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Irish Beats with Rob O'Connor
The best in homegrown Irish music
Interview with King Kong Company
February 06, 2013 04:10 AM PST
Ahead of their first gig for 2013, Aley and Mark of King Kong Company stopped by the Beat studios for a chinwag. This also includes a sort-of bluesy acoustic performance of a dance tune ... using Ableton Live. Anyway, 'Bagpuss' sounds great. Check 'em out on facebook.com/kingkongcompanyInterview with Windings
November 25, 2012 11:42 AM PST
Having just released their latest album 'I Am Not The Crow', Windings dropped by the Beat studios to have a chat about touring in Canada, recording in the Arcade Fire's studio and generally making good music. They also brought the crappest drum machine speaker Rob has ever seen, but the sound was magical - so looks can be deceiving!Interview with Joey Ryan
September 12, 2012 01:27 AM PDT
Wexford songsmith and string-noodler Joey Ryan popped into Irish Beats as he gears up for his new album release 'Morning Will Come Soon.' Joey financed the recording of the album through a FundIt campaign, which we promoted on Irish Beats, so it's great to hear the fruits of the effort.
The podcast includes a haunting version of Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" accompanied by Clodagh Kearney.Interview with Darragh O'Keeffe (CRYCycle)
September 12, 2012 01:17 AM PDT
Rob spoke with Beat Fleeter Darragh O'Keeffe, who along with Conor Murphy is cycling 1800km around Ireland in aid of the CRYFoundation, which assist families who've suffered a loss through Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.
When Rob spoke with Darragh, he'd just finished a gruelling 185km session ...Interview with Kevin Power (John Martyn Tribute)
September 05, 2012 02:42 AM PDT
To help celebrate the memory of Thomastown's most famous adopted son, one of the musicians performing at The John Martyn Tribute concert dropped into the Beat studios. Kevin Power and Rov chatted about John's music, the folk scene and the legacy Martyn left behind. Includes some infectious finger noodling on the acoustic guitar.Interview with Dirty Epics
August 25, 2012 07:28 AM PDT
The surprisingly spiffy Dirty Epics were in with Rob to discuss their new single, forthcoming second album and gigging, as well as the usual "life, the universe and everything" meanderings from the host.Interview with Mark Geary
February 21, 2012 03:24 AM PST
In Rob's opinion (which doesn't count for much), Mark Geary is the finest singer/songwriter currently working today, so he was delighted when Mark dropped by to chat about his most recent album "Songs About Love, Songs ABout Leaving", his upcoming performance at the Gealach Gorm festival and treat us to no less than THREE acoustic tunes. Also, find out about Mark's brush with Christopher Walken in a sexy low-budget horror shlock film. The man's a legend.Interview with Swords
February 21, 2012 03:18 AM PST
An Irish indie band without a guitarist?! What what what!!! Check out this interview with Swords to learn if such a thing is possibleInterview with Chucky's River
February 21, 2012 03:15 AM PST
Wexford's finest Chucky's River popped into the Beat studios for a chat and to play a bit of music.Interview with King Kong Company
January 23, 2012 07:45 AM PST
Mark White and Alan Aylward from electronic rock/dance outfit King Kong Company finally made it into the Beat studios to discuss their project to release one new track and music video a month for a calendar year. The show co-incided with the final entry in the series, with Irish Beats having the world premier of their last track 'Eamonn de Valero.'
The King Kong Company lads, being sound and decent people, also have allowed us to included no less than THREE full tracks in the podcast. If you like what you hear, head over to soundcloud.com/kingkongcompany and download them for yourself.
Oh yes, and they did the interview naked. Sure why not? It's radio after all!Interview with Crow Black Chicken
January 11, 2012 05:09 AM PST
Clonmel's finest roots-rockers Crow Black Chicken dropped into the Beat studios to talk about their latest single, the FundIt campaign to finish their album and also to treat s to a few live tunes. You can help 'em out at http://www.fundit.ie/project/crow-black-chicken-album-fundInterview with Kate Glavey (Wingnut)
January 11, 2012 05:05 AM PST
Wingnut Records are a shining light in the bleak land of bricks and mortar record shops, having found success in Galway. They've now opened an outlet in Waterford and Kate from Wingnut came into Irish Beats to have a chat about how they promote new Irish music and are helping artists get their music out there.Interview with Joey Ryan
December 18, 2011 09:44 AM PST
Wexford musician Joey Ryan was in the Beat Studios to promote his FundIt campaign, where he's trying to raise enough cash to record his second album. If you have a listen, you'll be assured of his talent and you may even throw him a few quid! Also, you'll be guaranteed a copy of the album once it's done, so just think of it as a pre-sale. G'wan g'wan g'wan ...Interview with Ryan Sheridan
November 28, 2011 07:31 AM PST
Monaghan-man Ryan Sheridan spoke to Rob O'Connor about his rollercoaster couple of years in the music biz: from busking on the streets to supporting Bryan Adams on his arena tour. He also performs solo acoustic songs for your listening pleasure. Ryan will be doing two dates in the South East in the run up to Christmas: 2nd Dec in The Forum Waterford and 8th Dec in the Wexford Arts Centre.Sunday Social - Propeller Palms LIVE from the Uluru, Waterford
November 21, 2011 07:23 AM PST
Capping off the Irish Beats Sunday Social, Propeller Palms played a rockin'set for the packed crowd at the Uluru. The podcast contains 5 live tracks 'All In This Together', 'Get It Right', 'No Foolin' Around', 'Someday We Will Meet Again' and 'Look My Way.' This is a live recording, so bear with the background sounds of clinking glasses and shuffling feet!
'Irish Beats' is a contemporary Irish music show, presented by Rob O'Connor, which goes out between 6-8pm every Sunday evening on Beat 102-103.
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