the story of its restoration

Michael O’Shea’s Mo Chara — the story of its restoration. Produced by Paul McDermott.

In 2019 I produced a documentary called No Journeys End — it told the story of the late Michael O’Shea, a travelling street musician — a busker — from Carlingford, Co Louth, who played a self-made instrument he named Mo Chara (my friend), that he created from part of a door he had found in a skip in Munich.* The Mo Chara was a hybrid hammered dulcimer but Michael added amplification and effects to it lending it a strong sense of otherworldliness.

*Note on spelling: Michael…

by Paul McDermott

In April 2020 Allchival Records released Hiding From the Landlord, a compilation of Finbarr Donnelly’s trilogy of bands — Nun Attax, Five Go Down To The Sea? and Beethoven. Here are the sleevenotes that I wrote with John Byrne for the release.

Hiding From the Landlord (2020 Allchival Records, ACN5BLPx1)

In the Summer of 1978 Ricky Dineen starts playing the guitar with the O’Connell rhythm section brothers. Philip plays bass and his younger brother Keith plays drums. Keith is known as Smelly. Ricky works with Kevin Donnelly in The Fry Inn, a chipper on Shandon Street, one of the hills to Cork’s Northside. Kevin introduces…

“We did it because it was the revolution in our heads.”

an oral history by Paul McDermott

Gavin Friday. Photograph by Peter Rowen, used with permission.

My name is Gavin Friday. I’m — let’s say — a former Virgin Prune. I formed the Virgin Prunes in 1977 in Dublin and since those days have still been and still am involved in music, the Arts and God knows what else.

Introduction

I interviewed Gavin Friday in March 2019. He had agreed to contribute to my radio documentary No Journeys End — the story of Michael O’Shea and I also wanted to talk to him for liner notes I was writing for Hiding From the Landlord the compilation of Finbarr Donnelly and his…

No Journeys End

an oral history by Paul McDermott

This oral history is a companion to the radio documentary No Journeys End produced by Paul McDermott for RTÉ Lyric FM and broadcast for the first time on Sunday 25 August, 2019.

No Journeys End produced by Paul McDermott for RTÉ Lyric FM.

The oral history is drawn from interviews that were conducted during 2018 and 2019 and contains many contributions, that due to time constraints, never made the final edit of the documentary.

Prologue

In 2020 Stano and Thomas Haugh restored Michael O’Shea’s Mo Chara — that story can be read here…

Introduction

Michael O’Shea was a travelling street musician —…

by Paul McDermott

This is a series of articles about the production of my latest radio documentary “No Journeys End — the story of Michael O’Shea”.

Part 1 — Michael O’Shea, The Making of… (is here)

Part 2 — Alto Studios — Robert Emmet House (is here)

Part 3 — Danny McCarthy and the Vox Cabaret (is here)

Update (August 2019) — the finished documentary is below:

No Journeys End — the story of Michael O’Shea. Produced by Paul McDermott

Introduction

I’m currently in production on my next radio documentary. …

by Paul McDermott

This is a series of articles about the production of my latest radio documentary “No Journeys End — the story of Michael O’Shea”.

Part 1 — Michael O’Shea, The Making of… (is here)

Part 2 — Alto Studios — Robert Emmet House (is here)

Part 4 — The Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland (is here)

Update (August 2019) — the finished documentary is below:

No Journeys End — the story of Michael O’Shea. Produced by Paul McDermott
Danny McCarthy photographed at the HearSay International Audio Arts Festival 2019.

Introduction

I’m currently in production on my next radio documentary. …

by Paul McDermott

A short post on ‘Cinnamon’ by The Long Winters with input from John Roderick (singer/songwriter) and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies (one of the song’s producers).

The Long Winters — ‘Cinnamon’

The other morning Spotify threw up ‘Cinnamon’ by The Long Winters. It’s one of my favourites, and I hadn’t heard it in years. It’s one of those songs that lodges a smile on my face and that was it, for the rest of the day I was going around singing the line:

They said, “Do you remember when you saw her last” I said, “Her skin…

The Magpie

an oral history by Paul McDermott

Musings on: Dublin punk and post-punk — Vox magazine —U2 and Mother Records — My Bloody Valentine —Michael O’Shea — Alto Studios — Roger Doyle —Micro Disney’s Giordaí Ua Laoghaire and more…

Introduction

In 2018 Stano’s 1983 debut album Content to Write in I Dine Weathercraft was reissued by AllChival (All City Records’ reissue label). In 2020 AllChival issued Anthology 1982–1994 a compilation of Stano’s first four albums. The original records have been exchanging hands for lots of money in recent years so these are timely releases. Stano’s debut album of avant-garde electronic music was years ahead of its time and…

by Paul McDermott

This is a series of articles about the production of my latest radio documentary “No Journeys End — the story of Michael O’Shea”.

Part 1 — Michael O’Shea — the making of… (is here)

Part 3 — Danny McCarthy and the Vox Cabaret (is here)

Part 4 — The Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland (is here)

Update (August 2019) — the finished documentary is below:

No Journeys End — the story of Michael O’Shea. Produced by Paul McDermott

Introduction

This is a series of articles about a radio documentary I’m currently producing. Its subject is the Irish musician Michael O’Shea and provided…

by Paul McDermott

This is a series of articles about the production of my latest radio documentary “No Journeys End — the story of Michael O’Shea”.

Update (August 2019) — the finished documentary is below:

No Journeys End — the story of Michael O’Shea. Produced by Paul McDermott

Introduction

I’m currently in production on my next radio documentary. Its subject is the Irish musician Michael O’Shea and provided everything goes according to plan it will be broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM.

Part One — Michael O’Shea — the making of…

Every documentary begins with a spark. …

Paul McDermott

Documentary producer @learnandsing media studies and journalism @rcfemediadept broadcaster @dublincityfm

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