Category: Ireland

  • Lisa Hannigan: Pistachio

    Lisa Hannigan: Pistachio

    Lisa Hannigan is an Irish indie folk singer and songwriter who started her musical career in 2002 as the musical partner of Damien Rice. But since going solo in 2007, she has grown into a very original and successful independent artist. Released on her own…

  • Steve Cooney: O’Farrell’s Welcome to Limerick

    Steve Cooney: O’Farrell’s Welcome to Limerick

    Steve Cooney is an Australian guitar player, arranger, composer and poet who has been a towering influence on the contemporary Irish music scene ever since moving to Ireland from his native Melbourne in 1981. A rock and blues musician originally, Steve Cooney first joined seminal…

  • Sam Jackson: The Gramophone

    Sam Jackson: The Gramophone

    Sam Jackson is a Dublin based pianist, but when I heard “The Gramophone” for the first time on the radio, I mistook it for what could have been a track from an early recording from the Esbjörn Svensson Trio.  Sam Jackson’s music is of the same calibre.…

  • Gerry Diver: Music for tape loop

    Gerry Diver: Music for tape loop

    Multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver based the Speech Project on several interviews of Irish musicians and singers such as Shane MacGowan, Christy Moore, Damian Dempsey, Martin Hayes and Danny Meehan. It also features archival recordings of Galway accordion player Joe Cooley. The various musical pitches of the musicians’…

  • About Spellbinding Music

    About Spellbinding Music

    Why is it that a particular piece of music, a tune or a song will move us in such a way that it will stop us in our tracks, send shivers up our spine or give us goose bumps?  Spiritual or secular musical traditions such…