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  • Leon 9:56 pm on January 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: chill insurance, irish drives   

    Musical Drives Around Ireland 

    Considering how deeply and how long I’ve loved music (both listening and playing) it’s a little sad how few of the very many famous and iconic Irish music locations I’ve visited. Apart from coming from the same part of Dublin 12 that gave rise to half of Thin Lizzy’s lineup, Drummer Brian Downey and lead man Phil Lynott, and visiting the latter’s grave in Sutton Cross cemetery, Dublin once upon a time, and going to the odd gig here and there, I really havn’t got about at all. Maybe a road trip is on the cards for me some day soon!?

    Big Names:

    Birth places, schools, recording/gig venues etc.. of some of the world largest, best known and most influential musicians can be found dotted around Ireland including names such as U2, Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy and more recently Hozier, Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan, The Script and Walking on Cars. Bono & U2 unsurprisingly top the polls as the icons who’s landmarks are the most visited. Places like Bono’s birthplace on Cedarwood Road, Dublin, his school Mount Temple, Windmill Lane studios where U2 recorded a lot of music and Bono’s current home in Killiney, Dublin.


    Apart from Irish musicians, Ireland, and particularly Dublin has also been the location for many famous music video shoots by international artists from Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl” recently, through “Stop” by the Spice Girls – filmed in Carnew Street, Dublin, to “Pour some sugar on me” by Def Leppard – filmed in Mount Merrion House, Dublin and “Our Love” by Caribou – filmed in Lough Ine House, Cork. O’ Connell’s Bar in Galway, scene of Sheeran’s video tops the polls as the venue most people would like to visit!

    Venues & Landmarks:

    Ireland also has many famous venues including the 3 Arena – Dublin’s biggest and best known purpose built music venue, the Olympia Theatre, Whelan’s of Wexford Street (where Ed Sheeran got inspired watching Damien Rice allegedly), The Róisín Dubh in Galway and the Academy in Middle Abbey Street, Dublin. Famous Irish music related landmarks include The U2 owned Clarence Hotel on the quays in Dublin City Centre, The Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum Experience in Temple Bar, Bruxelles Bar off Grafton Street, O’Donoghue’s Bar – The Dubliner’s haunt on Merrion Row, Freebird Records on Grafton Street and the famous Irish music statues of Phil Lynott off Grafton Street, Rory Gallagher on Main Street, Ballyshannon and Molly Malone on Suffolk Street, Dublin.

    So why not stick on an Irish music playlist and head off on an Irish musical landmark road trip!?

    This post was inspired by the Chill Insurance “Irish Drives” series.


  • Leon 11:15 pm on January 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: america, simon and garfunkel   


    My cover of maybe my favourite Simon & Garfunkel song. Its always moved me, especially the line “Cathy I’m lost I said though I knew she was sleeping…I’m empty and aching and I dont know why….”. Been there.

    Vocal (+ backing vocals), Rhythm Guitar, Bass and Strings by me. Performed, recorded, mixed and mastered via PC in Reverb Studios.

  • Leon 2:49 pm on August 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cats in the cradle, harry chapin, karaoke   

    Cats in The Cradle 

    My cover of the Harry Chapin song. I remember fucking this up badly with 2 mates in my first ever Karaoke attempt years ago. Hope this makes amends! Acoustic guitar, Bass, main and backing Vocals.

  • Leon 8:50 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: neil young, the needle and the damage done   

    Needle and the Damage Done 

    My favorite song of Neil Young’s. Main plus dissonant backing vocal with acoustic guitar and bass. Bit more than usual!

  • Leon 7:49 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: john lennon, working class hero   

    Working Class Hero 

    My quick, live version of the foul-mouthed classic from John Lennon. Just vocal and guitar.

  • Leon 1:32 pm on July 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adele, , to make you feel my love   

    To Make You Feel My Love 

    Just a quick and simple live cover of the Bob Dylan/Adele song I knocked up through Cubase just now!

    • Judy Salmonds 12:27 am on March 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Leon – wow, I love your poem, and the lyrics to make you feel my love
      Thank you. I’m Judy Salmonds and live in Canada – Ontario. I have lived here most of my life and I’m just coming into loving poetry and people who are able to write. Your heart is right into it, very in tune with the Universe and unconditional love.
      Thank you again – love Judy

    • jeen 4:43 am on March 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      love the song never heard it before and the singing is good also great job

  • Leon 11:00 am on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: all i want is you,   

    All I Want Is You 

    Classic U2 song recorded here a few months ago with a friend and my fiance Eimear singing. Acoustic, Lead guitar, Vocals and a bit of Bongos!

  • Leon 10:00 am on June 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , wonderful tonight   

    Wonderful Tonight 

    An Eric Clapton number myself and a friend (with my Fiance Eimear singing!) knocked up in the studio here a few months back with Bass, Acoustic, Lead Guitar and Vocal.

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