and the Pan-National Avant-Garde

I recently found a cache of old MiniDiscs (remember them) containing some of my Cork Campus Radio interviews from the mid-late 90s. This interview with Sean O’Hagan was recorded a few weeks prior to the release of The High Llamas’ Cold and Bouncy on 26 January 1997. The quality on…


an oral history by Paul McDermott

Part 1 — Lights! Camel! Action! — the story of STUMP (is here)

Part 2 — Postscript

As part of the Irish Examiner series “B-Side the Leeside — Cork’s Greatest Records” I wrote a feature on Stump’s A Fierce Pancake:

For the article I spoke to Stump members…


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…


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…


“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…


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.

The oral history is drawn from interviews that were conducted during 2018 and 2019 and contains many contributions…


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…


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…


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…


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…

Paul McDermott

educator — broadcaster — documentary producer — writer

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