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Monday Mixtape: SlowPlaceLikeHome

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Set to play the TreeHaus stage at Body&Soul this weekend (10pm on Saturday night, soundtracking the literal summer solstice, no less), Donegal musician Keith Mannion AKA SlowPlaceLikeHome is one our must-see acts at the Co. Westmeath festival.

Ahead of his appearance, Mannion has very kindly selected some of his all-time favourite tracks for this week’s Monday Mixtape, featuring the likes of The Dirty Three, Cluster and Tindersticks.

The Dirty Three – Some Summers They Drop Like Flys

Beautiful serenity of Whatever You Love, You Are album never fails to compel. If ever you get the chance to see them live, do! And hope they play this.

Mary Margaret O’Hara – Rain

Between Ella Fitzgerald and Mary Margaret for my favourite female voice. O’Hara shows how vocal acrobatics are not just unnecessary but silly.

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli – Stockholm

Once you succumb to this partnership, you can’t leave their company until the record ceases to play.

Taka gi Masakatsu – Girls

An amazing artist who rarely travels outside of his native Japan. Bona fide hero.

Albert King – I Wanna Get Funky

Complete with horn section, that blows your head off. This extrapolates what funk and blues can be, when done right. It’s also akin to hitting that water as you jump off that pier edge!

Keith Jarrett – The Koln Concert Part 1

Jarrett with the hair, at a piano in Koln. A 20+ minute gem.

Cluster – Hollywood

Becoming experimental with electronic music demanded I grasped who Cluster were and how they operated. Every Krautrock muso’s go-to-guys. Whopper of a tune. ‘Hollywood’ does it every time.

Tindersticks – She’s Gone

Stuart Staples and co. wrote one of the albums that I hung onto in my teen years, in Tindersticks ii. A total masterpiece. This song is one of many stand-outs.


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