July 1, 2008 at 5:45 pm (The Show) (, , , , )

A little mouse apologising to the blogging community on behalf of the indie hour. Sorry.

My blogging has been erratic of late. I’m sorry. Here are four excuses:

1. My day job is teaching tefl. As you may have noticed, Ireland is currently overrun by hordes of chattering Spanish kids. I’m teaching them. They take so much energy my fingers are too pooped to type at the end of the day 😦

2. I don’t have access to the internet at work.

3. My flat is an internet black spot and I have to use the USB modem thingy. It’s quite slow at the best of times, but at the moment it’s not working at all. Bum deal.

4. I went on my first hen weekend last weekend and it took a lot of preparation (L plates, condom-and-willie-covered-veils, the Penis Pokey book, etc) and is now taking a lot of recovery.

I’ve now got a back log of mp3s and I’m sorry about that.

The first mp3 is The Indie Hour Crash Course #2, when we were joined by a pretty incredible bunch of Irish songwriters. I met Jinx Lennon, Captain Moonlight, Mumblin’ Deaf Ro and Carly Sings in Dublin’s Central Hotel before I went away to Barcelona for Primavera. We had a wonderful chat about songwriting, with a focus on lyrics and how each of their different approaches to lyrics in their own music.

I was really excited about this show because I love all four of those artists, and I thought it was a unique opportunity to get all of them together. I was, however, slightly unhappy with the end result, as there was an unexpected amount of background noise which left me with no choice but to edit quite a lot of the good stuff that was said out of the piece.

The songs in it are great though. We played a track from each artist and they all recommended one as well. I think the programme worked well, but I don’t think I executed the idea as well as I could have done. Let me know what you think anyway.

So….really sorry that this is nearly a whole month late. The following mp3 was originally broadcast on Thursday the 5th of June. I hope you enjoy it.


The Indie Hour Crash Course #2: Lyrics

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Mumblin’ Deaf Ro Calf

April 19, 2008 at 1:47 pm (The Show) ()

I arose today at noon to head into Road Records to catch Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, who was taking part in the all day celebration of International Record Store Day. I couldn’t make it to The Boom Boom Room last night, where Ro was supporting experimental folkies The Spook of The 13th Lock at their album launch. I have only heard Le Hare from the Spooks album, a track which we heard on the indie hour a few weeks back and is up for your listening perusal on their myspace. Looking forward to having a good listen to the self titled album, perhaps we’ll have them in on the indie hour for a session soon…

There are a host of folks playing acoustic sets at Road Records on Fade Street all day today – you’re not too late to have a listen to Mark Geary, Lauren Guillery, John Hegarty, and David Kitt, who will be playing in the friendliest record shop in Dublin until 5.30pm today.

Mumblin’ Deaf Ro has four tunes up on his myspace from a Radio na Life session for download. You’ll find What To Learn It and Where to Learn It, Restring The Bow and El Salvador from the excellent The Herring & The Brine, as well as the new tune Cade Calf Call which I suspect will feature on the next Mumblin’ Deaf Ro album to be released sometime in the next five years 🙂 Thanks to my buddy Fenster for the heads up on the downloads.

Road Records have a 20% sale on everything in store at the moment. I saw Thrill Pier down there today, happily availing of the discount. Good man.

The mp3 of The Jimmy Cake interview the other night will be up shortly.

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Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, Boa Morte & Adrian Crowley

March 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm (The Show) (, , )

Being Mumblin’ Deaf Ro

Foggy Notions presents Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, Boa Morte & Adrian Crowley upstairs in Whelan’s tomorrow night Wednesday 5th of March at around 8pm for €12.00.

This is the first week of a month long residency for Adrian, who will be playing in the new upstairs venue every Wednesday in March.

In the following weeks, the support will come from Clarence Black, Carly Sings, and Serafina.

Below are the mp3s of the indie hour interviews with Mumblin’ Deaf Ro and Adrian Crowley.  Let’s think of it as recycling podcasts, hmmm?


Adrian Crowley Thursday 17th of January

Mumblin’ Deaf Ro Thursday 24th of January

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Things to be at this weekend in Dublin…

February 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm (The Show) (, , )

Fuck Buttons with their poetry recital upstairs in Whelan’s. Not really though.

After the Grand Pocket Orchestra gig last week in Whelan’s, I was on my way out when I noticed the planning permission statement on the window near the venue door. On closer inspection, it proposes the extension of Whelan’s upstairs to provide a room for ‘poetry recitals’.

So the ‘poetry recitals’ start tonight with Thread Pulls and Fuck Buttons. It’s €12.50 and it all kicks off at 8pm. Bring your beret and get ready to snap your fingers. Jazz.

On Sunday there are two gigs to be heard.  Mumblin’ Deaf Ro will be playing in Anseo on Camden Street at around 10pm.  Still absolutely loving his album The Herring & The Brine.   It will be my first time catching Mr Ro live and am very much looking forward to hearing the songs in such a lovely intimate setting.

Also on Sunday, Chequerboard is launching his latest album Penny Black in Whelan’s with support from Carly Sings, who will be visiting us on the show next Thursday. Hope to have Chequerboard himself in soon to talk about Penny Black.  Head to Chequerboard’s myspace for a listen.

Below is the mp3 of the interview we did in late January with Mumblin’ Deaf Ro.  It’s one of my favourites of recent times, as he is a fascinating talker, and really made my job of putting together a good radio show extremely easy.  Brilliant.


Mumblin’ Deaf Ro January 24th 2008 

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Mumblin Deaf Ro, y’hear?

January 22, 2008 at 12:35 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

Photo by Mark at WhiteNoiseVisuals

Do tune in to Dublin City 103.2 FM this Thursday from 9 to 10pm, when we shall be joined by Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, who will be talking and playing us through last year’s album The Herring & The Brine, and his debut album Senor, My Friend…

We’ll also be talking to a Maximum Joy gentleman, about their night in Dublin’s Kennedy’s of Westland Row on Friday 25th, with performances from The Dudley Corporation and The Yeh Deadlies.

It’s gonna be great.

That is all.

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