n' rollers to answer that age-old question: is there life after pop stardom?

Album: Black Rain

2007-07-04 00:00:00

This is Ozzy's first studio outing in six years, and his first time to record an album sober. It benefits from Zakk Wylde's demented riffs and solos, and the lyrics feature more relevant political comment than you’d expect.

Interview: At home with... Mo Kelly

2007-07-04 00:00:00

Mo Kelly’s hectic schedule of DJ-ing and painting keeps her pretty busy, but not too busy to answer the door when Jackie Hayden comes calling.

Interview: Twangs for the memories

2007-07-03 00:00:00

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet consists of four virtuoso players acclaimed across the world for their unique blend of classical and flamenco styles. As they prepare for their Irish debut, Jackie Hayden asks key member Bill Kanengiser how it all works.

Interview: At home with... Neil McCormick

2007-06-21 00:00:00

In another case of “Bono made me do it”, former hotpress-er and U2 biographer Neil McCormick explains to Jackie Hayden how he ended up living near Bob The Builder and about the travails of interviewing all four U2 men on four different continents in the same evening. Photos by Mark Harrison.

Album: Real Girl

2007-06-20 00:00:00

Although Real Girl is too inconsistent to have you rushing down the bookies, nonetheless it’s a steely attempt at spirited urban R’n’B pop, with nods to Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, Joss Stone and even Jamelia.

Album: Good Girl Gone Bad

2007-06-20 00:00:00

Although Rihanna tries to hit too many different targets on this album, the beats are up and the lyrics are vacuous enough to guarantee a few more hit singles before anybody finds out.

Album: The Contents Of A Shipwreck

2007-06-08 00:00:00

Musically, The Contents Of A Shipwreck is impressively diverse. There’s lilting reggae, bluegrass and achingly beautiful sultry numbers.

Interview: Carry-on up the campus

2007-06-08 00:00:00

Six Semesters could be the first independent Irish feature film with an entire cast and crew made up of students from an Irish university. Jackie Hayden goes behind the casting couch with director John McKeown.

Fashion: Hot Looks: Dunne that, worn the T-shirt

2007-05-29 00:00:00

As frontman with The Spikes, Tom Dunne likes to makes sure that he stands out from the crowd. Jackie Hayden asks the former model his views on the links between fashion and rock music/

Fashion: Dunne that

2007-05-29 00:00:00

As frontman with The Spikes, Tom Dunne likes to makes sure that he stands out from the crowd. Jackie Hayden asks the former model his views on the links between fashion and rock music.

Comedy: Smithwick's Cat Laughs: no moggy does it better

2007-05-25 00:00:00

As cats all over Ireland prepare to have their fancies tickled, Jackie Hayden reflects on the comedic talents of one of the star turns at this year’s Smithwick’s Cat Laughs Festival, Tommy Tiernan.

Interview: At home with Shaz Oye

2007-05-24 00:00:00

Managing to convince Shaz Oye that he’s not another Fianna Fail canvasser calling round to insult her, Jackie Hayden is allowed in to see where the singer-songwriter works, rests and plays.

Interview: 2moro never knows

2007-05-24 00:00:00

Three bands, 10 venues, 12 dates, four DJ comperes and two high-profile corporate sponsors, including the official national pop station. Jackie Hayden talks to the bands scheduled to play this year’s RTÉ 2fm 2moro 2our, coming to a town near you.

Reports: The revolution starts here

2007-05-24 00:00:00

A new Dublin-based operation claims to be about to revolutionise the music business by adopting a non-contractual, non-A&R approach to releasing records via key internet music stores. Jackie Hayden talks to the company’s mainman Denver Thomas.

Album: Memory Almost Full

2007-05-18 00:00:00

This is McCartney’s first album as part of his deal with Starbucks – Macca-goes-mocha as it were.

Interview: Going up in frames

2007-05-15 00:00:00

The work of Birr fashion illustrator Sorcha O’Raghallaigh is attracting nods of approval even from those who have little interest in fashion. Jackie Hayden talks to her as her second exhibition comes to Dublin.

Reports: She Kane, she saw, she conquered

2007-05-01 00:00:00

This year, Lesley Kane, general manager with both Music Maker and MIDI (Musical Instrument Distribution Ireland), chalks up 20 years in the musical instruments industry. Jackie Hayden gatecrashes the celebrations to quiz Kane on her career to date.

Interview: At home with Jeff Martin

2007-04-26 00:00:00

Jeff Martin rose to fame as singer and guitarist with Canadian rock band Tea Party. Now trading as a solo artist, he is currently holed up in a remote part of County Cork where Jackie Hayden tracked him down.


2007-04-20 00:00:00

Dry County's unique brand of electro-rock mixes conventional instruments, drum loops, synths, buckets, boxes and a nutritious diet of influences, from the Boards Of Canada to Kraftwerk, The Propellerheads and Radiohead.

Interview: At home with Leslie Dowdell

2007-04-13 00:00:00

Singer-songwriter Leslie Dowdall now lives in the picture postcard perfection of the Wicklow Mountains. But Jackie Hayden finds a hive of internal activity within the external tranquillity.

Album: The Calling

2007-04-13 00:00:00

The Calling will test your emotions, making you feel glowing and comfortable, then useless and helpless.

Album: Canyon Songs

2007-04-05 00:00:00

Canyon Songs, his self-produced fifth studio album, sees him in typical downbeat mood, but there’s a subtle country tinge cropping up that might see him expand his loyal fanbase considerably.

Interview: At home with Jenny Buckley

2007-03-29 00:00:00

When Jackie Hayden popped in on Channel 6 presenter Jenny Buckley, he hadn’t been warned that her inappropriately-named dog Snuggles was actually a guard dog who had a slight aversion to strangers.

Album: A New Journey

2007-03-29 00:00:00

The Celtic Woman juggernaut rolls on, shaping up as if it could, in time, eclipse the international successes of Riverdance and all the tenors in one package.

Album: Despite Our Differences

2007-03-27 00:00:00

20 years on from their first musical offering, the Indigo Girls thankfully refuse to age with grace and here turn in an album as vital and as edgy as anything they’ve ever done, with fresh subtleties to add to an illustrious back catalogue.

Album: Blood In Vein

2007-03-09 00:00:00

Debut album by the Limerick-based former Nomos frontman, featuring 11 original songs and guest appearances from Damien Dempsey and Gemma Hayes.

Album: The Book Of Lightning

2007-03-02 00:00:00

With The Book Of Lightning, Waterboys fans will be thrilled to have Mike Scott back on form, while the uninitiated will get a chance to understand what all the fuss was about.

Album: I’ll Tear My Own Walls Down

2007-02-28 00:00:00

I’ll Tear My Own Walls Down offers a testing array of thoughtful, somewhat downbeat performances and will reward those who apply themselves to it.

Reports: Conflict marks Strawberry switchover

2007-02-26 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to presenter Colm Hayes about his place in the new 2FM schedule and finds a man fired-up for the challenge, but not a little angry at the attitude of his former bosses at FM 104.

Album: West

2007-02-23 00:00:00

This is Louisiana-born alt-country heroine Lucinda Williams’ first album since 2003, and its songs emerged during the period when her mother passed on and she moved from one relationship into another one.

Interview: Hearts and minds

2007-02-05 00:00:00

In the run-up to the long-awaited reunion gigs by the legendary eighties folk-rock-jazz band Moving Hearts, Jackie Hayden talks to saxophonist Keith Donald and percussionist Noel Eccles.

Interview: At home with Paul Woodfull

2007-01-18 00:00:00

Paul Woodfull isn’t just one of the creators of the megatastic I, Keano, but the alter ego of a veritable houseful of send up acts, including Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly, The Glam Tarts, Tony St James and the Joshua Tree.

Reports: Old Hayden's almanac

2007-01-11 00:00:00

While the rest of you were off stuffing your faces with turkey, here at HotPress we were busily polishing our crystal balls in readiness for our annual gaze into the future. S

Interview: Walkin' the indie talk

2007-01-08 00:00:00

2006 has been a busy year for Dublin-born Shaz Oye, capped by the release of her mostly self-penned and self-financed debut album Truth According To Shaz Oye. In conversation with Jackie Hayden she looks back on her story so far.

Interview: Gaelic games

2007-01-08 00:00:00

Renowned Cork singer-songwriter John Spillane has joined forces with poet Louis de Paor as the bilingual Gaelic Hit Factory to prove that the Irish language can work in a contemporary context. Jackie Hayden investigates.

Interview: How not to make it in 2007

2007-01-04 00:00:00

Annual article: Some of our most promising failures are not really doing enough to fulfil their ambitions. They must try harder next year, warns Jackie Hayden.

Album: The Ramblings Of A Dangerous McDaid

2006-12-15 00:00:00

This album purports to be based on the work of a real-life renegade from Tyrone who mysteriously disappeared without trace in 1986.

Interview: At home with Miriam Ingram

2006-11-23 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden calls round to visit Miriam Ingram’s current abode at the foot of the Dublin Mountains and gets to hear his first Christmas carol of the season.

Album: Brave New World

2006-11-22 00:00:00

On her debut album, Majella Murphy comes on like a one-woman Indigo Girl with a bunch of charming original songs.

Interview: This Keynote's for you

2006-11-21 00:00:00

One of Ireland’s leading instrument and accessory distributors for 25 years, Keynote will be raising a rumpus at Music Ireland ‘06, according to Mark Walsh.

Interview: Where the deals go down

2006-11-21 00:00:00

MIDI are a major force in the distribution of musical instruments in Ireland. Managing director Lesley Kane reflects on the importance of supporting local dealers rather than going overseas.

Interview: Rock 'n roland

2006-11-21 00:00:00

E-drums, synths and home digital pianos – as Gerry Forde explains, Roland have been at the cutting edge of music technology for decades, and show no signs of slackening off.

Interview: The bear necessities

2006-11-21 00:00:00

Audio sales and hire specialist Michael Browne gets his gear in gear for Music Ireland 06.

Album: A Life Like Mine

2006-11-15 00:00:00

Fleming's new album is both simplistic and dramatic.

Interview: Music Ireland 06 - the countdown begins

2006-11-13 00:00:00

For the weekend of November 25 and 26, all musical roads will lead to the RDS in Dublin for the Music Ireland ’06 event. Jackie Hayden talks to the show director Ollie Upton about what’s in store for us at this major annual attraction for musician and music fans alike.

Interview: At home with Zoe Conway

2006-11-09 00:00:00

Things are gonna work out down on the farm. Or so reckons Jackie Hayden after dropping in on noted fiddle player Zoe Conway.

Album: Trouble Pilgrim

2006-11-01 00:00:00

The Radiators were the first true Irish punk band, and with most current rock acts unwilling to confront the broad political realities of today, they may well turn out to be our last.

Album: Live At Dolans

2006-11-01 00:00:00

Shannon is turbo-charged as always, and is admirably served by a band that can rock and stroll as required.

Album: Wood

2006-10-31 00:00:00

Woodis an admirable debut that should open doors and minds.

Album: Signature

2006-10-25 00:00:00

But whereas previous solo albums had real fire and zest, the 12 tracks on Signature are impeccably played, crafted and sung, and it’s more likely to reveal its worth on repeat visits than hit you over the head on first hearing.

Reports: Jack the lads

2006-10-25 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden travelled to Nashville, Tennessee for a once-off invitation-only gig starring Frank Black, Guy Garvey of Elbow and Richard Hawley at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery as part of the celebration for Mr Daniel’s birthday.

Interview: Get away with yourself

2006-10-23 00:00:00

As the summer finally begins to fade and the dark nights of winter start to creep in, many of us look for a last chance to get an away break before the build-up for Christmas begins. Jackie Hayden reviews some of the options countrywide.

Interview: We did it our way

2006-10-09 00:00:00

With the publication of U2 By U2, the band have finally got to tell the story of their success from their own perspective. It’s got some great pictures too.

Reports: Support your local dealer: Hot Press music industry campaign

2006-10-05 00:00:00

As part of the build-up to Music Ireland ’06 in the RDS next month, hotpress has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage musicians to support their local instrument shop. Jackie Hayden explains the central importance of the local store to the Irish music industry – and to every musician’s livelihood.

Album: Stolen Moments

2006-10-02 00:00:00

For Stolen Moments he’s taken a bunch of new songs, two of which were written in tandem with RTE newsman Conor Mark Kavanagh, to Nashville, and teamed up with that city’s conveyor-belt musicians.

Comedy: Devil in the detail

2006-09-27 00:00:00

To coincide with the launch of his new 'Greatest Hits' DVD , Ed Byrne talks to Jackie Hayden about profanity in Irish comedy, how he fucked up in Edinburgh, the Christopher Reeves joke that some misunderstood, and how he regularly meets people who claim not to know him.

Interview: At home with Eleanor McEvoy

2006-09-06 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden makes a courtesy call on Eleanor McEvoy and interrupts her putting the finishing touches to her new album. Instead of showing him the door, she shows him around!

Album: The Captain And The Kid

2006-09-06 00:00:00

All the trademark Eltonisms are here: the tasty piano fills, the unmistakeable voice, the catchy melodies and lyrics of substance rather than mere frivolity. It could restore him to his rightful position as pop’s queen of tarts.

Album: These Four Walls

2006-08-31 00:00:00

For her first album since 2001, Colvin’s co-written nine of the album’s 13 tracks with producer John Leventhal, and her guests, including Patty Griffin, Marc Cohn, Teddy Thompson and ace pedal steel Greg Leisz, give the album an overall country/folk/rock feel.

Comedy: The alter-ego has landed

2006-08-30 00:00:00

Ahead of his Electric Picnic appearance, we quiz Naked Camera hero PJ Gallagher about his TV alter egos Jake Stevens and how he keeps a straight face.

Album: Devil's Got Your Gold

2006-08-21 00:00:00

Frank’s lifespan might not long outlast the show that incubated them, but we should enjoy it while they’re still around.

Interview: Tribal gathering

2006-08-08 00:00:00

This is the time of year when two major national events, the Galway Arts Festival and the Galway Races, make Galway the destination of choice for many Irish and international funsters. But the City of the Tribes has a lot more to offer – including some of the best live music and clubbing in Ireland.

Interview: At home with Ann Marie Kelly

2006-08-03 00:00:00

“Come up and see my snails sometime,” is hardly the best chat-up line ever coined, but an undaunted Jackie Hayden decides to brave all and call on Today FM jockette Ann-Marie Kelly.

Album: Workbench Songs

2006-07-31 00:00:00

Throughout Workbench Songs you get the sense of being in the hands of real craftsmen, musicians who have an unerring instinct for creating the right mood. But, overall, a little more risk-taking might have been required to make a great record of it.

Album: Undiscovered

2006-07-20 00:00:00

No, not Jim Morrison who died taking a bath. This Morrison is from England, and his vocal style owes more to Paul Young, although there is a soulfulness that suggests he might have heard that other living Morrison.

Interview: Rogers and out

2006-07-14 00:00:00

Kenny Rogers has been having hits since high school back in his native Houston. Ahead of his appearance at Ballinlough Castle, he looks back at his early inspirations and reflects on a long procession of hit records that have endeared him to rock, pop, soul and country audiences.

Interview: For whom the Campbell tolls

2006-07-13 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to Glen Campbell about his musical upbringing, his main influences and one bizarre performance in front of Britain's Queen Mummy.

Interview: Limerick, you're a leader

2006-07-13 00:00:00

Most cities and towns have their trouble spots and their danger zones, but Limerick's have been given more than their unfair share of publicity. Such a focus on the negative has tended to detract attention from the positive aspects of this resurgent city, with its vibrant music scene, its buzzing university, the warmth and friendliness of the people, its obsession with rugby, and er, Ryan Turbidy.

Album: White Bread Black Beer

2006-07-10 00:00:00

Overall, the ultra-smooth consistency of the homegrown production and Gartside’s sugar-coated vocals could make this album a monotonous experience for non-fans.

Interview: Born under a good sign

2006-06-29 00:00:00

Musical trends come and go but the blues continues to thrive. In Ireland, the scene is now stronger than ever. With her reputation growing internationally, Mary Stokes talks about her role as a performer - and her friendships with numerous blues legends. Oh, and Van Morrison's birth sign!

Interview: August men of Irish trad

2006-06-28 00:00:00

Trad quartet Lunasa, named to honour the Irish harvest god Lugh, who also gave his name to the month of August, have become something of gods themselves within the Irish trad scene. Jackie Hayden talks to them in the wake of the release of their new album Se.

Album: Various Artists

2006-06-28 00:00:00

A double CD of 22 tracks from any region is unlikely to be without its dodgy bits, and this collection is no exception. Still - all hail main motivator John Finn for making it happen.

Album: Bring You Home

2006-06-28 00:00:00

Now that Ronan Keating's finally made it to his natural home, he’s actually blossomed, dropping the fake American vocal slurs and singing in a natural, warm and attractive voice, quite possibly for the first time.

Comedy: There was this Jewish comedian...

2006-06-27 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to Jackie Mason about the politics of humour, discrimination as a good career move, why he'll never go back to being a rabbi, how his middle finger got him into hot water - and why he probably won't be telling Moslem jokes anytime soon.

Interview: At home with Matt Cooper

2006-06-23 00:00:00

Today FM current affairs broadcaster Matt Cooper seems to have perfected the knack of keeping his work and home lives separate. But when his house-guest Jackie Hayden calls around, who wil have The Last Word?

Reports: Making music matter

2006-06-20 00:00:00

For 25 years Music Maker have been a central force in the Irish instruments industry, their premises in Exchequer Street in Dublin a veritable musical mecca for international and Irish customers alike. Latterly they have expanded into distribution with MIDI (Musical Instrument Distribution Ireland) and were also involved in the initiative to create the permanent memorial to Rory Gallagher being unveiled this week. Jackie Hayden talked to the key players about the Music Maker success story, and even heard the one about the man with the child's organ!

Album: Triniti

2006-06-19 00:00:00

If Triniti's ambition is to produce work that is taken seriously as original and creative, they need to dig a little deeper and put more of themselves and their personalities into the music.

Album: Live At Bewleys

2006-06-14 00:00:00

Aidan has a top-notch voice, and in the company of seven sterling musicians turns in a finely-recorded – albeit somewhat short – live album, featuring a mere five of his mostly-charmful songs.

Album: A Decade Of Souls

2006-06-13 00:00:00

Solas celebrate their 10th anniversary with this spectacular Philadelphia concert CD/DVD featuring all past and present members.

Interview: Dweez the moment

2006-06-12 00:00:00

The legacy of Frank Zappa is being kept alive by his son Dweezil. Jackie Hayden talks to him ahead of his forthcoming Zappa plays Zappa gig in Dublin.

Interview: At home with Lee Dunne

2006-06-12 00:00:00

This week sees the re-publication of Lee Dunne's novel Paddy Maguire Is Dead which, in one of many outrageous acts visited on our writers, was banned for alleged obscenity by the Irish government in 1972. Jackie Hayden called in on an author who writes because he can't not write.

Interview: Investigation clears Ticketmaster

2006-06-09 00:00:00

After a three-year investigation, the Competition Authority has cleared Ticketmaster of any malpractice in the area of concert ticket sales. Jackie Hayden spoke to their MD in Ireland, Eamonn O'Connor.

Interview: When you Bish upon a star

2006-06-08 00:00:00

Hard work and an ear for hilarious dialogue have made Des Bishop one of the kings of Irish comedy.

Live: First Cuts Gig feat. Floyd Soul & The Wolf and Michele Ann Kelly live at Paul Flynn's, Waterford

2006-06-08 00:00:00

Floyd Soul & The Wolf play as if all our very lives depended on it, and when did you last think that about any Irish band?

Interview: The state of Art

2006-06-07 00:00:00

Art Garfunkel's appearance at Cork's Live At The Marquee, crowns an extraordinary career.

Interview: Christy almighty!

2006-06-07 00:00:00

Recent months have seen Christy Moore return to the fray with renewed vigour and an appetite for live performance

Interview: Class acts

2006-06-06 00:00:00

For those dreaming of a career in the music industry, a wealth of worthwhile courses are now on offer.

Album: Surprise

2006-06-01 00:00:00

Surprise has a looser, more atmospheric approach than we normally get from the pristine and musically-disciplined Simon, with lots of swirling textures serving as provocative soundwashes behind the unmistakeable vocals.

Interview: Between a rock and a bard place

2006-06-01 00:00:00

With interest in this year’s 10th Roundstone Arts Festival already building up, we sent our very own Roundstone Cowboy Jackie Hayden to check out this year’s line-up.

Interview: Miles ahead

2006-05-23 00:00:00

RTE Lyric FM will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of the late genre-defying trumpeter Mile Davis with a special weekend focusing on a man who is arguably the greatest jazz innovator to have a major impact on rock music. To give you a little something for that weekend, Jackie hayden reflects on one of the true giants of music.

Interview: At home with Carol Tobin

2006-05-22 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden drops in on comedian Carol Tobin hoping to catch her doing some air comedy practice ahead of her forthcoming appearance in Kilkenny at the Smithwick’s Cat Laughs Festival. Instead he meets a woman who seems to be barred from half of Ranelagh and finds out why there are no goldfish around.

Album: Todd Smith

2006-05-11 00:00:00

On this outing he’s accompanied by a plethora of collaborators, as if his own reputation is no longer enough to hold things together, and some work and some don’t.

Interview: At home with Jon Richards

2006-05-11 00:00:00

Galway Bay FM DJ Jon Richards lives only a few miles from where he grew up, so Jackie Hayden had little difficulty in tracking him down.

Album: Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?

2006-04-27 00:00:00

The Like are three nearly-out-of-teenage girls who have discovered pop-punk, but instead of taking it down some grotty toilet in Brixton or Brooklyn, they’re going to shake it in the stadiums of the world. That’s the plan anyway, and it could easily work, given the girls’ ability to blend candy-coated tunes with a snappy chord-driven, dirty guitar sound.

Reports: At your service

2006-04-27 00:00:00

The Irish music industry has spawned a number of official bodies and companies, who provide invaluable services especially relevant to artists going the independent route. But what do these operators actually do? Here, we present a handy run-down on the key bodies and expert companies out there waiting to serve you.

Interview: A brighter shade of Pale

2006-04-25 00:00:00

Well, skip a light fandango if it isn’t The Pale, back with a new EP after the long absence that followed their massive contribution to the Irish rock scene of the early nineties. The Final Garden sees them re-emerge as a sturdier yet looser musical unit than of yore.

Album: Live At The Point 2006

2006-04-19 00:00:00

It takes a rare talent indeed to reduce a venue as cavernous as The Point to the intimacy of a sitting room, but Christy does it for 35 songs, over two magnificent hours.

Album: The Motion Project

2006-04-12 00:00:00

Worthy projects do not always make for interesting music, but this is quite an exception.

Album: The Exchange Sessions vol 1

2006-03-30 00:00:00

Hebden (drummer with Martha and The Vandellas, James Brown and Miles Davis among others) and Reid (of Four Tet) have made an album exclusively featuring percussion and electronics, a one-take live recording, with neither overdubs nor edits. A swift glance at the titles (‘Morning Prayer’, ‘Soul Oscillations’ are two out of the three), and the existence of two tracks around fifteen minutes long, might give the impression that this is an album for blissed-out new age meditators. Not so by a mile.

Interview: Oye keeps swinging

2006-03-29 00:00:00

Shaz Oye has been described as having the most extraordinary voice ever to come out of Ireland. On the eve of the release of her much-awaited debut album, she talks to Jackie Hayden about her Irish upbringing, and its highs and lows.

Comedy: Truth or dare

2006-03-29 00:00:00

With RTE’s new eight part mockumentary television series The Unbelievable Truth rustling feathers of the fans of our most high-profile celebrities in music and sport, Jackie Hayden spoke to its presenter Colin Murphy about celebrity, envy and er, beetroot.

Interview: Bob Geldof special

2006-03-28 00:00:00

Recipient of the IRMA Honours Awars of 2006, celebrating 30 years of music.

Here we document the stories, sounds, politics and philosophies that have developed with Bob Geldof, from his Boomtown Rats days to his most famous status as a devoted humanitarian.

Interview: Out on his own

2006-03-28 00:00:00

In which Bob reflets on his solo albums.

Interview: This is the world calling

2006-03-28 00:00:00

Throughout the pioneering events of Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8, Bob Geldof has repeatedly achieved the impossible, twisting the arms and consciences of self-absorbed rock stars to get them to think beyond their egos and stimulating recalcitrant politicians and a jaded media into doing things that are not really difficult at all but thinking makes them so.

Interview: Out of the trap

2006-03-28 00:00:00

The emergence of The Boomtown Rats inspired a new generation of in-your-face Irish bands who re-energised an Irish music scene that has become moribund and predictable.

Interview: Young soul rebels

2006-03-28 00:00:00

Bob Geldof recently received the freedom of the city of Dublin. But three decades ago, when Geldof first crashed the Irish entertainment scene, with his band, The Boomtown Rats, he was a thorn in the side of both politicians and priests in a notoriously conservative country.

Album: Colour Me Colourful

2006-03-21 00:00:00

This, Roesy’s fourth album, sees the Birr man moving up a few gears, applying a more electric sheen to gloss up his normally acoustic-based and introspective approach.

Comedy: Bad manors

2006-03-15 00:00:00

With Podge and Rodge once again upsetting the nation with their irreverent antics on their twice-weekly TV chat show, Jackie Hayden ventures into their Ballydung Manor where the show is recorded.

Album: Se

2006-02-23 00:00:00

Like their English counterparts Flook, Lunasa continue to plough their no-vocal take on the Irish tradition with considerable success, and those who enjoyed the zest and brio of their live Kinnity Sessions will luxuriate in this fresh studio-bound set.

Interview: The death of a soul legend: Wilson Pickett 1941–2006

2006-02-21 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden looks back over the career of the legendary soul singer Wilson Pickett who died last month, and talks to Andrew Strong about the man’s impact on his own career.

Interview: Reborn slippy

2006-02-21 00:00:00

Three decades since first setting Irish music on fire, Horslips have reformed for an acclaimed Other Voices performance. But are they back for good?

Album: This Old Road

2006-02-21 00:00:00

Like his compadres Dylan, Cohen, Nelson and Prine, Kris Kristofferson’s voice is showing the results of too much living, but it still can convey more passion and commitment than a chartful of boy bands.

Interview: Drive me mrazy

2006-02-17 00:00:00

The boy from San Diego, Jason Mraz, earned enough kudos with his debut album, Waiting For My Rocket To Come, to convince famed U2 man Steve Lillywhite to produce its sequel Mr. A-Z.

Interview: The Reich stuff

2006-02-14 00:00:00

This month, the 2006 RTÉ Living Music Festival, sponsored by IMRO, celebrates Steve Reich, arguably America’s greatest living composer. Jackie Hayden meets the 70-year-old whose influences stretch beyond the contemporary classical world to rock and rap music.

Live: Celtic Connections Festival @ Glasgow and Edinburgh

2006-02-10 00:00:00

The annual Celtic Connections festival is sadly under-profiled in Ireland, especially when it can attract knock-out performances from the likes of Roddy Frame.

Album: Noeli McDonnell

2006-02-09 00:00:00

When reviewing Noelie McDonnell’s demo in these pages last year, I described the Galway singer-songwriter as a hybrid of John Prine, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. The arrival of his debut album only confirms that he is all that and, indeed, far more than the sum of his influences.

Album: Other Peoples' Lives

2006-02-09 00:00:00

The emergence of what is being touted as Kinks’ mainman Ray Davies’ first official solo album is quite timely, given that the sound of mid-period Kinks permeates much of to-day’s hot “new” acts.

Album: The Cure

2006-02-03 00:00:00

Ireland has changed utterly since the Saw Doctors first enthralled us with their hick schtick, doing for rural Ireland what rap acts did for Compton, but now they’re back with their sixth studio album and sounding as vibrant and celebratory of all things real and Irish as ever.

Interview: At home with Martina O'Donoghue

2006-01-31 00:00:00

Knock-knock, who’s there? It’s only Jackie Hayden, making another of his house calls. This time the door is opened by Cork’s Red FM presenter Martina O’Donoghue.

Album: Keepers Of The Flame (Various Artists)

2006-01-25 00:00:00

This 18-track compilation is an exhilarating mix of songs and tunes by travellers and their friends. It ranges over the decades, with a track from the fifties by fiddle players Paddy and Stephen ‘Spare Parts’ Rainey, to a comparatively recent version of ‘The Travelling People’ by Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott which is worth the album price alone.

Album: Sing My Darling

2006-01-20 00:00:00

It would be a heart of stone indeed that would fail to melt on hearing this dazzling collection of old-time country music, played with love and zest.

Interview: At home with John Creedon

2006-01-19 00:00:00

With presenter John Creedon on a roll with his new mid-afternoon slot on RTE Radio 1, Jackie Hayden crosses the threshold of his Cork abode to see what the man gets up to away from the mike.

Interview: Old Hayden's almanac

2006-01-17 00:00:00

An exclusive foretaste of all the wonders 2006 has in store.

Interview: Old Hayden's almanac

2006-01-17 00:00:00

An exclusive foretaste of all the wonders 2006 has in store.

News: The First Cuts Are The Deepest

2006-01-09 00:00:00

Thanks to technological advances, listening to demos is no longer a chore.

Interview: And baby makes three

2006-01-04 00:00:00

When Jackie Hayden was enlisted to interview Sugababe Mutya Buena, little did he suspect that he would be loudly upstaged by another woman as he tries to get the lowdown on the Sugababes’ near break-up, Mutya’s concern over the sexing-up of their recent video, the effects of her pregnancy on her career and who ‘Push The Button’ was really about.

Interview: At home with David McSavage

2005-12-09 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden takes refuge from the trappings of “the season to be jolly” by dropping in on the yule-free home of Irish comedian David McSavage.

Album: Rian

2005-12-08 00:00:00

For his long-awaited first solo album he’s chosen a bunch of mostly traditional songs and tunes, many of which have mystical (and mist-ical) undertones and overtones.

Interview: On the loose

2005-12-05 00:00:00

After a year of extraordinary success, Republic Of Loose are looking forward to a Christmas homecoming show and putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming new album.

Album: The Judas Goat

2005-12-01 00:00:00

But apart from such minor carps, The Judas Goat deliver classy songs, well performed.

Album: Precious Lines

2005-11-30 00:00:00

O’Grady sounds like she could be a serious challenger on the world stage, especially within the American soft-rock market, although those seeking a musical expeditionary may need to look elsewhere.

Album: Celtic Woman

2005-11-29 00:00:00

Album: Time

2005-11-25 00:00:00

Liam Lawton is an off-duty priest who writes and sings, and is packaged here in an impressive widescreen production, blending elements of new age bombast with mildly interesting philosophising about the nature of time.

Interview: At Home with Julie Feeney

2005-11-22 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden rings the doorbell marked 'Julie Feeney' and explores the residence of one of Ireland's most promising singer-songwriters.

Interview: Christy Business

2005-11-14 00:00:00

Back in the saddle witha politically charged new album, Burning Times Christy Moore and co-collaborator Declan Sinnott are putting the agit-prop back into folk. In a rare interview, Moore speaks frankly abot Hattie Carroll and Rachel Corrie, Richard Thompson anoraks, interpreting Morrissey and recently being detained by British authorities under anti-terrorism laws.

Album: Fire and Ice

2005-11-14 00:00:00

Here, without the benefit of studio trickery, Ireland’s leading exponent of the genre pours herart and soul into a carefully-selected bunch of songs that bring out the best in her deeply expressive vocal.

Interview: At home with Phillip Cawley

2005-11-08 00:00:00

Philip Cawley is one of the mainstays of Today FM's daytime schedule. Recently he invited Jackie Hayden into his country home for a chat and a drop of Jameson.

Album: Hidden Heart

2005-11-02 00:00:00

All twelve songs are at least part-penned by Hazel, and Cormac de Barra’s electric harp is a regular and moving presence, especially on the Indian-bodhran influenced ‘End Of My Days’.

Interview: Instrumental breaks

2005-10-24 00:00:00

For the serious musician, the instrument you choose can prove crucial.

Album: Piece By Piece

2005-10-17 00:00:00

Tracks like ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ and ‘Halfway Up The Hindu Kush’ could easily trouble charts the world over; indeed virtually all the tracks are the epitome of radio-friendliness.

Album: Songs in open tuning

2005-10-13 00:00:00

With the singer-songwriters-versus-guitar-bands debate currently making waves, Derryman Paul Casey’s debut album comes as a timely release, effortlessly straddling the divide and likely to keep both camps happy.

Album: Waltzing alone

2005-10-10 00:00:00

In the great game of musical Monopoly, The Guggenheim Grotto have landed on the space “do not pass 1969”.

Album: Burning Times

2005-10-10 00:00:00

Burning Times – sonically fashioned in his usual magisterial style by Declan Sinnott – addresses concrete sprawling issues in songs like Natalie Merchant’s ‘Motherland’ and Rennie and Brett Sparks ‘Peace In The Valley Once Again’.

Album: Songs In Open Tuning

2005-10-07 00:00:00

Over the full distance, some tracks sit in similar grooves for a little too long, but this is as fine a rock debut as we’ve heard in aeons.

Album: Songs In Open Tuning

2005-10-06 00:00:00

Over the full distance, some tracks sit in similar grooves for a little too long, but this is as fine a rock debut as we’ve heard in aeons.

Album: Chaos and Creation In The Backyard

2005-10-03 00:00:00

Just when we thought it was safe to consign most of Paul McCartney’s solo canon to the dustbin of history after decades of underwhelming us with safe, bland tat, along comes his best post-Fabs album since Band On The Run.

Reports: Making sound sense

2005-09-28 00:00:00

As Mikam Sound celebrates its 30th year at the top of the Irish sound-hire and production business, Jackie Hayden talks to its driving forces, Paul Aungier and Mick O’Gorman, about their early days, the changing face of the music industry here and abroad and the phenomenal success of their Mosco Sound Design off-shoot.

Album: 13 Songs

2005-09-27 00:00:00

With this debut album Julie Feeney announces herself as the most intriguing female voice - bar the criminally neglected Shaz Oye - to come out of Ireland since Sinead O’Connor.

Album: Home

2005-09-26 00:00:00

With purveyors of contemporary takes on ancient songs like Mary Black, Clannad and others comparatively inactive, along come The Corrs to resuscitate some standards you thought had been irreparably damaged by bawdy balladeers and drunken uncles at weddings.

Album: Eyes Of Innocence

2005-09-19 00:00:00

It is to Brídín Brennan’s credit that she has decided to forge her own musical path instead of taking the easy option and following the high roads taken by her sister Enya and the family band Clannad.

Interview: At home with Tony McDonnell

2005-09-16 00:00:00

Tony McDonnell is currently the President of the Union of Students in Ireland. He invites Jackie Hayden into his home for some presidential chit-chat.

Interview: At home with...John Spillane

2005-08-31 00:00:00

Singer-songwriter John Spillane lives in a riverside terrace near Passage West, County Cork. He describes it as the perfect rural retreat.

Live: Eleanor McEvoy live at National Concert Hall, Dublin

2005-08-31 00:00:00

Three highlights from this show give conclusive evidence that, in Eleanor McEvoy, we have an incomparably assured performer and a composer of consummate wit and intelligence who has yet to receive her due acclaim at home.

Album: Blue Sky Sunrise

2005-08-30 00:00:00

Although long regarded as one of Ireland’s more creditable crafters of quality pop songs, Kieran Goss’ recordings have suffered from an overly laid-back, safety-first approach.

Interview: Van Morrison - Sixty Not Out

2005-08-30 00:00:00

As his 60th birthday approaches, Van Morrison remains a singular presence in music

Album: Possibilities

2005-08-29 00:00:00

Keyboardist Herbie Hancock achieved legendary status through his adventures with Miles Davis and a myriad other jazz outfits, although his profile as an innovator has been lower since his jazz fusion activities in the '70s.

Interview: At Home With...Mickey Harte

2005-08-12 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden makes another of his house calls. This time the door is opened by Mickey Harte.

Interview: Lots Dunne, More To Do

2005-08-09 00:00:00

To coincide with the release of the Today FM DJ’s double-CD compilation tracking the history of alternative rock in Ireland, Tom Dunne talks to Jackie Hayden about the state of Irish music, singer-songwriters versus guitar bands and the role of Irish radio.

Album: The Voyage

2005-07-26 00:00:00

Duhan’s pedigree stretches back to his founding membership of '60s act Granny’s Intentions and encompasses a later songwriting career that has seen his generally dark and introspective songs covered by Christy Moore (as in the title track here), Mary Black, Francie Conway and Dolores Keane.

Interview: Trading places

2005-07-20 00:00:00

Now happily settled in the west of Ireland as commercial manager of Eircom League side Galway United, 38-year-old Londoner Nick Leeson will forever be remembered as the 'rogue trader' who brought about the collapse of Barings Bank in Singapore. He talks frankly, and affably, to Jackie Hayden about his long, strange trip.

Interview: Local Hero

2005-07-12 00:00:00

He’s almost unheard of beyond Cork but presenter Neil Prendeville is one of radio’s brightest talents.

Album: Songs Of Love And Death

2005-07-06 00:00:00

Recorded mostly at home in Montréal and in art galleries and hotel rooms by the quarter-Irish, one-woman cottage industry that is Emm Gryner, Songs of Love and Death is a brave selection of Irish pop and rock songs that thankfully avoids the obvious and gives some perhaps forgotten gems an overdue turn around the block.

Album: Fair And Square

2005-06-08 00:00:00

This is Prine’s first album of (mainly) original songs for nearly a decade, and while it hardly breaks new ground, it does stand up as a worthy addition to a substantial catalogue of songs tracking his no-bullshit vision of white, working class America.

Interview: At Home With...Steve Wall

2005-05-25 00:00:00

After a gap of half a lifetime, Steve Wall is back living in the house he grew up in and learning to love DIY. He also recalls his days as a greyhound. Photography by Cathal Dawson

Album: Waiting For You

2005-05-27 00:00:00

From the getgo, The Conway Sisters have been perceived as a poor man’s Corrs (There’s four of them and they’ve even got a Sharon) and little on this long overdue debut album dispels those first suspicions. In fact, if you do the blind date test here with, say, ‘No Surprise’ or ‘Reason’, the phrase “Corrs’ tribute band” springs effortlessly to mind.

Album: When All Is Said And Done

2005-05-17 00:00:00

When all is said and done, Danú are one of the few trad acts currently on the go who bring a sense of vibrant edginess to their impeccable credentials. For while they always show due loyalty to their heritage they can also invigorate old tunes with new zest and while treating the tradition with total respect they can also have themselves (and us) a bundle of fun.

Album: Mighty Rearranger

2005-05-11 00:00:00

The central track on this, Plant’s ninth solo album since the passing of Led Zep, is the splenetic ‘Tin Pan Valley’, in which he buries the memory of past triumphs and even turns his back on his former accomplices (“My peers may flirt with cabaret... I’m moving up to higher ground, I must escape their hell”). Fine sentiments indeed, but how odd that his most impressive solo outing to date should also be the one most hung-up on his past.

Interview: Bloom! Shake The Room

2005-05-09 00:00:00

Kildare’s favourite son and godfather of the singer-songwriter scene, Luka Bloom, talks to Jackie Hayden about his most intimate album to date, Innocence, gigging with The Frames in Australia and hanging backstage with Gabriel Byrne.

Frontlines: The Centre Circle

2005-04-27 00:00:00

The Centre for Public Inquiry is a new Dublin-based and privately-funded organisation recently established in Ireland to monitor aspects of public importance in our political, public and corporate spheres. Frank Connolly, the investigative journalist given the role of the Centre’s executive director, helps Jackie Hayden with some inquiries of his own. Photography by Cathal Dawson.

Interview: Man Of Annan

2005-04-25 00:00:00

A mere six months after taking on the role of Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern has been appointed by Kofi Annan as one of four envoys to assist in the reform of the United Nations and the achievement of Millennium Development Goals. Jackie Hayden spoke to him last week in his Dundalk office about this key appointment, as well as a range of key issues including the war in Iraq, political bribery, Shannon refuelling stops, Gerry Adams and the IRA, our immigration policy, the Health service, his real hopes for the Peace Process and the influence of Dave Fanning on his musical tastes. Photography by Emily Quinn.

Album: Martha Wainwright

2005-04-12 00:00:00

"she has eschewed many of the clichés of fey singer-songwriter-dom, bringing a sense of dirt-under-the-fingernails reality to her forceful lyrics"

Interview: Off The Wallstrom

2005-04-05 00:00:00

A straight-talking Swede renowned her famously candid – and frequently highly controversial – personal web-blog, European Commission Vice President Margot Wallstrom is not your typical Eurocrat. On a recent visit to Dublin, she took time out to talk to Hot Press about Tony Blair, George Bush, the Irish and the Swedes’ mutual love of alcohol, Bertie Ahern, Charlie McCreevey’s accent, Bono and Bob Geldof. And she even taught us a few Swedish swear words. Interview by Jackie Hayden. Photography by Liam Sweeney.

Album: Waiting For An Echo

2005-03-24 00:00:00

Since most trad acts are essentially covers bands regurgitating note-for-note copies of tunes they’ve been spoonfed by somebody else, we must be thankful for outfits like Kila, Danu, Altan and Solas who invest new zest into an often clichéd genre. Thus, Waiting For An Echo is a challenging mix of old tunes and new, instrumentals and songs, fast and slow, happy and sad, tight and easeful, with a pot-pourri of influences.

Interview: Kelly Watch The Stars

2005-03-23 00:00:00

With the release of his second solo album, Running Dog, Nick Kelly has cemented his reputation as one of the leading contemporary songwriters in Ireland. Here, the former Fat Lady Sings frontman talks to Jackie Hayden about the break-up of one of Dublin's most respected bands, financing his solo career through the largesse of his fanbase – and the ongoing joys of artistic independence.

Album: Innocence

2005-03-21 00:00:00

The younger generation of Irish singer-songwriters have tended to obscure Luka Bloom's place in the firmament. But with this more reflective and introspective album (his 10th), he restores himself to his rightful place in the pantheon of intelligent and passionate songsmiths with his uncanny ability to see the power and meaning in the atoms of daily life.

Album: Midnight 'Til Noon

2005-03-08 00:00:00

Album: Emoh

2005-03-03 00:00:00

Lou Barlow’s efforts with grunge-pioneers Dinosaur Jr generally took a back seat to frontman J Mascis, while his subsequent work with Sebadoh and Folk Implosion was often unhelpfully mired in no-fi under-production. So his first real solo album, much of it recorded at his home in LA (home-emoh, get it?) sees him crawl from under the noise to deliver a very personal selection of indie folk tracks that bear comparison with the introspection of more mainstream singer-songwriters like Neil Young or Jackson Browne.

Frontlines: Silent All These Years

2005-02-25 00:00:00

This week sees the start of the first-ever national TV campaign on the issue of Violence Against Women under the banner End The Silence. Hot Press talks to a victim of domestic violence and a violent man, as well as getting the response of a leading expert working at the front line of the campaign against domestic violence in Ireland. Words Jackie Hayden

Album: 'No Shelter' + 'Urban Beaches'

2005-02-10 00:00:00

Formed by Eoin McEvoy and Frank Kearns, CWN had the big sound and bombast of acts like Simple Minds and Big Country but, eventually, not enough hits to fuel the machine. Now the re-release of their debut Urban Beaches, plus bonus tracks, and the first release of the cancelled No Shelter give pause for a re-evaluation.

Interview: At Home With... Nina Hynes

2005-02-08 00:00:00

Far from being a den of iniquity, Nina Hynes’ quiet Fairview abode offers the singer sanctuary from the rigours of recording and performing.

Album: Loyal To The Game

2005-01-28 00:00:00

Of course the advantage with dead rap acts is that you can store their phone messages, pizza orders, laundry lists and interviews, then underdub all manner of rhythm tracks until kingdom come, or the fans decide they’ve had, or been had, enough. It’s time to let the ol’ bastard rest in peace.

Interview: Old Hayden’s Almanac 2005

2005-01-25 00:00:00

It’s the guide Ladbrokes, the Central Bank, Mystic Meg and Mark Lawrenson turn to at the start of each year – Jackie Hayden’s cultural, sporting and political forecasts for the forthcoming twelve months.

Interview: You Say you want a Resolution

2005-01-07 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden details 25 resolutions young musicians should make, in the new year.

Frontlines: America Becomes The USSA: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-21 00:00:00

The home of the brave perhaps. But the land of the free?

Frontlines: Rip- off Ireland: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-21 00:00:00

Is it true that we are robbing ourselves blind?

Frontlines: Saving the Planet: The Whole Hog's 2004

2004-12-21 00:00:00

Your Ten Step Cut Out and Keep Guide.

Album: Belle

2004-12-09 00:00:00

Taken individually, the dozen songs on Belle, his fourth album, are finely-crafted works, but the tempos are so invariably slow and the moods so persistently melancholy that it all adds up to a bit of a downer when taken as a complete experience.

Album: Irish Son

2004-12-07 00:00:00

Whereas he could have just become this year’s Darius, what’s impressive is that McFadden – aided and abetted by former Robbie W songsmith sidekick Guy Chambers – has opted for a significant break from St Louis’ school of music-for-children. It is a move that required more than a modicum of courage.

Album: It Will Always Be

2004-12-01 00:00:00

This is Willie Nelson’s second new album in a month, not bad for a man in his seventies.

Single: Coming Home

2004-11-25 00:00:00

One of the many singer-songwriters emerging from the fertile Waterford scene, Neil White has an album in the traps from which ‘Coming Home’ is a tasty trailer.

Interview: Luke’s legacy

2004-11-03 00:00:00

The 20th anniversary of the death of Luke Kelly is being marked by a double CD The Best Of Luke Kelly, and a week-long tribute Remembering Luke at the Gaiety. The Dubliners are, not surprisingly, deeply involved in both projects, and bandmember John Sheahan here explains all.

Interview: He was Ireland's answer to Bob Dylan

2004-10-26 00:00:00

On the release of a double CD retrospective of his forty years as a performer-songwriter, Johnny McEvoy talks to Jackie Hayden about his early days as Ireland’s answer to Bob Dylan, meeting the great man himself, supporting and introducing The Rolling Stones, defending The Wolfe Tones, not apologising for the troubles in the North, U2 and the key albums that have inspired him.

Album: Dreamed A Dream

2004-10-29 00:00:00

The short history of reality pop programmes is littered with the carcasses of mutilated careers, but George Murphy is one of the few to suggest there might be life after Linda.

Album: Parting Glass

2004-10-19 00:00:00

Instead of a bunch of songs about political, banking and church corruption, or even tales from the Dublin traffic, Emer Kenny disappears into the Celtic mists, offering more retreads of such time-worn clichés as ‘The Parting Glass’, ‘She Moved Through The Fair’, ‘Sally Garden’ and ‘Scarborough Fair. These are fine tunes all, but their inclusion here suggests a paucity of imagination.

Album: Since Kyabram

2004-10-18 00:00:00

It’s getting rather crowded round at Singer-Songwriter Towers, but Declan O’Rourke’s first full album suggests he’s too good not to be given his own room.

Album: Best Of

2004-10-13 00:00:00

Luke Kelly’s passion for literature lead to him giving full value to every syllable in every word and to every note and nuance. But he was equally capable of injecting more than enough gusto into lusty ballads of the class of ‘The Black Velvet Band’, ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ and ‘Home Boys Home’.

Album: Astronaut

2004-10-13 00:00:00

While there’s nothing on this newie to replace ‘Rio’ or ‘Girls On Film’, there’s a style and depth in both the production and performances to make it worth watching Top Of The Pops again.

Frontlines: The non-national student dilemma

2004-09-28 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden examines the problems faced by non-national students wanting to study in Ireland.

Album: As Is

2004-09-22 00:00:00

Regrettably, not all Irish singer-songwriters have mastered the art of making records that sound contemporary while still maintaining the focus of song content and artistic intention.

Interview: The Banjo Man

2004-09-17 00:00:00

The legendary Earl Scruggs is the star turn at the upcoming Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival.

Album: Four Days In May

2004-09-07 00:00:00

We should cherish Four Days In May for White’s potential to excite his loyal fan base.

Interview: Peters out

2004-09-03 00:00:00

Songwriter to the stars Gretchen Peters on record company inertia, the need for revolutionary new artists, and what it means to be an American musician in these highly fraught times. words Jackie Hayden

Interview: Jurassic 5 get set for the Electric Picnic

2004-08-31 00:00:00

MC Chali on the changing face of hip-hop, personal song lyrics, Nelly Furtado, Outkast, The death of his cousin and oppression in Bush’s America.

Album: Beat Cafe

2004-08-23 00:00:00

Still, it’s great to hear that the man who once told a Hot Press seminar that the secret of life was somewhere between C and A minor is back in the running.

Album: Diamond Mountain Sessions

2004-08-23 00:00:00

The Diamond Mountain Sessions Presents is a mixed bag of Irish and non-Irish artists with versions of old and new tunes and songs.

Interview: A little bit of what you Clancy

2004-08-23 00:00:00

Legendary ballad singer Liam Clancy, of the pioneering Clancy Brothers, kicked off this year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Clonmel with a vintage performance in the Enfer village. Here he reflects on Fleadhs past and their current contributions to Irish culture.

Live: Danu live at the Community Hall, Carrick-on-Bannow

2004-08-17 00:00:00

Danu not only rocked the joint but they did so without sacrificing either the phrasing of the tunes nor their reverence for the traditional.

Interview: The Bert and Bernie Show

2004-07-21 00:00:00

Guitar legend Bert Jansch has bridged the generation-gap to hook up with Bernard Butler. Jackie Hayden finds out why.

Album: Finish Starting

2004-07-13 00:00:00

On first hearing it would be easy to dismiss much of this album as music for people who can only handle “nice” music, but repeated listenings excavate veins of deep riches throughout.

Album: Until Today

2004-06-22 00:00:00

Gavin Moore’s voice may yet have to find the maturity, individuality and authority we have come to expect from his clansmen, but this is a move in the right direction.

Interview: Take nothing for granted

2004-06-15 00:00:00

The Corrs hit paydirt with In Blue, an album of memorable pop songs that topped the charts in over twenty countries around the world. It gave them the breathing space they needed to re-establish their roots, to live a little and to reassess their purpose as a band. Now, with the release of Borrowed Heaven, they’re back in the music biz frontline – slightly older, considerably wiser, but still with the same hunger to make great and honest records.

Single: Let It Be Tonight

2004-06-14 00:00:00

The fantabulous south-eastern fourpiece Sonic Vista impressed many with their turbo-charged performance in the final of last year's O2 band competition and this single moves them up another couple of rungs on their upward-bound ladder.

Live: live in Wexford

2004-06-10 00:00:00

With Mike Hanrahan still on a high from the success of the Stockton’s Wing reunion gig, he dropped into the Wexford Songwriters Club for a short but intense run-through of five songs from his What You Know solo album.

Interview: Not just another pretty face

2004-06-09 00:00:00

Leaving the catwalk for the recording studio and the stage, ex-model Carla Bruni has made a strikingly impressive musical debut.

Album: Urban Tales (Ballyfermot Rock School Artists Compilation)

2004-05-28 00:00:00

There’s lots of great talent around. I’ve been saying so for what seems like centuries, but even my normally positive outlook received a pleasant jolt by the quality of much on offer here.

Album: Live from the Powerhouse

2004-05-27 00:00:00

Rather fatuously billed on the CD sleeve as “the ultimate global stringband”, Mozaik are Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Bruce Molsky (USA), Rens Van Der Zalm (Holland) and Nikola Parov (Hungary), and this album was recorded live in Brisbane two years ago with the lads playing 18 instruments between them. The recording quality thankfully captures all the rapture of a terrific gig.

Live: Shaz Oye at the Riverbank House Hotel

2004-05-11 00:00:00

It was a tribute to both the dynamism of her live presence, and the openness of an audience really here to see bill-topper Juliet Turner, that by the end of a set that made few concessions to three-chord trickery, Shaz Oye had the audience clapping and singing along to an acappella version of Wilson Pickett’s sixties hit ‘634-5789’.

Album: Martin Scorsese Presents Keb’ Mo’ [okey/epic]

2004-05-05 00:00:00

Kevin Moore changed his name to Keb’ Mo’ as part of a cunning plan to pass himself off as your friendly neighbourhood designer blues legend complete with trademark fedora hat.

Interview: It takes 2...FM

2004-05-04 00:00:00

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of 2FM, Jackie Hayden invites FM boss John Clarke to take an over, under, sideways, down look at 2FM – the station of the stars.

Interview: John Deasy

2004-04-23 00:00:00

Barely had the new smoking legislation been put in place than the law was broken – in the Dail Eireann bar, by a TD. John Deasy, who subsequently lost his position as fine gael spokesperson on justice, reckons his crime was minor compared to the “criminal excesses” of some of his political colleagues. and he won’t guarantee that he won’t break the law again.

Album: The Box Set: 1964- 2004

2004-04-19 00:00:00

For a man who generally guards his privacy with considerable zeal, this six CD box set is a generous entree into the private realm and thoughts of a man who has chronicled Ireland’s place in the modern world with all the passion, courage and clarity of a homegrown Woody Guthrie.

Interview: The Daly planet

2004-03-30 00:00:00

With a little help from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Limerick-born singer Shonagh Daly is set to make her mark.

Album: Tonnta ro

2004-03-15 00:00:00

Rónán O Snodaigh is the singer and bodhránist with Kíla, and the title of his second solo album translates as “Ró’s Waves”. It’s an adventurous concept, an album of a dozen percussion-based songs, richly leavened with Irish language vocal chants and guest offerings from singer Tara Mooney.

Album: Heaven Paints Her Holy Mantle Blue

2004-03-02 00:00:00

Now on his third album, it can’t be long before the Corkonian Wolfe takes his place on the top flight of home based singer-songwriter acts.

Interview: Ooh, Danu, oobie doo..

2004-02-25 00:00:00

Danu may just be the hardest working band in trad. With their fourth album The Road Less Travelled only recently released and another promised for the spring, When Jackie Hayden put a number of key issues to the band’s accordionist Benny McCarthy and bodhran player and uilleann piper Donnchadh Hough he found that they don’t just work hard, they talk hard too.

Album: Dirty Day

2004-02-19 00:00:00

If Paul Simon and Sting took guitar lessons from an acrobat of the fretboard like Adrian Legg they might make albums like Albert Niland.

Interview: Rick, don't lose that number!

2004-02-18 00:00:00

Many Irish radio fans reckon that the 2fm evening schedule is at its most exciting for years – from 6 pm, when a revitalised Dave Fanning comes on, right through to Hotpress columnist Cormac Battle signing off at 2am. One of the linchpins of that stretch is Dubliner Rick O’Shea. To celebrate his tenth year in radio we sent Jackie Hayden to ask O’Shea a few leading questions and to check out the great man’s credentials with his colleagues.

Album: The Road less Traveled

2004-02-16 00:00:00

This is the Waterford band’s fourth album, but the first with newly acquired vocalist Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

Interview: Old Hayden's 2004 Almanac

2004-01-27 00:00:00

Save on reading the papers for a whole twelve months by finding out here what’s going to happen in 2004.

Album: James Street

2003-12-05 00:00:00

Johnston is a folk troubadour of the hard travellin’, dusty roads variety, offering wry observations on the ups, downs and sideways of life as we think we know it.

Album: Concert For George

2003-11-27 00:00:00

This is a warm if predictable two-CD disc of a concert tribute to George Harrison with contributions from the usual worthy suspects.

Album: 33

2003-11-20 00:00:00

Richard Gilpin is at the forefront of keeping Ireland safe for country rock.

Album: My Baby Don't Tolerate

2003-11-18 00:00:00

This is Mr Lovett’s first album of all-original material since the mid-’90s.

Single: Can't Let Go Of Anything

2003-11-18 00:00:00

Buy it or steal it.

Interview: The years of the rats

2003-10-31 00:00:00

Long before boomtime Ireland there was boomtown Ireland, a country where the national symbol was not a tiger but a rat. to coincide with the release of the best of the boomtown rats, Bob Geldof looks back to the tepid Irish scene of the mid-’70s from which the rats emerged, biting, snarling and laughing, to take on the establishment, Britain and, almost, the world.


2003-10-28 00:00:00

A decent night’s work, with Brady’s voice sounding as mightily impressive as ever.

Album: Duckin' And Divin'

2003-10-22 00:00:00

This double-album from Ireland’s premier bluesman features eleven new tracks, a sprinkling of previous faves, and a CD of mostly harmonica-led instrumentals.

Album: Stumble Into Grace

2003-10-22 00:00:00

Despite the collaborations these songs at times sound so personal they hurt.

News: First Cuts - Trackfour, Skandas, Maranna McCloskey, Jockee, Aaron Smyth

2003-10-20 00:00:00

The four-man trackfour from Dublin-Kildare style themselves as an acoustic-based rock band.......

Album: What's Wrong With This Picture?

2003-10-20 00:00:00

A superior bag of eleven fresh originals.

Album: She Who Dwells In The Most Sacred Place Of The Most High Shall Abide Under The Shadow Of The Almighty

2003-10-06 00:00:00

This is a fitting memorial to Sinéad’s relentless struggle to transcend the mundane, the vacuous and the predictable. As a farewell album it’ll do fine until the next one.

Album: Two Horizons

2003-10-01 00:00:00

Although not quite a concept album, the multi-strata soundscape of Two Horizons evokes the similar landscape of mythic Tara.


2003-09-30 00:00:00

No fake American accents, no idiot yeehaws and no vulgar flash; just three skillied musicians perfectly at ease with the music they love.

Interview: The Sun Always Shines On Radio

2003-09-10 00:00:00

Today FM DJ Ian Dempsey sought his listeners' help to compile a scorching summer compilation.

Interview: Colm O'Gorman

2003-09-05 00:00:00

One of the victims of the paedophile priest Sean Fortune – who took his own life before he could be brought for trial – Colm O’Gorman has since achieved national prominence as an eloquent spokesman and activist on all issues relating to sexual abuse. here he talks about his own experiences, the roles of the church and the courts and need for parents to take seriously the distress of young children.

Commentary: Say It In Irish, A Chara

2003-08-22 00:00:00

The Irish language is currently enjoying its most significant renaissance in many a year. in a special report, Seán O Héadeáin investigates the rebirth of the most unfairly maligned element of traditional culture

News: First Cuts

2003-08-19 00:00:00

The demo from The Kerbs is basically two versions of ‘I Know’, one with the full band while the other is an acoustic version....

Interview: On The Beat

2003-08-12 00:00:00

Early this month Beat 102-103 opened for business as ireland's first regional radio broadcasting station covering Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary. according to the beat manifesto the station is targeting the 15-34 year old age group with “an upbeat and entertaining programme schedule provided by young presenters, with the aim of giving the youth of the region a service to reflect their tastes and attitudes.

News: First Cuts

2003-08-11 00:00:00

Nialljamesholohan is a competent singer-songwriter whose work on his Cattle Of Fish demo could best be described as an acquired taste.

Live: Pierce Turner at Hooves and Grooves Festival

2003-08-08 00:00:00

This time he appeared with a string quartet, a sprinkling of keyboards, backing tapes and his various guitars, for a gig that was more restrained than usual.

Album: Scene/Unheard Vol. 1 [Vinyl/Destination Records], Best Of Irish Unsigned [Gigsmart]

2003-07-30 00:00:00

Both these albums serve a valuable purpose in giving new bands a vehicle to be heard, but more attention in the quality control departments would stop the true gems suffering in the presence of the merely mundane.

Interview: Key changes at IMRO

2003-07-29 00:00:00

It’s been an unusually tough year at IMRO, with the organisation being involved in a number of controversies. with elections to the board looming, however, chairman Mike Hanrahan and chief executive Adrian Gaffney believe that it’s time to look to the future.

Album: Retrospective – The Best Of

2003-07-29 00:00:00

Few tracks get the same treatment, yet they all remain anchored in her unmistakable delivery, a package containing a voice, six strings and more truth than you might want

Interview: Lunny tunes

2003-07-03 00:00:00

Donal Lunny in his own words, about getting the lisdoonvarna festival on to a definitive cd collection. interview Jackie Hayden

Interview: Tommy guns it

2003-06-26 00:00:00

40 years after the Clancy Brothers brought Irish ballads to an international audience and won famous fans like Bob Dylan, Tommy Makem is still committed to the power of song – but appalled at the way modern Ireland treats its own culture.

Album: The Spirit Store

2003-06-13 00:00:00

Sure, this is Roesy live and dangerous on stage at The Spirit Store in Dundalk, but he might as well have been beamed up into your living room, such is the intimacy and immediacy the album creates, despite its miserly 32 minutes.

Interview: An air-raising adventure

2003-05-30 00:00:00

Ryan Show insiders reveal what goes into making a long-running, successful and exciting radio experience

Interview: Making a show of himself

2003-05-29 00:00:00

In the best possible sense, of course! For fifteen years, Gerry Ryan has been a mainstay of Irish radio. Though his few forays intoTV thus far have been ill-fated, his latest small-screen venture, Ryan Confidential looks set to reverse the trend. Here, Ryan discusses the ups and downs of his career to date

Interview: Do you believe in magic?

2003-05-28 00:00:00

Christy Moore, who headlines this year’s rejuvenated Lisdoonvarna Festival, recalls the first flowering of music festivals in Ireland – and looks forward to this year’s event, when once again the challenge will be to weave that spell

Album: Lancelot

2003-06-03 00:00:00

SJ reads a lot, and it shows throughout his highly intelligent and literate, yet admirably accessible, electric-folk offerings

Interview: Noel Redding 1946-2003

2003-05-26 00:00:00

After doing time in the greatest power trio of them all, the late Jimi Hendrix experience bassist Noel Redding spent the rest of his life coming to terms with being ripped off by the music industry.

Interview: The Irish independents

2003-05-07 00:00:00

The challenge of keeping Northern bands at home. Plus, news of education, services and airplay in the republic.

Interview: Over the moon

2003-05-07 00:00:00

The Moondogs were one of the original wave of late ’70s Northern Ireland punk bands. Now reformed, they have no less than two albums slotted for imminent release. Bassist Jackie Hamilton tells all.

Commentary: Learning how to mix it

2003-04-17 00:00:00

As the song says, you’ve got to educate yourself!

Album: Hanging By A Thread

2003-03-26 00:00:00

Using a basic rock band approach dressed up as required with synths, programming and even a glockenspiel, Salthouse have crafted an album that’s uncannily focused for a first effort.

Commentary: Paddy cool

2003-03-12 00:00:00

Venues, events and music to watch out for – on St. Patrick’s weekend and at other times throughout the year.

Album: Blood, Bones And Soul

2003-03-10 00:00:00

Between them they have created an album that, while remaining true to Faithfield’s singer-songwriter roots, has a classy quality running through it.

Album: Suck

2003-03-06 00:00:00

While it exudes the exuberance and revelry we’ve come to expect from the Donegal trio, there’s more subtlety here than we’ve a right to expect.

Interview: Heaven’s above

2003-02-28 00:00:00

The new 4 Of Us album represents something of a departure for the band. Brendan Murphy tells Jackie Hayden all about it

Interview: Profit and goss account

2003-02-04 00:00:00

His decision to take care of business may have been a turning point but, at heart, Kieran Goss remains primarily preoccupied with his guitar and his pen.

Commentary: Old Hayden's Almanac

2003-01-27 00:00:00

It’s the astrological event of the year as Jackie Hayden consults his crystal mirror ball to predict what’s in store for us in 2003

Album: Cruelty Without Beauty

2002-12-17 00:00:00

Cruelty Without Beauty achieves what many reincarnated acts fail to do, in that it sounds unmistakably like the Soft Cell of then – while at the same time coming on like a work very much of now.

Album: My Fault

2002-12-03 00:00:00

New age, techno pop and world music are the main ingredients for the hybrid Metisse stew, as well as Professor Skully’s inventive work in the synth lab and the stunning presence of Aida’s lush voice

Album: A Woman's Heart – A Decade On

2002-11-25 00:00:00

Ten years on we come upon a timely update showcasing some of the artists featured on the first album as well as a pleasure cruise through some not catered for back then

Album: Madness, Sadness, Gladness

2002-11-15 00:00:00

Despite building a catalogue of accomplished pop jingles, Picturehouse have always hinted at being more than just shiny happy popsters.

Interview: No messin’ with the g-man

2002-11-06 00:00:00

Rory Gallagher was the real deal, a hard-rockin’ blues devotee whose live act, at its heady peak, was among the very best in the world. In this piece from 2001, to mark the release of the Let's Go To work box-set,Jackie Hayden pays tribute...

Album: Dancing Down The Stony Road

2002-10-30 00:00:00

The world might not have been staying up late waiting for a double-CD of moaning delta blues and stirring gospel tunes from Chris Rea, but then the world has never been too hot at knowing what it needs

Interview: Stuck in the moment

2002-10-18 00:00:00

One of Ireland’s premier singer/songwriters whose work has been covered by Christy Moore and the Corrs, Jimmy MacCarthy’s latest album The Moment illustrates a lighter side to his character. Below Jimmy gives us the inside track on the songs, the singers and the craft of writing

Album: Into The Light

2002-10-14 00:00:00

Christine Collister has provided enough magical moments over the past two decades to justify her entry in the history books, but her latest offering sounds generally tired and lacklustre

Album: Higher Ground

2002-10-07 00:00:00

New album Higher Ground sees them continuing to plough the fresh fields of contemporary funk and soul, shining the light of the Lord and reaping their own uniquely harmonious harvest

Album: Rubai

2002-08-09 00:00:00

Rubai offers fourteen exuberant helpings of smooth playing and mesmerising tunes with not a vocal within earshot

Album: Live From Bunkr, Prague

2002-08-08 00:00:00

Of course this is not the real Jim Hendrix Experience, nor does it pretend to be, but it's probably as good as we’re likely to get this side of judgement day

Album: Live From Bunka, Prague

2002-08-08 00:00:00

Of course this is not the real Jim Hendrix Experience, nor does it pretend to be, but it's probably as good as we’re likely to get this side of judgement day

Album: Beautiful Mistake

2002-07-31 00:00:00

Gilpin has a natural feel for folk, rock, blues, bluegrass and country and on this album he makes a true marriage out of what can often be a shotgun wedding

Album: This Must Be The Place

2002-07-26 00:00:00

His debut album, steers a mainstream melodic rock course reminiscent of the likes of Deacon Blue, but with nary a hint that D'arcy has heard much to influence him over the intervening years

Album: Miss Fortune

2002-07-25 00:00:00

Somehow Moorer's real talent occasionally manages to shine through the gloss and dross

Live: Salthouse

2002-07-23 00:00:00

The setting was most appropriate given the band's literate lyrical approach and the brooding intensity and intelligence they bring to contemporary indie rock

Album: Back Smiling Again

2002-07-11 00:00:00

Halpin has an assured touch with a tune, although his commitment to rhyming couplets sometimes makes for monotony

Album: Songs From A Corner

2002-07-09 00:00:00

By track five 'Lullaby' you realise that Connolly hasn’' rolled off the singer-songwriter production line. This is good stuff

Album: Taking It In

2002-07-09 00:00:00

Most of the songs are either Wedel's own or co-writes, and they maintain a consistently literate, if musically conservative, standard throughout

Album: Diviners

2002-07-08 00:00:00

This, their debut album, offers a mixed bag of goodies which confuses as often as it delights

Album: Dreamland

2002-07-15 00:00:00

The first solo album in nine years is an inspiring example of how a legendary superstar can still make challenging music long after what one might justifiably have assumed to be his sell-by date

Live: IMRO Showcase

2002-05-08 00:00:00

Six hot bands, a full house, a fine new venue and attitude by the yard

Album: Red Blues

2002-05-02 00:00:00

A potent collection that allows Coughlan's seeringly honest voice to straddle the hinterlands of jazz, blues and rock like few other Irish artist would dare

Album: Len Parrott's Memorial Lift

2002-07-30 00:00:00

Baxter inhabits a soundscape very much of the moment, with lots of atmospheric noises, shuffling rhythms and shifting arrangements that have you on the edge of your seat for most of the album

Album: Imagine

2002-09-16 00:00:00

Eva Cassidy didn't merely sing songs. Instead, she moved into them, rearranged the furniture and left them usually in better condition than she'd found them

Commentary: Radio Ready

1993-07-28 00:00:00

CONSIDERABLE disappointment has greeted the almost total lack of progress where independent productions for Irish radio are concerned.

Commentary: On the Trail of the Killer

1993-06-30 00:00:00

How FM104's Eamon Carr tracked down Jerry Lee Lewis

Interview: Rock of ages

2002-06-27 00:00:00

The best of times and the worst of times - we give you 25 defining moments in irish music (and a little bit more into the bargain!)

Interview: 30 years a Bloom-in'

2002-05-03 00:00:00

With an Irish tour approaching and a new album in the shops, Luka Bloom looks back on three decades that have taken him from busking in a pub in Newbridge to the big stages of Europe and America. In this candid interview with Jackie Hayden the man also known as Barry Moore talks about brother Christy, overcoming stage fright, finding an original voice, dealings with the music business, the need to combat racism - and why he remains a wannabe bogman

Frontlines: Follow the leader

2002-05-13 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden gets a taste of life on the campaign trail as he trails the great one in Wexford

Album: Shadows Of You

2002-06-17 00:00:00

It’s pleasantly harmless but ultimately uninspiring stuff.

Album: Back Smiling Again

2002-06-07 00:00:00

Having chastised him before for being mired in the past, I must confess that this effort has a more contemporary brightness shining through much of it

Album: We Are Science

2002-06-12 00:00:00

We Are Science sees her somewhat disembodied voice set in a world of synthesisers, drum machines and elements of electro dance, working to much effect

Live: Eleanor McEvoy

2002-06-05 00:00:00

She delivered an evening of warmth and intimacy with an ease and grace few Irish artists can conjure

Interview: Forty shades of Dublin

2002-04-30 00:00:00

The Dubliners' John Sheahan reminisces with Jackie Hayden on 40 years in the business. but fear not, he's planning on 40 more!

Frontlines: The panic station?

2002-04-15 00:00:00

The introduction of Ryan Tubridy's breakfast show and the rescheduling of Dave Fanning's slot have led critics, both inside and outside 2FM, to claim that the station is buckling under the pressure of increased competition and limited financial resources. Jackie Hayden reports

Interview: Sonny side up

2002-04-12 00:00:00

After 30 years in the business, Sonny Condell's passion for music is as unbridled as ever. Jackie Hayden hears about his new album.

Album: Become You

2002-04-04 00:00:00

In which Amy and Emily try to do what they do best, crafting poetic, witty and observant vignettes about love-life as we know it, with all its worrisome twists and turns, set to an eclectic mix of folk-rock and country

Interview: A Paddy's Day hero is something to be

2002-03-15 00:00:00

If there was a competition to replace St. Patrick with someone else worth honouring on a national day, who would you choose - and why? Jackie Hayden consults a living Irish legend and canvasses celebrity opinion

Live: Luka Bloom

2002-03-12 00:00:00

Armed with just his guitar and emotive voice, Bloom magically transformed a large theatre into an intimate bedsit, for this was not just a gig but a celebration of life, love, sex and the Irish weather

Interview: Action station: Donal Dineen

2002-03-13 00:00:00

The latest radio listenership figures suggest that the once embattled Today FM is finally emerging as a credible national alternative to RTE. In the final of a four part series, Jackie Hayden meets No Disco founding-presenter, new-music savant and legendary nighttime DJ Donal Dineen

Interview: Action station: Ian Dempsey

2002-03-11 00:00:00

The latest radio listenership figures suggest that the once embattled Today FM is finally emerging as a credible national alternative to RTE. In the third of a four-part series, Jackie Hayden breakfasts - as do more Irish radio listeners than ever - with morning-show helmsman Ian Dempsey

Main Event: Action station: Tom Dunne

2002-03-11 00:00:00

The latest radio listenership figures suggest that the once embattled Today FM is finally emerging as a credible national alternative to RTE. In the second of a three-part series, Jackie Hayden meets IRMA winner, Hot Press Readers' Poll champion and Pet Sounds-smith Tom Dunne

Main Event: Action station

2002-03-06 00:00:00

Eamon Dunphy interviewed

Album: All Things Considered

2002-02-22 00:00:00

The band brings fire and zest to the playing of a thoughtful collection of jigs, reels and hornpipes

Interview: The Hot Press Readers' Poll 2002

2002-01-17 00:00:00

You spoke, we listened: the results of the Hot Press Readers' Poll 2002

Interview: Something in the way he moved

2001-12-14 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN pays tribute to his favourite Beatle, GEORGE HARRISON

Homefront: Prodigal son syndrome

2001-12-06 00:00:00

A communication from Peter Lundy comes in response to my recent musings about how Irish songwriters might choose to write from their own experience rather than recycling second-hand views

Interview: Night of the Hunter

2001-12-06 00:00:00

Being both a businessman and a singer-songwriter is not the only thing that makes OBI HUNTER different. JACKIE HAYDEN reports

Album: Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels

2001-12-06 00:00:00

This marathon five-hour trawl through the awesome Thin Lizzy treasury, and Philip Lynott's solo career, is a remarkable document.

Interview: Just say know

2001-11-29 00:00:00

The Government recently launched its National Anti-Racism Awareness Programme under the slogan "Know Racism". JACKIE HAYDEN talked to the Chairman of its Steering Committee, JOE MCDONAGH

Album: Goddess In The Doorway

2001-11-29 00:00:00

Despite the old saying, you can spot the occasional sprig of moss growing between the tracks and cracks, but that said, this album sees the solo Stone in top form.

Homefront: It's only words

2001-11-08 00:00:00

What do Irish songwriters write about?

Reports: State of play

2001-10-25 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN offers an interim summary of the Irish music industry

News: Plug in to win

2001-10-25 00:00:00

Last year's Bacardi Plugged competition was such an overwhelming success that we’d be daft not to do it all over again

Album: Love Makes The World

2001-10-11 00:00:00

Melodically beguiling, lyrically intelligent and vocally potent, if musically unadventurous

Interview: The Paul Brady interview

2001-09-27 00:00:00

On the eve of his unprecedented 23-night run at Vicar St., PAUL BRADY reflects on a dazzling career and describes the long and sometimes difficult process which has led to a new and resounding declaration of independence. Interview: JACKIE HAYDEN

News: Demo Dip goes live!

2001-09-27 00:00:00

Just as demo recordings are showcases of what songs and bands sound like when recorded, live showcases are essentially demos of what artists can deliver to the ticket-paying public

Homefront: To demo or not to demo?

2001-09-13 00:00:00

There is a serious need for some self-censorship so that records that are not really up to the mark don’t clog up the system for everybody else

News: Straight Outta the Bay Area

2001-08-30 00:00:00

Jackie hayden meets galway bay fM’s jon richards

News: Into The Cauldron

2001-08-30 00:00:00

Jackie hayden reports on one of dublin’s newest recording facilities

Album: Dreaming In Hell’s Kitchen

2001-08-16 00:00:00

A blend of English folk rock acts like Fairport Convention allied to the rattling Irishry of The Pogues and Horslips

Homefront: The Hiberno-Welsh Sound System, Anybody?

2001-08-16 00:00:00

The Hype are one of countless brave bands struggling to make headway with no money to spend on recording and saddled with a manager in a similar plight

Homefront: The point of it all

2001-08-02 00:00:00

Mention the word 'demo' and one invariably thinks of bands and songwriters. But others make demos too, including the better class of radio DJs, as opposed to those who simply want to make love to themselves on air.

News: Twink slams Sam

2001-08-02 00:00:00

TWINK has finally retaliated in the war of words with SAMANTHA MUMBA. JACKIE HAYDEN reports

Live: Bob Dylan

2001-07-19 00:00:00

Those more familiar with Dylan’s modus operandi know that he has latterly treated the recorded versions of his songs as mere rough demos and starting points from which he walks a tightrope of adventurous reinvention from which he sometimes topples off.

Album: Rua

2001-07-05 00:00:00

Rua are Liz Madden and Gloria Mulhall, classically trained musicians who write and perform a mix of their own original material and versions of Irish folk tunes.

Album: The Houston Kid

2001-07-05 00:00:00

Homefront: No work and no play

2001-06-21 00:00:00

At least 95% of budding musicians and songwriters currently touting their wares around Ireland will probably have given up in frustration within five years

Homefront: Easy listening

2001-06-07 00:00:00

Sometimes putting together this fortnightly column is far easier than you could possibly imagine, and this particular one has been a truly effortless breeze.

Commentary: Mobile bones

2001-06-07 00:00:00

the biggest grossing tour of the year or just the grossest tour of the year? Jackie Hayden encounters tales of everyday madness and sadness in the trail of St Therese

Homefront: Opportunies out west

2001-05-24 00:00:00

Mid West Radio, presenter and programme controller Chris Carroll has announced plans to devote a full hour on Sunday afternoons to new artists

Album: Anthem

2001-05-10 00:00:00

Somehow one can’t help suspecting that when the dust settles under Michael Flatley’s flying feet the real winner will turn out to Ronan Hardiman.

Album: Smiling And Waving

2001-05-10 00:00:00

Anja is the singing daughter of Jan Garbarek, composer and jazz saxist.

Album: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays the music of REM

1999-11-24 00:00:00

It’s hard to know why these records actually get made at all. Sure, it’s marginally interesting to hear if and how some of the best rock tunes, by one of the top bands of the last two decades, work in a pseudo-classical context, but would you actually want one in the house?

Album: Twenty Four Seven

1999-11-24 00:00:00

In spite of the numerous critical and artistic successes she has enjoyed since her defiant Heaven 17-led reincarnation in the ’80s, Tina Turner has never matched the frenzied assault of ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ with ex-hubbie Ike in 1966 – and she probably never will.

Album: Signals

1993-07-28 00:00:00

If, as has been rumoured, they introduce an Honours List in this country as a means of acknowledging valuable contributions to the community, we'll have to propel the Danceline duo to the front of the queue.

Album: Digging You Up

1999-04-14 00:00:00

The New Mexico-based Hazeldine are in the vanguard of the American alt (alternative) country movement. In real musical terms, that means they are doing what the country rock bands of the early seventies did, a little louder than Tammy Wynette and a little punkier than The Eagles and that's about all, y'all.

Album: Peasants, Pigs and Astronauts

1999-03-31 00:00:00

On paper this recipe should only work when disasters are the special of the day; take some down-your-throat production values, stir in guitars big enough to fill the most ravenous appetite, nourishing Led Zep drums, some unapologetic spice for the soul, hippy-dippy lyrics, bird song, Johnny Foreigners singing in strange tongues, lavish helpings of sitars and tablas, a telephone ringing, a bagpipe to taste, and, er, the kitchen sink.

Album: And Best Of All... Hope Street

1999-03-03 00:00:00

Two CDs here, one a 'best of' and the other comprised of a dozen brand new outpourings from one of the legendary Northern bands of the punk era, paint a graphic sonic picture of Belfast's social eruptions.


1985-07-05 00:00:00

The inside story on the early years by Jackie Hayden.


1993-08-11 00:00:00

It isn't just a matter of government policies, says Jackie Hayden. Record companies, radio stations, banks and even audiences all have a part to play.

Interview: The Americana Dream

2001-04-26 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to Northern Irish singer/songwriter TONY McLOUGHLIN about the musical and social influences on his debut album, cine rama

Commentary: Selling Ireland by the sound

2001-04-26 00:00:00

New technology, and an ever-expanding global market, has changed the face of Irish songwriting. report: jackie hayden

Album: Lullaby

2001-04-26 00:00:00

This venture is the brainchild of former punk folk-poet Patrick Fitzgerald (then Patrik) also famed for his efforts with Kitchens Of Distinction, and written and recorded in deepest, darkest Connemara.

Album: Yola

2001-04-26 00:00:00

Following the unprecedented success of her song ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’ in 1992, Eleanor McEvoy could have taken to her easy chair and basked in the accruing glory and the mounting royalties, stirring only to attempt to rewrite that song every couple of years.

Album: Corner Boys

1998-08-05 00:00:00

LEE VALLEY STRING BAND Corner Boys (Corner House Records)

Album: In The Middle Of The Night

1998-08-05 00:00:00

THERESA LARKIN & NOEL McQUAID In The Middle Of The Night (Rosemount Music)

Album: Whole New You

2001-04-26 00:00:00

SHAWN COLVIN Whole New You [Columbia]

Album: The Negatives

2001-04-26 00:00:00

LLOYD COLE The Negatives [XIII Bis Records]

Album: Good Morning Spider

1998-07-22 00:00:00

SPARKLEHORSE Good Morning Spider (Parlophone)

Interview: In The Court Of King Arthur

1998-08-05 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden cuts to the chase with Davey Arthur.

Interview: The Dean And I

1998-08-05 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden meets Dean Friedman, the man who gave the world ‘Lucky Star’ and helped inspire Half Man Half Biscuit.

Album: Time Capsule

1998-07-08 00:00:00

THE B-52s Time Capsule (Reprise Records)

Education Feature: BACK to SCHOOL

1998-07-08 00:00:00

In an increasingly competitive market, more musicians are returning to the classroom to learn the hard-nosed facts of the business. JACKIE HAYDEN investigates what the LONDON MUSIC SCHOOL has to offer them.

Album: Daughter Of Lir

1995-01-11 00:00:00

MARY McLAUGHLIN “Daughter Of Lir” (Rowan Records)

Interview: Lost in Europe

1995-01-25 00:00:00

On March 12th eight Irish teams of songwriters and performers will contest the National Song Contest, their enthusiasm fired by the possibility of eventually winning the Eurovision Song Contest and all the fame and fortune that one assumes accompanies victory in what is probably the biggest song competition in the world. But is even an outright Eurovision triumph all that it is cracked up to be, even in the land that has provided six winners, including an unprecedented three in a row? JACKIE HAYDEN talks to one half of last year’s victorious Rock’n’Roll Kids duo, PAUL HARRINGTON, and discovers a man bewitched, bothered and bewildered by the entire experience.

Live: Pierce Turner

1995-01-11 00:00:00

Pierce Turner (Mother Redcaps/Whelan’s, Dublin)


1995-01-11 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN, the great sage - and scourge - of this fair isle fondles his crystal ball and reveals all...

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.


1994-11-16 00:00:00

BLINK/REVELINO (National Stadium, Dublin)

Commentary: TASTING TIME!

1994-11-16 00:00:00

It seemed like a good idea, if only for a moment or two. Jackie Hayden had volunteered to sample a number of well-known liqueurs for an article for Hot Press and someone decided that Blink frontperson Dermot Lambert should accompany him, to offer, as it were, a second opinion. So we sent a very sober Chris Donovan to clean up the mess. In the interests of good taste we decided not to use a photographer.

Album: Goodbye Charlie Moonhead

1994-10-19 00:00:00

Goodbye Charlie Moonhead confirms and continues the rehabilitation of Aslan started by the excellent ‘Crazy World’

Album: Martin Stephenson

1999-07-07 00:00:00

Albums named after the artist often betray a paucity of imagination that bodes ill for the fan, but Martin Stephenson’s latest opus might just be an exception that proves that rule.

Album: Songs Of The Workers

1999-07-07 00:00:00

Luke Kelly and Brendan Behan had much in common. They were both Dubliners to the marrow, sang a lot, drank a lot and caused more social unrest merely by strolling down Grafton Street than an entire army of Irish "rockers" would achieve in a decade.

Album: The Eye Of The Clock

2000-08-31 00:00:00

Dara is a noisy bastard. Think ELO with Baby Bird Jones vocals, a solid if conventional rocking band, a Bangle or two to leaven the mix of sumptuous strings and a blustering stadium rock ethos, and you’ve got half an idea as to what your ears can expect from The Eye Of The Clock .

Album: Human

2001-04-12 00:00:00

He once claimed that an old raincoat never lets you down, but Rod Stewart has proven otherwise time after time, giving us both the sublime and the ridiculous, and often at the same time.

Album: Sunny Days

1994-11-16 00:00:00

DEIRDRE CUNNINGHAM: “Sunny Days” (Lake Records)

Album: Sloper

1994-11-02 00:00:00

AN EMOTIONAL FISH: “Sloper” (Blue Music)

Album: A Woman’s Heart 2

1994-11-02 00:00:00

VARIOUS ARTISTS: “A Woman’s Heart 2” (Dara Records)

Album: Manana In Manhattan . . . Live

1994-10-05 00:00:00

PIERCE TURNER: “Manana In Manhattan . . . Live” (Virtual Recordings)

Album: Oui

2000-10-12 00:00:00

Saddled with the worst band name since Voice Of Cheese, The Sea And Cake often sound like The Beautiful South after two weeks in Benidorm studying jazz construction. And it works for the American four-piece's first album in three years, with vocalist Sam Prekop's soft voice bringing a wistfulness you hadn't known you missed so much.

Album: Time Capsule

2000-10-12 00:00:00

Despite being the proverbial big in Japan, the Nebraskan Matthew Sweet is still one of the music industry's best kept secrets, and even the most cursory listen to this round-up of eighteen of his most glorious back pages will offer incontrovertible proof of this.

Album: This Eden

1994-09-07 00:00:00

FIONA JOYCE: “This Eden” (River Valley Records)

Reports: Right said Freddie!

1994-09-21 00:00:00

Freddie Middleton, the General Manager of BMG Records in Ireland has been twenty years in the music business. Here Hot Press, and his many friends in the industry, pay him a special tribute.

Album: Water To Drink

2000-10-12 00:00:00

This is Victoria Williams' third album since contracting multiple sclerosis in the early eighties, and it's her first outing since Musings Of A Creekdipper in 1988.

Album: Lowlands

2000-10-26 00:00:00

Though they are on his label, Marah don’t sound a whole lot like Steve Earle. He has described them as “a literate AC/DC” but that only partly touches on the truth.

Album: Painting It Red

2000-11-09 00:00:00

After seven albums the tried and tested Beautiful South formula of sophisticated melodies, transparent production and quirky lyrics is wearing a bit thin, if not actually verging on the irritable.

News: Back To Acoustics

1994-09-07 00:00:00

The official launch of the BACARDI/HOT PRESS BAND OF THE YEAR reflects the increasing success of acoustic music in Ireland. Report: JACKIE HAYDEN.


1994-08-24 00:00:00

It may be miles off the beaten track, but Connolly’s of Leap has become one of the best-loved live venues in Ireland. Now with the launch of Rescue Music, the man behind the Connolly’s phenomenon, Paddy McNicholl is embarking on an exciting new phase of activity. Report: Jackie Hayden.

News: Musical Youth

1994-03-09 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden previews a seminar on the ins and outs of the music business, aimed at young bands.

Album: It's Only Love

2000-11-23 00:00:00

It’s hard to believe that Mick Hucknall once fronted the punk-inspired Frantic Elevators.

Album: A Day Without Rain

2000-11-23 00:00:00

Five years since her last album and Enya produces a new one with all of thirty-seven minutes of fresh material. It isn’t exactly what you’d call an excess of productivity. The delicate instrumental title track that opens A Day Without Rain promises much in that it’s lead by a warm piano and features attractive widescreen strings.

Album: Monaco

2000-09-14 00:00:00

They make few out and out pop albums like this any more, with songs that shamelessly attempt to make you fall in love with them at first sight and wherein catchy hooks (sorry) are far more important than meaningful lyrics.

Album: Burn

2000-09-14 00:00:00

Jo Dee (great country music name, y’all?) has won awards, achieved double-platinum status and, according to the press release, “believes in the life-changing power of dreams”. Sadly, she obviously doesn’t believe in the life-changing power of originality.


1994-01-26 00:00:00

RAY D’ARCY is currently one of the hottest young presenters on RTE Television, featuring in both the madcap context of The Den and the more, ah, serious environment of Blackboard Jungle. He talks to JACKIE HAYDEN.

Interview: All Things Bright and Beautiful

1994-03-09 00:00:00

In the past, many Irish people suffered from an inferiority complex about their own culture – about the language, music, film and literature of this island. But music is one arena where things have changed dramatically. Report: Jackie Hayden


1994-02-23 00:00:00

Is Plastic Orange Ireland’s Top Of The Pips? JACKIE HAYDEN unpeels RTE’s latest rock show, gets right to the core of its raison-d’être, almost goes bananas, but, er, stops well short of taking the pith.

Commentary: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!

1994-01-26 00:00:00

Many Irish holiday-makers will be heading for the United States this year. But there’s much more on offer in that vast playground than the dubious prospect of sweltering in the crushing heat of an Orlando football stadium in June. Jackie Hayden travelled with a bunch of media types to the small town of Lynchburg in Tennessee and visited the source of one of the world’s great spirits, Jack Daniels, making some musical connections along the way.


1994-03-09 00:00:00


Album: Sing A Song For You - A Tribute To Tim Buckley

2000-08-17 00:00:00

The late Tim Buckley, father of the less talented Jeff, was a sixties singer-songwriter whose extraordinary vocal range gave him one of the most lyrical voices of his generation. This double-CD by a variety of generally B-list alt-rockers gallantly falls somewhat short of their hero’s achievements.

Album: Charlie Watts/Jim Keltner Project

2000-08-17 00:00:00

Charlie Watts once famously said of the first 25 years with the Rolling Stones that it was five years of music and twenty years of waiting around. What a pity that those twenty idle years were not used for such splendid projects as this rewarding adventure with that equally decent skinsman Jim Keltner.

Album: Run Devil Run

1999-10-27 00:00:00

In which a rich, elderly, celebrity widower tries to rekindle the fires of his youth. And succeeds magnificently.


1994-01-12 00:00:00

From Big Tom and the Mainliners to The Cranberries and, indeed, back again, Alan Corcoran, one of the lower-profile 2FM DJ’s, has been there, seen that, played that. An uncommonly committed supporter of Irish music in Irish airwaves, here Jackie Hayden watches him at work and finds out more.


1994-01-12 00:00:00

Hot Press' answer to Russell Grant, Jackie Hayden, slips into his chunky-knit jumper, gazes at his crystal ball and comes up with more predictions that probably won't come true. Like last year.


1993-12-01 00:00:00

MICK HANLY (Whelans, Dublin)

Album: Timbre

1999-09-29 00:00:00

This is actually the Manhattan-raised Sophie B Hawkins’ follow-up to two successive gold albums, but some folks round these parts may only know her from the catchy ‘Lose Your Way’, included here, as heard on the Dawson’s Creek compilation.

Album: Fly

1999-09-29 00:00:00

Despite their protestations, the Dixie Chicks are being marketed as the Spice Girls of country (references to Chick Power can’t be mere coincidence), but that shouldn’t take away from the spunky aggression of the three former buskers from Texas, nor prevent the unconverted checking out Fly, their second album.

Album: Homage

1993-12-01 00:00:00

THE AFTERNOONS: “Homage” (Danceline Records)

Album: A Man Ain't Made of Stone

1999-11-24 00:00:00

This batch of twelve new cuts finds Randy Travis mining a familiar vein – accessible songs and a sparkling production polished to US country radio perfection.

Interview: The Children of Lir

1993-12-01 00:00:00

They may have been one of the most consistently hotly-tipped bands in Ireland over the past three years but Lir are still mere babes in the great rock’n’roll scheme of things. It’s ironic then that they should so often be accused of harking back to the ’70s. Interview: Jackie Hayden

Frontlines: WHO FEARS TO SPEAK OF 98?

1993-12-15 00:00:00

THE GREAT RADIO DEBATE – 1993’s FINAL INSTALMENT In strictly commercial terms, 98FM are by far the most successful Irish independent station. But over the past 12 months they have come in for severe criticism for a music policy which has frequently been described as anti-Irish. As a result, says their Australian Controller of Programmes Jeff O’Brien, there have been changes at the station – and there may be more to follow. Interview: Jackie Hayden.

Interview: STILL CURED

1993-11-17 00:00:00

He may indeed be from Limerick but if you think you’re going to get a subheadline that mentions bringing home the bacon, acting the ham or even being on the pig’s back, then you’re sadly mistaken. Instead we’re going to keep things simple. Mick Hanly has just released a new album entitled Happy Like This. What better occasion for Jackie Hayden to visit him in his Kilkenny home and look back over his career to date, and to remember the days when he hadn’t a sausage (would you cut the crap, please? – Ed)? Pix.: Brendan Fitzpatrick.

Report: Church & General - Celebration Concert

1993-11-17 00:00:00

On Tuesday 23rd November, at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Church & General Insurance Company present The Celebration Concert, featuring an extraordinary array of Ireland's finest contemporary songwriting and composing talents. In this four-page special, Jackie Hayden explores the background to the event and we profile the leading players.

Album: Timeless

1999-12-08 00:00:00

Despite an impeccable pedigree that goes back to the bands Na Sulteoiri and Oisin in the '70s, Geraldine McGowan is one of the most unsung female singers on the home folk circuit, a situation partly exacerbated by her domicile in Germany where she is one of the dominant figures on the live music scene.

Album: The Best Of The Mavericks

1999-12-08 00:00:00

The Nashville foursome The Mavericks breezed into our lives with the unstoppably classy pop hit 'Dance The Night Away' which has gone on to become a permanent staple on our radio stations.

Album: I Was…Flyin' it

1999-12-08 00:00:00

Damp In The Attic, composed of ex- and current members of De Danann (Colm Murphy on bodhrán), Chatterbox (Martin Murray on fiddle), the Tulla Ceili Band (PJ King on accordion) and Fisherstreet (Cyril O'Donoghue (vocals, bouzouki), is the first signing through Magnetic Music's newly-opened Clare office, and a fine debut it makes for all concerned.

Album: Skin

1993-10-06 00:00:00

Ghost Of An American Airman: "Skin" (Phoenix Distribution)

Album: A Collection

1999-08-18 00:00:00

Singer and virtuoso folk guitarist Martin Carthy was one of the key figures in the English folk revival of the sixties and seventies. This collection is culled from his '65-'71 period, a time when folkies were still singing songs that told stories rather than serving as therapy sessions to ease their inner pain.

Album: The Miracle Bell

1999-08-18 00:00:00

Irish-born Peter Baxter is yet another songwriter with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Having grown up in Australia, this is his first European release, with tracks culled from his two previous albums using a radio friendly set of musicians who rarely let fly.

Album: Ishisreal?, Breakfast In New Orleans, Dinner In Timbuktu

1999-08-18 00:00:00

Oh to be a fly on the wall of the U2 office when somebody plays the opening of track 2 of the Lisahall album and thinks, "Oh, how nice, a cover version of 'Numb'," only to discover it's really called 'Connection 17'.

Interview: Country Cousins

1993-10-06 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden meets John Hogan, An Irish Country singer who is making serious ripples across the Irish sea.

News: Testing Their Metal

1993-09-22 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden discovers that 2FM's Metal Show is a rallying point for Ireland's hard rock hordes.

Frontlines: No Ivory Tower

1993-09-22 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden reports on the impact of Tower Records new shop in Dublin

Frontlines: Anna Livia - Dublin's Third Voice

1993-10-06 00:00:00

As the station nears the end of its first year on the air and celebrates the two-year extension to its licence, any appraisal of Anna Livia Radio has to be made in the context of the current debate on the ethnic music cleansing at RTE Radio 1, Minister Higgins' plans for the revamping of the Broadcasting Act, and the general despair at the failure of the current Irish radio network to deliver on the promises made to sell us the deal in the first place. Report: JACKIE HAYDEN.

Album: Correspondent

1999-08-04 00:00:00

Stand are in the vanguard of a new generation of Irish bands who don't believe in hanging about waiting for somebody else to give them the green light. Consequently they've already notched up two Irish chart hits on their own label, both included here.

Album: Letter To America

1999-05-12 00:00:00

This is Tyrone-born, Leicester-domiciled Cathy Bonner's second album. She gallantly treads a dangerous path between bland pop-country and the more studied classiness of the younger Emmylou Harris and manages to come out on the side of the good guys. But at times it's a close call.

Commentary: Manic Sunday

1998-06-10 00:00:00

Live on your TV and your wireless, 2TV will be broadcasting all summer long. JACKIE HAYDEN goes behind the scenes on the show that shakes up Sunday mornings.


1998-06-10 00:00:00

2TV is just one of Dave Fanning's numerous broadcasting roles - but he thoroughly enjoys it. Tape: JACKIE HAYDEN

Album: A Sense Of Vonda

1999-06-23 00:00:00

Though known to couch-potatoes merely as the new singer-songwriter who brings welcome interludes to the Ally McBeal television series, By 7.30 is actually Vonda Shepard's fifth album.

Album: Rage Before Beauty

1999-05-26 00:00:00

We have at least two reasons to worship the Pretty Things, the seminal r'n'b influenced '60s band who teetered permanently on the brink of self-destruction: they were probably the only act to score higher than the Rolling Stones on the "lock up your daughters" panicometer and, with SF Sorrow, they produced a classic concept album whose stunning soft-psychedelic songs transcended that much-maligned genre.

Album: Septober Nowonder

1999-06-09 00:00:00

The Revenants have been as quiet as a small-town library since their debut Horse Of A Different Colour jollied us all up back in 1993, and while that delay is hardly a career-enhancing move, Septober Nowonder follows the debut's tuneful guitars-bass-drums formula with neither hesitation nor deviation.

Album: The Sea Of Dreams

1999-05-26 00:00:00

Along with Liam O'Flynn, Davy Spillane has done much over the years to convert new worshippers to the haunting sound of the uilleann pipes, and few will ever forget his high-octane contributions to Moving Hearts at their peak.

Album: Bachelor No 2

2001-03-29 00:00:00

Sub-titled "The Last Remains Of The Dodo", this is the Mann woman's third post 'Til Tuesday solo collection.

Album: I Need You

2001-03-29 00:00:00

In which LeAnn finally abandons her country roots and makes a play for the anaemic end of the MOR pop market, from Nashville to Trashville, as it were.

Interview: Sound Man, Joe

1993-09-22 00:00:00

You're right, that's the not so original headline that we used when Jackie Hayden - who signed U2 to CBS Records in Ireland in 1978 and is now General Manager with Hot Press - spoke to the bearded one about further adventures at the Fab Four's mixing desk, and his growing involvement in Súlán Studios in Cork.

Commentary: YOU THINK IT'S ALL OVER ...

2001-03-29 00:00:00

Basking in the warm glow of that first day's successful recording may tempt you to imagine that it's all over but for the fame and fortune. Wrong, and double wrong. JACKIE HAYDEN considers music marketing and PR.

Album: Bat Out of Hell 2

1993-08-25 00:00:00

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It's fifteen years since my last confession. I've told a couple of lies, Father, and I've had a few impure thoughts.

Interview: The Interpretative Centre

1993-08-25 00:00:00

Mary Black doesn't write her own material. Instead she has made an art of picking the right songs - and interpreting them to perfection. What's more, she has concentrated her song-finding activites on a range of Irish songwriters, with results that can at times be extraordinarily illuminating. Report: Jackie Hayden

Commentary: Putting It On Record

2001-03-01 00:00:00

Calling all up-and-coming music stars! The path to success can sometimes seem dauntingly steep. But, in an ongoing series, JACKIE HAYDEN looks at the various challenges which face new bands, and how to overcome them. This issue: RECORDING. Photo: KAREN CAULFIELD

News: If I only had time

2001-03-01 00:00:00

Dublin songwriter Paul Nash from the band Rainbow Chaser has delivered a demo of his own songs which he calls Fireflies And Rainbows. Unfortunately there are fourteen songs on the CD and I have a life. So, as most people I know would have done, I listened to the first three tracks only.


2001-02-01 00:00:00

I've been taken to task by reader Brian Bolger from the band Cushy for the compulsive need I and everybody else in HP seems to have to put every band into a descriptive compartment.

Reports: Get In The Know

2001-02-01 00:00:00

Even for careers in the music industry, there's no substitute for a good education. JACKIE HAYDEN looks at some of the music-related options available

Commentary: IT WAS 10 YEARS AGO TODAY ..

2001-02-01 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN congratulates the CLASSIC BEATLES on a decade in the tribute band business

Interview: Cracklin' Rose

2001-03-01 00:00:00

Like a famous ancestor, EILEEN ROSE packs one hell of a punch. JACKIE HAYDEN reports


1998-04-15 00:00:00

Even without a record deal, industrious Northern Irish reprobates watercress have a back catalogue to be proud of. jackie hayden meets band linchpin dan donnelly.


1998-04-15 00:00:00

Even without a record deal, industrious Northern Irish reprobates watercress have a back catalogue to be proud of. jackie hayden meets band linchpin dan donnelly.


1998-04-15 00:00:00

They're fronted by a dead ringer for Xena, Warrior Princess; they've just won the Heineken Hot Press Best New Band Award; and, like inbreeding, they're big in Alabama. They're junkster, and here, deirdre o'neill and graham darcy tell jackie hayden exactly what they've been up to since they first "trespassed" on the American Dance Charts.


1998-04-15 00:00:00

Having survived their initial mauling at the hands of the British music press, Asia-obsessed psychedelists KULA SHAKER have returned for a second innings. Frontman CRISPIAN MILLS lays off the poppadoms for long enough to chat to JACKIE HAYDEN about his band's new album, Strangefolk.

Interview: Gerry RYAN a perfect 10

1998-05-13 00:00:00

To mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the G. Ryan Show on 2FM, JACKIE HAYDEN talks to the mainman himself while various team members and seasoned observers select the best, worst and weirdest moments of the show that's grabbed the nation by its ears.


1998-04-15 00:00:00

For the untrepid adventurer, Ireland is fast becoming a thrill - a - minute Mecca. JACKIE HAYDEN reports.

Album: Shine

2000-07-20 00:00:00

Enniscorthy-man Clive Barnes is a 24-year-old blues singer-songwriter who, unlike too many of his European blues counterparts, doesn't sing in a fake American accent about going down to Chicago.

Album: Stop Look Listen

2000-03-16 00:00:00

Niall Boyle is a singer-songwriter and vocalist who offers less the captivating intrigue of David Gray and more the cod emotion of Chris de Burgh.

Album: Simple Soul

2001-02-01 00:00:00

While the great unwashed will be familiar with the voice of Eddi Reader from the Fairground Attraction radio staple and TV-commercialised 'Perfect', more learned students will have gloried in her contribution to Donal Lunny's Coolfin album.

Album: Sing Loud, Sing Proud!

2001-02-01 00:00:00

Sometimes it's hard to be Irish, and this is one of them. Imagine, if you must, an amalgam of Sham 69 without the songs; The Wolfe Tones minus the voices; Ding Dong Denny O'Reilly without the wit; the worst thrash metal band you've ever heard; the infantile macho posturing of American wrestling and The Saw Doctors at their shoutiest - and you've taken just one small step to comprehending the atrocity they call Dropkick Murphys.

Album: Whisper To The Wild Water

2000-03-02 00:00:00

So Moya has gone all God on us and I've been called to spend sixty-four minutes and four seconds in the presence of the Lord.

Album: Holloway Boulevard

2000-03-16 00:00:00

Anyone who ached with Shane MaacGowan on the Late Late Show will not be surprised to find him missing in action from this new album apart from some co-writing credits.

Album: Nest

1995-08-23 00:00:00

I used to sit up nights fretting about LiR, puzzling over their hyper-intricate arrangements and their gratuitous exhibition of their flawless, and often pointless, musical technique

Album: Flatfish

2000-03-30 00:00:00

On the face of it, the Anglo-Irish foursome Flook could be just one more band queueing up for recognition on the Celtic market.

Album: Tropical Brainstorm

2000-03-30 00:00:00

Rent-a-lip Kirsty MacColl from Croydon has spent the last half-decade trawling around Latin America soaking up the Latino vibes and this is the result, thirteen hot tracks that should be kept on permanent stand-by in case the summer falls below expectations.

Album: Red Letter Day

2000-04-13 00:00:00

Kieran Goss live gigs are jolly affairs, almost to the point of being comedy shows. Goss introduces songs with self-deprecating humour and tells hilarious stories that often have nothing to do with anything much.

Album: Wooden Horses

2000-04-27 00:00:00

They rarely come any rootsier than this, Mick Hanly with a basket of all new songs (bar one) and a bunch of skilled musicians locked in producer PJ Curtis's cottage in Clare for four days.

Album: Eyelids Into Snow - A Collection

2000-04-27 00:00:00

This is a motley collection of original album tracks, live recordings and re-recordings. It rollercoasters through several Scullion incarnations built around the Sonny Condell-Philip King axis.

Album: Burn The Black Suit

2000-05-11 00:00:00

With seven of the tracks stretching over four minutes you can't complain about value for money on Burn The Black Suit.

Album: Oh What A World

2000-05-11 00:00:00

For a while during his 'Nobody Knows' phase it seemed like Paul Brady might be joining Chris de Burgh et al on the central reservation.

Album: Issues

2000-05-11 00:00:00

In an age when former angry young men like Elvis Costello have become all-round family entertainers and half the nation's youth seem to be blissed out on the music of Westlife et al,. . .

Album: Global Village Garage

2000-05-25 00:00:00

Despite claims to be an "observant world traveller" in Global Village Garage, Texan novelist-turned-songwriter Richard Dobson has recorded an album of fine songs in Germany which are so Americocentric they mock the very title of the album.

Album: New Horizons

2000-05-25 00:00:00

The west has truly awoken us with these two excellent compilations hitting the racks simultaneously.

Album: Rialta 2000

2000-05-25 00:00:00

The west has truly awoken us with these two excellent compilations hitting the racks simultaneously.

Album: Journey, The Best Of Donal Lunny

2000-06-22 00:00:00

Journey is not merely a trawl through the ubiquitous Donal Lunny's back pages but a compulsory purchase potted summary of three decades of Irish trad and the company it's been keeping.

Album: Jangle

2000-06-22 00:00:00

Irish singer-songwriter Kieran Halpin's twelfth album Jangle neatly encapsulates the contradiction endemic among contemporary songwriters of his ilk.

Album: Farmhouse

2000-07-06 00:00:00

With their album catalogue now into double-figures, the Vermont-raised Phish (not to be confused with that big bloke from Marillion) have yet to stamp their indelible mark on Irish earlobes, . . .

Album: Saior

2000-07-20 00:00:00

Not to be confused with sixties psychedelic metallers Steppenwolf, Stefan Wolf is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist from Down Under.

Album: Fir Na Keol

2001-01-17 00:00:00

Heart's Quest is the brainchild of David Downes (oboe, cor anglais) and David Agnew (whistles, keyboards) augmented by whatever musical battalions they need from track to track.

Interview: In The Name Of The Mother

1999-12-08 00:00:00

The Winner In Me - Don Baker's Story, by Jackie Hayden, is the painfully honest account of the private life of one of Ireland's best-known musicians, and describes his efforts, as an adult, to come to terms with an unhappy childhood and a past littered with violence, crime and alcoholism. In this exclusive extract, Don describes how he believes his troubled childhood relationship with his mother left him with an enduring fear of betrayal in his relationships with women.

Interview: Timeless Gentlemen Please

1999-12-22 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden talks to Geraldine MacGowan, one of the finest Irish trad musicians, about touring, going solo and living in Germany.


1998-04-01 00:00:00

As none of the three people named in the title of Something Happens new album Alan, Elvis And God was available for interview, Tom Dunne, Ray Harman and Ted Ryan took on the roles of all three to discuss how the planet-fab foursome are moving into overdrive with the acquisition of a new record deal and the imminent release of that new album. Tape: JACKIE HAYDEN.

Interview: Not Fade Away

1999-07-07 00:00:00

MARK LAWLOR s debut album has been a long time coming but with his band FADE STREET he s finally on the right road. Interview: Jackie Hayden.

Interview: Sister Act

2000-08-17 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN meets SOMETHING ELSE, the Irish pop duo who ve no time for Britney or Christina

Interview: Something Out Of Nothing

1998-04-01 00:00:00

As none of the three people named in the title of SOMETHING HAPPENS new album Alan, Elvis and God was available for interview, TOM DUNNE, RAY HARMAN and TED RYAN took on the roles of all three to discuss how the planet-fab foursome are moving into overdrive with the acquisition of a new record deal and the imminent release of that new album.

Interview: The Bigger Picture

1999-05-12 00:00:00

There s more to ELEANOR McEVOY than a woman s heart, as her new album Snapshots reveals. Interview: JACKIE HAYDEN.

Interview: Still Zrazy After All These Years

1999-04-28 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN speaks to ZRAZY about their new album, which goes part of the way to making jazz cool.

News: A Brief History of Trad

1999-11-10 00:00:00

Irish roots music keeps growing in influence and popularity. JACKIE HAYDEN examines the phenomenon and salutes the trailblazers.

Reports: Nothing Better Than The Real Thing

1999-10-27 00:00:00

The pirate music industry is now making millions of pounds each year. But that s at the expense of those legitimately entitled to earnings from their work. Report: JACKIE HAYDEN.


2000-12-15 00:00:00

Music Piracy is a continuing problem, and it s not just internet innovation which is fuelling its rise. COLM O HARE spoke to some of those trying to preserve legitimate music

News: The Winning Tape

2000-12-15 00:00:00

As the year draws to a close, JACKIE HAYDEN offers a timely A to Z of demo commonsense

Education Feature: Less Is More

1999-09-29 00:00:00

A friend of mine who works in the music business in London recently received an unsolicited demo tape from an Irish band. Nothing exceptional in that alone, other than the fact that it had seventeen tracks on it and was accompanied by a note to the effect that tracks 5, 8 and 11 were, in the band's opinion, the best and should be listened to first.

Frontlines: SHAW 'NUFF

1999-09-29 00:00:00

HELEN SHAW has been RTE s Director of Radio for two years, ultimately charged with bringing the national broadcaster s four stations into a new era. Interview: JACKIE HAYDEN.

Education Feature: Class Acts

1999-09-15 00:00:00

If the Leaving Cert results didn t pan out as expected, don t worry. There s lots of alternatives on offer if you ve got the right stuff. Report: JACKIE HAYDEN.

News: Communications Breakdown

2000-11-23 00:00:00

Isn t it ironic, as Alanis was just saying the other night, that in an age in which both global and local communications are expanding and developing on a daily basis, some of the most consistent criticisms of young bands relates to their apparent unwillingness to get their message across.


2000-10-26 00:00:00

Hardly had the ink dried on the last issue s item of advice for would-be entrants for the revised Bacardi Plugged band competition than a number of missives arrived in asking why there was no advice for those who might be thinking of entering the song part of the same project. As some of the senders know where I live I d thought I better oblige.

Interview: Screen Split

2000-11-09 00:00:00

RTE and the maker of the acclaimed AIDAN WALSH movie are at loggerheads. JACKIE HAYDEN reports

News: What s in a name?

2000-11-09 00:00:00

Once again the problem of bands having the same (or similar) names has raised its ugly head.


1998-03-18 00:00:00

That s SOUTH BY SOUTH WEST, the recent music convention in Austin, Texas where the Irish made quite a splash. JACKIE HAYDEN was there.

Commentary: It Could Be You

1998-04-01 00:00:00

As the countdown to the 4th Hot Press Bacardi Unplugged final continues, JACKIE HAYDEN speaks out against those who would protray band competitions as irrelevant anachronisms.

News: A Plug For Bacardi

2000-10-12 00:00:00

Bacardi Unplugged hasn t gone away, you know, it s just mutated into Bacardi Plugged to facilitate all those bands out there who want to be adored and drooled over in all their electric and electronic glory and add value to shares in the ESB. And who are we to deny them? And so recording studios and home recording units all over the country will be wearing out their red lights over the coming weeks. Tempers will boil, relationships will crack, egos will be bruised, nerves will fray and budgets will go bust under the pressure. But when that ace take s in the can you ll know all the tears weren t shed in vain.

Commentary: can you dig it?

2000-10-12 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN meets a man who claims that the Lost Ark of the Covenant is buried on the Hill of Tara. Oh yes, JOHN HILL also says that he s the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah

News: Big Bag O Tricks

2000-09-28 00:00:00

With the Demo Dip bag pregnant with a backlog of several weeks post, this week I m try to play catch-up.

News: Ballina Rocks & Nenagh Rolls

2000-09-14 00:00:00

It s probably an indelible part of what we are, but we seem to have an over-developed tendency in this country to wring our hands and whine about this, that and the other, often forgetting that the energy, effort and time thus expended might be put to better use in actually doing something positive.

Reports: Secrets And Lies

2000-08-17 00:00:00

One of the most useful lessons re-learned during the Heineken Green Energy Careers In Music seminars in Dublin, Cork and Galway is that while those in the business have a reasonable grasp as to how it works and why, from the stand-point of a seventeen-year-old would-be, the Music Industry can appear like one ginormous complex monster.

Main Event: Home and Away

1999-08-04 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN reports on the finale of this year s IMRO showcase tour, which took place in London.


1999-08-04 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN previews the CROSS VILLAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL, which will feature premier Irish acts in the most scenic of surroundings.

Frontlines: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

1999-08-18 00:00:00

The referendum of late 1995 at long last made divorce legal in Ireland. But lawyers are now charging #7,000 for even the most straightforward cases, if they can get away with it. JACKIE HAYDEN gives his own personal account of attempts at a legal rip-off. Pics: Sasfi Hope-Ross

Ad Feature: Parlez Vous Coffee?

1999-08-18 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden reports on the ever-more sophisticated choices available to today s coffee-lover.

News: What s In A Name?

2000-08-31 00:00:00

No sooner had the smoke cleared from a recent issue of this column than I had a phone-call from a band called Bungalow, whom I d just written about, revealing that a fan/friend had just discovered a Kentucky band using the same name. A couple of days later they read in a fanzine that a Scottish band called Bungalow had issued two singles on an Indie label.


2000-08-31 00:00:00

If you want to get ahead, get a qualification! That's the message, even where the music industry is concerned. By Jackie Hayden


1997-10-15 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN reports on IMRO s recent CONFERENCE ON PIRACY in Dublin, where the music industry movers and shakers joined forces to discuss ways of fighting back against the pirates.

Education Feature: The Song, Not The Singer?

1999-05-26 00:00:00

The completion of the Bacardi Unplugged Song Of The Year contest causes JACKIE HAYDEN to consider the mysterious art of songwriting.

Reports: Into The SXSW

1999-05-12 00:00:00

In a music industry special, JACKIE HAYDEN reports on this year's South By South West music industry bash in Austin, Texas.

Education Feature: The Learning Zone

1999-02-17 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN offers a guide to training for careers in sound and vision.

Ad Feature: Enjoying The Percs

1999-02-17 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN S cup runneth over as he reports on Ireland s burgeoning Cafi Society.

Interview: Leave it to Mr. O Brien

1999-02-03 00:00:00

Jackie hayden meetsjournalist turned PR guru, Tony O Brien and speaks to him about his rock n roll adventures with the likes of U2, Michael Stipe and Bruce Springsteen.

Education Feature: Tips For The Top

1999-02-03 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN draws on his experience to offer bands who have qualified for the BACARDI/UNPLUGGED heats, advice on how to win, win, win!

News: Keeping The Home Fires Burning

1999-04-28 00:00:00

SARAH McQUAID introduces a special feature on the state of Irish traditional music at the end of the century.

News: Cutting The Deal

2000-08-03 00:00:00

A few weeks ago I had a lengthy chat with the A&R man from a major London-based international record company who was in Ireland checking out the talent and trying to prise demo tapes and CDs off me. During the conversation I asked him to spill the beans on what goes through an A&R man s head from the time he seriously considers signing a band until a decision is finally taken.

News: Making The Difference

1999-11-10 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN looks at the movers and shakers on the trad scene.

Commentary: 2FM Comes Of Age

2000-06-08 00:00:00

2FM is 21! JACKIE HAYDEN and CHRIS DONOVAN provide an overview to the nation's longest running and most influential music station.

Interview: The Water Of Life

2000-05-25 00:00:00

Inspired by a renewed interest in Christianity, MAIRE BRENNAN of CLANNAD has spread her solo wings again. It s better to be addicted to faith than to drugs, she tells JACKIE HAYDEN


2000-04-13 00:00:00

In the first part of a two part special on the vital areas of songwriting, publishing and copyright, Jackie Hayden talks to Irish singer-songwriter Kieran Goss about his craft, on the eve of the release of the Northerner's new album Red Letter Day, his follow-up to the multi-platinum Worse Than Pride.

Commentary: piracy on the high c s

2000-07-06 00:00:00

Artists and record companies are losing millions of pounds every year through piracy. New developments like Napster and MP3 will bring further challenges. Report: JACKIE HAYDEN.

Commentary: Taking The RAAP

2000-07-20 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN reports on a new initiative aimed at ensuring performers get a fair reward for their art

News: Alive, Alive, Who?

2000-06-22 00:00:00

During the Careers In Music Seminar in Cork over the recent bank Holiday weekend, one of the American delegates, Barbara Lindberg, posed an interesting question.

Reports: Pirates Ahoy!

1999-03-31 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN reports on the music industry s escalating war with the CD counterfeiters and bootleggers.

Reports: Access All Areas

1999-03-31 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN speaks to students and organisers of SOUND ACCESS, a Dun Laoghaire-based programme which helps people with disabilities advance in the music industry.

Interview: Rise And Shine

1999-03-31 00:00:00

JACKIE HAYDEN speaks to ALAN CORCORAN, presenter of RTE Radio 1 s Rhythm Of The Night, about his efforts to showcase new Irish talent.

Commentary: Catch That Millennium Bug

2000-03-02 00:00:00

So here are some decidedly do-able, must-do and desirable Millennium Adventures to put at the top of your list for the rest of the year.

Commentary: Green Letter Day

2000-03-02 00:00:00

With the increasing visibility of Irish music and culture, March 17th has become an increasingly international celebration of Irishness

Commentary: The Road To Nowhere

2000-06-08 00:00:00

As in most branches of the arts and entertainment business there are two types of musicians: actual musicians and would-be musicians. Just like all those would-be writers who could have written Ulysses but went for a drink instead, there are countless Irish bands who could have been as big as U2 but just didn't want to bother with all that business shit. With a reputed #80 million in the bank I bet Bono really regrets having anything to do with all that business shit, poor sucker.

Commentary: The Bile Council

2000-05-25 00:00:00

By the time you read this I may be an ex-person, having just received a poison pen letter threatening to do a number of unspeakable, and probably illegal, things to me. It s a good one as these things go, unsigned, of course, written completely in capital letters violently gouged into the page, with a sprinkling of misspellings and words like arsehole , fucker and bastard underlined twice and three lines under bolox and cunt . Can t be a regular reader, then.

Commentary: The Showcase Must Go On

2000-04-27 00:00:00

Jackie Hayden on the build-up to the culmination of the IMRO Showcase 2000 tour.


2000-04-27 00:00:00

This fortnight s postbag brings another serious dilemma from an unsigned Irish band. Last year they recorded a demo and it aroused some record company interest.


2000-05-11 00:00:00

Speaking recently to bands involved in the IMRO Showcases it became quite apparent that there was one major question on most minds, whether to look for a record deal or go the independent route and release their own records on their own label.


2000-04-13 00:00:00

A recent postbag brought a cry of despair and bewilderment from a band who had been offered a management contract. An accompanying letter gave them about a week to sign it, otherwise they would forfeit a gig which the management had lined up for them. The band wanted my thoughts on the matter.

Education Feature: Stuck In The Web

2000-03-30 00:00:00

In the 80s, every second person you met was setting up a video production company. I was reminded me of the late Peter Cook s response when he met an out-of-work actor at a party and on being told he was writing a novel, Cook retorted, What a coincidence, neither am I! Today, instead of writing novels or setting up video production companies, setting up websites is the buzz phrase, especially for those associated with young bands.

Commentary: When Is A Demo

2000-02-17 00:00:00

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it s not a new game we ve invented to pass slow days at HP Central, just a reflection on the confusion you can face when a CD or tape arrives which is recorded and packaged so well that you don t know whether it s a demo or an actual release that should be re-directed to the Album Dissection and Resuscitation Department.


2000-03-30 00:00:00

From theatre to rock, Northern Ireland is enjoying a huge cultural renaissance. Jackie Hayden reports on the new breed of movers and shakers

News: Sood s Corner

2000-03-02 00:00:00

When your friendly local A&R man (and yes, he's almost certain to be a man) sits down to wade through his latest intake of demos, what exactly is he looking for?

Reports: Mind Your Own Business

2000-03-16 00:00:00

In today's music industry, it s vital that artists know as much as possible about the key business decisions they will be called upon to make. JACKIE HAYDEN talks to some of the organisations which are there to help.

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