Damien Dempsey, Seun Kuti, Sinead O'Connor, Passenger, Damien Rice, Brian Eno, Robert Plant, Lumiere, Morrissey and Marshall, Herbie Hancock, Dido, Bjork, Natacha Atlas, U2, Cara Dillon, Belinda Carlisle, Glen Hansard, Shane MacGowan, The Chieftans, David Byrne, Donal Lunny, Paul Brady, Kirsty MacColl, Jane Siberry, Hothouse Flowers, Adam Ant, Indigo Girls, Jah Wobble and Sunhouse.
The studio has been buzzing with a lot of great music recently. Robert Plant, Brian Eno, Hozier and Damien Dempsey have all been in over the last few weeks.Read More
Making the video for “Take Me To Church” on one of the hottest days of the year.Read More
John has just produced and mixed Sinead’s new album “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss”, recorded and mixed at John’s CLEAR Studios.Read More
As well as the 25 greatest hits, John has Produced two new songs for the “Best Of” album. From opener It’s All Good to closer You’re the Cure, via the likes of Kilburn Stroll,Colony, Spraypaint Backalley, Maasai, A Rainy Night in Soho and The Rocky Road to Dublin, this journey through head and cityscapes offers as much in terms of character and sense of place on the 50th listen as the first. Time and again, Dempsey reminds that he is one of the keepers of the flame, even if that accolade doesn’t sit easy with his...Read More
Produced by legendary producer John Reynolds, Morrissey and Marshall have created a truly lovable debut album having covered a great spectrum of sounds from folk to indie with a sprinkling of blues and pop.Sharing songwriting similarities with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel coupled with ‘indie-cred’ of contemporary bands like Vampire Weekend or Fleet Foxes. They should not fall on deaf ears! The TimesRead More
Dressed in a military green top, battered boots and camouflage combat pants Sinead O’Connor stepped onto the stage of the Royal Festival Hall dressed to kill. She may have looked fierce but she was, she told us, too shy to be able to sing unless she was wearing sunglasses that blocked out the audience. That endearing and intriguing blend of strength and vulnerability has run throughout O’Connor’s music and life, and both were on display here. “Who’s gonna be the one to save me from myself?” she asked on the opening number, a cover of John Grant’s Queen of Denmark. In recent years O’Connor has attracted headlines more for her battles with mental illness, tweets suggesting she was close to suicide and a recent spat with Miley Cyrus than her music. So it is hugely heartening to be able to report that, as a singer, Sinead O’Connor remains mesmerising. She didn’t move around much: mostly she stood behind the microphone, occasionally stamping her feet and raising her hands but when you have a voice as bone-chillingly beautiful as O’Connor’s you don’t need to lick wrecking balls to gain attention. 4th and Vine chugged and rolled like an old steam train punctuated by Graham Kearns’s guitar, John Reynolds’s menacing drumwork enhanced Take off Your Shoes and Brooke Supple’s delicate acoustic guitar adorned a harrowing Reason with Me. When O’Connor sang “I don’t want to waste the life that God gave me, and I don’t think that it’s too late to save me”, it was impossible to hear those words and not think about her mental breakdown. I turned round to see my wife, shiny tears were streaming down her face. Nothing Compares 2 U retained its power despite the familiarity, O’Connor sounding as desperate as she did all those years ago. It wasn’t all traumatising, however: the reggae bassline of Fire on Babylon and a raucous The Emperor’s New Clothes got people dancing. But the moments that I remember most strongly were darker and quieter: an acapella I Am Stretched On Your Grave dedicated to Nelson Mandela and, most powerful of all, a grief stricken In This Heart, with O’Connor standing between band members Brooke Supple and Clare Kenny, the Royal Festival Hall filled with the sound of their voices as they sang “soon these tears will have cried, all loneliness have...Read More