Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge

declan o’rourke

Oh, he’s a petulant one alright!

declan o'rourke
When I first heard DECLAN O’ROURKE’s ‘It’s a Big, Bad Beautiful World’, it seemed as though the singer had somehow smashed open my skull, extracted my inimitable brand of jaded romanticism and physically pounded it into song format. So when tickets for ‘An Evening With Declan O’Rourke’ went on sale then, I was naturally first in the queue brandishing a Kalashnikov rifle. Read the rest of this entry »


Tripping Along the Ledge joins with the entire Irish music industry family in extending our best wishes to popular singer-songwriter Ollie Higgins, who finds himself behind bars tonight – incarcerated (he says) for a crime he didn’t commit.

The veteran musician, who appeared in Smiley Bolger’s annual ‘ones to watch’ list a record-breaking six times (1987, ’88, ’90, ’91 and ’93), was arrested outside Walton’s World of Music in Dublin this afternoon in connection with the theft of some guitar strings and a plectrum.

Now the former Kill City Snowmen drummer is appealing to fans for their assistance in tracking down a one-armed-man he says he saw fleeing the scene at about the time of the alleged incident. Read the rest of this entry »

Published: Mongrel Magazine, March 2004

Ollie Higgins

Singer-songwriter, free spirit, decent skin...

It’s Friday night and the atmosphere in Whelans is so electric you could cut it with a knife. Declan O’Rourke – the enfant terrible of Irish song – has an American tourist in a headlock and is attempting to extract cash from her purse. In the far corner Gemma Hayes and Paddy Casey are huddled over a Connect 4 set, lost in thought. It’s a heady scene. But for now the buzz is all about one man: Ollie Higgins.

The former drummer with ill-starred Dublin rockers The Kill City Snowmen is here to launch his debut solo album, Hope Street. (“It’s like a cross between Black Sabbath and The Andrews Sisters” he explains. “If that makes any sense!”) Read the rest of this entry »