Reading Inisvickillane by Mícheál Ó Dubhshláine over Christmas — a historical account of life on the Blasket Island. Lovely to be transported there as the rain rails against the window.
I have a habit of re-watching favourites, so I had the guilty pleasure of watching Glengarry Glen Ross recently, a masterpiece of tension and dialogue by David Mamet.
I loved Lankum live recently — earthy, visceral and passion filled stuff from the Dublin four-piece.
Enjoying Iron & Wine’s Beast Epic at the moment — soothing and warm winter listening.
I vividly remember hearing ‘Nessun Dorma’ for the first time as a child and being spellbound.
It would be like choosing a favourite child! Without dodging the question, I’ve loved every one and each brings it’s own energy, subtlety and beauty. The venue is really a place of solace and musical sustenance for me.
Our household viewing pattern is built around Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol as the linchpins, with liberal sprinklings of the History channel and movies when permitted.
I love the flexibility and accessibility of podcasts, so listen to the likes of TedTalks, Bill Burr and Blindboyboatclub whilst driving mostly.
We have our own venue podcast — From The Horses Mouth — coming soon. John Creedon stills delivers on the radio, so love a long road trip with him along as company.
The Band, Elvis and The Highwaymen (Cash, Jennings, Nelson, Kristofferson — separate them out first and draw them together as an encore!)
We recorded an album in Nashville as Jodavino with Jay Joyce, and Emmylou Harris popped in to say hello!
Woodstock, as a four-day festival in 1969, had a profound impact at the time and ever since.
A stellar lineup playing to 400,000 people lit a fire that prompted a cultural movement and heralded a new energy and freedom of expression, musical and otherwise.
My Dad would always contend that we had a direct lineage to Niall of the Nine Hostages, once High King of Ireland, I choose to second his contention.
I think Cork Penny Dinners is a wonderful organisation, with a beautifully simple and caring aim.
I’d start with making sure everyone has shelter and work from there.