The 1988 Irish film ‘The Courier’, written and directed by Frank Deasy and shot on location in Dublin, hasn’t aged at all well. But that being said it still is an interesting, independently made piece of work that’s worthy of your consideration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJO6-oaPEsY There were a few of them, back in the dark ages, that you’d think twice about looking crooked at. Declan Jones from Blue In Heaven, all seven foot odd of him in his leather keks and his Chelsea boots, was one. Half of Whipping Boy, a couple of The Gorehounds, Dave Lavelle from The... Continue Reading →
The death was announced earlier today, after an illness, of the Belfast-born musician, arranger and producer, Pat ‘Fitzy’ Fitzpatrick who, although he never enjoyed a profile as a solo performer in his own right, was a highly-regarded musician and a much-loved figure on the Irish music scene since the late 1970s. Having studied at the Royal College... Continue Reading →
Hinterland [noun]: The back of beyond, the middle of nowhere, the backwoods, the wilds, the bush, remote areas, a backwater. If nothing else, they certainly choose the name well. Twenty-six years after the release of their excellent album, ‘Kissing The Roof Of Heaven’, you’ll struggle to find Hinterland mentioned in even the grass verges of contemporary Irish music... Continue Reading →
I worked for a couple of years with my friend, Jeff Brennan, in The Rock Garden, the live music venue and sometime restaurant that opened in Crown Alley, in Temple Bar, Dublin, almost 25 years ago. It was the late Aiden Lambert, Blink’s manager, who brokered that job for me and I’ve written about our... Continue Reading →