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Radio Espial: Episode 19 - John Buckley McQuaid (Musician)

Musician John Buckley McQuaid talks about his latest album 'This is Where I keep My Dreams' with Radio Espial's Mick Rooney.

Born in Dublin and based in Denmark for many years, John Buckley McQuaid is a professional musician who has toured all over Europe, from pub and music venues to art museums, theatres, schools, prisons and festivals. In addition to writing songs, he writes lyrics and fairy tales. He is also a visual artist (photography, painting and illustration) and makes videos and short films.

He played his first paid gig at the Foxrock Folk Club in Dublin in 1969, busked and played around Dublin until 1972 when he left for London. He moved to Denmark in 1973, where he turned professional musician in 1979.

Much of his writing contains social commentary, challenging the prevalent general apathy.

His albums over the years include: Recorded Pain (1979), Stations in the Sky (1985), and Call it Love (1990). In 2017, he also released ‘’Valentine’s Day’’, a 29 video and song ebook.

His sixth album, “This Is Where I Keep My Dreams” released in 2021, is a collection of 12 original songs about Ireland, addressing such issues as the Magdalene Laundries, the Vulture Funds and the Irish Diaspora throughout the world, often dealing with aspects of Ireland’s uncomfortable past.

His latest single, ‘’Homeless Hotels’’ was released on the 31st of January this year and is dedicated to the homeless and victims of abuse everywhere and Ireland in particular.

All copyright and licensing are from John Buckley McQuaid and granted by agreement for the production of this episode by the artist.



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