Author Archives: Nick Kelly

Happy Friday!

After the treasure trove of the past few weeks’ entries, it would be foolish to change the theme now.

So let’s go back in time: this week I want to know what’s your favourite underrated/obscure gem from the 1960s?

Reply below to be in with a chance of winning a gilt edged €25 Golden Discs voucher.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my hippie grandfather.

Please include video link where possible.

Lines MUST close at 5.15pm EXTENDED until SUNDAY 10am.

Nick says: Good luck!

Golden Discs

Van Morrison – Born To be Free.

‘The new normal is not normal/ We were born to be free’

Just ‘dropped’.

The first of three promised anti-rona protest songs from Van Morrison.

Nick says: No curfew, No Mask, No Reaper.

Van Morrison

Previously: “Pretending It’s For Our Safety, When It’s Really To Enslave’

JAPE – We Threw A Dead Thing Overboard

The lord of the ring.

Jape aka Richie Egan commissioned eight different filmmakers to create a video for each song on his Sentinel album. The final promo (above) was shot by Gar O’Rourke and tells the tale of a young boxer with the eye of the tiger.

Nick says: It’s a knock-out.



The votes are in.

Last week, with a pulsating €25 Golden Discs voucher on offer, I asked for YOUR favourite underrated/obscure gem from the decade just passed (2010-2019)?

You answered in your dozens, creating another superb playlist of forgotten masterpieces. Thank you.

Alas, there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Brighter by Cass McCombs

Ouch writes:

‘A beautiful songwriter…’


Erase It by I’m Your Vinyl

Andy Pipkin writes:

‘incredibly catchy tune, this band should have been massive. Fantastic video…And a heads up for our fantastic homegrown talent!!’


Strong (Judea remix) by London Grammar

SOQ writes:

‘London Grammar throw their raw work out and other creatives throw back with different ways of interpreting it- that feeds into the club scene and they have the best of the best to work with as their background. Win-win.’

Nick says: Thanks all!

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

Golden Discs

Hilary Bow – Don’t See Any Lines

Cork singer/songwriter Hilary Bow teamed up with Liam O’Maonlai in June to record this song for World Rufugee Day.

Now Cormac Porter has made a state-of-the-art video animation (above) that amplifies the message welcoming asylum seekers to these shores.

Nick says: Take a Bow.

Sons Of Southern Ulster – Polaris

The stars of the County Cavan.

David Meagher and Justin Kelly aka Sons Of Southern Ulster have put the border county on the map with their “punky space-folk”.

This video by Nicky Fennell is for a song from their second album Sinners And Lost Souls (top).

Nick says: Stars in their eyes.

Sons Of Southern Ulster