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Festival Interceltique 2014

Sometimes we need reminding that – whatever our origins – we are not just Irish but Celts too, one of the indigenous peoples of north-western Europe. From a report by … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 11 Comments

Germany’s Ultra Left – Getting It Wrong Again

An update for you on the controversy surrounding the banning of the bilingual Scottish punk band Oi Polloi from a music festival in eastern Germany organised by a Left-Wing socio-cultural … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · 5 Comments

Celtic Europe, Battling Bigotry From Left And Right

There is an influential theory held by an extremist minority on the Far Left of European politics which opposes a plurality of languages and cultures in Europe because it impedes … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 27 Comments

German Music Festival Bans Gaelic-Punk Group?

Some surprising news from Scotland’s well-known anarcho-punk band Oi Polloi, a bilingual group who produce songs with both English and Scottish Gaelic lyrics. They have issued a statement on their … Continue reading

February 1, 2014 · 5 Comments

Raven, Swordmistress Of Chaos, Chris Achilléos

Chris Achilléos is a Cypriot-born British artist who came to prominence in the 1970s and ‘80s with illustrations for a large number of books and magazines in the Fantasy and … Continue reading

October 23, 2013

Tower Of Strength, The Mission

One of my favourite songs from the early 1990s is The Mission’s “Tower of Strength”, a drum and guitar heavy rock anthem from the British band that showed off Wayne … Continue reading

September 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Lashún Gatna “Beautiful Child”

Lashún Gatna or “Beautiful Child”, a song in the traditional Irish Traveller style written and sung by Jack Delaney. The dialect is An tSeiltis or Shelta, a hybrid mix of the … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

June Summer Solstice Session At Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

Another quick post, this time on behalf of the Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre which is holding a Summer Solstice Session in June from Friday 21st to Sunday the 23rd as part of … Continue reading

June 11, 2013

Some Quick Posts

First up a review in the Irish Times of the new TG4/BBC co-production, the comedy-drama “Scúp”, penned by Irish author and screenwriter Colin Bateman (the man behind the mid-2000s BBC … Continue reading

March 7, 2013

Ceol Ar An Imeall

Ceol ar an Imeall, TG4’s indie music show, is back tonight at 23.00 on TG4. Lots of Irish bands performing live in studio plus interviews with a host of international … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

Two Tech Stories For Gaeilgeoirí

Two tech stories for the Irish-speaking community via the Silicon Republic. The first highlights the addition of the TG4 player to the line-up of on-demand television services provided by the … Continue reading

December 3, 2012

Gráinne Holland – Teanga na nGael

In a shameless rip-off of the Cedar Lounge Revolution here is my own “Something For The Weekend“. Belfast’s Gráinne Holland is one of Ireland’s most talented new musical artists. Her … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Imram 2012, Leonard Cohen And More

Today’s Irish Times has a lengthy examination by Úna Mullally of the Irish arts scene that is well worth reading: “Imram, the Irish-Language Literature Festival takes place from October 11th … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 2 Comments


Scottish blogger Tocasaid has an excellent article on Scotland’s punk rock scene and the group Dùisg (“Rise, awake”): “Compared to the Basque Country or even our Celtic cousins in Cymru, Scotland has … Continue reading

August 13, 2012

So What’cha What’cha What Ya Want

Genuinely saddened to hear of the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch, certainly one of the voices of my generation. From the Guardian: “Rapper Adam Yauch, a third of the trailblazing hip-hop act the Beastie Boys, has died … Continue reading

May 5, 2012

Oireachtas na Samhna

The Irish Times carries a very personal report celebrating the weekend’s Oireachtas na Samhna, the annual Irish language and culture festival, this year held in Cill Airne: “IT IS the time of Samhain and … Continue reading

November 6, 2011

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru – Oireachtas Náisiúnta na Breataine Bige

The people of Wales have been marking the celebration of their native language and culture in this year’s Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru or the National Eisteddfod of Wales. For the last week festivities focusing on literature, … Continue reading

August 7, 2011

Big Audio Dynamite

Since I’m watching ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ on TG4 here is some Big Audio Dynamite with ‘Medicine Show’! :-)

June 17, 2011

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