Thirty-nine years ago today, The Smiths fetched up in Cork for the first time and played a storming, head-bending set at the old Savoy complex on Patrick Street. The band’s history with the city, and the impact of that show, are covered in detail elsewhere on this site. So its especially disconcerting that this weekend... Continue Reading →
KENNY LEE: THE KING OF CLUBS
Anyone who claims to have come of age in Cork during the 1980s and 1990s will have at least one story about Kenny Lee, the businessman, promoter and impresario whose death at the age of 84 was announced earlier this week.
BRENDAN BOWYER: 1938 – 2020.
Brendan Bowyer, who has died in Las Vegas at the age of eighty-one, was Ireland’s first pop music superstar and is easily one of the most influential figures in the entire history of Irish entertainment. As lead singer with The Royal Showband, and subsequently The Big 8, the Waterford-born singer and musician was a formidable... Continue Reading →
LINGER ON, LOU …
David Heffernan is a good friend and a regular confidante. I’ve written about our relationship in a previous post, and that’s available here. A one-time RTÉ presenter on radio and television, he’s also made some of the best and most celebrated music television in the country’s history. As one of the founding partners at Frontier Films, he’s... Continue Reading →