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Hitting the right note at the Music Library

Peter MocDid you know that in Dublin City’s music library we hold regular popular music events? Some of our very successful recent events included a drumming workshop with Neil Dowling, a recital with Chilian pianist Nelson Olivares and Irish song-writer and singer Shay Cotter, and a talk and performance of Duke Ellington’s music by Czech guitarist Peter Moc (pictured right).

Come join us in December and nourish the soul at lunchtime with The Notabelles – A female barbershop chorus singing a Christmas Medley on Monday 11th Dec, and on Wednesday 13th Dec Aileen Cahill and the students of Maynooth College present “Jingle all the Way” carols to celebrate the Christmas season. See more details: Christmas at the Music Library.

Hail! the Poet of Rock and Roll is Dead

Chuck Berry"Down in Louisiana close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play guitar just like a ringing bell”.
Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry 1957.
 
Chuck Berry passed away on March 18 2017 aged 90. I was so lucky to have seen him in Vicar Street Dublin in the 1990s and danced with him on stage! I have photos to prove it but I am not posting them here; it was one of the highlights of my life... sad I know. BTW it was before mobile phone cameras so thanks to the gentleman from Cavan who took the photos and posted them to me.

The Orchestra of St Cecilia Collection: 1995 – 2014

Orchestra of St Cecila logoThe Dublin City Public Library and Archive has recently acquired the Orchestra of St Cecilia Collection, deposited by manager/artistic director Lindsay Armstrong after his retirement and the dissolution of the company at the end of 2014. The collection comprises Armstrong’s comprehensive administrative records.  It documents the detailed practicalities of managing an orchestra and putting on independent concerts. The collection includes concert programmes, posters, flyers, correspondence, programme notes, recordings, soloists and conductor’ biographies and  administrative documents. Access to the collection provides unparalleled insight into the processes involved in professional orchestra and event management from the turn of the twenty-first century through recession times in Dublin. Find out more and view some items from the Orchestra of St Cecilia Collection...

Dublin City Library & Archive formally accepted the donation with a reception on Tuesday 22 November 2016.

On Raglan Road - Irish Love Songs and their Inspiration

loveIn this podcast, 'On Raglan Road; Great Irish Love Songs and the Women who Inspired Them' writer and poet Gerard Hanberry explains the inspiration behind well-known Irish songs and ballads. Have you ever wondered who the ‘Galway Girl’ was, or if there was a real-life ‘Nancy Spain’. Would you like to discover the inspiration behind Brendan Graham's hugely successful and much covered 'You Raise Me Up'? Learn the often surprising, sometimes bittersweet but always absorbing stories of the real women who inspired some of the world’s finest love songs.

Gerry Hanberry is a writer, poet, musician. Read more about the stories behind great Irish love songs in Gerry's new book On Raglan Road, published this September.

The Future is Dead. David Bowie (1947-2016)

David BowieDavid Bowie was The Future. His first solo album 'Space Oddity' was released at the peak of The Space Race between the US and the USSR in 1969. It portrays the plight of an astronaut alienated from his planet and family. This could have been influenced by the Kubrick film '2001: A Space Odyssey'. In 1971 'Life on Mars' tells of ordinary teenage frustration and the desire to be somewhere else, and all the big questions, ‘Is there Life on Mars?”. Both themes have been endless material for science fiction, film and music and science.

Poetry, Prose and Music at Pearse St Library

Crogh WritersOn Wednesday, 9th December, in Pearse Street Library, we had the dual pleasure of listening to members of Clogh Writers' Group reading a selection of their writings, poetry and prose, and music provided by the Carlow Ramblers. Indeed the Ramblers put on a set dancing performance as well!

From a village in north Kilkenny, The Clogh Writers' Group have published a number of anthologies, namely Only Wanted Andy Brennan (1996), From the Heart (1997), The Echo of Familiar Voices (2000) and most recently Kilpatrick (2014) .

You can view below the photo slideshow from the event in Pearse Street Library.

Ireland's Harp: shaping a nation's identity

Irish HarpMary Louise O’Donnell gave a talk and recital titled "Ireland's Harp: shaping a nation's identity" in the Central Library, Ilac Centre on 12 March. Her talk traces the history and evolution of this treasured national emblem and glorious musical tradition. You can listen to a recording of the event below or download to listen to offline.

The image of the harp – symbolic of the political and cultural landscape of Ireland for centuries – evokes strong sentiments in the collective Irish imagination. This iconic instrument became the emblem on Irish coinage in the sixteenth century. Since then it has been symbolic of Irish culture, music, and politics – finally evolving into a significant marker of national identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

New! Naxos Online Music Library

Naxos Music Library

What type of music do you like... classical, folk jazz, world? At the click of a mouse, you can now listen to your favourite pieces on demand or find out about your favourite composer. Naxos Online Music Library will allow you to do just that.

Thicke'ing' all the right boxes but leaving 5 Marooned

Music CDThis Post was submitted by Guest Blogger Amy Connolly.

I saw Maroon 5 perform in the o2 in late January of this year. I had waited a long time to see them as they were initially supposed to be in Dublin June 2013, but postponed their dates by nearly half a year! As their new date did approach I was pleased to see that Robin Thicke was their support act! In fact, I think, as the date got closer, I was more looking forward to Robin Thicke than Maroon 5.

Blurred LinesRobin Thicke's performance on the night was fantastic. Everyone there seemed to enjoy it. He made use of every inch of the stage strutting his stuff. His songs were fun and light with bags of swagger. I would definitely get a ticket to see him again. If you would like to hear his album 'Blurred Lines' check out the deluxe edition available at the Music Library. His performance of his chart-topping hit 'Blurred Lines' on the night was fantastic. It was bouncy, fun and had everyone moving to the beat. Thicke is an all round entertainer; he can sing, he can dance and most importantly he can draw every single member of his audience in to enjoying every moment he’s on stage.

Desert Island Picks

DESERT ISLAND PICKS

desert islandSo. If you were marooned on a desert island, and could have only one book, one film, and one cd with you, what would they be? Frankly I’m doing well to get it down to five of each: choosing just one is incredibly difficult, and, in a couple of months time, I’d probably give completely different answers. It all depends on what mood we’re in, and where we are in our lives. So I’ve simply gone with: which ones do I keep coming back to over time. Feel free to post your own up.

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