The Motley Christmas Playlist

  Music Editor Cathal Donovan O’Neill gifts you the hollyist, jolliest of Christmas jams It’s that time of year again! From December 1st onwards, every radio station will be in Christmas mode. You’re about to drown in a deluge of Mariah Carey, The Pogues and, God help you, John Lennon. It can be fun, but sometimes you need a break. Something a little different. That’s … Continue reading The Motley Christmas Playlist

Interview: AURORA

Norwegian singer Aurora talks to Laurie Shelly about writing songs to save the planet, finding power in being gentle, and lending her voice to Disney’s Frozen 2.    Aurora Aksnes grew up in a forest, because of course she did. Her family lived near Lysefjord, which translates as ‘fjord of light.’ “I miss Norway a lot,” she tells me when I talk to her in … Continue reading Interview: AURORA

David Gray Comes to Cork 2020

 Singer/songwriter David Gray’s stopping in Cork for the 20th anniversary of Ireland’s biggest-selling album, Motley reports. ‘The White Ladder’ was a low-budget success story. Singles such as ‘Babylon’ inspired countless successors, including the current boom of British acoustic guitar-led music. It spent 3 consecutive years in the UK charts and sold 350,000 copies in that time.     The album is getting a reissue and … Continue reading David Gray Comes to Cork 2020

Interview: Orla Gartland

  In between stops on a U.S. tour, Irish pop singer Orla Gartland found some time in her crazy schedule to chat with Motley Deputy Editor-in-Chief Laurie Shelly about her newest song, the changing face of YouTube, writing for K-pop boyband BTS, and why people should care about pop music. People on the internet speak nostalgically of a golden age of the video-sharing website YouTube. … Continue reading Interview: Orla Gartland

Inhaler Live @Cyprus Avenue

Carly Fitzgerald was on the scene to capture the hot band’s Cork concert. Photo Credit: Carly Fitzgerald   Inhaler is a four-piece rock band from Dublin that consists of Elijah Hewson (guitar and vocals), Robert Keating (bass), Josh Jenkinson (lead guitar), and Ryan McMahon (drums). They met in school and bonded over their love of music and bands such as The Stones Roses and The … Continue reading Inhaler Live @Cyprus Avenue