A music blog from Ireland.
What was the most striking aspect of the whole weekend for me was the sense of optimism in the air. Sure, there’s doom and gloom on all sides – both within and without the business, because external sources have as much bearing on the sector as self-inflicted wounds – but there was a strong feeling that people are shrugging their shoulders and getting on with things. Why bother going round and round in circles with the same old nonsense about piracy, file-sharing and RTE not playing enough new Irish music when you can expand all that fuming time and effort on stuff which actually helps you, your band and your business?
Jim Carroll wrote an interesting overview of the weekend’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival. It’s quite optimistic as a whole but a little pessimistic by giving out about criticism of the event. I’m just sharing the link for anyone who comes looking – I opted out of going this year but it’s worth a read. There’s a lot to be optimistic about when it comes to local bands – we really do have some of the best in the world right here, though strangely, the ones that come to mind immediately weren’t playing HWCH! As far as I’m concerned, Hard Working Class Heroes is a positive cultural event for Irish music and those who attend and play usually have a great time music and banter-wise. It’s also instrumental in uniting scenes from all over Ireland into one grand venture. There are always going to be differences of opinion but I think we can all agree that just having a high-profile Irish music festival is important. So you know, even tho I didn’t go along this year, it always makes me really happy to know that good music is hitting home. Glad to know people enjoyed the weekend and there’s been a particularly impressive reception for Cloud Castle Lake and Jennifer Evans who’ve been championed by bloggers for a long time now.
Interestingly the industry panels will be going online as podcasts on the Hard Working Class Heroes site soon, so if you didn’t get along you can still hear the exchange of views.