Author Archives: Nick Kelly

Violet Gibson: this lady shoots fascists

On this day.

In 1926….

Via Ireland in Colour

Irish woman Violet Gibson shoots [Benito] Mussolini in the nose as he walks among the crowd in the Piazza del Campidoglio in RomeBorn 1876, Dublin…Daughter of Irish lawyer/politician Baron Ashbourne…Lived rest of life in St. Andrew’s Hospital…Died 1956.

The Irishwoman Who Shot Mussolini (RTÉ Documentary on One Podcast)


Malojian – The Singularity

Is this the first great song about the way we live now, post-Coronavirus?

Belfast troubadour Stevie Scullion (above) aka Malojian wrote this on his piano last month and then sent it to his friend Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, who added atmospherics and produced it.

The result is an elegant, mournful but ultimately optimistic hymn to the resilience of the human spirit.

The song is available on bandcamp.

Nick says: Lockdown blues.


So are we all sitting comfortably?

I have a sizzling €25 Golden Discs voucher to give to the reader with the best entry to the question: what is your favourite music video from the 1990s?

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my parole officer.

Lines MUST close at 10.30pm Extended until 2am.

Nick says: Good luck!

Earlier: Alone in My Room

The votes are in.

Last week, with a crisp €25 Golden Discs voucher to be won, I asked what song you would most like to see beamed into your living room via a virtual gig by a living artist.

You answered in your tens.

But there could only one winner.

Third Place:

Dogging by Fascinating Aida

Cu Chulainn writes:

Because I can’t get out to ‘walk the dog’…

Runner up:

The Foggy Dew by Sinead O’Connor & The Chieftains

Italia 90 writes:

For my Irish famiIy and friends, we fought the Corona before…Sinéad O’Connor & The Chieftains – The Foggy Dew. And for my Italian family and friends, you fought the fascists
and still fighting today Bella Ciao – FonoIa Band


Sorcerer by Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow

Slightly Bemused writes:

Stevie Nicks. Anything by Stevie Nicks. I would just love to relive the time I saw her with Fleetwood Mac a number of years back (I am not disclosing anything). She was magical!

But what song to choose? I am going with Sorcerer, which first came out in the wonderful Streets of Fire, but I really like her version with Sheryl Crowe. If I win, can I get both of them in my prize?

Thanks all.

Golden Discs

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

Free tonight?

There are free live streaming gigs all over t’interweb this evening as artists reconfigure ways to to reach their fans in the absence of live concerts.

Three of the best:

Irish singer/songwriter Lisa Lambe launches her new album Juniper on Facebook at 8pm.

Westlife’s Mark Feehily performs in aid of the ISPCC at 7pm on his Instagram page.

And for the hardcore indie brigade, Minnesota sadcore titans Low begin a weekly Instagram happening titled Friday I’m In Low at 9pm.

Quarantine never sounded so good!

Laura Elizabeth Hughes
For You (Home)

A song from under the floorboards.

Dublin singer/songwriter Laura Elizabeth Hughes (top left)) empathetically deals with how depression and anxiety can emerge during the cabin fever of lockdown.

All proceeds go to the mental health charity Pieta House.

The emotionally powerful video is directed by Peadar Gill and stars dancer Taylor Graham (top right) alongside Laura.

Nick says: Home is where the art is.

Laura Elizabeth Hughes