MN Xmas Session!

December 27th has never had much of a pull. Sandwiched between Christmas and NYE, it’s usually the day we give our livers the day off (…the lightweights!) but MN, our collective of like-minded whelps from Monaghan, have hoisted our flag on this date for the last 5 years so it’s become one of the most important dates of the year for us.
The venue is McKenna’s Bar, Monaghan, a place that has always supported music in the town and is still the go-to watering hole for anyone interested in the Craic. We’ve played many parties there over the years so we’re very appreciative of Seamie’s support. His vision is what makes it one of the best bars around in my egotistical opinion.
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This year on the 27th, MNTOTHAT.COM‘s spiritual home will play host to an evening of hip hop, disco, house, and party tunes provided by a few stalwarts of the MN crew. I can’t make it this year so as I sit here with my Kissm’ass dinner in the oven, first wine of the day tackling yesterday’s hangover and annual new socks on my two left feet, I’m going to take a second to get all proud of the lads and what we’ve accomplished in our short time as a website, promotion, deejays and general crew of musical messers.
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Ready…. set…. Go!!!
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MNTOTHAT.COM
Our website (obviously) was created to provide a platform for anyone MN-related to promote their own musical interests but also for the members to promote everything and anything that they find an inspiration. After years of sitting on the outskirts of various music scenes in Belfast, Dublin & London, and knowing, collectively, that we had the passion and drive to do it, we decided the DIY approach was how we would follow our D:Ream of being super-ill thuperstar deejayz.   The jury’s still out on that one…
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NIALL KIRK – AMEN BROTHER/AMEN BROTHER RECORDS
The man with the plan! Niall spearheaded our website plan shortly after we formed MN and it’s still to this day one of the things we’re most proud of. Through it, we’ve met many talented people and even more great friends with a similar interest in music. As Amen Brother, Niall & I have hosted parties in Dublin, London, Toronto and even the odd Boat Party on the Thames!! Sharing a similar interest in all things funk, we’ve used the promotion as an outlet to delve into all the other genres that interest us, be it Hip Hop, Northern Soul, 60s Psych Rock and Disco. The later being the mainstay of Niall’s own vinyl imprint Amen Brother Records. Three releases in and always sold out in a matter of weeks after their release, it’s one of the highlights of my year to hear what he has planned next. He won’t be online from tomorrow on though ;)

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CIDER BROS.
MN founder and all round nice guy, Phil Watson has been a huge inspiration to the collective; with his penchant for music production techniques, equipment and snazzy keychains. Joined by Alan Coyne, under their Cider Brothers moniker, they’ve released some hugely popular disco edits over the last few years.
Phil has also contributed some great content to the site over the last half-decade too. The highlight for me being his fantastic interview with Synthesizer guru and brains behind the fantastic Synthtopia website, Jexus.
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PAUL FANNING – NONLINE
Paul Fanning is one half of popular London club night Nonline, with fellow MN affiliate Tom Breslin. While independent from MN, Nonline’s approach is very much in the same ethos of doing what you love and promoting what they are passionate about. The line ups are always well thought out with the whole duration of the night in mind. They’ve already hosted too many great DJs and live acts to mention here but if you’re ever in King’s Landing, be sure to check Nonline out!!

That’s what you have on offer this saturday but I also want to give some shoutouts to Damien Waters, Sean Gilheaney, Brendan McKenna, Kevin McAdam, Dan Doody, Fionnuala McKenna and Marion Markey. To me, they are all very much part of MN and all have been instrumental in making MN what it is. Their help has always been there when we needed it most.
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Now, if I’ve forgotten anyone, you feel left out or just want to get involved with our particular brand of musical half-assery, feel free to get in touch. That’s what MN was always about for us, a platform and a voice to make yourself heard in what can very often be a daunting thing to get into, be it djing, promoting events or just learning more about music in general.
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In short, if you’re around Monaghan this Saturday, you would be mad to miss this shindig!!

And sure, if I don’t see ye, Seeye!!

 

Words By Pete Cadden

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