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May 25, 2010

John Haggis dropped into the studio with some friends- namely Katie Kim , David Kitt, Martin Burns and Deaf Joe – on Monday night.  He played three really beautiful live songs back to back to open up the show, all tracks he said were sketches, but sounded like fully formed pieces from this side of the speakers.  Beautiful songs all three, they were (provisionally titled) Ice Age, Curse of the Empty Glass and Googly Eyes.

In addition to making music John’s heavily involved with musicians in Waterford with his own studio; Granny It’s Ok to Experiment , helping them record and make music of their own. He and Donal had a great chat about making and playing music, and the importance of supporting and encouraging people to set their music down – in one way or another. It seems the City Council in Waterford, thanks to the guidance of Arts Officer Conor Nolan, are using empty houses for artists of all disciplines (largely visual artists and musicians) to create a new artists quarter in a sense. There was a lot of talk about music taking place in unusual spaces, as with Young Hearts Run Free in Dublin, and encouraging musicians to take control of their own gigs, own work and own recordings.  John mentioned a great project from Waterford band anti who gathered 25 tracks from 25 Waterford acts and covered them for an upcoming series of releases.

John makes music with Joe and Katie too, who are both working on new music at the minute. The show closed with a beautiful track from Joe called Joanna which is up on his myspace.

Listen back to the show here>

See John Haggis play (drums) with Katie Kim in Sligo and Limerick, and Deaf Joe play in Limerick all as part of Fresh Air on our Video page>

John Haggis myspace>

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