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Adrienne Murphy

Adrienne Murphy is a freelance book editor and journalist. She was the founding editor of Source: Ireland’s Social, Environmental and Holistic Magazine. Adrienne wrote extensively in Hot Press about her experience as one of the ‘Monsanto Seven’, a group of environmental activists put on trial for criminal damage when they sabotaged a field of genetically modified sugarbeet in Arthurstown, Co. Wexford, in 1999. Adrienne’s struggle for justice came closer to home in 2005, when her youngest son was diagnosed with autism. In the absence of State support, Adrienne – along with other parents desperate to help their kids – established a school for children with autism in Dublin. As well as music, Adrienne’s interests include revolution, literature, healing and magic.

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Album: Album Review: Unbroken Line, Ciara Sidine

2017-09-12 10:40:00

Stunning effort from Dublin folk singer.

Interview: Ciara Sidine on the social issues in Ireland which inform her new album Unbroken Line

2017-09-12 10:33:00

Powerful social issues are the core of Dublin singer Ciara Sidine’s stunning new album, Unbroken Line.

Interview: When Finbar Furey Met John Connors

2017-02-23 13:49:00

A legend of Irish traditional and pop music, Finbar Furey has just released Paddy Dear, a wonderful album of original songs and covers that takes him into fresh, contemporary musical territory. We invited Furey and his fellow traveller John Connors – the actor and documentary maker responsible for the acclaimed John Connors: The Travellers and, most recently, Race Matters: John Connors in America – to come together, to see where the conversation would take us.

Album: Karen Egan - Charlatanne

2015-03-25 12:44:00

Impressively eclectic offering from Irish chanteuse

Reports: Breaking the Silence

2014-08-13 17:26:00

Dublin has just been witness to a piece of revolutionary theatre that has the potential to go down in the history of modern sexual politics as a game-changer.

Album: Sinéad O’Connor - I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

2014-08-06 15:07:00

Sinéad takes control on gloriously matriarchal new LP.

Frontlines: Fluoride Debate: Wave of Fluorosis Cases begins

2014-03-19 12:07:00

The damage caused to teeth by fluoride has been dismissed as 'cosmetic' by the Irish Expert Body on Health and Fluoride. But that is an outrageous minimisation of what is an increasing problem on both sides of the Atlantic. It is an issue, the courts may have to deal with...

Frontlines: Fluoride Debate: First Bantry, next the world!

2014-03-05 10:58:00

Ireland is now being recognised as a top player in the global stop-fluoridation movement

Frontlines: Frontlines: West Cork says no!

2014-02-20 10:45:00

Clonakilty is aiming to become Ireland’s first fluoride-free town.

Frontlines: The Fluoride Debate: Open Letter to Irish Water

2014-02-18 13:34:00

Campaigner Aisling FitzGibbon has written an open letter to Irish Water - the new semi-State body that is taking charge of the management of the national water supply. Adrienne Murphy investigates.

Frontlines: Fluoride: Interview with Thomas Sheridan

2014-02-05 10:27:00

There are times when the official attitude to fluoride seems like a textbook case of psychopathology in action. So says author Thomas Sheridan, who has made a study of institutional psychopaths.

Frontlines: Fluoride Debate: Another Whitewash on the Way?

2013-12-18 11:46:00

Though organisations such as Irish Dentists Opposing Flouridation continue to highlight major concerns about the Irish water system, there are fears that a new government review will fail to tackle the real issues.

Frontlines: Democracy Fails us on Fluoride

2013-11-29 13:19:00

Irish people are being poisoned, against their will, by the compulsory addition of fluoride to the national water supply. But a bill on the issue, put before the Dáil last week, was voted down by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil. It looks like the only answer is through the courts...

Album: Ronan O Snodaigh and The Occasional - SOS

2013-11-26 11:19:00


Frontlines: Teheran Takeways

2013-11-19 12:25:00

A huge amount of important public health information was revealed at the International Society for Fluoride Research’s 31st Annual Conference in Tehran. Since the Irish Expert Body on Fluoride and Health were not there to listen, and to inform the Irish public, Hot Press will have to do their job for them...

Frontlines: The Evidence Mounts

2013-11-14 11:03:00

Though dismissed as some sort of crank by the vested interests advising our Governmant, Declan Waugh’s findings are being taken very seriously elsewhere...

Frontlines: The Bare Truth!

2013-11-07 11:25:00

The Naked Calendar is being published by Aisling FitzGibbon, aka The Girl Against Fluoride, to support the High Court action she’s taking against mandatory fluoridation of the water...

Album: Caroline Moreau - Amour Toujours etc

2013-11-07 10:51:00

Delicious taste of Chanson tradition

Frontlines: The Food Safety Authority Of Irleland Warned Against The Use Of Fluoridated Water In Bottle Feeding

2013-08-30 17:56:00

However, their warning was subsequently retracted in circumstances which were highly unusual to say the least – opening the FSAI to potential litigation.

Frontlines: Fluoride Figures In Food Safety Authority Survey Were Up To Nine Years Out Of Date

2013-08-03 17:53:00

That is just one of the very strange anomalies that have begun to emerge in this latest chapter in the Hot Press Investigation. Adrienne Murphy reports.

Frontlines: UK Scientists Call On Irish Government To Re-Assess Policy Of Mandatory Water Fluoridation

2013-08-17 17:48:00

Figures in a new UK scientific survey confirm the likelihood that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland have made a huge error in their estimation of the amount of fluoride in tea.


2013-08-02 17:41:00

In a major development in our investigation into the policy of fluoridation, figures presented by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland have been described as “wildly inaccurate”.

Frontlines: 27 Question For The Food Safety Authority In Ireland

2013-08-17 17:37:00

Aware of huge discrepancies between international figures on fluoride levels in certain food and beverages and those provided in the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s Total Diet Survey (2011), Hot Press has been seeking explanations. At every turn, however, our enquiries have been frustrated. Here, we publish 27 Questions which we believe go to the heart of the matter – and which urgently require clear answers from the FSAI if we are to prevent Irish people from being poisoned

Frontlines: When Gerry Adams And Ian Paisley Worked Together

2013-06-20 17:34:00

It was long before the Belfast Agreement. But the campaign against fluoridation in Northern Ireland united these political foes in a campaign that defeated British government plans to fluoridate the North. So why was this extraordinary rapport ignored in the South? asks campaign leader Walter Graham

Frontlines: Sinn Fein To Publishes Bill To End Water Fluoridation

2013-06-07 17:32:00

On May 9 last, Sinn Féin (SF) spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, published the Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Repeal Bill 2013.

Frontlines: The Fluoride Debate with Walter Graham

2013-06-06 17:28:00

While the mainstream media continues to under-report the growing concern in Ireland over the policy of mandatory water fluoridation, political opposition is steadily mounting to the ongoing mass-medication of the population.

Frontlines: The Minister Has His Say

2013-05-23 17:20:00

Six weeks ago, Hot Press presented a detailed set of 27 Questions on the mandatory fluoridation of the water supply in Ireland to the Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for the policy, Alex White TD. Since then, there has been a further upsurge in the campaign against fluoridation, with a growing wave of international opposition being mirrored here. In the past month alone, Israel has decided to end its policy of mandatory fluoridation, while in Ireland, Skibbereen Town Council has voted to oppose the policy – and will be lobbying for a similar vote among town councils all over the country. The responses from the Minister to our 27 Questions arrived at Hot Press Central this week. They amount to the clearest statement yet of the basis for the policy in Ireland – giving those opposed to fluoridation the opportunity to put the official explanations under fresh scrutiny. It will be fascinating to see just how both opponents of fluoridation, and indeed the general public, react to what the Minister has to say. For now, however, this is – definitively – the official position on fluoridation in Ireland, from the pen of the Minister himself.

Frontlines: The Fluoride Deception

2013-10-17 11:28:00

The role of fluoride in the poisoning of humans and animals in Askeaton is beginning to emerge.

Frontlines: Fluoride Debate: Fear And Loathing In Askeaton

2013-10-15 11:29:00

It is one of the most shocking examples of pollution in Irish history. And it impacted in the most appalling way on the lives of local farmers, with animals dying and a litany of human health problems erupting. As a result, Nuala and Pat Geoghegan have been engaged in a running battle with the Irish state. But no one in authority seems to give a damn...

Frontlines: Emmet Stagg Says FSAI Must Answer Hot Press On Fluoride

2013-10-09 11:50:00

The chief whip of the Labour Party, Emmet Stagg, has come out strongly against the Government’s policy of mandatory fluoridation of the water supply

Frontlines: Were The People Of Askeaton Poisoned By Fluoride?

2013-10-08 12:30:00

New evidence has emerged that a report carried out by the EPA into sickness among animals – and humans – in Askeaton in Co. Limerick was seriously flawed.

Frontlines: Fluoride: The Dáil Report That Was Suppressed

2013-09-16 00:00:00

As evidence of the toxic effects of fluoridation of the water supply in Ireland mounts, Hot Press has uncovered a report written in 2007 by the former Minister for the Environment John Gormley – which was effectively suppressed. Here, for the first time, he reveals what happened – and why. Meanwhile, the report is published for the first time today on

Frontlines: Fluoride Figures In Food Nine Years Out Of Date

2013-07-23 00:00:00

Fluoride figures in Food Safety Authority survey were up to nine years out of date. That is just one of the very strange anomalies that have begun to emerge in this latest chapter in the Hot Press Investigation.

Frontlines: Claims of under-reporting Fluoride Exposure

2013-07-19 00:00:00

In a major development in our investigation into the policy of fluoridation, figures presented by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland have been described as “wildly inaccurate”...

Frontlines: Health Lobby Group Calls for Boycott

2013-06-21 00:00:00

In a dramatic new twist in the fluoride story, fluoride contamination is putting the international sales of Irish food products at risk. Plus: Paolo Tullio opposes fluoridation...

Frontlines: The Fluoride Debate

2013-06-12 00:00:00

It was long before the Belfast Agreement. But the campaign against fluoridation in Northern Ireland united these political foes in a campaign that defeated British government plans to fluoridate the North. So why was this extraordinary rapport ignored in the South? asks campaign leader Walter Graham...

Reports: The Flouride Debate

2013-06-05 00:00:00

While the mainstream media continues to under-report the growing concern in Ireland over the policy of mandatory water fluoridation, political opposition is steadily mounting to the ongoing mass-medication of the population.

Reports: Fluoride Report

2013-05-08 00:00:00

While the Junior Minister for Health Alex White was formulating the answers to the 27 Questions posed to him by Hot Press 37-06 (questions were published 28th March 2013, answers will be published in next Hot Press 37-09, to be published 9th May 2013), other official bodies are beginning to move against fluoride...

Interview: The Hot Press Interview: Richie Ryan

2013-05-08 00:00:00

Unlike Bertie Ahern, Richie Ryan would have made no claim to being a socialist. But the former Fine Gael Minister for Finance was enough of an idealist to take on the State in an extraordinary constitutional action aimed at preventing the mandatory fluoridation of the water supply...

Frontlines: Judgement That Permitted Fluoridation Of Water May Have Been Unsound

2013-04-18 00:00:00

For the first time, former Minister for Finance, Richie Ryan, has spoken about his role in the 1963 constitutional case, taken against the mandatory fluoridation of water in Ireland. Startling new evidence suggests that the judgement may have been unsound…

Frontlines: Hot Press Delivers 27 Questions to Minister Alex White

2013-04-02 00:00:00

Following the publication of 27 Questions to the Minister in charge of fluoridation policy Alex White, in the last issue, Hot Press delivered the questions in person last week...

Frontlines: The Girl Against Fluoride

2013-03-27 00:00:00

When Aisling FitzGibbon was alerted to the toxic nature of fluoride, she removed it from her drinking water – with remarkable results in terms of improved health. Now she is taking a case against Ireland’s mandatory fluoridation...

Frontlines: An Open Letter To The Junior Minister for Health

2013-03-26 00:00:00

The drinking water consumed by the Irish population is systematically laced with the known neurotoxin fluoride, a policy numerous eminent specialists believe poses a grave danger to the health of men, women and children. Here, we pose a series of questions to the Minister in charge of fluoridation policy, Alex White. We believe the Irish people are entitled to the answers...

Reports: Fluoride: Why Are We Taking Crazy Unnecessary Risks?

2013-03-13 00:00:00

Irish whistle-blowing scientist, Declan Waugh has just published his second report on the health risks associated with the Republic of Ireland’s mandatory water fluoridation policy. In our second part of a fluoride investiagion, Hot Press takes an exclusive look at a document that eviscerates the official position on an increasingly controversial public policy.

Reports: Hot Press Report: Fluoride

2013-02-27 00:00:00

Ireland has the sickest population in Europe. This country is also the only one in the EU which engages in mandatory flouridation of the water. Here, we present the astonishing evidence which conclusively links these two facts. So why, asks scientist Declan Waugh, have the authorities refused to address an issue that is crucial to the health of the nation?

Interview: Abortion - Never Again

2013-01-18 00:00:00

“Laws protecing foetuses endanger women’s lives...”

Frontlines: Highway To Shell

2012-12-19 00:00:00

The Shell to Sea saga is told from the perspective of Mayo protesters in the new production from ‘polemical’ playwright Donal O’Kelly. words Adrienne Murphy

Frontlines: Never Again

2012-12-21 00:00:00

In the wake of Savita Halappanavar’s death, emergency legislation is required to reduce the current risk to pregnant women’s lives and health in Ireland. But until we put the decision into the hands of those individuals who need abortions, Ireland will remain a dangerous country for women. So say pro-choice advocates Dr. Sinéad Kennedy and Dr. Peadar O’Grady.

Track: Black Banana EP

2012-11-15 00:00:00

Frontlines: Time for a grown-up abortion debate

2012-10-05 00:00:00

Pro-choice and pro-life campaigners have been ramping up their campaigns lately. But there’s no use in Ireland burying its collective head in the sand any longer. With women continuing to travel abroad for terminations, the time has come for the status quo to be challenged.

Album: Dead Can Dance: Anastasis

2012-09-04 00:00:00

Musical partners reunite to stunning effect

Album: Dead Can Dance: Anastasis

2012-09-04 00:00:00

Musical partners reunite to stunning effect

Interview: Katie Taylor interview

2012-08-09 00:00:00

We spoke to the gold medal winner two years ago...

Interview: Downturn happy

2012-05-24 00:00:00

Gallons of ink have been shed about the recession. But few writers have managed to capture what life is like for people who have borne the brunt of the downturn. With his life-affirming debut novel Brian Finnegan has delivered a funny, profound portrait of the daily grind in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland.

Album: How About I Be Me (And You Be You?)

2012-02-24 00:00:00

Return to form for controversial chanteuse.

Live: Sinead O'Connor

2012-01-16 00:00:00

In an evening of delicious treats, it is especially lovely to be introduced to Roisin, Sinéad’s beautiful daughter, who sings angelic backing vocals.

Live: Sinead O'Connor, live at The Olympia

2011-12-21 00:00:00

A newly married Sinead O'Connor celebrates in style on the Olympia stage.

Interview: For Whom The Swell Tolls

2011-11-24 00:00:00

Having broken up – romantically if not creatively – with Swell Season partner Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova is now forging a path as a solo artist. She talks about going it alone and discusses for the first time her astonishingly intense relationship with Hansard.

Album: An Appointment With Mr. Yeats

2011-10-07 00:00:00

Yeats gets the waterboys treatment.

Reports: It's The Economy, Stupid

2011-06-03 00:00:00

...It’s broke – and current policies are not going to fix it. So let’s start looking properly at the alternatives, writes Adrienne Murphy.

Frontlines: Lessons From Iceland

2011-05-31 00:00:00

We have been told that there is no way out of the debt burden that has been imposed on Irish citizens as a result of the collapse of the banks. But that, after all, may be no more than propaganda.

Album: Shadow Road Shining

2011-05-17 00:00:00

Irish debutante delivers alt country classic

Album: From Africa with Fury: Rise

2011-05-12 00:00:00

Fela Kuti's son forges afrobeat classic

Frontlines: Enough Already

2011-05-09 00:00:00

A national campaign called “Enough!” has been launched, demanding a referendum on the EU-IMF deal that is forcing unprecedented debt and ‘austerity’ onto Irish society. In the first of a two-part series,

Interview: Music Is The Only Place I Feel Confident

2011-04-26 00:00:00

He may have topped the album chart in Ireland and received a Mercury Music Prize nod, but Conor J. O’Brien has never really talked about the intense personal experiences that shaped his brilliant Becoming A Jackal debut – until now that is. Before a sell-out gig in Paris, the 28-year-old tells Hot Press about the emotional struggles he went through as a teenager, his continued social anxiety and why he’s most comfortable expressing himself through song.

Frontlines: Seal For Approval

2011-03-07 00:00:00

The Irish Seal Sanctuary offer a vital service. Adrienne Murphy journeys to Howth to see the organisation release Daisy The Seal, and meet one of their supporters, Philomena Lynott.

Frontlines: For A Dancer

2010-11-15 00:00:00

She may be wife of the U2 guitarist Edge, but Morleigh Steinberg is a fine artist in her own right. Her latest work premieres in Dublin in November.

Interview: Living The Dream

2010-11-01 00:00:00

She made her name as the violinist with hugely succesful Dundalk band The Corrs, and as the writer of some of the group’s most iconic hits. Now a mother of two young kids, Sharon Corr has just released her debut solo album, which has been picked up by Warner Music, for worldwide release. Here, she talks eloquently about life, love, happiness, being on the road with The Corrs – and the right of artists to get paid for their work

Frontlines: Taking The Pledge

2010-10-13 00:00:00

With fewer and fewer people buying CDs, Dublin songwriter Laura Sheeran is among the increasing number of artists opting to finance their music via the innovative Pledge website.

Album: Dream Of You

2010-10-12 00:00:00

Violin playing corr demonstrates experimental side on solo debut

Interview: The Druid Abides

2010-06-30 00:00:00

He’s the bearded high king of medieval goth music. Now sometime Dead Can Dance singer and songwriter Brendan Perry has released his second solo album. Taking time out from polishing his hurdy gurdy (steady!), he invites Adrienne Murphy for a tour of the converted church in Quivy, County Cavan, where he meticulously assembles his records.

Album: Ark

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Album: So I

2010-03-24 00:00:00

New singer-songwriter on the block stakes his claim

Album: Road to the Heart

2010-03-19 00:00:00

Debut album becomes heart-breaking legacy for Dublin band.

Frontlines: Marathon Men

2010-03-05 00:00:00

In one of the most extreme sporting events ever held in Ireland, amateur long-distance runners Gerry Duffy and Ken Whitelaw plan to run 32 consecutive marathons, in 32 days, in 32 counties. The goal: to raise cash and awareness for Irish Autism Action (IAA), Autism NI and Irish Cancer Research

Album: Soisin

2010-03-04 00:00:00

Dreamy instrumental outing from the O Snodaigh clan.

Album: Leave Your Sleep

2010-02-23 00:00:00

Former 10,000 Maniacs frontwoman channels Alice In Wonderland with tingle-inducing results

Live: Haiti Aid Live at Whelan's and The Village

2010-02-12 00:00:00

A great night of entertainment – all for a hugely worthwhile cause.

Album: Siamese

2010-02-11 00:00:00

Quality Beatles-esque power-pop

Live: Electric Penguins Live at The Button Factory

2010-02-11 00:00:00

Electro ensemble Electric Penguins took a considerable time setting up on The Button Factory stage. And no wonder, considering the extent of their gadgetry.

Interview: Poetry in Motion

2009-12-02 00:00:00

The waterboys’ mike scott talks about his ambitious new project in which he sets the work of wb yeats to music - and discusses the challenges of bringing the endeavour to the stage

Frontlines: Key Shall Overcome

2009-11-25 00:00:00

Activist rapper LOW KEY explains why hip-hop has become the voice of the oppressed and downtrodden

Album: Punch Drunk

2009-11-18 00:00:00

Second outing from Dublin's best-kept secret

Album: The best of Kila/Rogha

2009-10-06 00:00:00


Interview: The sew must go on

2009-04-14 00:00:00

Her split with Damien Rice caused headlines around the music world. Now Lisa Hannigan is taking her first steps as a solo artist with a wonderfully ethereal debut album, Sea Sew. She talks to hot press about the end of her partnership with Rice, her hopes for the future and the influence of romantic entanglements on her powerfully feminine songwriting.

Reports: Electric Picnic In Your Head

2008-09-16 00:00:00

There's more to the Electric Picnic than great music as Adrienne Murphy discovered when she checked out some of the festival's off-the-beaten path attractions

Reports: Lovely Girls!

2008-08-07 00:00:00

Hannah McDonnell beat off competition from a bevy of enchantresses to win the right to represent Dublin at this year's Rose of Tralee competition.

Reports: Best intentions

2008-08-06 00:00:00

As well as providing a remarkable spectacle, David Best's burning temple at the Burning Man festival also offers a forum for people to deal with feelings of grief and loss.

Album: The Rocky Road

2008-06-11 00:00:00

Dublin singer does a first rate job of interpreting Irish Trad standards for a new generation

Frontlines: Season Of The Witch

2008-05-01 00:00:00

She is a passionate advocate of social justice for women and a dreamer, who achieved extraordinary insights through use of the shamanic drug, ayahuasca. Isabel Allende talks to Hot Press

Album: The Tiny Pieces Left Behind

2008-04-22 00:00:00

Rewardingly stark second outing from Dublin strummer

Interview: Deepak Chopra: the extended interview

2008-04-15 00:00:00

Read the exclusive extended version of the Deepak Chopra interview from this fortnight's Hot Press.

Interview: Soul Man

2008-04-15 00:00:00

Spiritual writer Deepak Chopra discusses spirituality, sex, and how George Bush and Osama bin Laden have created one another.

Album: Unfamiliar Faces

2008-02-21 00:00:00

"...many of the ditties on Unfamiliar Faces bring us right back to the golden age of singer-songwriters."

Album: Falling Off The Lavender Bridge

2008-02-13 00:00:00

"A million miles from thrash and punk, the twelve tracks here are an unusual mix of indie rock and country, with top class musicianship adding lots of depth and colour..."

Interview: Into the within

2008-01-31 00:00:00

Author Daniel Pinchbeck discusses psychedelic drugs and shamanism as potential tools for the evolution of consciousness – catalysts of change in our age of violence and ecological meltdown.

Interview: Happiness is an inside job

2008-01-29 00:00:00

Áine Tubridy and Michael Corry are medical doctors, writers and healers, known for their holistic approach to mental health. Here are their thoughts on personal change in 2008.

Album: This Gift

2008-01-24 00:00:00

"Think The Cramps crossed with the B52s, with a fair dose of Smog and Cat Power thrown in, and you’ll be in the Sons & Daughters picture."

Interview: The sweet smell of success

2007-12-20 00:00:00

Arctic Monkeys and Primal Scream were among the cheerleaders as Sugababes stormed their way to the top of the charts this year.

Interview: Life after Eurovision

2007-12-17 00:00:00

With their Eurovision adventure as a focal point, it may have been a strange and unusual year for Dervish – but they've bounced back with a superb new album.

Album: Live From Union Chapel

2007-12-03 00:00:00

An acoustic live record stripped back to its bare essentials, Live From The Union Chapel, in its simplicity and frankness, showcases the essence of Rice.

Live: Sinead O'Connor in The Olympia, Dublin

2007-11-30 00:00:00

Sinead’s voice and the band, honed from months on the road, are at the absolute peak of their powers. Lots of fans I spoke to afterwards felt they’d never heard her sound better.

Interview: Christy Almighty

2007-11-09 00:00:00

His good humour apparently unblunted by years of drug addiction, Aslan’s Christy Dignam talks about heroin, sexual abuse and his belief in the redemptive power of music.

Interview: The Sligo! Team

2007-10-25 00:00:00

Ahead of his Sligo Live appearance, Duke Special talks about his love of cabaret and reveals what his next project will be.

Interview: O'Sullivan's Travels

2007-10-18 00:00:00

From the backstreets of Waterford to a place on the podium next to the Beatles, Gilbert O'Sullivan lived an extraordinary life. Now 60, he looks back on his rollercoaster career.

Interview: The Past Is Another Country

2007-09-27 00:00:00

The normally reclusive singer-songwriter talks about his remarkable life and times and the harrowing personal journey that led to his new album.

Reports: Mind, Body & Soul

2007-09-13 00:00:00

In between all the gigs, there was a multitude of intriguing non-music events at the Electric Picnic.

Album: Addicted To Company, Pt. 1

2007-09-12 00:00:00

With Addicted To Company, Casey brings us a truly beautiful, richly-layered, emotionally moving record.

Album: Under The Blacklight

2007-08-23 00:00:00

Ahead of their Electric Picnic date, the LA rockers ditch their mainstream sheen on their fourth album.

Album: Gambler's Ballet

2007-08-10 00:00:00

Through it all, Kila’s awesome array of percussive instruments creates the kind of exhilarating rhythms that we love them so much for.

Album: The Herring And The Brine

2007-07-20 00:00:00

Mumblin’ Deaf Ro’s (aka Dubliner Rónán Hession’s) second album should fall on fertile ground after the critical acclaim garnered by his 2003 debut, Senor My Friend.

Interview: Blaise of glory

2007-07-06 00:00:00

From playing tiny club gigs to serenading Wembley, songstress Tara Blaise has travelled a great distance in a short time. And the journey is only just beginning.

Album: Of Pattern And Purpose

2007-06-27 00:00:00

The tunes on Of Pattern And Purpose – are so cool that they offer the kind of pleasing, relaxing, thought-disengaging, space-creating emotional detachment that we find in Steve Reich or Brian Eno circa Music For Airports.

Album: Theology

2007-06-21 00:00:00

With Theology, Sinéad re-invigorates the ancient genre of the hymn in her own inimitable way, and brings it back to a contemporary public.

Interview: Running On Dempsey

2007-06-15 00:00:00

A spiritualist in a material world, Damien Dempsey is back with To Hell Or Barbados, his fourth and arguably his finest album.

Live: David Gray live at Dublin Castle, Dublin

2007-05-17 00:00:00

It took Gray a few songs, but by mid-set the singer-songwriter and his two-man acoustic band had moved into their flow, helped hugely by a pivotally-placed ‘Babylon’, to which the audience gave great song.

Interview: Hynes sight

2007-04-12 00:00:00

Nina Hynes might come across all airy and ethereal, but her hands-on approach to business belies a level-headed soul.

Single: All Your Life/Sweet Love

2007-03-26 00:00:00

Featuring multiple mixes each of three songs, All Your Life/Sweet Love is an absolute gem of an EP by arch Irish musicians David Bickley of Hyper[boreal] and Ferus O’Farrell of Interference. These stunning tracks – put together in O’Farrell’s studio on the remote West Cork coast – blend O’Farrell’s beautiful folk vocals into some seriously spacey electronica/funky dance beats. Individually, Bickley and O’Farrell are geniuses in their own right; what they’ve created together brings their gifts to a whole new plane.

Frontlines: Our government's indifference to Autistic children

2007-03-01 00:00:00

Mothers of autistic children in Ireland have their heart-rending experiences made worse by inadequate government support. One mother, who’s also a hotpress writer, explains just how despairing it can get.

Album: Reverse Presence

2006-12-19 00:00:00

Gathering together Dublin maverick Stano’s work from his first recording, ‘Room’ in 1982, to the title track, recorded this year, Reverse Presence is an absolute gem of a collection and a must-have for alternative muso lovers.

Live: Sinéad O’Connor live at The Sugar Club, Dublin

2006-11-23 00:00:00

Sinéad O’Connor unveils A New Kind Of Theology at The Sugar Club, Dublin.

Live: Sinéad O’Connor live at The Sugar Club

2006-11-09 00:00:00

The prospect of an intimate evening with Sinead O’Connor, at which she would unveil songs from her new album, was an intrigung one.

Interview: The high cost of loving

2006-10-16 00:00:00

There are no saints in love. That’s a lesson The Frames’ mainman Glen Hansard learned the hard way – and which he articulates in the bittersweet love songs that make up much of the band’s new album The Cost. Hot Press hits the road with the band for an extended interview, conducted in radio studios, backstage areas, tour buses – and one very dedicated fan’s house.

Interview: Kila of fortune

2006-08-21 00:00:00

Folk institution Kila met a dream collaborator in the shape of traditional Japanese musician Oki. Working together they’ve produced one of the most remarkable roots records of recent years.

Album: Kila & Oki

2006-08-04 00:00:00

Altogether a sumptuous, lilting and uplifting experience, one that’ll bliss-out fans of this ever-evolving, extraordinarily talented and brilliantly adventurous band.

Interview: All's Roesy in his garden

2006-04-18 00:00:00

The plaintive pop songs of Roesy are gaining an ever wider fanbase. He’s not a bad painter either.

Interview: Skin when you're winning

2006-04-12 00:00:00

She’s not afraid to speak her mind but, despite what some people would have you believe, Skin is no man-eating Amazon warrior.

Frontlines: How will Ireland fare in a world without oil?

2006-04-03 00:00:00

Fossil fuels are running out and few countries are so vulnerable to an oil shock as Ireland. With an unprecedented energy crisis on the horizon, a conference in Dublin will explore possible solutions. But is it too late?

Album: Truth According To Shaz Oye

2006-03-31 00:00:00

Bursting with intelligence, beauty and amazing emotional depth, Shaz Oye’s (pronounced Oh Yay!) debut, Truth According To Shaz Oye, is a knee-buckling, hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck-raising, shiver-down-your-back inducing album that will have you hooked after just one listen. It’s that fucking good!

Album: Fake Chemical State

2006-03-21 00:00:00

Fake Chemical State is one of those records that rewards repeated listening, so over a week or so nearly every song takes a turn in the ‘best on the album’ slot.

Album: The Animal Years

2006-02-27 00:00:00

Powerful and resonant, The Animal Years’ complex musical tapestry remains deeply engaging throughout.

Interview: A beautiful affair

2006-02-20 00:00:00

Their unique combination of sensual Latin melodies and brilliant, metal-inspired guitar playing have made Rodrigo y Gabriela a phenomenon in their adopted Ireland, with a platinum album, sell-out tours and barn-storming festival appearances already to their credit. Now, with the release of their third album, Rodrigo y Gabriela, their sights are set on the international arena. Here, this extraordinary couple explain why they swapped sun-drenched Mexico for rain-kissed Dublin – and, for the first time, talk candidly about the open relationship they enjoy, as long-term friends and lovers.

Live: Absolute Cabaret with Karen Egan and band

2006-01-26 00:00:00

Throwing her extraordinary talents for singing, stand-up and strip-tease into a deliciously surreal mix called Absolute Cabaret, the virtuoso ex-Nualas entertainer Karen Egan has created her own unique art form.

Album: Amarantine

2005-12-05 00:00:00

Amarantine is Enya’s first full-length album in five years. Fans of the ethereal chanteuse will be thrilled with it – and, in this reviewer’s opinion, it’s her finest to date.

Interview: Queen of Hearts

2005-11-24 00:00:00

Her novels have charmed millions of readers around the world, but in Ireland she remains best known as the Taoseach's daughter. As her third book is published, Cecelia Ahern talks about success, politics and how her parents' separation coloured her thoughts on love and marriage.

Frontlines: No Justice-Just Us

2005-11-15 00:00:00

Comhlámh celebrates 30 years of waging war on poverty, suffering, and injustice at home and abroad.

Live: Sinead O'Connor live at Kingston, Jamaica

2005-08-26 00:00:00

Proffering a delicious taste of her forthcoming album, Throw Down Your Arms, due for release this autumn, Sinead O’Connor thrilled punters at the Prime Minister’s 2005 Independence Gala in Jamaica with her impassioned version of Bob Marley’s ‘War’, accompanied on drum and bass by famous riddim twins, Sly and Robbie.

Frontlines: Africa in the 21st century

2005-07-22 00:00:00

The big rip-off: when will it end?

Interview: Closer To The Truth

2005-06-10 00:00:00

Damien Rice has emerged as one of the most distinctive and independent voices of recent years, achieving a remarkable level of success and artistic respect with O – the debut album that was recorded on a shoestring in his own bedroom. Famously media shy, he agreed to talk to Hot Press about the Free Aung San Suu Kyi 60th Birthday Campaign, and the beautiful tribute single ‘Unplayed Piano’, recorded with Lisa Hannigan. But, tape rolling, he talked about a whole lot more, giving the most candid and complete insight yet into the real Damien Rice.

Live: Live At The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

2005-04-01 00:00:00

The incomparable Dead Can Dance – reunited after seven years for a European tour that kicks off tonight in the Olympia – have created a sound that diverges sharply from anything else in contemporary rock/pop, drawing on ancient and sacred musics from around the world.

Album: Rhythm & Gangsta (The Masterpiece)

2004-12-14 00:00:00

There’s something too predictable about Snoop Dogg’s R & G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, his seventh studio album, to lift it beyond just about bearable background noise.

Album: Love, Angel, Music, Baby

2004-12-06 00:00:00

Each track is a distinct little hit-single, destined for the global Saturday night dancefloor. Some are too twee for my taste, pure bubble-gum, but most of these songs are much deeper and smarter than your average poppy dance tune, with lyrics that reward repeated listening, and a plethora of up-front musical references that read like an encylopaedic history of excellent pop.

Album: Spoons

2004-11-22 00:00:00

Jeff Martin's second album is not a particularly Irish sound, so it’s surprising to discover that Martin is based in Dublin, though his music is happily reminiscent of the work of David Kitt.

Album: A Treasury

2004-11-18 00:00:00

A Treasury is a compilation of songs taken from Drake’s three albums, Five Leaves Left (1969), Bryter Layter (1970) and Pink Moon (1972), along with a couple of tracks that he recorded shortly before his death. This is deep, beautiful music that rewards repeated listening.

Album: Live In Dublin

2004-11-08 00:00:00

While fans will undoubtedly love it, Kíla’s Live in Dublin is a good place for newcomers to start, too, capturing as it does the special celtic-rave crossover invented by this much-loved band.

Album: Palookaville

2004-11-17 00:00:00

There’s nothing more jarring than stasis, so it’s a pleasure to hear how Palookaville, Fatboy Slim’s latest album, diverges from its four-year-old predecessor.

Album: No Cities Left

2004-10-28 00:00:00

The Dears seem set to storm Europe with their second offering, the literary and apocalyptic No Cities Left, a cinematic symphony about the death of one world and the birth of another.

Album: Welcome To The North

2004-10-19 00:00:00

Like its forerunner, The Music’s latest is right up there: 11 brilliant rock/pop songs bursting with amazing joie de vivre and youthful exuberance.

Album: Shangri-la

2004-11-03 00:00:00

If you’re a big guitar head you’ll enjoy trainspotting this album, but if you’re an ordinary Joe who likes to keep abreast with new trends in contemporary music, forget Shangri-La – it’ll make you feel like you’re listening to a wedding band.

Album: Welcome To The North

2004-10-18 00:00:00

Like its forerunner, The Music’s latest is right up there: 11 brilliant rock/pop songs bursting with amazing joie de vivre and youthful exuberance.

Frontlines: Death of an activist

2004-10-11 00:00:00

John Seymour, who died on September 14th in Pembrokeshire, was one of the foremost figures in the self-sufficiency movement. Here his friend and fellow activist Adrienne Murphy pays her respects.

Album: Candyfloss Girl

2004-04-14 00:00:00

With Candyfloss Girl, Cork singer-songwriter John Leo Carter and friends have done a rare thing. They’ve created a touching, soothing, seamlessly flowing album that can be played again and again, providing a fresh experience every time.

Album: Quixotic

2003-06-30 00:00:00

Ultra-modern twists on the singing styles of jazz, soul and blues are Topley Bird’s trademark, but her understated ease and sultry innocence are very much her own.

Album: Loose Screw

2003-06-17 00:00:00

Chrissie Hynde’s voice is as strong and distinctive as ever, but I find the songs here bland and uninspired, musically unadventurous and run-of-the-mill.

Album: Fleshwounds

2003-06-13 00:00:00

Skin swops her former intensity for a calmer, more introspective sound that suits her themes of intimacy with self and others, the break-up of relationships and that which forms to take their place.

Album: Stellify

2003-06-10 00:00:00

With her looks and singing talent, Obernik has the qualities of a serious popstar-in-the-making, but more than that she has the ability to write excellent songs

Album: Eddie Reader Sings The Songs Of Robert Burns

2003-05-23 00:00:00

Brilliant showcase for the evolving powers of Eddie Reader

Interview: Serious fun

2003-05-12 00:00:00

This year’s Convergence Festival in the heart of Dublin promises a scintillating feast of events celebrating sustainability and cultural transformation. Adrienne Murphy takes a bite

Frontlines: Not so Nice

2002-10-15 00:00:00

Enlisting 12 new countries as member states in the EU – the enlargement issue – is not all we’re voting for in the upcoming Nice Treaty. What’s also at stake is democratic control by individual EU members over their own essential services

Commentary: Twist and pout

2002-10-15 00:00:00

Those who limit themselves to the traditional man-on-top position during sex are missing out on the fun and excitement that a little sexual experimentation can provide. For the more adventurous a little research can help you see a whole new side of your partner

Frontlines: Plane-spotting

2002-09-26 00:00:00

Unpalatable truths about the 'war against terror' - and Ireland's involvement – will be revealed during the trial of Eoin Dubsky, the young Wexford man who spraypainted a US war plane refuelling in Shannon

Album: The Elm Wood

2002-07-08 00:00:00

Like many artists with a humorous take on life, Murphy also has a deep compassion for lonely souls and sad situations

Album: Masquerade

2002-07-23 00:00:00

Wyclef uses the majority of the tracks here to highlight the heinousness of a society that encourages its youngsters, particularly its black youngsters, to adopt guns and crime as a way of life

Frontlines: Wisdom seekers

2002-09-19 00:00:00

The Ecotopia Festival in Co. Clare was the perfect riposte to the earth summit fiasco

Frontlines: Nigerian deportation

2002-09-17 00:00:00

The Department Of Justice has denied asylum to Elizabeth Onasanwo and her four children, who are due to be deported back to Nigeria, where the two girls - Bolu aged 6 and Christina aged 18 - will face female genital mutilation, a traditional practice frequently resulting in death

Frontlines: Who's reading your mail?

2002-08-09 00:00:00

One by-product of the technological revolution is an increase in state surveillance. Sweeping new EU powers invoked in the 'war against terror' may sound the death-knell for our communications privacy

Frontlines: A revolution in the senate

2002-07-15 00:00:00

The Irish Senate Elections take place on July 17. Should we care?

Album: Cookie: The Anthropological Mix Tape

2002-06-25 00:00:00

This is her fourth album, a hugely ambitious concatenation of every kind of black American music you can think of, from jazz, r 'n' b and soul to funk, go-go and hip-hop

Frontlines: Father's day

2002-06-14 00:00:00

The family courts have traditionally favoured women over men when deciding issues of child custody. Adrienne Murphy discovers that fathers are fighting back.

Interview: Be witched

2002-06-06 00:00:00

These days you're more likely to meet a witch at the frontlines of mass anti-globalisation rallies than on the mountain tops under a full moon. Renowned American witch and author Starhawk tells Adrienne Murphy why.

Frontlines: Zero tolerance for police brutality

2002-05-27 00:00:00

Adrienne Murphy reports on the aftermath of the violence which engulfed the Reclaim The Streets protest in Dublin and finds many wondering, not for the first time, 'who will guard the gardai?'.

Frontlines: Forces of reaction

2002-03-05 00:00:00

Ivana Bacik, lecturer in criminal law and a spokesperson for the Alliance for a No Vote talks to Adrienne Murphy

Frontlines: Be in the no

2002-03-04 00:00:00

If we care about the lives of Irish women, then a no vote in the march 6th abortion referendum is a must. Adrienne Murphy poses the questions and offers some answers

Interview: All system go

2001-10-11 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY talks to IARLA O’LIONAIRD about The Afro-Celt Sound System’s new live act


2001-08-30 00:00:00

During the days of protest at last month's G8 summit in Italy, police raided the Independent Media Centre in Genoa and tried to seize video footage. Journalist and documentary-maker Eamonn Crudden was among a group of twelve who travelled from Ireland to Genoa for the protests. He told ADRIENNE MURPHY about the experience.

Album: dear frustrated superstar

2001-08-02 00:00:00

Most of the songs are well crafted, hip-swaying, singalong numbers with memorable, radio-friendly choruses.

Frontlines: Taking The Fight To Star Wars

2001-07-19 00:00:00

William St Leger, A freelance graphic designer from Clonmel now living in London, locked himself to the roof of an American military base during a recent high profile Greenpeace action in England. Here is his account of the day, as told to Adrienne Murphy

Commentary: Baby in a hot thin waist

2001-07-05 00:00:00

Their friends warned them against it and the textbooks were hardly more encouraging, but when ADRIENNE MURPHY gave birth to Fiach, herself and partner Dara were not to be dissuaded from travelling en famille for three months in the "hot thin waist" of Central America. This is their remarkable story

Frontlines: Waving The Rules

2001-06-21 00:00:00

The docking of the Woman On Waves ship in Dublin has not only highlighted the plight of Irish women who have to go abroad for abortions, but attracted the attention of the world’s press. ADRIENNE MURPHY reports on the furore surrounding its arrival

Album: Performance and Cocktails

1999-03-31 00:00:00

With Performance And Cocktails, Stereophonics keep on their path of American-style indie grunge. The key is Kelly Jones' vocals, which never seem to falter despite the extraordinary volume, intensity and passion with which he sings.

Album: The Slow-Motion World of Snowpony

1999-03-03 00:00:00

Snowpony's pedigree will make indie-lovers keen to hear their debut album. Katharine Gifford, former keyboardist with Stereolab and singer in Moonshake, is Snowpony's songwriter and lead vocalist. Drummer Kevin Bass also hails from Moonshake, while the band's bassist, Debbie Googe, used to be My Bloody Valentine.

Album: 1999

1999-02-17 00:00:00

Providing track after track of top quality house, the well-named 1999 is sure-fire party music. This classy dance gem was put together by Cassius, a French duo peopled by Phillip Zdar and Hubert Boombass. Before their most recent incarnation, Zdar and Boombass worked individually and together in La Funk Mob, Motorbass and L'Homme Qui Valait Rois Millards. With 1999, they capture a fresh house sound that scintillates on the cusp of the new millennium (whatever that might mean).

Album: Shabba Ranks and Friends

1999-02-17 00:00:00

On Shabba Ranks And Friends, Shabba brings his deep ragga voice and pop/soul/hip hop treatment to a range of diverse songs, most of which were recorded six or seven years ago.

Album: Nomad Soul

1998-08-05 00:00:00

BAABA MAAL Nomad Soul (Palm Pictures)

Frontlines: Under Current Affairs

1998-08-05 00:00:00

Fed up with a bland diet of infotainment, Adrienne Murphy looked beneath the surface of news and discovered some exciting Undercurrents.

Frontlines: The Media And The Message

1998-08-05 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY reports on the sacking of scientist DR ARPAD PUSZTAI following a recent World In Action TV special on genetic engineering and talks to The Guardian’s environment editor, John Vidal, about his sometimes vexed encounters with the Monsanto group.

Album: Sex Down

1998-07-08 00:00:00

ALINK Sex Down (Sony Music)

Album: Supernatural

1998-07-08 00:00:00

DES’REE Supernatural (Sony Music)

Frontlines: When He Became She

1998-07-08 00:00:00

For one day only, ADRIENNE MURPHY’s boyfriend GAVIN HARTE decided to go where Dustin Hoffman had gone before in Tootsie, and metamorphose into a woman – with the help of the staff at a Phibsboro establishment that specialises in such radical makeovers. How did it look? What did it feel like? And – most importantly – was his corset too uncomfortable? Pix and images: MICK QUINN

Homefront: Battle Of The Sands

1998-07-08 00:00:00

Fresh from coming tops in the European Emergenza Music Festival, Dublin band BEACH talk to ADRIENNE MURPHY

Album: The Good Old Days

1999-07-07 00:00:00

Kooky is a young male crooner with a classical voice who sings maverick, cabaret style pop tunes like a contemporary Irish Frank Sinatra. His album’s title – The Good Old Days – acknowledges the throwback nature of his vocal style, which sounds like it’s from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s rather the turn of the 21st century.

Album: Amen

1999-07-07 00:00:00

On the first listen, Paddy Casey’s debut album Amen (So Be It) stands out as top quality singer/songwriter material. On the second, you hear intimations of the kind of subtle complexity which insists that you listen again. And again. And again.

Album: Warning

2000-10-12 00:00:00

I don't know whether the labyrinthine beauty and complexity of contemporary dance music has trained my ear into high expectations, but nowadays rock, pop and punk has to be top class for me to find it remotely interesting. And I'm afraid this latest offering from Green Day – their first album in three years – just doesn't cut the mustard.

Album: Nature Creates Freaks

1999-08-18 00:00:00

Nature Creates Freaks is full of frenzied angst, with gut-wrenching vocals and the kind of thrash guitar that make you fear for the band's body parts. Cay look to the Sonic Youth-led tradition of American, and particularly New York, underground rock, so it's a suprise to discover that they're actually British.

Album: Covers And Others

1999-08-18 00:00:00

Covers and Others showcases the work of eight up-and-coming Northern Ireland bands. The general genre is straight-up rock, with many of the featured bands comprising guitar, vocals, bass and drums.

Album: Open All Night

1999-05-12 00:00:00

Draped in lush decadence and tragic dissolution, the devilishly handsome Marc Almond's latest is Baudelairean in its literary scope and sensibilities. Satin, silk, kisses that are cruel - the fear of being hurt - erotic, neurotic, obsessive love - these are the themes that suffuse Open All Night.

Interview: Ice Work If You Can Get It

1998-06-24 00:00:00

Adrienne Murphy meets Kevin Murphy of Cork cool cats, igloo.

Interview: The Great Escape

1998-06-10 00:00:00

Critically-acclaimed novelist LISA ST AUBIN DE TERAN's latest book, The Hacienda, is a gripping autobiographical account of how she and her daughter escaped from a tyrannical, insane husband in deepest Venezuela. Interview: ADRIENNE MURPHY. Pic: Cathal Dawson

Interview: Three Of A Different Kind

1998-06-10 00:00:00

England, Scotland and Los Angeles meet up in transister, a welcoming home for noisy pop. Interview: Adrienne Murphy.

Frontlines: The Snowball Effect

1998-06-24 00:00:00

The first arrests have taken place in Britain as a result of a new form of direct action against genetically engineered plants. ADRIENNE MURPHY, herself an active opponent of GE, reports.

Frontlines: On Top Of The Crops

1998-06-10 00:00:00

Eco-activists were barely noticeable, but local people and concerned visitors took up the fight against the MONSANTO GE sugar beet trials at a dramatic day of action in Co Wexford last Sunday. ADRIENNE MURPHY was in the thick of it.

Frontlines: Slaves to THe rhythm

1998-06-10 00:00:00

The famed KODO drummers from Japan offer one of the most remarkable musical experiences on planet earth right now. ADRIENNE MURPHY caught them in action in Zürich.

Album: Heavy High

1999-05-12 00:00:00

Liz Horsman - a lady with a powerful name. And judging by Heavy High, the Ipswich-born singer's debut album, she's also a lady with a powerful talent.

Album: The Unauthorised Biography of Reinhold Messner

1999-06-09 00:00:00

This is the kind of music I'd like to be able to enjoy but simply can't. Independently, the various components - the piano, the string arrangements, the guitar choruses, the odd bits of futuristic sampling, even the slightly whiny vocals - are interesting in a Tindersticks, experimental kind of way.

Album: Classified Personal

1999-05-26 00:00:00

The four Of Us are back, and reflecting a new kind of maturity. Classified Personal is notable for its laidback mellowness. If you were feeling overworked, hungover or otherwise emotionally stressed, the fourteen tracks here could provide a soothing balm for your frazzled soul.

Album: Live At The Royal Festival Hall

1999-06-09 00:00:00

This special mid-price EP features four long tracks recorded at Baaba Maal's roof-raising gig last year in London's Royal Festival Hall.

Album: Mona Lisa Overdrive

1999-04-28 00:00:00

That's me sold on Trashmonk. Mona Lisa Overdrive contains some of the most unusual, atmospheric, surprising and mystical songs that I've heard in ages.

Album: Mona Lisa Overdrive

1999-04-28 00:00:00

That's me sold on Trashmonk. Mona Lisa Overdrive contains some of the most unusual, atmospheric, surprising and mystical songs that I've heard in ages.

Interview: THE Saint GOes MARCHING ON

1998-05-27 00:00:00

After a long hiatus in the studio, London-based psychedelists saint etienne are back with an acclaimed new album, Good Humour. adrienne murphy finds out what they've been doing in their spare time.


1998-05-13 00:00:00

In anticipation of the Guinness-sponsored SOUTHERN SOUL AND DISCO FESTIVAL '98, which takes place in Cork over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, ADRIENNE MURPHY shares a chinwag with MIKE G of New York rap luminaries THE JUNGLE BROTHERS, and gets the lowdown from the highly-touted AOIFE Nic CANNA on what it's like being a female in the testosterone-dominated world of DJing.

Interview: Ewe Really Got Me!

1998-04-15 00:00:00

Reformed baa-aaa-aad boys pet lamb are back with a new album that's going to make Roadrunner sorry they ever dropped them. Getting the wool pulled over her eyes: Adrienne Murphy.


1998-04-15 00:00:00

After Enya and Sinéad, the world looks like it's ready for Emer Kenny. Interview: adrienne murphy.

Interview: First Degree Murder

1998-04-29 00:00:00

With his new book, How To Murder A Man, novelist CARLO GÉBLER has written a compelling account of the hatred and animosity that fuelled Ireland's land war of the 19th century. Here, he discusses the ideas behind his work and the motives that drive him, with ADRIENNE MURPHY. Pics: Colm Henry

Frontlines: Genetic Engineering - The War Goes On

1998-05-13 00:00:00

In Scotland, environmentalists are sabotaging genetically modified crops; in Ireland, activists are calling for a major day of action on the same front. As the battle-lines in the genetech war become ever more defined, ADRIENNE MURPHY hears the views of both sides.

Frontlines: Genetic Engineering - The War Goes On

1998-05-13 00:00:00

In Scotland, environmentalists are sabotaging genetically modified crops; in Ireland, activists are calling for a major day of action on the same front. As the battle-lines in the genetech war become ever more defined, ADRIENNE MURPHY hears the views of both sides.


1998-05-27 00:00:00

Adrienne Murphy reports on the fascinating results of a survey of gay life in Northern Ireland.

Frontlines: Eco-protester walks free!

1998-04-15 00:00:00

Éanna Dowling admitted to causing #1,400 worth of damage to Smurfit Institute of Genetics - but the courts took a lenient view. Report: Adrienne Murphy

Album: Joki

2000-03-02 00:00:00

First introduced to the English-speaking world through Peter Gabriel and Sting in the late 1980s, Youssou N'Dour achieved truly global fame in the mid-'90s with his hit single '7 Seconds'. Joko is his third album.

Interview: BIG IN JAPAN

1998-02-04 00:00:00

The tremors generated in the far east by mary dunne s Coolatee are now being felt in Ireland. Adrienne murphy reports.

Homefront: Song Not Dance Men

1999-05-26 00:00:00

Leaving Electro behind, NEON go in search of a more classic sound. Interview: Adrienne Murphy.

Frontlines: read ALL ABOUT IT!

1997-10-29 00:00:00

Womanist and feminist are not words that frighten her, but for Michelle Read, the idea of post-feminism is bollocks . Interview: Adrienne Murphy.

Interview: the swedest feeling

1997-12-10 00:00:00

Bjvrn to be Benny, Paul Wonderful of ABBAesque, interviewed by Adrienne Murphy.

Interview: level best

1997-09-17 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY visits crusty heroes THE LEVELLERS at their uniquely co-operative nerve centre and headquarters, The Metway in Brighton.

Interview: Dance 'N' Romance

1999-02-17 00:00:00

englebert humperdinck s legendary career stretches over the past 30 years. Now, however, it s reinvention ahoy! as he releases . . . a dance album. adrienne murphy meets The King Of Romance and is told she has a beautiful handshake .

Interview: Que Sarah, Sarah

1999-04-28 00:00:00

Adrienne Murphy talks to burgeoning Limerick singer/songwriter, Sarah Lynch.

Interview: Soul Survivors

1999-04-28 00:00:00

Donal Convery, lead vocalist of Co. Derry band Asterix talks to ADRIENNE MURPHY about the link between pain and creativity, and why he hopes to give up his day job.

Interview: Funk Art Let s Dance! Let s Dance! Let s Dance!

1997-10-29 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY gets into a groove with TABULARASA

Frontlines: FOOLS RUSH IN

1998-04-01 00:00:00

The first ever festival of amadans was launched in Dublin on April 1st. adrienne murphy reports from the Festivities.


1998-04-01 00:00:00

Shed Seven, once the forgotten men of Britpop, have been catapulted back into the spotlight with the success of their barking mad single She Left Me On Friday . Interview: Adrienne Murphy.


1998-03-04 00:00:00

And our wombs. Under the cloak of so-called free trade agreements, and using genetic engineering as a weapon, a small number of corporations are not only seeking to control and exploit the global market they have also begun to establish a patent on life itself. Report: Adrienne Murphy

Frontlines: Between The Sheaths

1998-03-18 00:00:00

When it comes to selecting a condom for that steamy sexual encounter, the revolutionary Avanti leaves Mr Fred Brewster s Geronimo in the ha penny place. Report: adrienne murphy.


1998-03-18 00:00:00

It took 277 attempts at cloning to create dolly the genetically engineered sheep that took the world by storm during 1997. Here adrienne murphy attempts to explain just what the hell is going on in the bizarre world of biotechnology, with a little help from dr. ian wilmut the man who made Dolly what she is today (out of another sheep s breast).

Frontlines: OUT AND ABOUT

1998-02-04 00:00:00

With the new Outhouse Centre as its nucleus, South William Street looks set to become the cultural and economic hub of Dublin s gay scene. adrienne murphy reports.

Frontlines: The Drug Policies Don't Work

1998-02-04 00:00:00

While high-profile successes have been scored by the authorities in the so-called war on drugs, the problems associated with heroin addiction in Dublin are worse than ever. Report: Adrienne Murphy.

Commentary: Choosers or Losers?

2000-10-12 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY meets the author of an insightful report on drugs in Dublin

Main Event: Staring at The Fun

1999-09-01 00:00:00

The Eclipse Music Festival in Waterville didn t exactly go according to plan but, as ADRIENNE MURPHY reports, out of the chaos came a day and night to remember.

Frontlines: The Cutting Edge

1997-01-08 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY lived with the ecological vigil-keepers in the Glen O The Downs for two weeks leading up to the dreaded day when the chainsaws finally arrived. This is her report from the frontline of Ireland s latest environmental battle. Pix: Colm Henry

Interview: Peace, Love And Understanding

1999-09-01 00:00:00

JOAN ARMATRADING has been making impassioned, poetic music for two decades. She is also a political activist, having recently attended the 1999 Vienna Peace Summit. Adrienne Murphy met her.

Interview: Peace, Love And Understanding

1999-09-01 00:00:00

JOAN ARMATRADING has been making impassioned, poetic music for two decades. She is also a political activist, having recently attended the 1999 Vienna Peace Summit. Adrienne Murphy met her.


1997-10-29 00:00:00

The global economic system is out of control and leading humanity on a road to environmental self-destruction. So says visionary economist RICHARD DOUTHWAITE, who argues that Ireland, for all its problems, is well placed to give birth to a new kind of culture that would ultimately safeguard the future of the planet and its inhabitants. Interview: ADRIENNE MURPHY

Main Event: The Whole Of The Moon

1999-08-18 00:00:00

Adrienne Murphy previews Ireland s only Eclipse Music Festival, which will be held in Waterville, Co. Kerry.

Frontlines: Selling Ireland By The Pound

1997-10-01 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY reports on the planning controversy surrounding GLENDING WOOD in Co. Wicklow and its potentially catastrophic implications for the area?s rich archaeological heritage.

Interview: The Logue Ranger

1999-07-21 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY meets young Irish novelist ANTONIA LOGUE, who talks about the challenges of writing fiction about real people.

Frontlines: Against the Tide?

1999-07-07 00:00:00

Author and environmentalist JUDITH HOAD has stood fast against the modern gods of progress and profit. But, as concerns about GM technology grow, it becomes ever-more important that voices like hers are heard. By ADRIENNE MURPHY. Pic: Cathal Dawson

Interview: Soap Stars In Singing Swing Shocka!

1999-05-26 00:00:00

Fair City s REBECCA SMITH tells ADRIENNE MURPHY about her foray into the music world with Glenroe counterpart JIMMY O BYRNE

Commentary: Going For the One

1999-05-26 00:00:00

In the last issue of Hot Press, Olaf Tyaransen shared his confessions of a single Irish male. This time around, Adrienne Murphy offers one woman s perspective on love, sex and the pursuit of happiness.

Frontlines: The Needle and the Damage Done

1999-05-26 00:00:00

The Junk yard: Voices From An Irish Prison is the title of a powerful new collection of writings by inmates of Mountjoy Prison. ADRIENNE MURPHY hears how the pen has replaced the spike for one former inmate, PENNER, and also talks to the anthology s editor, MARSHA HUNT.

Homefront: Elvis Is Dead, Long Live The King!

1999-02-03 00:00:00

adrienne murphy catches up with Belfast Elvis impersonator THE KING, who includes versions of Come As You Are and No Woman No Cry in his repertoire.

Frontlines: Midwife Crisis

1999-02-17 00:00:00

Many inadequacies and injustices are coming to light in the practice of birth in Ireland. In the first of a two-part investigation, Adrienne Murphy explores the issues surrounding human reproduction, and the growing desire among women for the right to have natural births. Pix: CAthal dawsoN.

Interview: Mining For Gold

1999-03-03 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY speaks to teenage hopefuls COUNTERMINE about gigging, their soon-to-come debut album, and the benefits of living in Wiltshire.

Frontlines: Hope In the Midst Of Horror

1999-04-28 00:00:00

Adrienne Murphy raves about a must-have charity album featuring premier artists doing what they can for the persecuted people of East Timor.

Frontlines: Going Against the Grain

1999-04-28 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY, Hot Press writer and environmentalist was among seven people charged with sabotaging a Monsanto-owned GM sugar beet crop in Wexford last June. From the field to the courtroom, from taking a stand to taking the stand, this is her personal account of a tumultuous ten months. Pix: Cathal Dawson.

Interview: Modern day troubadour

2000-02-17 00:00:00

Adrienne Murphy speaks to Damien Dempsey about his debut album, politics, Bob Marley and having Christy Moore hanging on the telephone

Interview: with Rings on Their Fingers and Bells on Their Toes . . .

1997-03-19 00:00:00

not to mention a thousand and one instruments to flesh out their exhilarating new wave trad. kMla take to the road, with puns, poetry and party atmosphere to spare. Adrienne Murphy accompanies the merry pranksters.


1997-04-02 00:00:00

Here s one we put in the cooker . . . The Wormholes explain their experimental hardcore to adrienne murphy.

Interview: The Secret s Out

1997-04-16 00:00:00

Putting music s hidden knowledge into words , ARKARNA have hit upon a new dance alchemy. Interview: Adrienne Murphy.

Interview: On The Marc

1997-01-08 00:00:00

Torch-song troubadour marc almond had his greatest commercial success during his days with Soft Cell, but it s as a solo artist that he s really reached his creative pinnacle. Interview: adrienne murphy

Interview: Cortes The Killer

1997-03-05 00:00:00

Spanish heart-throb joaquin cortes brings a heady blend of exoticism and passion to the stages of the world. Adrienne murphy meets the flamenco

Interview: Horse of a Different Colour

2000-03-02 00:00:00

Katharine Gifford of SNOWPONY talks to Adrienne Murphy about the band s debut album, their impeccable pedigree and her favourite themes of sex and death.

Interview: The Lion Kings

2000-03-02 00:00:00

Adrienne Murphy speaks to ASLAN, in the midst of recording their live album. Under discussion: the dangers of chasing fame, and the importance of self-belief.

Interview: Le Roc Star

1999-03-03 00:00:00

Kele Le Roc is poised for major pop success. Adrienne Murphy met her at Childline 99, and talked to her about the music buisness, finding her own voice and, er, the Kids from Fame. Pics: Cathal Dawson

Interview: Red Alert

1999-03-03 00:00:00

Interview: Swan Songs

1999-03-03 00:00:00

Brendan Wade and Paul Bell have both enjoyed long and varied musical careers. Now as THE SWANS they speak to ADRIENNE MURPHY about their soon-to-be-released new album.

Interview: DIVE! DIVE! DIVE!

1997-07-09 00:00:00

Dublin-based ambient experimentalists skindive are making waves on the local alternative scene. adrienne murphy investigates.

Frontlines: Living On A Prayer

1999-03-31 00:00:00

ADRIENNE MURPHY returns to the Glen of the Downs to hear PRAYING FOR THE RAIN rally the environmentalists.

Frontlines: The Forceps and The Damage Done

2000-03-02 00:00:00

In the second part of her investigation into the issues surrounding childbirth in Ireland, ADRIENNE MURPHY speaks to Jo Murphy-Lawless, author of a compelling book on obstetrics.

Frontlines: Environmentalists Go To Court

1999-03-03 00:00:00

The ongoing battle between environmental campaigners and biotechnology giant Monsanto escalated further last week with the start of court proceedings against seven environmentalists.

Frontlines: Who Are The Real Eco-Terrorists?

1999-03-03 00:00:00

The furore over the effects of GM food continues to grow, amid calls for a moratorium. By Adrienne Murphy

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