Rank #1: TPOE 134: Mick Flannery
Mick Flannery is a busy boy at the moment - he's releasing his self-titled sixth studio album on July 5 and has collaborated to turn his 2007 album Evening Train into a musical of the same name for Cork Midsummer. It runs at the Everyman June 14-23. Synopsis: West Cork: Grace dreams of a new life far away from here as she waits for Luther; he's late. Again. Elsewhere in town, bartender Frank surrenders yet another paycheck to cover his reckless brother's gambling debts, while Luther promises Grace that by Christmas, he'll have made enough money to get them out of here. Before long, a high stakes game is underway in which everyone is a player, whether they like it or not. He talks to Zara Hedderman about how Evening Train (the musical) came about, making music with other songwriters, his journey in music, keeping things challenging and more.
Rank #2: TPOE 133: Vicky Langan (Open Ear Festival)
Vicky Langan is a Cork-based artist and is also involved in putting together the fourth edition of Open Ear Festival, which takes place on Sherkin Island, West Cork, this weekend, May 30 to June 2. It's a bit different to the music festival norm, which gives a platform to Irish artists involved in the experimental and electronic music scene. Tickets might still be available on openear.ie. I talked to Vicky about some of the acts playing this year's edition, what we can expect from her own set with Aaron Dilloway, how she got involved in Open Ear and what's involved in putting something like this together, her own music, It Takes a Village, Junior Brother and more.
Rank #3: TPOE 132: The State Of Cork (Live at It Takes A Village 2019)
The Point Of Everything podcast returned to It Takes A Village festival in Trabolgan for a panel on The State Of Cork. Ellie O'Byrne (journalist), Greg Dowling (Fish Go Deep) and Lisa O'Flynn (DJ, Plugd) discuss some of the issues facing the arts in Cork, from artist spaces - or the lackthereof - to the events centre, drawing a crowd, later closing times and more.
Rank #4: TPOE 131: Pillow Queens
Pillow Queens (Cathy, Pamela, Rachel and Sarah) are one of my favourite bands of recent years so I was delighted to talk to them on the eve of their UK/EU tour supporting Soak. They talk about tour prep, not forming on a basketball court, how 'Gay Girls', one of the songs of the decade, came about, and what's next for the four piece. Pillow Queens Irish tour dates: May 28 - Live at St Luke’s, Cork* May 29 - Dolan’s, Limerick* May 30 - Button Factory, Dublin* May 31 - The Glassworks Derry* June 1 - Vantastival, Drogheda June 2 - K-Fest, Kerry June 3 - Forbidden Fruit, Dublin June 21-23 - Body & Soul Festival, Westmeath June 29 - Mother Pride Block Party, Dublin August 1-3 - All Together Now Festival, Waterford * supporting Soak
Rank #5: TPOE 130: Cian Ó Cíobháin (An Taobh Tuathail)
Cian Ó Cíobháin marks 20 years of An Taobh Tuathail this week. Broadcast on Raidio na Gaeltachta, Monday to Friday, 10pm to midnight, the show runs the gamut of genres, from ambient, folk and soundscape, to indie, techno and dance. It's a voyage of discovery. Over a 45-minute interview, Cian discusses how he got involved in radio, how his love of music developed, what listeners can expect from his show this week to mark the anniversary, and lots more.
Rank #6: TPOE 129: Anna Mieke
Anna Mieke releases her debut album, Idle Mind, on Friday, April 26. It's been honed and crafted over the past number of years as the singer-songwriter toured the country and travelled the world, from Wicklow to Granada, Cork to New Zealand. We talk about how her tracks have developed over the years, where inspiration comes from and what - and where - is next for one of the best new artists in the country. Anna Mieke tour dates: April 24: The Spirit Store, Dundalk (presented by Homebeat) April 25: : Plugd Records, Upstairs at The Roundy, Cork (presented by Homebeat) April 26: Unitarian Church, Dublin (presented by Homebeat) April 27: Róisín Dubh, Galway (presented by Homebeat) May 12: Trabolgan, Cork - It Takes A Village Festival
Rank #7: TPOE 127: Fixity (Dan Walsh)
Ahead of releasing their second album No Man Can Tell on Penske Records on April 12, Cork artist Dan Walsh returns to the TPOE podcast to discuss how it was recorded and the ideas and musicians behind it. Dan appeared on TPOE 37 if you want a more general overview/interview of Fixity - this chat goes in deep on No Man Can Tell. Fixity tour dates: 12/04 - Cork | Plugd 13/04 - Waterford | The Rogue Gallery & Studios 20/04 - Letterkenny | Disturbance [No.58] 25/04 - Galway | The Black Gate Cultural Centre 26/04 - Limerick | The Commercial 27/04 - Clifden | Mullarkeys Bar Clifden 02/05 - Dublin | Anseo Camden Street 04/05 - Ballydehob | Levis' Bar 05/05 - London | New River Studios
Rank #8: TPOE 126: Bob Gallagher
Bob Gallagher has directed some of my favourite music videos of recent years for some of my favourite bands, including Pillow Queens, Villagers and Girl Band. He recently held his first solo photography exhibition at the Darkroom on North Brunswick Street in Dublin City. Entitled Forced Perspective, it was an experiment with an analogue photographic process and 3D stills. Acts featured included Wastefellow, Loah, TPM, Naoise Roo, Villagers, The Claque and Junior Brother. On April 18 at Dublin's Button Factory, Gallagher takes part in Under My Garage, a late-night 'talk show' featuring discussion, music and live visuals. "Now, for one night only, Gallagher invites you on a journey through his subconscious, transforming the Button Factory into the set of a fictional late night talk show to meet some of his closest collaborators, dissect his work, watch some never-before-seen footage and find out where the bodies are buried. Warning: it will be weird." It features Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Pillow Queens, Myles Manley, Cal Folger Day and Bryan Quinn, with more to be announced - and music from the Under My Garage House Band. Brid O'Donovan talked to Bob about his photography process for the Forced Perspective exhibition, how it came about, collaboration and what's next.
Rank #9: TPOE 125: Inni-K
Eithne Ni Chathain aka Inni-K released her second album, The Hare and the Line, at the start of March. On release day, I went to Eithne's house to talk about the excitement of a new release, the work that's involved, the process that led to the creation of the follow-up to debut album The King has Two Horse’s Ears. "If it's your goal to be an artist and to write music and to play music, it's an ongoing process, you keep at it" Inni-K tour dates: April 5: Coughlan’s, Cork April 6: Levis’, Ballydehob, Co. Cork April 11: Whelan’s, Dublin April 12: Black Gate Cultural Centre, Galway April 26: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare May 9: Verein 08, Vienna, Austria May 16: Bettstadt Bar, Lucerne, Switzerland June 6: Green Note, Camden, London June 26: Black Box, Belfast
Rank #10: TPOE 124: Lankum
Ahead of Lankum's headline show at Live at St Luke's in Cork, supported by Jimmy Crowley, on St Patrick's Day, Daragh Lynch joined the podcast to discuss their journey to date, from touring the world with his brother Ian in their late teens and early twenties to finding Cormac Mac Diarmada and Radie Peat and getting a slot on Later With Jools Holland. They're released two albums in the past few years, Cold Old Fire and Between The Earth and Sky. We talked two days before they were heading back into the studio so listen closely for some recording secrets. Live at St Luke's St Patrick's Weekend: March 15: Interference and Elaine Malone March 16: Scullion and Anna Mieke March 17: Lankum and Jimmy Crowley Lankum live dates: March 17: Live at St Luke's, Cork April 26: The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh May 19: Komedia, Bath Festival May 26: USOPOP Festival, Sare, Labourd, Basque May 28, 29: Cafe Oto, London