Mary Greene is originally from Waterford, but has been resident in Cork for many years and is a member of family trio Greenshine, along with husband Noel Shine and daughter Ellie Shine. The group have released their third album, Family.
Upcoming dates include The Lobby at the Goldie at Nano Nagle Centre, Cork, on July 26; the High Tide Club, Castle-townbere, July 27; Mallow Arts Fest, July 28; and Weir Folk Club, at Wallis’ Bar in Midleton, August 23.
Toss up between Lost Connections by Johann Hari (which explores reasons for depression and anxiety), and Testimony by Robbie Robertson of The Band.
Attack the Block.
We split the bill with Ye Vagabonds at Tracton Arts Fest last year and they were just mighty. Apart from that, Cormac O Caoimh and Martin Leahy are super together, and any Monday night in Charlie’s bar with Hank Wedel and Ray Barron.
Toons Bridge Café, outside Macroom, is a gorgeous place to play and very little compares to a full house there.
Rock of Ages, the live album from The Band.
We had an album of Tony Bennett’s, called Who Can I Turn To? when I was a toddler and I couldn’t get enough of it; still can’t.
A toss up between Dire Straits at City Hall years ago; Tony Bennett at the Marquee, and Kings of Leon in Dublin.
We watch anything with music that comes on. We watch a lot of documentaries on TG4. Currently, we’re following The Handmaid’s Tale. I veg out to EastEnders. At the minute, we’re having the craic watching Trailer Park Boys; love those lads so much!
I listen to RTÉ Radio 1 music shows a lot. They’re like clubs and there’s a palpable warmth comes off John Creedon and Fiachna Ó Braonáin, who are true music lovers and knowledgeable with it. The Doc on One can be brilliant. Noel was featured one time.
We went to see Guy Clark years ago, in Roscrea, and when we landed, Tom Stapleton, who ran the gig, asked us if we had the guitars in the car and would we open for him. I was waiting to go on and I was standing in the foyer, when suddenly I felt someone come into the room, kid you not.
I turned and there he was — Guy Clark — and he was all in black and he was so tall he seemed to go on forever.
Maybe Woodstock, for obvious reasons — all those legends in one place, Failing that, I would love to have seen The Band in their absolute heyday.
Tony Bennett, Geoffrey Oryema, JJ Cale (weird festival)
My dad, Paddy Greene, was a very interesting man. He was a gorgeous singer and we were blessed to have recorded him, along with the whole family, on his CD, Paddy Greene’s Family Album, before he passed away.
He had many jobs in his lifetime, including writing for the New York paper The Irish Advocate and we had a great music venue in Dunmore East, called The Anchor Bar. He worked for the Red Kettle Theatre Company, doing all sorts, from driving to acting.
We met him one evening outside the Everyman Theatre (we didn’t even know he was in town) and he introduced us to his companion for the evening, Carole King, cool as a breeze.
The volunteers and organisers at the Cork Folk Festival. This is an amazing festival that doesn’t get the nationwide notice it deserves.
Art and music in all schools.