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Tale of the Gael – Collège des Coudriers – 15.11.2013

Attending GLAS events in Geneva is often like heading home to Ireland for an evening without any need for Aer Lingus (and their stupidly early morning return flight); and last night was one of those occasions. Tale of the Gael is a kind of collective of musicians whose centre of gravity is Catherine Rhatigan and her harp.They perform themed evenings...

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Paléo Festival – Nyon – 23-28.07.2013

I have a feeling this won’t go down as one of the better Paléo years. I haven’t been reading reviews in the local press, but if the two nights I was there for are anything to go by, the musical highlights were few and far between. Of course Paléo is about a whole lot more than music. For a sizable...

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Bruce Springsteen – Stade de Genève – 03.07.2013

So now I understand. For years friends whose musical guidance I regard highly would rave about Bruce Springsteen, but I never really got it. Sure, I could hum along to Born To Run and have been known to perform The River in bars now and again. But I couldn’t really see what inspired the passion – even having watched his...

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Maria Doyle Kennedy – Collège des Coudriers – 24.05.2013

I was lucky enough to be able to attend another GLAS concert in Geneva last week. This time Denis McClean moved heaven and earth to bring Maria Doyle Kennedy to town for what was another memorable night in the Aula at the Collège des Coudriers. There’s something about the setting that seems to bring the best out of the artists...

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Cali – Palladium – 14.03.2013

Unfortunately we had to leave this gig midway through the main attraction. When you tell the babysitter you’ll be back by 11:00 it’s not good form to turn up an hour later on a school night. Still, it was very lovely to be out at a gig with Nadine again – an irregular occurrence these days. It was part of...

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Moya Brennan – Collège des Coudriers – 06.12.2012

From start to finish this was a thoroughly enjoyable evening of songs and music that left me feeling supremely relaxed, nostalgic for home and for my childhood, and just a little bit Christmassy. Moya Brennan, the lead singer of Clannad, they of the haunting harmonies and Celtic melodies, led her band in a beautifully balanced set of old folk songs...

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Suzanne Vega – D! Club – 04.11.2012

My student days at DCU influenced my own music activities in two major ways. Firstly there were the regular gigs in the student union bar, singing Britpop, Beatles and Christy Moore to crowds of drunken students. I cut my live teeth during those years and have some hazy memories of great nights. But the other big influence centred around the...

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Luka Bloom – Collège des Coudriers – 16.10.2012

It’s not all that often that we have the chance to see top Irish entertainers live in Geneva. When we do it’s usually thanks to the efforts of Denis McClean and the Geneva Literary Aid Society. Last night’s Luka Bloom gig raised more than 6,000 CHF for the Edith Wilkins Foundation, a charity that cares for homeless children in India....

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Of Monsters and Men – Melkweg – 04.09.2012

A work-related visit to Amsterdam (for IBC 2012) gave me an opportunity to catch a gig in the Melkweg. Even though it was officially sold out, I had a feeling I’d be able to pick up a ticket outside the venue. Sure enough, I met a very nice man who sold me his spare ticket for the face value of...

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Paléo Festival – Nyon – 17-22.07.2012

I’ve been intending to write a post about the Paléo Festival, given that gig reviews have made up a large portion of my posts in the past. Paléo is a six day music and arts festival that takes place in the town of Nyon, mid-way between Geneva and Lausanne. It’s a really nice festival: great food, clean toilets, and lots...