Interview With Joey Ryan first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-3-20

follow me at @ronanfromcork     Wexford born but Cork based singer and guitarist Joey Ryan has been touring Ireland and Europe solidly for the last few years; and since he released his debut album ‘Morning Will Come Soon’ in 2012, his time on the road has increased, “I, along with Ben Cooper on drumsContinue reading “Interview With Joey Ryan first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-3-20”

Interview With Mel Mercier/Fuaim Festival, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-3-20

follow me at @ronanfromcork                                                Fuaim, which means ‘sound’ as gaeilge, is an element of UCC’s music and theatre department, their various activities over the 5 years have won many plaudits from both music fans and critics. Mel Mercier, it’s chief programmer, spoke with Ronan Leonard ahead of the first ever Fuaim Festival whichContinue reading “Interview With Mel Mercier/Fuaim Festival, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-3-20”

Cork FreeSessions article for St Patricks Weekend first published in The Evening Echo 2014-3-13

5 Days & 19 Gigs in 700 words! The hard months after Christmas have finally passed, hopefully we’ve all cleared the credit card bills and can enjoy the first bank holiday of the year, but with our wallets in mind Ronan Leonard has compiled a list of free live music events in the city thisContinue reading “Cork FreeSessions article for St Patricks Weekend first published in The Evening Echo 2014-3-13”

Interview With Colin Sage of Cork Food Policy Council, first published in The Evening Echo 2014-3-11

text below photograph follow me at @ronanfromcork http://www.facebook.com/CorkFoodPolicyCouncil   It may not be quite as miraculous as the biblical origin, but 5000 people will be fed for free on The Grand Parade as part of the St. Patrick’s festivities this Saturday. The event will mark the launch of The Cork Food Policy Council and raiseContinue reading “Interview With Colin Sage of Cork Food Policy Council, first published in The Evening Echo 2014-3-11”

Interview With Simone Felice, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-3-6

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork   While musician and writer Simone Felice was never a slouch, events in 2010 led to him increasing his own artistic output, after undergoing emergency open heart surgery to deal with a congenital heart defect his debut novel ‘Black Jesus’ and solo album ‘Simone Felice’, which featured members ofContinue reading “Interview With Simone Felice, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-3-6”

Interview With Patrick Freeman, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-2-6

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork   New York, the Mecca of musicians, gained a new resident when Patrick Freeman, a mainstay of the Cork Music scene, moved to Brooklyn in November 2012. Patrick is one of the founder members of the Jawbone session that play every Wednesday in The Pavilion; a former member ofContinue reading “Interview With Patrick Freeman, first published in Downtown/The Evening Echo 2014-2-6”

Interview With Breda Healy and Cork Writers Week, first published in The Evening Echo 2014-2-17

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork     The Cork Arts Theatre’s Writers Week, which helps both new and established playwrights, runs from 18 to 22 February. The manager of the event, Breda Healy, spoke with Ronan Leonard and explained it’s importance, “we believe very strongly in supporting new and advanced playwrights and reserve aContinue reading “Interview With Breda Healy and Cork Writers Week, first published in The Evening Echo 2014-2-17”

Interview With Niall McCabe, first published in The Evening Echo/Down Town 2014-2-13

While juggling the attentions of a 5 month old and 2 year old during an interview from his home in Kinsale, Niall McCabe spoke with Ronan Leonard ahead of the release of ‘Part of The Light’ his latest single, and also the title track of his forthcoming album. The lucky ears that have already heard theContinue reading “Interview With Niall McCabe, first published in The Evening Echo/Down Town 2014-2-13”

Interview With Ian Whitty, first published in The Evening Echo/Down Town 2014-2-20

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork     Ian Whitty, who first appeared as a solo performer on the Cork music scene in the late 1990s, formed a full time band called The Exchange in 2009 and then released the ‘Lucky Caller No.9’ album. However in recent times they have dipped out of the giggingContinue reading “Interview With Ian Whitty, first published in The Evening Echo/Down Town 2014-2-20”

Interview With Eilis Dillon, first published in The Evening Echo 2014-1-29

Text Below follow me at @ronanfromcork   Storytelling, perhaps the oldest form of sharing ideas and experience, has a new forum in Cork, where Mother Jones Flea Market on York Street hosts the Tenx9 Cork night. Ahead of it’s fourth monthly instalment Ronan Leonard spoke with organiser Eilis Dillon. Eilis started by explaining the conceptContinue reading “Interview With Eilis Dillon, first published in The Evening Echo 2014-1-29”