Off The Recordby Mike Farragher
- Concern Worldwide launches charity CD “Together for Christmas”
- Cormac De Barra reinvents the harp as a rock and roll instrument
- Singer Jake Bugg’s new album brings us to paradise by way of Memphis
- Pierce Turner returns to US for New York, Philadelphia concerts
- The Celtic Tenors Christmas CD lends an Irish vibe to the sounds of the season
Amazing the things you find on Facebook. I saw my friend, the jazz chanteuse Tara O’Grady, was raving about the Henry Girls in one of her posts.
I dug a little further and came up with my new favorite band! Their most recent album, December Moon, is a rewarding trail through the Appalachian Trail by way of Donegal.
Let's turn back the clock — May 1, 1988 in Galway to be exact. A young band called the Saw Doctors was playing at the Late Late Breakfast Show in the Warwick Hotel, a fundraising event for the Galway Arts Festival.
Eleven miles away in the seaside village of Spiddal, the Waterboys were creating their new record Fisherman’s Blues. Waterboy Anthony “Anto” Thistlethwaite arrived at the Warwick with his sax and got up and started blowing along with the band.
With seven words uttered during a hastily arranged conference call from the corporate office, your life has detoured into the dark neighborhoods of one of your worst nightmares.
I’m afraid your position has been eliminated.
After their sold out March 2013 tour of the U.S. and after touring for 25 years, the ever popular Irish rock band the Saw Doctors decided to take a year-long sabbatical.
However, knowing that rust never sleeps, two band members and friends, Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite, have decided to team up and put together an acoustic show to take on the road.
This will all be staged to raise awareness for bone marrow registries. The Love Hope Strength Organization will be on hand to collect cheek swabs from attendees that will in turn produce DNA samples that will be logged into a bone marrow registry. So, get cheeky with us at the Blackthorn (651 N Michigan Avenue; 908-687-3311.)
The Origin Theatre Company’s annual 1st Irish Theater Festival has become a staple in Irish American culture as it runs the full month of September. This year the festival is bringing a musical component to the performances and presents the first annual 1st Irish Music night.
Taking place on September 20 at Arlene’s Grocery (95 Stanton Street), the show will include some familiar faces as well as fresh voices on the scene who will get the recognition they deserve.
Since catching Morrissey live over the last few months has been tough, given his many cancelled shows and illnesses, you might have to settle for "The Moz" on the big screen.
Eagle Rock Entertainment's legacy concert film, Morrissey 25: Live From Hollywood High, the first authorized film about the legendary musician in nine years, will open in cinemas across the U.S. this month.
Filmed live during Morrissey's most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on March 2 of this year, the film celebrates 25 years of the solo career of one of the world's most iconic and enigmatic performers.
Everlast has shed more skins over the years than a rattlesnake and now he has done it again with The Life Acoustic.
He began his career as lead rapper for the House of Pain, the Irish American rap group that produced "Jump Around."
Fair play to Foy Vance, who impressed the tastemakers on iTunes enough to make his swooping single, " Closed Hand, Full of Friends" the "free tune of the week."
Vance was born in the Northern Ireland town of Bangor before settling in Oklahoma. He was raised on southern fried sounds that he heard when he traveled with his dad in the deep south and it shapes Joy of Nothing, his excellent new disc.
I’m sitting in a hotel room on vacation and the kids are glued to the MTV Music Awards. As I watch one untalented processed pop star after another strut across the stage (did the crowd really lose their minds when a lame band like NSYNC reunites?), I cant help but raise a defiant fist to the heavens and complain to my Maker that a great band like Stand never made it big.
This Dublin rock outfit moved to America (not far from the same Barclays Center hosting MTV’s event) with an eye on one prize -- world domination.