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Rachel’s 8Tunes on 8Radio.com February 04

Rachel’s 8Tunes on 8Radio.com


Smudge the cat is very excited! Can you guess why?

That’s right we’re about to rock it up on 8radio.com! Cool cats love 8radio (and tea of course).

Coming up at 9pm tunes from Dire Straits, Caravan Palace, White Chalk, Greenday and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly.

Listen in on 8radio.com/listen or download the 8radio app to your smart devices (it’s the smart thing to do). You can also catch it on the TuneIn app.

9-10pm folks!!! Do it for Smudge.


Rachel’s 8Tunes on 8Radio.com January 21 2016

Rachel on the radio


Oh HEY! It’s that time of the week again…The Rachel Masterson experience on 8Radio.com! Thursday night’s 9-10pm!!

This weeks show I’ve kicked off with some of The Radioactive Grandma, throwing in a bit of The Minutes and The Pale….

Mixing it up then with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Suede and The Beta Band!

And….a little Soundcloud experiment I got up to this week after hearingBeach Baby‘s “Sleeperhead” (also on the show.)

So check it all out on Rachel’s 8tunes….

Ceol Caint: A cuppa with Keith Cullen

A cuppa with Keith Cullen

Keith Cullen

In the most recent of the “a cuppa with” series, I met up with Keith Cullen for a cuppa. We shared a cuppa in the studios of Dublin City FM.

It’s not often a girl gets to share a cuppa with an internationally acclaimed musician. The name Keith Cullen might not be on everyone’s lips just yet, but it will be.

Having not yet even released an album, this Dublin singer/songwriter is really making waves in the US, with his first single “say something” being picked up as part of the soundtrack for a hit movie.

Funny, charming and altogether a lovely person, my chat with Keith was a lot more than I expected. A wonderful person with a positive outlook which is reflected in his upbeat songs, he is humble and friendly.

He is not afraid of hard work and paving the way to achieving his dreams. Keith is well aware that good things come to those who work for it, spending his time commuting between LA and Dublin; not an easy feat.

Check out the interview on my mixcloud:

On top of Dublin with Nella

Today’s interview with Nella Dwyer


What else would you be doing on a sunny day in Dublin but interviewing the stunning Nella Dwyer on a Dame Street rooftop.

As part of my a cuppa with interview series for ceolcaint.com, I had an in-depth chat with Nella with a nice hot cuppa. What’s inside the cups is totally confidential, however we get close up and personal in the interview. It will be available in the next few days!

Thanks to the talented Nella! For her cool roof and awesome cuppa!!

Man pulls music from his hat to help the homeless

The Man in Hat launches “Music for the Homeless” auction

giant auction of music to help homeless

Through a unique auction, a once homeless barber is using music to help change the lives of homeless people across Ireland. Rachel Masterson caught up with The Music Man in Hat to find out about the “Whopper Irish Music Auction”.

Sometimes it takes seeing the world from a particular viewpoint to have empathy for those who need it most. It’s not often somebody has the opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of others. However, when that opportunity arises, it’s best to grab it with both hands.

Having been homeless for some time, Peter Meade understands the hardship faced by families all over Ireland who are finding themselves in similar, difficult situations. “There are about a thousand homeless children in Ireland at the moment” Peter explained, “no child deserves to be homeless”.

Better known as “The Man in Hat”, Peter has a unique insight into the struggles of homeless people. “I was homeless for seven years, through my own fault. You lose who you are, your sense of identity”.

He went on to explain the catch twenty-two faced by homeless people; “there are services available that would help them to stop being homeless, but they need an address to avail of these services.”

Realising that homeless people don’t have the means, and sometimes the right frame of mind to help themselves, he wanted to use his new-found stability to create something for them.

music for the homelessEstablishing the concept of “music for the homeless” was a natural progression for the barber who helps to organise gigs in his workplace; Abner Brown’s barbershop. Using music to raise awareness of the crisis, The Man in Hat has already run two successful concerts, with proceeds going to homeless charities.

The current “Whopper Irish Music Auction” project was a brainwave which came to Peter, who has now accumulated the largest collection of autographed Irish CD’s ever. “We have signed stuff from Hozier, Gavin Glass, Glen Hansard, Carol Keogh, Mundy, The Edisons, Hot Sprockets, Imelda May; the list goes on. I would love to get something from U2. They’re on tour at the moment but who knows.”

Containing music from both well-known and up and coming Irish artists, the Irish collection will be sold in one lot, giving one lucky bidder an exclusive compilation of incredible music. The international artists CD’s will be sold separately, but with signed albums from Greenday amongst others, they’re sure to gain considerable attention.

The auction will take place online, with the launch date to be released soon. During a one of a kind gig in Whelan’s on June 18, the total raised will be announced. On the line-up are Gavin Glass, Carol Keogh and Cry Monster Cry, with more acts to be revealed. The gig will feature a raffle with more exclusive Irish music memorabilia up for grabs.

“I’m hoping to raise €25,000” Peter concluded, “but any figure would be great, it’s all for the homeless after all”.
Musicians are invited to contribute to the cause, by signing a CD and sending it to The Music Man in Hat within the next few days. Visit themusicmaninhat.com for more details.

Interview with Wallis Bird at Helium Festival 2013

Wallis Bird Live

I was working with a local news and entertainment website called Longford Local and through this I got to interview the fantastic musician, Wallis Bird.

I reviewed the gig itself and you can catch the video interview by following this link Wallis Bird Interview. It looks great.

Wallis Bird Live at Helium 2013

For that hour on stage Wallis and the crowd were one family. A Helium family, to which she conveyed so much humour in between songs, “we are Helium family shams (Ed note: Longford slang), oh I heard all about that” (Ed: I think she is slagging us), also managing to mention Ballymahon local “Famous Seamus” during her set.

She donned a Helium t-shirt quipping “this is how you wear a Helium festival t-shirt” and joked that her long braid of hair looked like it was growing out of her arm pit. Wallis is witty, clever and captivating, reeling in every audience member with her guitar string rod. Not even cutting her finger on stage could stop her from playing; “it’s fine, there is blood all over the stage” as she continued with a blood stained guitar.

With her slower songs everyone took time to take a breath and just listen but like an electric shock everyone broke into full dance, Wallis included and the party continued. She took the time afterward to enjoy the headline acts and also the praise from everyone who seen her. Wallis Bird will definitely go down in Helium history as a festival favourite.

Backstage offers a different insight into Wallis Bird. The girl who made such a big sound on stage is actually reserved, self-deprecating and completely laid back. Quite the contradiction to her stage self, Wallis appears shy and delicate, a far cry from the huge persona she amplifies on stage. She welcomes us with open arms and a warm and loving nature, answering all our questions intently and taking time to joke and get to know us also. It is great to see fame hasn’t gone to her head as she takes it all in her stride. Definitely one to look out for.

Check out the full spread of the gig on Longford Local for loads of cool extra stuff.