Mulligan Records was started by Donal Lunny and Seamus O’Neill in 1976. It was one of the most important Irish Independent labels. Most of the label’s output was traditional and contemporary folk, but it also released a number of new wave singles during the late seventies and early eighties.

Contributors include Seamus O’Neill, Donal Lunny, PJ Curtis, Peter Browne and Paddy Glackin. They discuss the inception of Mulligan, the idealistic approach as to what they could do for musicians. The idea was that musicians would have the final say when it came to the finished product. The record company achieved this through contractual agreements which were in favour of the artists rather than the record company, and the artists had artistic freedom in studio time.

However, it was not like a typical 9 to 5 office. People lived in the offices at the time and some bands including The Boomtown Rats used the space for rehearsals. It was a collective, a coming together to discuss music and ideas. Mulligans catalogue was impressive and covered many Irish musicians across different genres. But did it achieve what it had intended?

First Broadcast 12th October 1985