The BBC have produced a documentary on Irish rock bank Thin Lizzy. It’s called Legends: Thin Lizzy: Bad Reputation It’s a respectful but honest portrait of Thin Lizzy – who are described in the show as arguably the best hard rock band to come out of Ireland. For video link
Irish music has always been attracted to folk heroes and there aren’t many folk heroes more inspiring than Nelson Mandela. He has certainly inspired Irish musician John Hughes. Hughes was managing the Irish group The Corrs when they played at the South Africa Freedom Day concert in London in 2001.
It was so sad to hear of the death of Irish guitarist Gary Moore at the age of just 58. Gary was a supremely gifted guitarist who set himself the very highest standards. He was born in Northern Ireland but moved to Dublin when he was only 16 and quickly became a major figure in… Continue reading Gary Moore – An Irish music legend
It’s good to see The Dubliners are still touring regularly and packing large theatres wherever they go. They played several gigs every month of last year, mainly in venues all over Europe. Now they’re getting ready for a tour of the UK. They start at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on February 18th and… Continue reading What The Dubliners really drank back stage…
The story behind the writing of a song can often be as interesting as the song itself. Raglan Road is a good example. It was written, of course, by Patrick Kavanagh, and given the lofty themes and the subtlety of the emotions it conveys, it would be natural to assume that it was born out… Continue reading How Raglan Road came to be written