Shannon On The Boyne

Polish group Shannon are a genuine musical phenomenon, playing Irish and other Celtic musics with huge skill, panache and great authenticity. Based in the northern city of Olsztyn, they have performing in various shapes and line-ups for more than twenty years. On very special occasions, they perform as the Celtic Rivers Orchestra, augmented by a twenty-piece string section. Regrettably the …

John Shevlin, Milliner

Meeting John Shevlin for the first time in full James Joyce mode is quite a startling experience. The resemblance to Ireland’s greatest writer is uncanny. As the official Joyce lookalike for the James Joyce Centre in Dublin, he is inevitably in great demand around Bloomsday. In his professional life, John is a second generation hat maker. He learned his trade …

Henry McCullough, Musician

Henry McCullough had the distinction of being the only Irish musician to play at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. As Joe Cocker’s guitarist, he featured in one of the most memorable performances of the entire event – Cocker’s mighty rendition of A Little Help From My Friends.  I had the pleasure of doing a lengthy interview with Henry on …