Books recommendations, with a little help from my friends..

I’m always on the lookout for book recommendations, so I canvassed some of my friends, favourite bloggers and my husband for their book choices! My esteemed panel didn’t steer me wrong and now I’ve added to my already overwhelming book backlog and I hope you will too.

Without further ado…

Barry Finnimore is a singer/songwriter, a barista and my husband (n’awww). He’s just started working on his 3rd EP and always puts the seat down. www.facebook.com/barryfinnimoremusic

His Choice: Life by Keith Richardsbarry 1Deirdre Foley is a co-founder of www.vivaadonis.com and is a History grad & mPhil student. She can rock a red lippie like nobody else I know.

Her Choice: Fathers Come First by Rosita SweetmanDee 1.jpg

Co-incidentally, Rosita’s daughter, Chupi Sweetman Durney, herself an insanely talented jewelry designer, also gave me a little recommendation.

Chupi’s designs are amazingly beautiful and intricate, and I’m the very proud owner of an engagement ring and wedding ring designed by her. Her website is www.chupi.ie
Her Choice: A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Claire Kane has been responsible for quite a few wonderful blogging adventures, her latest is http://clairebyreverie.com/, which she describes as An Irish Beauty Blog with a Little More. A qualified personal trainer and Sports Nutritionist, she also runs http://voltafitness.co/ I don’t know where she finds the time!!

Her Choices: Girlboss by Sophia AmorusoClaire 1.jpg

Room by Emma DonoghueClaire 3.jpg

Niall Murray is the singer and guitarist with Dublin 5 piece “Handsome Handsome”. If you get a chance to see this band live: Do It!! https://www.facebook.com/HndsmHndsm:

His Choice: Catch 22 by Joseph HellerNiall M

Paula Dennan is the writer behind one of my very favourite blogs, http://cornflakegirlsmusings.com/  If she gives a book recommendation, you definitely follow it!!

Her Choices: Northern Lights by Philip PullmanPaula 1

Tender by Belinda McKeonPaula 2.jpgSoooo, there you have it, quite a long post, but some really great recommendations, my Kindle list has now exploded!!

Happy reading, and happy new year, xx

She Shook Me – €1.00 EP

Hello!

To celebrate a great year (which included our marriage in October) we’ve decided to sell our She Shook Me EP (5 tracks) for €1.00 on our Bandcamp page – www.barryfinnimore.bandcamp.com 

We’d be delighted if you’d download a copy, consider it our wedding present!!

We recorded it at Orphan Studios in Dublin, with Gavin Glass producing.

We were/are immensely proud of our work on it and it paid off with lots of airplay and good reviews, particularly for the title track, She Shook Me.

 

😀

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Our wedding day, October 2015

Gavin Glass @ Whelan’s, Dublin

Last Sunday night, I went to a gig.

A belter of a gig.

A hot, sticky, love-infused belter of a gig.

Gavin Glass brought his New Shakers (not a euphemism, it’s his band’s name… actually maybe it *is* a euphemism??) and his Sunday Songs along to Whelan’s on Wexford St for a good auld airing.

I missed NC Lawlor, the first warm up, and arrived just as the Sleep Thieves were finishing up.

Without much ado, or any introduction, Gavin burst onstage and straight into a couple of numbers before declaring “Happy Sunday Songs everyone!!”

While not packed, the room was a who’s-who of Dublin music – I spotted a couple of Hot Sprockets, Ross Turner (drummer with Lisa Hannigan, also drums on some of Sunday Songs), Tomo (drummer with Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan), Shane Fitzsimons (bassist) and I was standing… next… to… Paul… Noonan… from… Bell… X… 1…

I was madly starstruck, mainly because Rocky Took a Lover is one of my favourite tunes, and we’re planning on playing it at our wedding. Gush.

Anyway, I digress… Gavin grooved through his new Sunday Songs, along with some of his oldies, such as Just Like Rome and Myna Birds.

A gig filled with love, there were lots of “Happy Birthday Gav!”, thrown up from the crowd and, in a moment of love supreme, Gav announced that his mot is expecting their first child.

A few misty eyes in the house after that.

A highlight of the night was his rendition of Witchita Lineman, where he was joined on stage by Conor O’Brien of Villagers (who knew he was so short?).

Rarely have I come away from a gig with so much joy in my heart, it was really special.

❤ you Gav.

Hazel

Sunday Songs is available on iTunes and in Tower Records….

Here is the title track 🙂

Courtney Barnett in Whelans

On April 4th, my fella and I popped along to Courtney Barnett’s sold-out gig at Whelan’s, Dublin.

It was a warm Saturday night and I was kinda “meh” about going out, to be honest, but I am so glad we did!

Barry heard Courtney on TXFM some time last year and I bought him her EP ” A Sea of Split Peas”. I loved her grungey, almost monotone trails of consciousness lyrics:

“the paramedic thinks I’m clever because I play guitar. I think she’s clever because she stops people dying”

and her wordplay “it’s Monday, so mundane”.

The gig was sweaty and jammers. The middle aged lady in front of me was pressed up so close against me, I think she got me pregnant…

Courtney and her band played a blinder, a lot poppier than I’d imagined and almost psychadelic in places. I thought she was gonna lob herself in to the drum kit and a couple of points, but she managed to restrain herself!

She was cool enough to come to the merchandise stand after the gig and do some signing, which was deadly, my boyfriend was thrilled cos he had popped over to buy me a copy of her new EP “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and sometimes I just Sit” as a Thank You for the gig tickets.

She gave me a big wave through the crowd too. She has an amazing fringe. And a Torvill and Dean tshirt. Total girl crush.

Moi’s EP (I think you can tell from her handwriting that she totally wants to be my bestie)

Courtney Barnett EP

This is my favourite track, from her debut EP

Great Friday 2

So many people I know seem to be in a slump lately, me included, so I’m making an effort today to be a bit kinder to myself.

Inspired by a flick through Facebook, I visited my local leisure centre to use their pool. It’s years since I last swam and I was half-scared that I’d forgotten how and drown! But no, I had a bit of a swim, jacuzzi and sauna (jaysis, it’d roast ya in there!!) and then brunch in Sister Sadie’s on Harrington St.

Now, I’m listening to my favourite album (Gracelands), drinking peppermint tea from my favourite mug and just being delighted with myself 😉

Have a great Friday, chaps x

Culture Vulture at The Odessa

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Just a quick note about my night…

Barry and myself went to the Odessa to Culture Vulture, a monthly night curated by Tony Clayton-Lea.

This month’s guests were John Cummins, Lisa O’Neill and Lenny Abrahamson, who did a Q and A.

Lisa’s set blew the doors off the room, it was lovely, charming and quirky, like the lady herself. We saw her a while back supporting Rodriguez in Vicar Street, and I fell in love with her song Elvis, I give you Irish Stew. Her between-song chats were great too, so engaging and fun.

John Cummins is the Irish Slam Poet Champion and an absolute legend. I believe he should be the poet laureate. His line about “Agenda Kenny” got a whoop last night.

Here’s John in action at the Brownbread Mix in 2010.

We had a great night, can’t wait to see who’s up next month.

🙂

*Culture Vulture poster from the Odessa’s website

Featured on Picture This

Woop!!

Picture This is one of my favourite sites and Facebook pages and when they said they were looking for bands/musicians to feature, my hand shot straight up.

They very kindly wrote a lovely feature about us on their site –

Here’s a teeny snippet:

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The full interview is at: http://www.picturethisdublin.com/blog/item/barry-finnimore/220

🙂