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A blog by Derek Flynn

Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03

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Modwordsfest Returns to Waterford

Posted by Derek Flynn on 9 July 2019.

This weekend – Sat 13 and Sun 14, July – Waterford will be all about words, as Modwordsfest takes over the city. Now in its third year, the festival has gone from strength to strength. What started out initially as a spoken word festival has expanded to include all types of writing. Organised by spoken word poet and creative writing facilitator, Anna Jordan, this year’s festival will feature everything from short plays and workshops in...

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Music & Me: Sarah Davis-Goff

Posted by Derek Flynn on 2 July 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? My earliest memories are very Christmas-focused. My parents aren’t particularly musical people and I don’t remember a lot of music in the house growing up as a rule, but every Christmas my mother would crank up her old record player and play Mozart while she was putting up decorations – I still get Christmassy shivers when I hear certain pieces, I love how music has that power. Who or...

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Music & Me: Helen Cullen

Posted by Derek Flynn on 25 June 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? As the youngest of six children, I was bombarded by music from the moment I was born and I feel very fortunate to have grown up in a house filled with music. There are three musical memories from my childhood that are really vivid in my mind: Seeing Culture Club on Top of the Pops, acting out the video for “I Don’t like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats with...

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Music & Me: Peter (Cursed) Murphy

Posted by Derek Flynn on 10 June 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? From years one through ten: an old orange mono record player in the living room on which my mother would play Count John McCormack albums. The Dubliners’ croaking ‘Weela Weela Waile’ – my introduction to the art of the murder ballad. My first purchase: Gary Glitter’s ‘I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)’, bought from White’s Electrical in Enniscorthy. My father listening to Ceili House on Radio 1...

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Music & Me: Joanna Walsh

Posted by Derek Flynn on 27 May 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? I was at school and everything was new and terrifying. I was probably about 5. One of the teachers told the class to ‘draw your favourite pop band’ and I was paralysed with horror because I hadn’t the least clue what a ‘pop band’ was. I knew music came out of the radio but I had no idea how it got there. We didn’t have a telly so I...

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Music & Me: Wendy Erskine

Posted by Derek Flynn on 6 May 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? Although my mum was not a music lover, she did feel passionate about ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by Procol Harum.  If it came on the radio I had to be quiet so that she could go into a rapture.  In school, we had a radio programme that we listened to each week called Twigwidge.  It was a kind of participative folk experience where everyone had to play percussive...

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Music & Me: Adele O’ Neill

Posted by Derek Flynn on 17 April 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? My earliest music memories are of my dad singing. His singing was only ever around the house as he went about his daily routine but I can remember his singing voice as distinctly as though it was just yesterday. I often wondered as a child why he wasn’t on stage somewhere! And whether it was a by-product of the music that was current at the time, the music I...

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Music & Me: Ciara King

Posted by Derek Flynn on 25 March 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? Sitting in the back seat of the car when I was a little girl and Van Morrison and The Chieftain’s “Irish Heartbeat” playing in the tape deck. I learned all the words to “I’ll Tell Me Ma” and  “Star of the County Down”, much to my parent’s annoyance. I used to make Dad put on his Mary Black tape too – it must have been “By The Time It...

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Music & Me: Patricia Gibney

Posted by Derek Flynn on 11 March 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? I must pre-empt all this with the fact that I am not a great music person. My sister, Marie, is the musical one in our family! But I do recall my grandmother playing the accordion. As a child, I used to visit her in Roscommon, and I can remember sitting by the open hearth with a turf fire while she played, and being fascinated by the speed of her...

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Music & Me: June Caldwell

Posted by Derek Flynn on 4 March 2019.

What are your earliest musical memories? My sister blaring The Bay City Rollers (I Only Want To Be With You) while putting on her illuminous blue eye shadow. The Beach Boys, Chicago, Olivia Newton-John, Paul McCartney and WINGS – Mull Of Kintyre. Bowie, of course, and some cracked random songs my mother used to play and sing along to like Val Doonican and Edith Piaf. Much later being tortured by that dreadful caper from St...

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