From the blog

The Stinging Fly

I wrote about my father for the winter edition of Stinging Fly. The piece is called The Jolt, from a work-in-progress entitled Ghost Voltage. Honoured to line-out with this crew. See you at the launch on Thursday 23rd.

Adele Bertei Interview at Auraist

My old friend and colleague Sean McNulty has just launched a brilliant site named Auraist, dedicated to promoting and showcasing the most stylishly written books around. I’ll be a regular contributor. My first feature spotlights Adele Bertei’s memoir Twist: An American Girl, one of my favourite books of the year.[…]

Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance, The Grand Social, Dublin, Nov 29

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE OUR FIRST EVER DUBLIN SHOW! Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance, plus very special guests Grand Social, Dublin Wednesday November 29, 2023 Tickets: https://secure.tickets.ie/…/cursed-murphy-versus-the… Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance play their first ever Dublin show on Wednesday November 29 at the Grand Social. You should go.[…]

W/John Murry, at ATN

I’ll have the privilege of interviewing John Murry at the All Curious Minds tent, programmed by Raymond Bell and David Bell, at 1pm this Sunday as part of the All Together Now festival. We’ll be discussing the tenth anniversary of his classic album The Graceless Age, Sarah Share’s new documentary[…]

Adele Bertei, Vivienne Dick, Cursed Murphy, in conversation.

Soooooo looking forward to moderating an in-conversation with downtown-and-beyond legends Adele Bertei and Vivienne Dick at the Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin on May 31. Here’s the skinny:“Adele’s memoir Twist is a revelatory and deeply personal account of queer history written from a working class perspective. Adele reveals what it’s[…]

Dancing Into the Apocalypse

My interview with John Robb about his epic new book The Art of Darkness: The History of Goth: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/2023/03/25/it-was-like-dancing-into-the-apocalypse-how-the-death-disco-pulse-of-goth-music-ruled-the-underground/

Live shots, 17/3/23

Thanks so much to Forlorn for having us on their show with Star Comedy Democrats at the Crown Live, Wexford, on Friday. Big shout out to Bill Hennessy and Tom Bates for tech support, and to Sasha Bratkova for the shots. We had an absolute blast.

Federal Hall (Live)

Federal Hall is one of the first pieces myself and Dan Comerford wrote together. Adapted from a short story named The Blacklight Ballroom (New Irish Short Stories, edited by Joseph O’Connor, Faber, 2011), it originates with an interview I did with filmmaker and writer Bill Carter, about how during the[…]

This Is Not Your Love Song – video

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day, you young lovers. And old lovers. And ex-lovers. And soon-to-be lovers. And retired lovers. Presenting the video for This Is Not Your Love Song, taken from Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance’s latest album Republic of the Weird. Co-written/produced with Basciville. Mixed by Johnny Fox. Mastered by[…]

This Is Not Your Love Song – the anti-Valentine

With typical perversity, we’ll be releasing our track This Is Not Your Love Song as a single to mark Saint Valentine’s Day on February 14. The tune, taken from the latest album Republic Of the Weird, co-written and produced with Cillian and Lorcan from Basciville, mixed by Johnny Fox, mastered[…]

Tom Verlaine 1949-2023

Playing Television, thinking about Tom Verlaine. Was privileged enough to see the band play Vicar Street, Dublin, almost 22 years ago. Here’s the review I filed for Hot Press. (Pic: Robert Mapplethorpe’s inner sleeve portrait for Marquee Moon.) Television, Vicar St, Dublin, April 16, 2001 “It was tight toy night/Streets[…]

Upon That Hill, live

Alrighty friends, our album Republic of the Weird is one month old today. To celebrate, here’s a live clip of ‘Upon That Hill’, captured by Paul Sills at our launch show in Crown Live on November 5.Today is also Bandcamp Friday, when all sales go directly to the artist, so[…]

Republic of the Weird – new video

Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance are proud to present the video for Republic of the Weird, the title track from our second album, released Friday Nov 4. Directed and edited by Paul Sills. Filmed at the Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. We’ll be playing a special hometown album launch show at[…]

Mission accomplished.

Huge thanks to all the Vantastival crew for having us at the weekend. We’re psyched to be out there playing the new stuff. Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance’s second album Republic of the Weird drops on Nov 4. Pic: Tamara Gangnus.

Hold That Line released today

Hold That Line, the new single from Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance, is released today, June 24, on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and all digital platforms. Written and co-produced by Cursed Murphy, Dan Comerford and Johnny Fox. Engineered and mixed by Johnny Fox. Mastered by Fergal Davis. Cover shot by Kenny[…]

Hold That Line 24/6/22

Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance are proud to announce the release of our new single, Hold That Line, on all digital platforms on Friday June 24. The track is the first to be taken from our forthcoming second album, due in the autumn. Thanks to Kenny Ruttledge for the shot,[…]

We Have Always Been Your Harbour

Excited to report that today we began the recording phase of We Have Always Been Your Harbour, a play for voices. This project, part of the Ports Past & Present initiative, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme, is a 21st century response to[…]

Anthony Bourdain, 20 years on.

Before he was a successful author and television star, Anthony Bourdain was a chef. Everyone knows this. His most famous book Kitchen Confidential applied gonzo journalism to the world of boiler room cuisine. I liked it a lot. So did many of the writers and musicians I knew. For whatever[…]

The Bells of Hell, all stripped down at Murphy’s Barn

In autumn 2021 Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance reconfigured our line-up for shows in Berlin and Wuppertal as part of the Here/There exhibition, supported by Culture Ireland, performing in gallery spaces and smaller rooms that might have collapsed under our customary drum-section assault. On returning home to Wexford we decided[…]

Archive Interview – FW de Klerk, January 1999

FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa, died today. Here’s our Hot Press interview with him from January 1999, two years after he retired from politics. At the time he was promoting his autobiography The Last Trek – A New Beginning. THE FW DE KLERK INTERVIEW “Hot[…]

Warren Ellis

Had the privilege of catching up with Dirty Three leader, Bad Seeds member, composer and now author Warren Ellis on Zoom today. Warren’s excellent new book Nina Simone’s Gum will be published by Faber & Faber next month. Our feature will run in the Irish Times, more details soon. Meanwhile[…]

For the Love of Lou Reed

I’ll be doing an in-conversation event with Tom Mooney at Wexford Library on Thursday October 19, 7pm. Entitled ‘For the Love of Lou Reed’, it marks ten years since the passing of the Velvet Underground co-founder and New York sleaze-rock poet laureate. We’ll be discussing Lou’s life and work, his[…]

Creative Youth Lab 2023

Reposting this dispatch from Wexford Arts Centre. Such an inspiring experience. Thank you Jeni, Liz, all at WAC, Wexford Arts Dept, Wexford Local Development, the Arts Council of Ireland, and most of all, our amazing students. “Congratulations to our Creative Youth Lab 2023 Graduates. These talented TY students, along with[…]

The One – w/Lorcan Byrne

Three years ago, in the first dismal season of lock-in, the musical Zen master Lorcan Byrne hosted a very cool experiment, inviting guests to interpret his quadrupedal beats to their own ends. This was my humble contribution. In all the stuff I’d written up to that point, I felt I’d[…]