I got to chat to the great Richmond, Virginia musician Matthew E. White before his show at the Roisin Dubh. He was pretty jetlagged after travelling from Australia and his giant beard seemed to swallow up my mic a bit. But he was gracious and intelligent and we chatted about his record label and recording studio Spacebomb Records, his writing process with the band and his live show. You can listne to the interview as part of Feed Me Weird Things and there’s a new song from Matt and Natalie Prass opening the show. Thanks to Gugai for setting it up.
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The Frames Colm Mac Con Iomare is an incredible fiddle player, and an amazing all round musician. He has just released his second solo album ‘And Now The Weather (Agus Anois An Aimsir)’. I spoke to him about the album, his methods of composing, his live show and The Frames 25th anniversary.
The always provocative and wonderful Jinx Lennon plays in Monroes in Galway on April 12th. I spoke to him ahead of the gig. An exclusive new track is included at the end.
I spoke to Silas House as part of NUIG’s Arts In Action about Jean Ritchie, the ‘mother of folk’, her legacy, connections to Ireland and her influences on Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.
I interviewed the great Scottish traditional and folk singer Alasdair Roberts.
Professor Mick Moloney is an acclaimed musician, folklorist, musicologist, teacher, arts presenter and advocate. As part of the Arts in Action series in NUIG and in association with The Moore Institute, he gave a fascinating lecture on story of the evolution of Old Time American, Country and Bluegrass Music and tap dance. I spoke to Mick about what a musicologist does, his love of music and teaching, his awards and future projects.
I was lucky enough to interview the erudite, entertaining and excellent Scroobius Pip ahead of his Speech Development tour landing in Galway on November 22nd in Roisin Dubh. You can listen to it on Feed Me Weird Things.
The Driftwood Manor are a very fine psychedelic folk band from Athlone. I spoke to them in studio and they played 3 tunes.
Brian Kelly from So Cow had a chat with me in studio and played a few tunes.