Soft-spoken, humble and considered. We need more men like Matt McGinn on this planet. He's a revelation and a rarity. A songwriter who sings about the personal and now on his third album 'The End of The Common Man' he sings about the political too. Politics with a small 'p' which is another way of saying equality.
Seeing Sylk live for the first time was an unforgettable experience at HWCH last October. A trio live - vocals, beats and lights - they instantly created their own distinct atmosphere. Think Depeche Mode at their darkest and you're not a million miles away. In person they are warm and full of enthusiasm. As always I came away with fresh knowledge! Listen below:
Judy Collins - wow - where do you start? I grew up listening to this woman and always thought she was way cool but nothing prepared for me meeting her. Words just can't do justice to her awesomeness. She is just so on it, in every way. She's been through the mill and has come through with some of the most refreshing attitudes to life you'll ever encounter. Judy is an artist and a healer. She's got something for all of us, of that there's no doubt.
A very interesting encounter with an artist who prides herself on her honesty. You can hear the hesitation in her voice when I ask Martha about optimism and a few moments later the reason why is revealed. Why you can't see is the beautiful surroundings of this interview - the vestry at St Patricks Cathedral in Dublin. Thanks to Temple Bar Tradfest for setting this interview up.
Anna Mitchell visited Born Optimistic HQ as she gears up for the release of her second album. Her music encompasses many styles united by a direct lyrical style which doesn't shy away from taking potshots. As was discovered during this interview, Anna gets it all out in her songs, which allows her a carefree 'real' life. An intriguing and informative insight into the mind of the most important Irish artists making records today. Check out her music, videos and tour dates at annamitchellmusic.com