Show 387 of The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM. Along with 113 shows of Culture Cafe, before I moved to London, that is a total of 500 shows on 2XM, which I have to say, I’m very chuffed with. Here’s to 500 more! Here’s what went down on this week’s episode of The London Ear, with my special guest, Chris Anderson from London Irish band, Missing The Ferry.
Thanks very much to Matt Taylor and Rachel for sending me their voice notes to introduce their tracks.
From The Vault: Dara
This week’s Irish track From The Vault comes from Dara. Dara, aka Daragh O’Toole, released an album called ‘The Eye of The Clock’ in 2000. I loved this album. When I was working in a post-production house, making CDs and cassettes, we manufactured Dara’s album. I was lucky enough to hear this album and the singles before release and I absolutely adored the production on it. Daragh has a knack with strings and arrangement and also did the string arrangement on U2’s The Sweetest Thing and has done lots of film work including ‘The Gangs of New York.’ P.S. Josie Doherty’s vocals on this track are absolutely immense.
Daragh is still making music, you can find him on his website.
Sound of The Underground
Sound of The Underground is the section of the programme where I introduce you to a London-based artist or band. This week’s artist is Moreish Idols. Originally from Cornwall, the band moved to London and signed to Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label. Dan is a bit of a legend and worked on Fontaines D.C.’s ‘Dogrel’ amongst others.
It was great to catch up with Chris from Missing The Ferry to chat about the band’s new single, ‘Castlebar’. Chris was previously a guest on The London Ear as a member of elephants and castles.
Chris, his brothers, and a childhood friend formed Missing The Ferry in St Albans and over the past couple of years, have built up a nice little following here in London with their London Irish music. It’s a good mixture of Irish folk mixed with contemporary tales.
I chatted to Chris about his second-generation Irish identity, the convergence of punk and folk and Tony Cascarino. Spoiler: Tony Cascarino was on my train just before I spoke to Chris.
Here’s what was was on the playlist for this week’s episode of The London Ear.
Sinead O’Brien: Good Times Are Coming
Vale: Warning Sign
Rachel: Maybe We Could Be Something
Kae Temptest feat Grian Chattan: I Saw Light
Roe: I Dare You
Ger Eaton: Phoenix (Reborn)
Dani Larkin: Heron, Until We’re Free
Sack: Sleeping On The Floor
Sam O.G. Heated
From The Vault – Dara: The Way
Aby Coulibaly: On My Ones
The Clumsy Giantess x Shammen Delly x Tuath: Summer Is A Cumin In Hour 2
Working Mens Club: Circumference
Naked Lungs: Why Do People Change
Sound Of THe Underground: Moreish Idols
Matt Taylor: April 13th
Interview with Chris from Missing The Ferry
Missing The Ferry: Duty Free
Interview with Chris from Missing The Ferry Part 2
Missing The Ferry: Castlebar
The Whileaways: Toss The Bobbin
Mogwai: Bolt For Cover
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