NearFM: Delorentos, Little Green Cars, Heathers

NearFM Qu'est-ce que c'est le Craic?Calling all francophiles and lovers of Molière’s mothertongue: I recently joined French radio programme “Qu’est-ce que c’est le Craic?” on Dublin community radio NearFM to update listeners on the Irish music scene. We touched upon the success of Irish group Delorentos, who recently won the eighth Meteor Choice Music Prize, an award for the best Irish album of the year – for their third album ‘Little Sparks’. I also introduced Little Green Cars, The Sea Sessions in Bundoran and Heathers. To catch my music update, listen from 22min14 seconds on the link below. The full programme opens with a fantastic interview of newly appointed French deputy for Northern Europe Axelle Lemaire.

Francophones et Français D’Irlande: Emission du 19 fevrier – Axelle Lemaire, députée des français d’Europe du Nord nous représente depuis juin 2012 à l’Assemblée Nationale. Elle nous explique cette nouvelle fonction qu’elle est amenée à définir elle même et apporte notamment une bouffée d’air à l’Assemblée nationale en essayant d’ouvrir le débat franco français à l’international. A partir de 22min14: je presente la chronique musique: Delorentos, vainqueurs du Meteor Choice Music Prize pour leur album ‘Little Sparks’, Little Green Cars et Heathers.

Link to full programme:

Rencontre avec Axelle Lemaire, députée des Français d’Europe du nord. by Eléonore Nicolas on Mixcloud


NearFM: Lisa Hannigan, Le Galaxie

I’m running a regular music and culture slot on NearFM’s French programme, “Qu’est-ce que c’est le craic?”, literally translated as “What’s the craic?”. The programme, which runs on Wednesdays at 4pm for 30mins, is great for anyone trying to improve their French or get in touch with French culture. See below for a discussion on Lisa Hannigan, Le Galaxie and concerts running in Dublin over the bank holiday weekend. This week’s programme also covered French language speed-dating with Frenglish Dublin. After that, culture-vulture Catherine Gâteau speaks to us from Paris where she reviews Hopper’s gigantic exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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Avis aux amateurs de français! Francophones et francophiles à Dublin, ceux qui souhaitent se reconnecter au français, améliorer leur français ou se sentir plus chez eux à Dublin: cette émission est pour vous! L’émission française de NearFM s’appelle “Qu’est-ce que c’est le craic?” et passe tous les mercredis à 16 heures. Une rediffusion se fait le vendredi matin et elle est accessible en podcast sur le site de NearFM et sur la page Facebook de l’émission.

Présentée par Eléonore Nicolas, avec maintenant une chronique musique/culture Irlande par moi-même, découvrez l’émission complete du 24 octobre!

Extrait – chronique musique:

“This isn’t a game – this is the art of rap!”

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

To mark the launch on DVD of Ice-T’s groundbreaking documentary on rap and hip hop culture, “Something from nothing: the art of rap”, I reviewed the piece for online documentary lovers DocGeeks.

In my first review for the site, the teenage rap fan in me took a stroll down memory lane to revisit the history of a movement that was only in its infancy as I started to get into it.

It was just as powerful the second time around as when I saw it remotely on the night of the UK premiere from the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.

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REM re-issue “Document”

When REM announced they were to re-issue a re-mastered version of their 1987 album “Document” in September 2012, I had a chat with Radio Nova’s Paul Moriarty on the lunchtime Rock Report to bring the news to fans who may still be broken-hearted over the band’s separation.

So for those who loved REM and want a bit of background on the group and its split, fetch a cuppa and have a listen to this recording I made during the summer.

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Video Interview with Texas Frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri

I was thrilled to interview Sharleen Spiteri of Texas for Irish music and culture magazine Hot Press this week – a big day for me as I loved her as a teenager – and they caught it on video.

The lovely Ms Spiteri was in Dublin for the launch of this year’s Arthur’s Day celebrations, which feature Texas as a headline act.

This is what Sharleen Spiteri of Texas had to say to Monica Heck for Hot Press.

The interesting bit about this year’s line-up is that a) they’ve ditched the ticketing system and b) any artist could appear in any pub in Ireland, as people across the country vote for their local pub to be the host of one of the big names on the bill including Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Amy Macdonald, Fatboy Slim and Mika.

The winning names will be a secret until the night so nobody knows who’s about to walk through the door. And all the events are free. Voting is online until September 16.

Hot Press also interviewed Amy Macdonald at the launch.


This is my personal link to Texas, that song was so big when I was a teen it always brings me back:

Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks and Ray Davies

Ray Davies and about 80,000 voices just performed a majestic version of Waterloo Sunset at the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics which reminded me how much I love the Kinks.

The great news is that they are releasing their Best Of album tomorrow if you’re keen to get a one-in-all Kinks fix.

And if you’re curious about the history of the group, I had a chat about the Kinks and this album launch on Radio Nova at the beginning of August – check it out from 4min50:


Bigwigs, Madonna and building walls: my chat with Mick Flannery

This is an interview I did with the incredibly talented yet incredibly modest Mick Flannery – which appeared in the latest issue of Hot Press. I caught up with him ahead of his appearance at the Liss Ard festival in Cork this weekend.

We chatted about Madonna, stones and finding a bigwig sponsor.

Here’s a scan of the article as it appeared in Vol 36 issue 15 (August 8 2012) of Hot Press

Mick Flannery interview by Monica Heck

Mick Flannery interview by Monica Heck

Check out the video for Only Gettin On: