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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

With the Coronavirus lockdown ramping up the cabin fever, many artists are passing the time streaming live performances on their social media pages to their cooped-up fans.

With a crisp €25 Golden Discs voucher to be won, I want to know which song you would most like to see beamed into your living room via a virtual gig by a living artist.

Here’s mine.

Please include video links if possible.

The winner will be chosen by my window cleaner.

Lines close at 9.30pm.

Nick says: Good luck.

What a week!

In these “interesting” times, where would we be without music to offer an escape from the misery?

I’m inviting readers to post the song that instantly transports them to a happier place.

Here’s mine.

I’ve a glittering €25 Golden Discs voucher to offer to the winner, chosen by my pet goldfish.

Lines MUST close at  6.30am.

Please include video link if possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

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The votes are in.

Last week, with a boredom-busting €25 Golden Discs voucher to be won, I asked you to name your favourite music (song or album) to self-isolate to.

You answered in your tens.

But there could only be one winner.

Third place:

James Stephens – O the Brown and the Yellow Ale

Kingfisher writes:

James Stephens, the writer of The Crock of Gold, The Charwoman’s Daughter, The Insurrection in Dublin, and many poems, sings O the Brown and the Yellow Ale, a song about an old man whose young wife is enchanted away from him by a man from another world. Stephens was desolate after The Rising as a result of which one of his closest friends was executed. This song has a spooky and lonely feel that surely expresses his loss. Listen here.


The Lonesome Touch by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Otis Blue writes:

Martin Hayes says it best…’The Lonesome Touch is a phrase used to describe a person’s music. It is the intangible aspect of music that is both elusive and essential. The word ‘Lonesome’ expresses a sadness, a blue note, a sour note. Even though the music bares the trace of struggle and of pain, it is also the means of uplift, transcendence, to joy and celebration’.


Us And Only Us by The Charlatans

Clampers Outside writes:

One of the most underrated albums of rock/indie music there is. From the opening lush swirling sounds and vocals of ‘Forever’ you know you are in for a rhythmic ride. A ride that takes you with it with the most amazing ease through love songs ‘Impossible’ and ‘I Don’t Care Where You Live’ to tracks that’d put a stride on your strut like ‘A House Is Not A Home’ to my own bluesy favourite (if I have to pick just one) ‘Watching You’.It’s an album you can stick on from the start and let run to the end without ever jumping ahead.

Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

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James Stephens portrait: National Gallery of Ireland

La Feile Phadraig!

Last month, with a glittering €25 Golden Discs voucher at the end of the rainbow, I asked you to post your favourite song about Ireland by a non-Irish artist.

You answered in your tens

But there could only be one winner…

Galway To Graceland by Richard Thompson

Posted by ZeligIsJaded

Thanks all.

Without further ado, here is our Shamrockin’ St Patrick’s Day readers playlist. Enjoy!

Come Out Ye Black & Tans – Alan Partridge (Posted by Ghost of Yep)

The Galway Girl – Steve Earle (Cool_Hand_Lucan)

40 Shades Of Green – Johnny Cash (Paulus)

Give Ireland Back To The Irish – Paul McCartney & Wings (Scottser)

Belfast – Boney M (Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop)

Belfast – Orbital (Ben Madigan)

Mna Na hEireann – Kate Bush (Matt Pilates)

Bobby Sands – Meic Stevens (Stan)

Song For Ireland – Luke Kelly (written by Phil and June Colclough) (Posted by Joe cool)

Kathleen (Catholicism Made Easier) – Randy Newman (Gringo)

Clonakilty As Charged / On The Road To Tralee – Julian Cope (Otis Blue)

Danny Boy – The Leprechaun Brothers (Vanessa)

Cheese – The Irish Rodents (Vanessa)

The Luck Of The Irish – John Lennon (Jeremy Kyle)

Abigail, Belle Of Kilronan – The Magnetic Fields (Shosho)

The Magdalene Laundries – Joni Mitchell (Matt Pilates)

How To Disappear Completely – Radiohead (Smith)

Belfast To Boston – James Taylor (Shane B)

Les Lacs Du Connemara – Michel Sardou (f_lawless)

Kocham Cie Jak Irlandie (I Love You Like Ireland) – Kobranocka (Ben Madigan)

Danny Boy – Nana Mouskouri (f_lawless)

Dublin – Prefab Sprout (dylad)

The Fields Of Athenry – The Century Steel Band (Spaghetti Hoop)

Arthur McBride – Bob Dylan (CL)

Panic The Smiths (Matt Pilates)

Sul-E-Stomp – Astralasia (Eamonn)

Iridium – The Sidh (Kolmo)

Note: YouTube have taken down Alan Partridge singing ‘Come Out You Black And Tans’ and there’s no video link on YouTube for Bob Dylan singing Arthur McBride.

Previously: Pot O’Golden Discs

What a week!

With the music scene grinding unceremoniously to an almost complete halt, I thought it might be an idea to ask you to share your favourite album to self-isolate to and why.

The winning entry will receive a life-affirming €25 Golden Discs voucher.

And will be chosen by my cat from a safe distance.

Lines MUST close at 9.30pm.

Include video of favourite track on album where possible.

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The votes are in.

Last week, with a desirable €25 Golden Disc Valentine’s Day voucher on offer, I asked you to name your favourite love song.

You answered in your dozens.

But there could be only one winner

Third Place:

I Will by The Beatles

Rosette of Sirius writes:

A sweet lovely little melody from Paul McCartney and was meant just as that. A lovely little love song. Lyrics are perfect and not complicated as love can indeed be. Or get. So for the day that’s in it, have a listen and enjoy!


Easy Living by Billie Holiday

Barry The Hatchet writes:

When we first started going out, the car only had an aul tape-deck and we only had one tape. The Best of Billie Holiday came with us everywhere. Times have moved on, the tape-deck is long gone, the tape is lost. But this is still our song <3


Dance Me To The End Of Love by Leonard Cohen

Millie Vanilly Strikes Again writes:

Dedicated to the husband, who can’t dance, but will still twirl me round the living room to this later. For all the he comes home with no flowers, chocolates or card for me, but always with a something special for our little lady.

Thanks all.

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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.

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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

Dancer Don King and Bonnie Ryan (above) at the official launch of Thrive Festival 2020; Glenda Gilsen (above lettering) at the Convention Centre, Dublin

Attention fitness enthusiasts and nutrition boffins.

No wait, come back.

We have 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.

Thrive is ‘an explorium of cutting-edge fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, yoga, meditation and interactive panel discussions‘ over three days.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply tell me below what is your favourite song about food or which mentions a particular food.

The winner will be chosen by my personal trainer.

Polls close at MIDNIGHT 6am.

Nick says: Good luck!

Thrive Festival 2020

Golden Discs voucher competition will return next week.

Pics: Photocall Ireland