Author Archives: Nick Kelly

Can you feel it?

Storm Dennis Love is in the air.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day I’m giving away a smoochy Golden Discs voucher worth €25.

Simply tell me below your favourite love song.

Here’s one of mine.

The winner will be chosen by Cupid.

Lines close at 2am!

Please include video links if possible and a dedication to a loved one should it suit

Nick says: Good luck!

UPDATE: Heartfelt stragglers will be mushily accepted until 6.30am Monday morning. I’m a romantic fool.

Golden Discs

Free tomorrow?

Dublin indie guitar supremos The Dinah Brand (Top) play a free gig in the newly sprung Bloody Marys bar on South William Street in the capital on Saturday night.

Support comes from Oh Boland and Johnson.

Formed from former members of Pet Lamb, Jackbeast and Legion Of Two, The Dinah Brand’s 2019 album Thank You Driver was a hit with the critics.

Their most recent video (above) was directed by Brendan Talbot.

Nick says: I’m with the Brand.

Dinah Brand

Kay McNulty (left) and colleagues operate the ‘differential analyser’ in the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1940s

In fairness.

ENIAC?

Kay McNulty?

Top pic: Wikipedia

Glenda Gilson wearing Kangoo jumpers at the official launch of Thrive Festival 2020

The votes are in.

Last week, with a pair of tickets to give away to both the Saturday and Sunday of this year’s Thrive Festival in Dublin’s Convention Centre on February 29 and March 1 on offer, I asked you to name your favourite song about food or which mentions a particular food.

You answered in your dozens.

I am giving the tickets to two different winners: a pair of tickets for Saturday and another for Sunday in an effort to get four people fitter rather than the previously advertised two.

Runner up:

I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll by Leon Redbone.

Gary Flood writes:

Classic jazz from a classy man.

Joint winner:

Beer & Sex & Chips n Gravy by The Macc Lads

Scottser writes:

Should be first on everyone’s list…

Joint winner:

Horse It Into Ya, Cynthia by Conal Gallen.

Fearganainm writes:

Onions, burgers, cheese and onion crisps – what’s not to love? For the truly committed, or those who need to be committed, there’s a dance version…Kiltimagh gets namechecked and the whole oeuvre is redolent of a vanished Ireland – buíochas le Dia

Nick says: Thanks all!

Last week: Win Nick’s Tickets To Thrive

Thrive Festival 2020

Marty MoneTruck And Roll

Fancy a road trip?

Then climb in to Marty Mone’s big red rig and take in the sights of the open road.

Imagine a cross between The Saw Doctors and Smokey And The Bandit (1977) and you’re nearly there.

The press blurb says:

“It’s a compelling summary of the ups-and-downs of a working-class touring musician, but also a look into the life of what happens in between — going to truck shows and exploring the countryside in his Scania R580.”

The journey in the video saw Marty – a native of Castleblayney, County Monaghan – burn 50,000 miles of rubber.

Nick says: Wheels of fortune.

Marty Mone

Olivia Armstrong

It’s only for fairies.

Irish born, London based professional storyteller Olivia Armstrong writes:

Before Queen Victoria insisted on a white wedding dress in 1840, the custom had been for brides to wear bright, colourful dresses that could be worn again – but never green.

Green was the fairies’ colour and to wear it could bring devastation to the bride

Meanwhile…

Anyone?

A poster designed by Jack Healy for Danny Boy, a comedy by Ferdia Mac Anna currently in post-production which is…

‘…Set in small town Ireland in 1981, ‘Dannyboy’ tells the story of a young man trying to find love among New Romantics, Post Punks, Goths and others tribes.

The film centres around Daniel, an anxious, stuttering teen in his attempt to save his demented family in the midst of a compromising love triangle…’

Honda out of that.

Ferdia Mac Anna

Ultan ConlonSparks Of The Divine

Do you wanna dance?

Then here’s some moves to practise in the video for Ultan Conlon‘s new single as Julia and Varun get jiggy with it.

It’s the first taster from his forthcoming fourth album There’s A Waltz which was recorded in Los Angeles with top session players.

Catch Ultan live on Sunday at the Black Gate Cultural Centre in Galway.

Nick says: A holy show.

Ultan Conlon

Deadly Buzz AldrinStories

The chamomile Kraftwerk?

Mellow electronica rules the day on this second video from last year’s Your Move, Space Cadet EP, released on the Soft Landings label.

The video was created by Aniz Duran. A second EP is due in late April.

Nick says: To the Sea of Tranquillity and beyond

Deadly Buzz Aldrin