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Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Library service host a varied programme of events throughout the year, some of which we record, including a series of literary events called dlr Library Voices and an annual literary festival called Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival run in collaboration with dlr Arts Office. Our books podcast Need To Read is where authors, professionals and avid readers share their favourite books across their area of interest, expertise or obsession.
 
Dún Laoghaire, South Dublin, Ireland has a remarkable literary heritage which includes James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, as well as a host of historical and contemporary authors. In recognition of this, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council held the inaugural Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival in September 2009.
 
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At the top, Darren and Steve talk about "The Last Tour...Unti It Isn't..."or is it? More speculation on Diamond Dave's pending retirement, the New Year's Eve shows in Las Vegas! Why the 90's were Dave's mystery/"lost" era, how it went more "solo" than ever before, with a good number of band members coming and going. And Darren's Alex Van Halen pred…
 
At the top, it's a bit melancholy as Darren and Steve discuss the 1-year anniversary of Eddie Van Halen's passing (10/6), talk some more about Dave's big retirement announcement, the passing of time, and Dave's upcoming birthday (10/10). Then, things lighten up as Darren talks with artist Margo Z. Nahas. Margo is the artist who created the most ico…
 
A lot of big news from David Lee Roth! Darren and Steve dig into the big retirement announcement. Is Dave really retiring? Are there medical issues? Plus, Dave's December shows in Las Vegas. Who's in the band? Will the setlist be different? Will Alex Van Halen make a guest appearance? And the terrific new track DLR dropped, "Lo-Rez Sunset," from th…
 
Writer Madeline Beach Carey discusses some of her favourite memoirs including:Tove Ditlevsen's trilogy: Childhood, Youth, Dependency Deborah Levy’s Living Autobiography: Things I Want to Know, The Cost of Living, Real Estate Edward Said's Out of Place Madeline is the author of the story collection Les filles dels altres. Herwork has appeared, or is…
 
Darren and Steve discuss David Lee Roth's recent appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, what was said and what wasn't, the soon-to-be-50th anniversary of Dave and Alex Van Halen "ragging on each other," and will Dave be in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve? Then, Darren talks with the amazing Billy Sheehan, discussing the new 30th anniversary edition…
 
Steve and Darren talk with Chuck Shute, the host of The Chuck Shute Podcast. Chuck talks about his Van Halen and David Lee Roth fandom, interesting interviews, all-things rock and roll, and much more Chuck's aim with his podcast is to "educate, entertain and inspire" and his interviews musicians, athletes, actors, authors and more. Recent interview…
 
Dan Connaghan, conservation officer at BirdWatch Ireland, shares his personal favourite books and articles on the topic of nature writing. They range from the pastoral literature to writings of an activist nature.Writing/books discussed include: The Peregrine by AJ Baker, The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and Whittled Away b…
 
It's all about the aborted David Lee Roth flick "Crazy From The Heat!" Darren and Steve speak with filmmaker Steve Herold about Dave's aborted 1985 movie and the actual script. What kind of movie was it supposed to be? Is it funny? Could it have been a hit? How far along was the production? Would the "Eat 'Em and Smile" band been in it? All that, a…
 
Part 2 of our interview with Frank Meyer, who has more David Lee Roth stories, talks about seeing the very first, open-to-the-public Van Halen reunion rehearsal on stage, covering Van Halen's "In A Simple Rhyme" (it's very cool, check it out), talking Van Halen with Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers, meeting Eddie Van Halen at Dweezil Zappa's hou…
 
Part 1 of an interview you don't want to miss!! Darren talks with musician, author and producer Frank Meyer. You may have first known him as the frontman for The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, but Van Halen die-hards may know him from his work on copy-editor and interviewer on photographer Neil Zlozower’s book "Van Halen: A Visual History 1978 – 1984." He…
 
The wonderful Mila from dlr Libraries shares her favourite #LGBTQIA books for Young Adults. Books reviewed or mentioned include: Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating - Adiba JaigirdarThe Falling in Love Montage - Ciara SmythQueen of Coin and Whispers - Helen CorcoranAll the Bad Apples - Moira Fowley-DoylePerfectly Preventable Deaths - Deirdre Sulli…
 
"The DLR Cast" is back, and Steve and Darren ponder: - why David Lee Roth isn't on the new, updated KISS tour schedule - Dave's recent social media posts and what might be next - "Yankee Rose" premiered 35 years ago - Wolfgang Van Halen's debut album, "Mammoth WVH" is simply amazing. - Did we get a preview of the sounds and heaviness heard on Wolf'…
 
Darren and Steve debate the two recent developments in David Lee Roth land. First up, Dave on "The Joe Rogan Experience," where Steve and Darren try to answer the over-arching question, "Wa wa zat?" Then its all about the new track, "Giddy Up!" which dropped earlier in the week. It's the second song released presumambly from the album written (and …
 
Steve and Darren welcome Eric Senich from the Van Halen News Desk - VHND.com - to talk Diamond Dave's most overlooked and underrated songs, both solo and with Van Halen. All of Dave's solo albums are discussed, Eat 'Em and Smile, A Little Ain't Enough; Skyscraper has several songs on these lists...did anything from Your Filthy Little Mouth make it?…
 
Air’Join Jessica Sinclair, Music Therapist, as she guides you through today’s guided relaxation practice. We sometimes associate ‘Air’ with the majestic creatures who soar through it. Today’s practice will hone in on the soothing, melodic sounds of the birdsong as Jessica guides you through a practice which will leave you feeling calm and connected…
 
Darren digs into the vaults and his 2003 interview with Diamond Dave make its world premiere! It is -- simply put -- a fun, rambling convo: Dave talks about his favorite poem, why he doesn't have writer's block, all about ambitious fury, infinite refinement, his Fourth of July Christmas special (!?!), future plans, and much more. At the top: Darren…
 
Writer Eva Kenny discusses contemporary Irish women writers and the themes that occupy them. Books in focus: Niamh Campbell’s This Happy, Naoise Dolan’s Exciting Times, Emma Dabiri’s Don’t Touch my Hair, Sinéad Gleeson’s Constellations, Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self and Sally Rooney’s Normal People.Eva is a writer based in Dublin. She holds a doctora…
 
Darren and Steve lead off with a few points about Dave's lyrics and why Dave's band with guitarist Brian Young was his hardest rocking -- and hardest working -- solo band. Then, Darren talks with Brian about staying busy during COVID-19, his recent cover of the Vandenberg song "Burning Heart," the importance of saying "yes" to every gig, secrets of…
 
On this edition of "The DLR Cast," Darren and Steve catch up about, then they cut to Darren's recent interview with Red Reign drummer Sam "Sammy Lee" Bendhiem. Sammy Lee probably knows more about Van Halen and DLR than Darren does -- Darren's assessment -- and their conversation touches upon various facets of the DLR catalog (e.g. "Skyscraper," "Ea…
 
This week's interview is with Tom Beaujour, co-author (along with Richard Bienstock) of the awesome new book, "Nothin' But A Good Time: The Uncensored History of the 80's Hard Rock Explosion." Its the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, told by the musicians and industry insiders who lived it. Darren and Tom …
 
This week Darren and Steve welcome Danny Zelisko, author of "All Excess: Occupation Concert Promoter." Simply put, Danny is one of the most successful concert promoters to ever book a show and he's been doing that for 46 years and over 12,000 concerts. In "All Excess," Danny navigates you through his musical journey of producing concerts and takes …
 
BBC news journalist and author of Bear Markets and Beyond. Dhruti Shah discusses what short stories she keeps coming back to. She also discusses her new book that is a bestiary of business terms that aims to provide financial literacy for all in a fun and accessible way.Some authors/collections discussed include:Birthday Stories edited by Haruki Mu…
 
This week on "The DLR Cast," Darren and Steve talk about David Lee Roth in various interviews through the years, from Dave's 1988 appearance on "Larry King Live" to being on Joe Rogan and Marc Maron's podcasts. Plus, does Gene Simmons love the Costco rotisserie chicken? And how its a crime that there's never been a home video release of either the …
 
This week Darren has a great interview with the supremely talented and awesome singer/songwriter Jonny Polonsky. Jonny talks about first seeing David Lee Roth and Van Halen on MTV when he was 8 years old, learning Van Halen songs on guitar, Dave as a cultural influence, pursuing passions, the rock & roll lifestyle that used to be versus today, and …
 
Writer and actor Kealan Ryan discusses some of his favourite books of fiction that are sometimes considered classically "male" books as they in part deal with the male psyche. Books discusses: The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemmingway, One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey and High Fidelity by Nick Hornby.…
 
This week on "The DLR Cast": Darren speaks with composer, musician and David Lee Roth and Van Halen fan, Jeff Cardoni. Jeff talks aboout how his career evolved, composing for TV and movies, great guitar players, and, of course, Dave, Van Halen, and more! At the top: Steve and Darren wonder, "where is Dave?" Jeff Cardoni's body of work ranges from s…
 
Steve and Darren have a blast talking with Doug Brod, author of They Just Seem A Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Starz Remade Rock and Roll. Doug talks about the influences those bands had on so many musicians, the artist that connects them all and so much more. And yes, there's a couple of connections with David Lee Roth and Van…
 
The awesome Steve Brown is this week's guest interview. Steve talks about digging both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, how Van Halen influenced him to form Trixter, that time (pre-fame) he ran on stage during a Van Halen show, and meeting Dave when Trixter was recording their debut album. At the top, Darren and Steve talk about some various DLR new…
 
Darren and Steve discuss the latest Van Halen tribute show rumors and more. Then, Darren has a fun conversation with percussionist extraordinaire Sammy Figueroa. Sammy played on David Lee Roth's "Crazy From The Heat, "Eat 'Em And Smile" and "Skyscraper." Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world's great musicians and has played on c…
 
Happy New Year! Its the first episode recorded in 2021 and Darren speaks with the great Stacy Jones (American Hi-Fi, Miley Cyrus, Veruca Salt, Letters To Cleo, Hey Monday, Matchbox Twenty) about a bunch o' cool things and Stacy has a cool Van Halen story, too! Prior to that Darren and Steve chat about the special, all-Van Halen edition of Life Maga…
 
Fiction & arts writer Sue Rainsford, discusses representations of violence in literature & shares some books that have really impressed her this past year. Various books discussed with a focus on Kea Wilson's We Eat Our Own, Susanna Moore's In The Cut, Fernanda Melchor's Hurricane Season and Our Bodies, Their Battlefield by Christina Lamb.Warning: …
 
Happy New Year! In this new episode of "The DLR Cast," Darren and Steve speak with Richard Hilton, who played keyboards on David Lee Roth's "Your Filthy Little Mouth" album. Richard gives the details on how he first met Dave (and who was there!), working with the legendary Nile Rodgers (who produced "YFLM"), and working on -- and collaborating with…
 
Darren and Steve are thrilled to welcome drummer-extraordinaire Ron Wikso to The DLR Cast! If you saw David Lee Roth on the "Your Filthy Little Mouth Tour" in 1994, then you were digging Ron on the skins! Ron talks about his playing with...a ton of people actually, including Foreigner, The Storm, Cher, Gregg Rolie, Y&T's Dave Meniketti and a slew o…
 
Paul Cuddihy is a writer and journalist, currently the editor of Celtic View, the official magazine for Celtic Football Club, and runs the Read All About It podcast on book recommendations. In this podcast, Paul shares his favourite sports books, both fiction and non-fiction. Books discussed: 1. The Thistle and the Grail by Robin Jenkins.2. Shoeles…
 
Ruth Ennis is a co-founder and features editor for teen and YA literary journal Paper Lanterns. Ruth shares her favourite verse novels for Young Adults with us and discusses writing her own verse novel after being awarded funding from the Arts Council Literary Bursary. https://paperlanternslit.com/: A literary journal for all things to do with Teen…
 
Karah Preiss content producer & writer based in New York City. Along with actress Emma Roberts, she founded Belletrist, a social media-first community for book lovers and they're currently in a first-look deal for TV at Hulu. Karah shared her favourite books with us through the theme of "Alternative Perspectives".Books discussed: Little Cruelties b…
 
Darren and Steve are thrilled to welcome Eric Senich of the mighty Van Halen News Desk! Prior to the interview Darren and Steve talk about Dave's Sammy Hagar-inspired artwork, and Sammy's response. Then Steve and Darren talk with Eric about how Eric first got into Diamond David Lee Roth and Van Halen, Dave the Renaissance Man, Dave's vocals, the fa…
 
Darren and Steve talk about Wolfgang Van Halen's recent Howard Stern interview, his new song "Distance" and band, Mammoth WVH. Plus, the news about Diamond Dave around and from all the Wolfgang press. And this week's news-making interview: Darren talks with Michael Starr of Steel Panther. For more of Darren's cool interviews with musicians, actors …
 
Steve and Darren take a deep and meandering look at The Roth Project, the dystopian, sci-fi digital graphic novel David Lee Roth recently released via DavidLeeRoth.com. What is it and why? Who is involved? We try and find out! Odds are good that The DLR Cast on Twitter won't be as entertaining as the actual podcast but you can follow us here: @TheD…
 
Steve and Darren discuss the surprise David Lee Roth track that just came out, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill." Recorded sometime in the last decade, featuring John 5 on guitar and bass, and Gregg Bissonette on drums, upon release DLR dedicated it Eddie Van Halen. Then Darren talks with Gregg and Matt Bissonette! Greg (drums) and Matt (bas…
 
This episode's interview is with Tyler Bryant of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown. Tyler talks about the huge influence Eddie Van Halen and the first Van Halen album were on him, his first guitar, David Lee Roth still writing cool lyrics (re: the last Van Halen album A Different Kind Of Truth) and a special appearance of his Diamond Dave soundboard. Al…
 
The episode with 2 intros! Intro #1: Steve and Darren discuss Eddie Van Halen's death, Sammy Hagar reportedly patching things up with Eddie, social media posts, and speculation about what might happen next. Intro #2: As recorded before Eddie's passing and Darren and Steve talk about the death of Mark Stone, the original Van Halen bassist. The Inter…
 
Darren talks with Longwave's Steve Schiltz about his band Longwave, Van Halen, and of course, David Lee Roth! Steve talks about how Eddie's guitar playing was his entry to Van Halen, Dave, and Steve Vai and Jason Becker's catalogs, and how it informed and inspired how own work. Plus, the time Steve and James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) were incredulous…
 
Writer, engineer and artist Adrian Duncan discusses his favourite books on World Building, in terms of architecture and engineering and also in terms of creating a world in historical fiction and memoir writing.Order the books Adrian discussed on our library catalogue here: https://librariesireland.iii.com/iii/encore/?lang=engBooks chosen: An Engin…
 
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