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Letting the chat out of the bag!
It’s Christmas – which means it’s time for the yuletide institution that is the Hot Press Summit. Donning novelty Santa hats and wrapping themselves in tinsel, this year’s round tablers got stuck into the financial crisis, listed their 2010 highlights, musical and otherwise, and shared stories about being thrown in jail on the US-Mexico border, performing to lots of drugged up French teenagers and hanging out backstage with heavy metal gods.
Stuart Clark, 13 Dec 2010
Never mind the International Monetary Fund – now there’s an album title! – if anything’s going to bring our beleagured nation back from the brink it’s the HP-8 Christmas Summit, an elite cabal of Irish rock ‘n’ rollers who are gathered in Dublin’s Central Hotel to pick over the tumultuous year that was 2010 and outline their own blueprint for economic recovery.
Sitting round the table and downing hot whiskeys like there’s no tomorrow – which of course there mightn’t be if financial Armageddon strikes – are:
MayKay – the flu-gripped Fight Like Apes singer who started the day guest presenting Phantom 105.2’s Pure Morning, and will finish it performing a selection of tunes from her band’s fab The Body Of Christ And The Legs Of Tina Turner album on Newstalk’s Green Room arts show.
Andrew Strong – having spent the past 15 years being a household name in Scandinavia, the soul man is back home and preparing for next March’s The Stars From The Commitments reunion tour.
Jinx Lennon – Dundalk’s very own manic street preacher whose new National Cancer Strategy album should be Guantanamo Bay-style force played to every traitorous politician and banker until they realise the error of their ways.
Conor J. O’Brien – on speakerphone from Antwerp where Villagers last night gave their Mercury-nominated Becoming A Jackal album another live airing as part of the Crossing Border festival.
Maud Reardon – recently returned from exile in New York and hoping to put a serious dent in the charts with ‘Push Me Under’, the debut single from her Maud In Cahoots outfit who won this year’s Guinness Our Thursdays competition.
Jeremy Hickey – the Artist Also Known As R.S.A.G. comprehensively nailed it with June’s Be It Right Or Be It Wrong, and is currently building his own studio in Thomastown where the even more sonically adventurous follow-up will be assembled.
Conor Adams – main songwriter with the Cast Of Cheers, the Dublin post-rockers who began the year as virtual unknowns and, courtesy of their incendiary Chariots debut, go into 2011 as the Irish indie band most likely to…