- 25 Oct 19
Crossing five decades of classic records, a selection of Ireland’s most exciting young artists discuss their favourite albums since the dawn of Hot Press.
Hands down, touch the ground: my favourite album has to be The Band Of An Garda Síochána, which is headed up by Inspector Tommy Boyle. Even though we have a bit of history with the Gardaí, this album stands the test of time.
My personal favourite song is ‘The Belfast Hornpipe’ – it’s so beautiful and it acknowledges the north of Ireland. A sign of a great album is when you can listen to it at any time and it lifts you up. When I’m in in an existential crisis, I stick ‘Whistling Rufus’ on and it gives me a willy flutter, which is always great.
I was introduced to the album by a friend of mine, who, funnily enough, was arrested by the Gardaí in the same year the album was made – which brings it all full circle. It’s a great traditional Irish album, well produced and excellently executed by fantastic Garda musicians. Highly recommended!