As trailed back in November with Donal Dineen reflecting on the No Disco TV show and the lack of current outlets for music not of a mainstream disposition, for music of a high-grade artistic disposition. It promised a new kind of show and that show debuted on Christmas Eve on Facebook.

Made with Myles O’Reilly of Arbutus Yarns, the 45 minute episode of This Ain’t No Disco features performances with Radie Peat of Lynched, Patrick Kelleher, Katie Kim, Niwel Tsumbu, Sunken Foal, along with Dineen’s visuals, discussion and Emmet Kirwan reciting from Dublin Old School.

Dineen posted a note on Facebook in response to the reception of the first episode.

It means everything to us that people can connect with this wonderful music. That is our sole intention with this venture. We are astounded at the range and quality of the music that is being made in this country and equally aghast at how absent it is from the mainstream media. I strongly believe that we are living in a golden age of music in Ireland. There is a new generation of people making sounds that are widening our horizons inexorably. I salute them. They should be lauded, not ignored.  But when it come to broadcasting, apart from a few notable exceptions, the wires are down and the lights have all but been extinguished. The music lovers have been shafted and dispensed with all over the shop. It’s become a numbers game. The lowest common denominator is the modus operandi at most radio stations. People are being denied exposure to anything new or challenging. As a result it’s inevitable that tastes are being dulled. We need to seriously look at how we treat people who make such brilliant art. Enabling them to work on their practice with the benefit of some kind of funding is imperative. Some of the greatest music-makers I know have to work day jobs or are made feel like spongers. What a joke. Life would be so much duller without these heroes and soldiers on the ground. Something must change. Providing studio or rehearsal space would be a start. It’s not difficult discern who are the ones who are deserving of this. Their struggles should be our concern. The joy of experiencing great music is inestimable. When it’s home-made it tastes all the better. The pride that comes with the recent success of Lynched is a prime example. There’s an army of these people ready to represent us on the world stage but it seems like nobody in positions of power has the foresight to recognise this and act upon it. So in our own small way we made a decision to do our bit. In sharing it this way we are bypassing all the normal channels and cutting out the middle man. Let’s face it. The middle man is a dope. Here’s to the true believers. Hang on in there.

Posted on January 2nd, 2017

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Donal Dineen is known as a radio presenter, DJ and the TV presenter of No Disco.

No Disco, in case you are unaware, was a TV show that ran on RTE from 1993 and 2003 and was the only TV outlet for alternative music. Dineen was its first presenter and he was followed by Uaneen Fitzsimons and Leagues O’Toole.

Lately, there are rumblings from camp Dineen along with Myles O’Reilly of Arbutus Yarns have joined together in a nod to the past under the title This Ain’t No Disco (Facebook) and there’s a new video with Dineen talking about No Disco and what could and is, coming next.

“It’s a golden generation for Irish music”, “There are so many disenfranchised people of our age who know nothing of what’s out there”.

We are beginning a new music show, not like any other show. We want to bring musicians and visual art together in to a space where we can nurture and document each collaboration to create improvised, visceral and organic live performance films. We’ll walk and talk with some of our personal music hero’s, to journey and meet their own music heroes. I think its time that all our passions combined opens a discussion, and we make the best possible effort to help showcase the true and sincere, deep and unearthed network of raw talent in this country, and paint them in the most beautiful light.

Posted on November 7th, 2016

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Radie Peat and Cormac Mac Diarmada of folk band Lynched has a side project with Brian Flanagan called Rue.

Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) and Donal Dineen had them set up shop in the Fumbally Stables recently to capture their harmonium-lead performance of ‘Katie Cruel’.

Aideen Macken adds modelling touches to the video.

Rue present an eclectic mix of traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the Atlantic played with immutable conviction on fiddle, five-string banjo, harmonium and concertina. Expect whaling songs and murder ballads underpinned by a wash of harmonic swells and drones and a barn-dance or two thrown in for good measure.

Lynched to play biggest hometown show yet in Vicar Street on Saturday November 26th

Posted on October 7th, 2016

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Red Bull will move out of the forest at Electric Picnic and into the main arena with their new Red Bull Tropical Garden arena. Lined up to play are: Mr Scruff, New Jackson, myself Nialler9, Donal Dineen, Hubie Davison, Colm K, Discotekken, Fish Go Deep, This Greedy Pig, Timmy Stewart, Sim Simma, Dave McCabe, James Hannan, Ciara Brady and KC.

There’ll also be cocktails and of course, the Red Bull bar.

Friday, 2nd Sept:

Fish Go Deep, Colm K, Timmy Stewart, Discotekken, Galactic Beat Club, Ciara Brady, KC

Saturday, 3rd Sept:

Mr. Scruff, Phil Boyle, Nialler9, Sim Simma, This Greedy Pig, James Hannan

Sunday, 4th Sept:

New Jackson, Billy Scurry, Stevie G, Donal Dineen, Hubie Davison, Mr. Ray, Dave McCabe

Posted on August 12th, 2016

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Backstory No.1 is a new club night hosted by Donal Dineen billed as “a night of dancing tunes and original visuals”.

Each installment will feature a guest DJ and Cork’s finest Stevie G will be the inaugural incumbent. The idea is to tell a story using tunes from all decades of dance music from 1930’s West Africa to the present day. All manner of rhythms and every kind of beat will be on the menu.

Documenting the many shades of soul music and the myriad mysterious ways of the boogie will be the golden thread that runs throughout the night. All of dance music’s rich tapestry will be on display. It’s an exploration of the history of the groove with an ear to the present and an eye on the future. Ideally the story should end somewhere in 2025.

The first one takes place on Friday 20th November in The Sugar Club / €5 before 12 midnight €7 / 11.30pm til Late

Tickets here.

Facebook event.

Posted on November 12th, 2015

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It’s an all-day all Irish affair at All City in Temple Bar on Monday with sets from New Jackson, Morgan Buckley & Olmo Devin, Donal Dineen, Sunken Foal, Automatic Tasty, SIAS (Frank B’s side project), Lumigraph and Daire Carolan.

Starting at noon and broadcast live on NTS>>

https://soundcloud.com/frankbmusic/sets/office-of-public-works

Posted on April 29th, 2015

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Donal Dineen will broadcast a special St. Patrick’s night show on 105.2 TXFM from 10pm to 1am.

This Tuesday night, Dineen will play three hours of Irish music.

“I’m delighted to get the chance to return to the airwaves with TXFM on St Patrick’s Day. All airtime is precious and I’m going to use these three hours to showcase the array of talent that makes this a golden age in Irish music.”

“Throughout the past year I’ve been storing up tunes in a hope chest waiting for a chance to broadcast them. This is the perfect opportunity to whittle that pile down. I’ll also be dropping the odd nugget for dancing feet from further afield mindful that the St Patrick’s Day party ain’t over ’till it’s over!”

Tune in to Donal Dineen on 105.2 TXFM, 10pm-1am on Tuesday 17th March or listen live on txfm.ie or via the TXFM Android/iOs app.

You can listen to all of my TXFM shows here.

Posted on March 12th, 2015

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Young Hearts Run Free have put together a small but beautifully-programmed festival taking place in a fortnight in Dublin city with an emphasis on the craft of music in all its forms.

The events will take place in Marsh’s Library, National Concert Hall, Bello Bar, Molloy & Dowling’s and other surprise locations from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th October.

Bill Drummond, Pat Collins, Donal Dineen, Jim Carroll, Sylvie Simmons and more will be talking about their favourite records and other things; there’s a musical surprise tour, music from Katie Kim, The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock, Adrian Crowley, Nimah McCormack and more; John Osborne performing John Peel’s Shed; Foil, Arms And Hog, Barry McCormack and DJ sets by James Byrne, Peter Twoomey, Daragh O’Halloran, me and more, while Aoife McElwain will be doing a Forkful brunch on the Sunday. Tickets for all events are available here and as ever, all proceeds go towards the Simon Community.

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Posted on September 26th, 2014

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Summer Rising is the name given to IMMA’s Festival taking place from Friday 18 to Saturday 26 July.

The art, music, food and performance festival features day and night events takes place in the gardens and the North Wing of the building in Royal Hospital Kilmainham and celebrates the exhibition Propositions by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica.

Music performers include Gang Colours, Donal Dineen, David Kitt, Somerville, Sean MacErlaine and more.

Summer Rising highlights

Friday 18 July – A very special edition of THISISPOPBABY’s performance, art and club extravaganza WERK.

Saturday 19 July – The Garden Rising; a daytime celebration of art, food and performance for all ages taking place in IMMA’s stunning gardens, including Hare Café on the lawn, performances, talks, and art events from 12noon to 5pm.

Tuesday 22 July – Thursday 24 July – Free family workshops each morning. Artist Rhona Byrne will lead two Summer camps for teens.

Friday 25 July – Night-time Banquet curated by Michelle Darmody with artist Mark Garry and chef Jessica Murphy of Kai in Galway taking place in the historic Great Hall.

Saturday 26 July – The Garden Rising continues and includes a lunch banquet, curated by Michelle Darmody with artist Ruth Lyons and chef Giles Clark. A series of free musical performances pop up in the lawns, with site responsive performances by Sean MacErlaine, The BQ Trio and Roland Gomez amongst others, Cake Café on the lawn, pickling workshops with The Rocket Man, fish smoking with Sally Barns, butter making with McNally Family Farm, an edible canvas workshop for children and open studios with resident artists.

In the evening SUMMER RISING comes to an end with the Summer Party,

The night will include specially curated food and cocktails by House in Cork Opera House and Luncheonette, a specially commissioned edition of GRACELANDS, featuring artists’ film and interventions, and a music programme curated by Aoife Flynn with DJ sets from Donal Dineen, David
Kitt, Emmet Condon, 11:11 and the first live Irish performance of Gang Colours along with Somerville. There’ll also be a  vinyl installation called Wow&Flutter by Jimmy Eadie. More info here.

Posted on July 4th, 2014

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