David Bowie statue in Aylesbury

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 in latest | one comment

It was wonderful to see the indefatigable David Stopps being interviewed on BBC News today publicising his campaign for a statue of David Bowie under the arches in Aylesbury Market Square. The BBC were in Aylesbury today interviewing sculptor Andrew Sinclair and Friars promoter David Stopps for a piece on the Bowie statue developments. Watch […]

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So long, Marianne

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 in latest | Comments Off on So long, Marianne

Leonard Cohen penned a poignant final letter to his dying muse Marianne Ihlen, a longtime friend of hers revealed on Canadian radio. Ihlen, whom Cohen wrote about in So Long, Marianne and Bird on a Wire, died in Norway on 28 July, aged 81. Cohen met her as a 23 year old on the Greek […]

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Amy Winehouse Five years on

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 in latest | one comment

  Amy Winehouse’s Dad marked five years since her death with a jazz concert raising money for the foundation set up in her memory. Mitch Winehouse performed his daughter’s favourite songs at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on Sunday in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The 27-year-old musician died of alcohol poisoning at her home in […]

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Galway Girl

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 in Ireland | Comments Off on Galway Girl

The biggest ever street performance of Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl” took place on June 11th, 2016 in Galway, Ireland.  A record breaking number of over 15,000 people came along to take part in the performance.  Sharon Shannon, Mundy, We Banjo 3, Amazing Apples, Roisin Seoighe, Lackagh Comhaltas, Galway Rose Rosie Burke and thousands of other […]

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Leo Brennan the Music Man of Gweedore

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 in Ireland | Comments Off on Leo Brennan the Music Man of Gweedore

They say when somebody as talented as Leo Brennan dies after four score and ten years then a library dies with them. Sad as the passing of Leo is we can take comfort in the fact that his musical library and love of the Gaelic language has been preserved by his family, and then some. […]

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Jamala 1944 – Song of the Crimean Tatars

Posted on May 15, 2016 in latest | 3 comments

Ukraine’s Jamala has won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, held in Stockholm, Sweden. The country scored 534 points with its song 1944, about Stalin, Crimea and the genocidal  ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatar’s. Her victory is particularly poignant in this month as the deportation of the entire Tatar population of the Crimea took place […]

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Happy Birthday George Harrison

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 in latest | 2 comments

  Happy birthday to George Harrison who was born on this day, 25th February, 1943. George’s family were of Irish descent, they had cousins in Drumcondra and would often hop on the ferry from Liverpool and come visit. In 2001  the world lost a great musician, songwriter, film maker but above all a great humanitarian who’s […]

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Iron Maiden – Ed Force One

Posted on Feb 21, 2016 in latest | Comments Off on Iron Maiden – Ed Force One

Why ‘Run To the Hills’ when you can fly over them? Iron Maiden released The Book of Souls last year, and they’re about to hit the road for a world tour in support of their sixteenth studio album. But when we say “hit the road,” we really mean airline runways, since frontman Bruce Dickinson is […]

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Aylesbury’s tribute to David Bowie

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in latest | one comment

David Bowie was remembered today in Aylesbury’s famous Market Square. ‪Bowie was important to Aylesbury and Aylesbury was important to Bowie. The first song on the Ziggy album, Five Years, even references Aylesbury: “Pushing through the Market Square/ So many mothers sighing/ News had just come over/ We had five years left to cry in.” […]

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Brixton reclaims David Bowie

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 in latest | Comments Off on Brixton reclaims David Bowie

Sixty nine years ago at 40, Stansfield Road, off Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, South London, David Robert Jones was born to an Irish mother Margaret “Peggy” Burns and a Yorkshire father Haywood Stenton “John” Jones. Tonight in Brixton, “Sarf London” reclaimed David Bowie as one of their own.  Hundreds gathered outside Brixton’s Ritzy cinema to pay […]

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