Musician Cáit O'Riordan was one of the founding members of The Pogues, and played bass on their classic albums Red Roses for Me and Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, as well as the Poguetry in Motion EP. 

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She's played with punk legends The Radiators, acted in cult Irish movie The Courier, appeared on a number of records by ex-partner Elvis Costello, and fronted several musical projects of her own. She's touring Ireland in August and September as part of Muldoon's Picnic a star-studded literary and musical tour fronted by poet Paul Muldoon.

Music

The Afghan Whigs’ new album is so strong, one of their very best. I like what I’ve heard of the new one from Psychic Temple, and I just heard a great song called Dog by Charlie Parr so I’ll be checking out his album.

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Book

I just finished reading The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray. I missed it when it was published a couple years back so I was delighted to finally get a chance to read it. He’s my favourite current writer - when I got to the end of his second book Skippy Dies I physically couldn’t let go of the book for about 20 minutes – it’s an intense experience!

TV

I saw a fabulous high-class soap last night about Bernie Madoff with Richard Dreyfuss. I really enjoyed it, despite it being a true story - lives ruined and all that.

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Gig

I’m looking forward to Beatyard this weekend. I’m normally very grumpy and resentful at the thought of seeing bands outdoors, in daylight – it’s not natural! But I like Dun Laoghaire and it’s a great line-up. I was lucky to catch an Austin-style ‘Four In The Round’ singer-songwriter evening at DC Music Club – my friends Nick Kelly and Sean Millar were performing, along with Buddy Mondlock accompanied by ace bass-player Mike Lindauer. Buddy wrote with Guy Clark back in the day – it was very cool to see him in Dublin, in such good company and in such a great venue.

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Art 

There’s two great shows happening at the moment – Cassette Vs Vinyl at ebow Gallery is a fabulously colourful and nostalgic pop-culture blast.  A very different experience at Ranelagh Arts Centre – they’re showing What Remains: Unseen Works by Donal O’Sullivan - rather unsettling and very moving.

Podcast

I miss Maeve In America – it was a fantastic podcast from NYC by Cork’s own Maeve Higgins. She was doing the podcast at the same time as I was living in NYC – we both have O-1 visas and I learned a lot from her shows, both about my own situation and more importantly about the broader changes in legislation and repercussions for immigrants in the U.S.

Tech

I like ‘sober apps’. I have the Clear Day app on my phone – every day it gives me another really random ‘inspirational’ quote and a tally of how long I’ve been sober – I have it set to ‘years’ now (hallelujah!) but you can choose ‘days’ or even ‘seconds’.

The Next Big Thing...

I’m currently working my way through the IBT (Initial Basic Training) modules and following lots of biker blogs where I keep reading that more and more women are buying bikes and taking to the road  - so I’m hoping the next big thing is old rock chicks on motorbikes!

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The Muldoon's Picnic tour kicks off on Saturday, 26th August at the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath, before travelling to Galway, Cork, Carrick On Shannon, Belfast and The Abbey Theatre, Dublin - more details here. Picture: John Huntington