Cormac Ó Caoimh ia singer-songwriter from Cork. He will release his fourth album, Shiny Silvery Things in the Triskel Christchurch May 13. Other upcoming live appearances include High Tide Club in Castletownbere on June 19.
I got a Kindle a couple of years ago so I’ve been really enjoying reading old classics. But the most recent physical book I read which was kindly lent to me a week or two ago was Nileism: The Strange Course of the Blue Nile. Fascinating. (Especially for any perfectionist or procrastinating musicians).
Last night I watched Hell or High Water — a great bank-robbing, modern western that focuses on characters and dialogue more than special effects and violence. An old style movie. Highly recommended.
I was at Nick Kelly’s gig in the Friary a few weeks ago. Magic intimate gig where he was doing his ‘Songbook’ where the audience voted in the songs they wanted to hear from his mighty back catalogue of Fat Lady Sings, Alien Envoy and solo songs.
Joe Chester’s new album The Easter Vigil has replaced Paul Buchanan’s Mid Air (after five years) of being my go to album in the evening.
Luckily I have all the instruments I would want already.
I am a Godin Guitars artist. And already have my favourite guitars. My two favourite’s (which I use for live gigs) are a Godin ACS Rosewood nylon string guitar (which is a synth guitar that can be used to incorporate strings and other sounds into the mix) and a Montreal Premiere electric.
But I guess if money was no object I’d buy a new house and a lovely piano and try and learn how to play it.
The first big gig I was at was The Waterboys in Connolly Hall in Cork in 1986. It was special for many reasons.
Bonnie Prince Billy at Cork Opera House 2012. Just him, Angel Olsen and another guitarist. Three voices. Two guitars. Incredible gig.
I don’t watch a lot of TV to be honest but I do like to have one show to watch a week. Currently it’s Better Call Saul.
Mostly RTÉ Radio 1 or Lyric FM as general stations but dip in and out of various shows from a lot of other stations.
Paul Buchanan, The Go Betweens and Nick Drake.
REM stepped on me. I was sitting down on the floor outside an afters party for a Waterboys gig in the Olympia in 1989. And my legs were stretched across the floor. And a few guys walked on them (everyone else stepped over them). It was REM. Just arriving from their RDS gig on the same night.
1960s. It was easier to get a gig back then. More listening venues.
Graham Manning of ‘Homeroom – Campaigning for Autism Friendly Schools’.