Author Archives: Gerry McNally

Gerry McNally

About Gerry McNally

Gerry is the resident Folk & Tumble photographer. He likes his drinks black and his music blue.

Clannad – Turas 1980

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Recorded in Germany in 1980, ‘Turas 1980’, a recently-discovered archive radio broadcast shines a light on an exciting period in Clannad’s history. Two years before they would reach international stardom with ‘Theme From Harry’s Game’, it mostly covers material of their first three records. The setlist is full of rare delights and some familiar songs […]

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New music from Villagers

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Always restless and inventive and always true to the power and glory of songwriting and melody, Conor O’Brien has made another great leap forward with Villagers’ fourth studio album ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’, due for release on Domino Records on Friday 21st September 2018. In the meantime, the band has released the first […]

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RJ Comer – One Last Kiss

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‘One Last Kiss’ is the first full long-player from Chicago native RJ Comer. This record follows on from a run of successful EP releases over the last few years. ‘Under A Lover’s Moon’ opens the record with a radio-friendly, alt-country, blues, boogie-based love song. This is followed early on by ‘Let’s Run’, which is again […]

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New single and tour dates from Kitt Philippa

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Kitt Philippa (KP) searches for grace, and the luminous, in words met with music. Although raised on classical, the songs are strangely urban and often conveyed with digital sleight. An organ scholar and an experimentalist, KP plays piano, guitar, clarinet, prayer bowl and bicycle wheel. The songs may often reflect perilous times yet in so […]

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Interview With Moya Brennan

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Ahead of the forthcoming festival celebrating fifty years of Leo’s Tavern in Donegal We caught up the First Lady of Celtic Music Moya Brennan for a chat about her Father’s bar, the celebrations planned to mark this historic milestone in the ongoing story of the bar and hear news of a new live Clannad record […]

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Joshua Burnell – Songs From The Seasons

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‘Songs From The Seasons’ began life as part of a wider writing and recording project undertaken by Joshua Burnell in 2016 that was inspired by the changing seasons of the weather and ended up with fifty two classic English and European folk songs revisited and re-recorded. Now fourteen of those songs have been collated together […]

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Interview with Kimmie Rhodes

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Kimmie Rhodes has just released a new book entitled ‘Radio Dreams’ detailing not only her own life and career but also the life and career of her late husband and soulmate Joe Gracey. As she prepares to bring her book tour to Belfast as part of the 2018 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival I caught up […]

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Sam Morrow – Concrete and Mud

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‘Concrete and Mud’ is the third album to be released by Houston native Sam Morrow, in which the listener is treated to a heady mix of classic southern rock, country, funk, and political insight. Openers ‘Heartbreak Man’ and ‘Paid By The Mile’ are classic foot-stompers that are cleverly blended with some very fine funky grooves […]

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Leo’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations

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It’s one of Donegal’s most welcoming and best-known bars and this July will see a raft of events taking place to celebrate fifty years since the late Leo Brennan opened Tabhairne Leo as a live music venue. Famous not only for being Donegal’s premier live music venue Leo’s also gave birth to the career of […]

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