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After spending over 30 years as co-founder, co-songwriter and drummer in the band Elbow,  Rick left to explore his passion for teaching and mentoring musicians of all abilities, researching the physical and mental benefits of drumming for both neuro-diverse and neuro-typical people of all ages, take a break from touring, spend time with his family and re-connect with the drums. This journey is taking him from being in one of the UK's biggest and critically acclaimed bands, touring the world, winning BRIT's, Ivor Novello's and a Mercury Prize to running Masterclasses at Universities.What a cool geezer.
Almost twenty years ago Colm Mac Con Iomaire was struggling to describe his early attempts at composition and made a distinction between ‘tunes’ and ‘music’. Much of his playing life up to that point had been in the Irish traditional world of ‘tunes’ effectively the dance music which makes up much but by no means all of the instrumental repertoire in Irish traditional music. His father’s people came from the Connemara Gaeltacht and Colm’s family were Irish speakers living in Dublin. The Irish language ‘sean-nós’ unaccompanied singing tradition with its storehouse of ancient and beautiful airs was embedded early on in his musical consciousness. On his mother’s side there was classical instrumental music on the violin and piano and Colm learned to play as a very young child. It was a musical home, one visited by musicians and singers …. a place of naturally occurring opposites …Irish and English(language), rural and urban, classical and traditional, old and new.The creative tension between these two notions of ‘tunes’ and ‘music’ produced a player composer and film score arranger who seems always to have been aware and inspired by the dualities in his musical and cultural world. His first musical collaboration happened while he was still in school. With school friends he started the contemporary trad band Kíla. Freedom to experiment was at the heart of Kíla. It was a cultural call to arms and the timing was crucial for a young musician on the threshold of adult life. Playing in Kíla was accompanied by a long spell busking with band members in Dublin streets. Playing and performing in duos and in big groups of up to twenty became a routine as did meeting other musicians and absorbing a huge mixture of new sounds and musical styles. And a new space opened up…. a world of streets populated by winos, pickpockets, drug-dealers, prostitutes and cops. It was he says his “eye opener on real life”.A friendship with another busker Glen Hansard was followed by a leap into the professional mainstream and a new role, playing fiddle with the wildly popular Frames whose live gigs were and are the stuff of fan lore legend.At the heart of the Frames whirlwind was a still centre. It pulled Colm back and inward. In the late nineties the Irish language television broadcaster TG4 offered opportunities to write scores for film .The compositions he made for these productions came from an interior place whose deep roots lay in traditional Irish music but also in an older way of life and thought, consciously mediated through his personal life lived out in the contemporary space.So it was not surprising that the title for Colm’s first solo album The Hare’s Corner / Cúinne an Ghiorria signified not only an acknowledgement of the importance of that old culture but also an urgent plea for “the hare’s corner” in contemporary culture… a still place where space and time are set aside for something beautiful for its own sake. Hares live in a precarious world protected but also hunted and endangered.His work in film and theatre has allowed him to progress and mature as an orchestrator of his own compositions. And Now the Weather / Agus Anois An Aimsir was critically acclaimed and he toured in Australia and USA with the band.His new record is titled The River Holds Its Breath / Tost Ar An Abhainn and was produced by Bill Whelan. Bill also accompanies Colm on piano. It was recorded in the old-way – playing live to a reel to reel tape-machine.– Nuala O’Connor
I was first introduced to Richie Malone by my good friend Linda McDonnell at my local pub Scholars in Firhouse, Dublin. I had no idea that Richie was the guitarist in legendary band Status Quo.His story is very unique in that he was first introduced to the band as a kid when his father began to take him to the the band's live shows. Richie and his Dad would hang around at the stage door to get a glimpse of Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi, and over time a relationship developed between Rick and Richie. Richie began playing guitar as a teen and modelled his style on Parfitt.Parfitt took a keen interest in Richie and would eventually suggest that if anything ever happened to him Richie should take over on guitar duties. This is real testament to the band and how they valued the fans. A very sweet ethos indeed.Status Quo have released 33 albums since 1968 with Richie contributing 2 songs on the band's 2019 release 'Backbone'. I've never seen Status Quo live but I have so many memories of the numerous hits the band has had from ' Rockin All Over the World' to one of my all time favourites 'Down Down'. Who could ever forget the open chords on the piano from 1985's Live Aid concert and the sense of mischief Rick and Francis would project. This iconic duo have a place in many peoples hearts and Richie's story is truly magical so I hope you like it.  Rock on!Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The World (Live Aid 1985) Malone meets RICK PARFITT DURING STATUS QUO soundcheck Killarney INEC FEB 2008 Quo; Live In Hyde Park, 15th September 2019
Ash is a Northern Irish band formed in Downpatrick, County Down in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, bassist Mark Hamilton and drummer Rick McMurray. As a three-piece, they released mini-album Trailer in 1994 and full-length album 1977 in 1996. This 1996 release was named by NME as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. After the success of their full debut the band recruited Charlotte Hatherley as a guitarist and vocalist, releasing their second record Nu-Clear Sounds in 1998. After narrowly avoiding bankruptcy, the band released Free All Angels in 2001 and a string of successful singles.The band became a three-piece again in 2006 when Hatherley left, and after five conventional albums the band released 26 singles in the A-Z Series in 2009, one every two weeks. The band have had one silver, two gold and two platinum-selling (and chart-topping) records in the United Kingdom, as well as 18 songs in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart.They were associated with Britpop, though as that musical movement emphasised Britishness (a controversial state in Northern Ireland), they were not comfortable with the association.I really enjoyed talking to Rick and it was a very honest depiction of both our experiences on the road.If you like what you hear please leave me a message on my Instagram page or email me at briefencounterpodcast@gmail.com are some links to Rick's social media and some links to information about the band Ash. What a band!
Mark Geary is an Irish singer-songwriter and musician born in Dublin, Ireland.In 1992 he emigrated to New York City living in New York's East Village.Mark began playing the local circuit in venues such as the Sin É alongside Jeff Buckley and worked in popular New York bar The Scratcher.I've known Mark since my time with The Frames beginning in 2003 where we all toured Australia, the States and Inisbofin together.Mark has released 5 studio albums and has contributed to numerous movie soundtracks and T.V. shows. Please see the links below for more information on Mark.é#newyork#thescratcher#mercurylounge#arlenesgrocery#whelans#irishpodcast#montpelierparade#brendanoshea#ireland#irishmusic#jeffbuckley
Paris Monster is a rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The band was formed in 2012. Members include Josh Dion (vocals, drums, keyboards) and Geoff Kraly (bass guitar, modular synthesiser.)The band is best known for their musical virtuosity, as each member often plays multiple instruments simultaneously; the two band members are said to sound like a band of four or five people.Geoff Kraly writes the group's lyrics, and Josh Dion writes the melodies. Kraly has cited Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Monty Python as influences. Monster "A Vision Complete"
Hey Folks,Welcome to episode 6 of my Podcast with Irish drummer Dave Hingerty.On this episode we discuss Dave's Side 4 Collective and how he was inspired to create a musical project that stemmed from his drum beats. Both myself and Dave have both been drummers for Irish band The Frames. We discuss the effects of social media, our experiences playing with Glen Hansard and The Frames, Paul Brady and life as a musician during the Covid pandemic.Side 4 Collective’s debut album We Burn Bright due for release on May 29th via AMS Records features collaborations with Josh Ritter and Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and a stellar array of the world’s finest musicians.To date, Side 4 Collective has released collaborations with artists such as Josh Ritter (Desperate Days), Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and Katy Perry’s MD Adam Marcello (The Flood), Carol Keogh (Cold Front), Farah Elle (Sand and Sails), Aminah and Khan (Freedom Will Come) and Sarah Mc Quillan (Haokah) and Joe Chester (Battles).We Burn Bright also features songs by Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney/Fatima Mansions) and ROMY (Paloma Faith), Ger Griffen (Rollerskate Skinny), Ben Castle, Adrian Crowley, Brian Crosby with words by Sir Ken Robinson, Temperance Cruise (John Donnelly), and Superelectric.Additional instruments by some of Ireland’s top musicians including Robbie Malone (David Gray), Naimee Coleman, Clive Barnes, Cian Boylan, Miriam Ingram, Paul Bushnell, David Oldham, Vincent Sipprell, Colm Querney, Sister Manu, and Conor Brady. and Sails -Side 4 Collective feat. Farah Elle
Hey Folks,Welcome to episode 5 with Kneebody drummer Nate Wood. Over a few pints of Guinness at The Blue Light pub in the Dublin mountains we discuss the history of the band, some of Nate's influences and his current multi instrumental 'Four' project.I saw Kneebody perform in New York a few years ago at Le Poisson Rouge. I was immediately blown away by this incredible band. Their album 'Anti-Hero' is a big favourite of mine.Nate has toured and performed with artists such as George Harrison, Chaka Khan, Sting, Wayne Krantz, Donny McCaslin, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, and the Ed Fry Band.
Adam Marcello has been Katy Perry's drummer and band leader for over a decade. After graduating from Berklee college he moved to Los Angeles and began to build his career as a very much in demand session player.Adam has played on numerous T.V. and Movie soundtracks that include Modern Family, Arrested Development and the HBO series Deadwood.He is an ambassador for Roland and has performed on shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Super Bowl and in The White House. This Podcast consists of 2 drummers sharing stories over a few pints of Guinness in the Dublin mountains  at one of our favourite pubs The Blue Light. I hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did. 
Hey Folks,On this episode Jim talks about his work in T.V., Film, Show bands and theatre.Jim is a good friend of mine and I loved talking to him. This was a delightful conversation. #coronationstreet #zcars #belladoyle #thebill #theirishrm #jimbartley #faircity #irishactor #thepinkpantherstrikesagain #tolkarow #taffin #thefantastist #warofthebuttons #olympiatheatre #irishpodcast #irishactors #acting #irelandarts
Jim grew up in Drimnagh, Dublin in the 40s and 50s and made his stage debut at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin in Illsley and McCabeʼs production of The Remarkable Mr. Pennycracker alongside Gay Byrne and Larry Gogan.Byrne and Gogan went on to become iconic T.V. and radio Irish broadcasters while Bartley has had an acting career that has spanned over 7 decades.He began his T.V. career in 1964 playing Sean Nolan in Tolka Row which ran until 1968. This led to acting parts in Z Cars, Coronation Street, The Bill and The Irish R.M.Jim has played the character Bella Doyle for over 30 years in the Irish soap opera Fair City and has been in films such as The Fantasist, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Taffin and War of The Buttons.There are many shades to his illustrious career and in this Podacast we talk about life growing up in Dublin as well as the beginnings of Jim's career.Part 2 of this Podcast will available from March 13th where we delve a little deeper into Jim's career and personal life.Please like and subscribe on Instagram, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.
Graham Hopkins is truly one of the great Irish drummers. He's played with Glen Hansard, The Frames, Delores O' Riordan, Therapy, My Little Funhouse, David Keenan, Gemma Hayes, Snow Patrol and his own band Halite to name but a few.On this episode we talk about how we first met along with Graham's time living in L.A. as a member of My Little Funhouse. The band was signed to Geffen records and at the mere age of 16 he was mixing with the likes of Guns N' Roses and Alice in chains.We discuss our love for drumming and many of the drummers that have inspired us over the years as the obligatory bit of messing. Typical drummers!Both Graham and I are share duties on 4 albums together which I discovered while researching for this Podcast. The are Pugwash 'Jollity' and 'Giddy'. The 'Once' Soundtrack featuring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and Q's 'Root to The Fruit.You can find me on Instagram at: and on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts me at
For my first ever Podcast I spoke to lead singer from Picturehouse Dave Browne.We reflect on a 30 year musical career together and discuss the many line up changes the band has had.I've known Dave since I was about 9 years old and joined a my first band 'Hidden Faces' with him in 1989 at age 14. I never looked back after that.Dave formed Picturehouse in 1990 but I didn't join until 97'.Sadly we've lost some members and crew over the last few years which we talk about.It was a great time in my life. We had some luck but also in hindsight made some mistakes. I hope you enjoy this very honest interview.Please like and subscribe!My Instagram page you can email me at
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Feb 7th, 2020
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Oct 9th, 2020
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