John Spillane & Pauline Scanlon at Cork Folk Festival

Every few years I'm reminded of John Spillane's great music, from The Dunnes Stores Girl to The Ferry Arms to The Songs We Learned In School. The continued output is a testament to his work ethic. This week, after 37 years of performing at The Cork Folk Festival, John headlined the festival with a concert alongside singer Pauline Scanlon. The gig was streamed and recorded by TG4 and features songs from their upcoming new album 100 Snow White Horses.

Hot Irish Music

Lauren Murphy and  Power compiled a list in The Irish Times of The 50 Best Irish Music Acts Right Now. As with the nature of lists like this, there are a few notably exceptions and even more notable hangers on, but nonetheless, this list is exceptional and really showcases the best that Irish music has to offer! Check out the Spotify playlist based on the list below.

Bog Bodies Soundtrack

Ahead of its release on May 27, a fantasticly eerie and atmospheric soundtrack for Bog Bodies was released. Bog Bodies by Declan Shalvey and Gavin Fullerton is a gangland crime thriller graphic novel set in Dublin and the excellent score is composer by Eric Kelleher.

Lisa Hannigan Courage 2020

Last night, Lisa Hannigan played a concert in the National Gallery of Ireland as part of the Other Voices Courage 2020 streaming concert series. She was supported, at a social distance, by Loah and Kevin Murphy, and it was all kinds of beautiful. I think the concert will only be available online until tomrrow morning, so feed your soul while you can!

Infinite Monkey Piano

The Pudding are running a live experiment to generate the opening bars of songs by brute force on piano, in an exploration of the infinite monkey theorem. The experiment has been running for 17 days and has currently cracked 18 songs including Still Dre and Für Elise. It is currently trying to crack Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.


My amazing wife Jenn Kirby just released a new avant-pop EP called POPPED to fund materials for the 3D printing of PPE parts she is doing as part of the network of volunteer 3D printers. The EP is available to purchase as a digital download here.


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