The presenter and DJ on Kevin Barry’s magnificence, and his admiration of Kerry compatriot Jessie Buckley
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Kevin Barry’s Night Boat to Tangier is a comic masterpiece. It’s based around two aging drug dealers who travel to Spain for the last time. That’s the bones of it, but it’s an incredible study of a friendship. In typical Kevin Barry fashion, he seems to write about how Irish characters feel better than anyone I know. I have no doubt that Barry is up there with the greats – we’re lucky he operates in our lifetime.
I was lucky enough to see Michael Keegan-Dolan’s production of Giselle in 2003. It was a game-changer for me. I had never seen dance presented so visually before – unexpected stuff that hits you like a comet and forces you to see the world differently afterwards is the best. Every production since has been strikingly beautiful.
The Livelong Day by Lankum is an absolute triumph. They’re at the epicentre of a huge shift in traditional music’s tectonic plates. They are both reinventing the form and forging brave new ground. When someone takes the game up this far, all boats rise. Having said that, my album of the year is Sentinel by Jape. It’s a profound meditation on love and loss set in a kind of sonic dream world. It’s a high watermark in a career of peaks for Richie Egan.
Emmet Kirwan never fails to blow me away, and he’s also a brilliant writer. Some people make it look so easy don’t they? Tommy Tiernan is another favourite. He was great in Dark Lies the Island. And as a Kerryman, it was lovely to watch the continued rise of Jessie Buckley this year. I saw her in Wild Rose and was so impressed with how she inhabited her character, and with a perfect Glaswegian accent. She rocks hard.
The only podcasts I listen to are James Yorkston’s 46-30, and occasionally The Blindboy Podcast. I know it’s harder to meet somebody who isn’t doing a podcast at present so I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I’m planning on entering the crowded market myself in 2020, so make some room! The theme is creative journeys, of all sorts. I’ll be recording it live at Luncheonette in NCAD, so we’ll have food and then I’ll make a programme. It’s been eight years since I was on the radio and the state of radio is so sad at present. I’ll try to bring the idea of radio to a new context.
I’m going to have to say This Ain’t No Disco. It’s music television, just not on old telly, that’s all. We decided to do the best we could to create a place where the music could go. It’s a safe haven to store all that gold at the very least. We made four shows in 2017, and we return with another four-part series, which we’re funding through Patreon. It feels good to be back, doing our bit.
I went to see Joker twice, and it was such a treat for the eyes. It had incredible set design, incredible cinematography, and harks back to a different, classic age of cinema. It gets a perfect 10 from me.
The first episode of This Ain’t No Disco series two is online now. See thisaintnodisco.ie