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  • Billy Mills 09:42 on 27/07/2020 Permalink | Reply
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    More Peter Green 

    He really was something.


    • John Goodby 18:15 on 27/07/2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Billy. Appreciated this. A favourite of mine too. All best, John


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  • Billy Mills 20:20 on 25/07/2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Peter Green 

  • Billy Mills 11:12 on 12/07/2018 Permalink | Reply
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    On video: Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending by The Incredible String Band 

    Odd, charming 1970 film featuring concert footage, interviews, and a masque called The Pirate and The Crystal Ball.

    “If I could describe my songs I wouldn’t sing them” – Mile Heron

    • danielpaulmarshall 12:38 on 12/07/2018 Permalink | Reply

      One of my, if not my most favouritist musician Robin Williamson is. Man is a pure genius, unsullied by success always true to his art. His later work, especially his story time stuff like his telling of part of the Mabinogian is simply incredible. He introduced along with Nick Drake to alternate tunings & made me a more diverse guitar player.

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  • Billy Mills 20:22 on 26/01/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    LANDscape UL • Place, performance and imagination research seminar – all welcome 

    LANDscape UL • Place, performance and imagination.

    Place, performance and imagination

    Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 4-5.30pm,

    Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance

    LANDscape research seminar – all welcom


    Dr. Niall Keegan, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

    ‘Mapping the Linguistic Turn – language, space and place in Irish traditional music’

    Billy Mills, poet and critic.

    ‘Words for Music; Music for Words’

    Niall Keegan is a traditional Irish flute player and an ethnomusicologist. His PhD, The Art of Juncture – Transformations of Irish Traditional Music, focused on the language-based structures used by traditional musicians to account for and shape their performance practices. His research also engages the diasporic experience of traditional music, particularly in the UK. He has performed extensively throughout the world with musicians such as Sandra Joyce, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Clive Carroll.

    Billy Mills is a poet, editor, literary journalist at guardian.co.uk. Mills was born Dublin in 1954. After some years spent in Spain and the UK, he currently lives in Limerick. He is co-editor (with Catherine Walsh) of hardpressed Poetry. His Lares/Manes: Collected Poems was published by Shearsman in 2009, and Imaginary Gardens and Loop Walks by hardPressed poetry in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

    Getting to the Academy:



  • Billy Mills 19:23 on 10/11/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Logical Fallacies: Press Release 

    Béal presents

    Logical Fallacies

    a song-cycle by David Bremner 

    on poetry by Billy Mills

    11 Nov, 8pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

    Pre-concert talk – 7.30pm

    Tickets – €10/8

    Soprano: Elizabeth Hilliard

    Viola: Andreea Banciu

     Tomorrow, innovative music/text company Béal present the Dublin premiere of a newly-written song-cycle for soprano and viola, Logical Fallacies. The work was was commissioned by Limerick City of Culture 2014 and was created through a collaboration between poet Billy Mills, and Béal co-director and composer, David Bremner. It will be performed by soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and violist Andreea Banciu. The work will consist of settings of existing and new work by Mills, and will juxtapose sung and spoken text, and projections by Mills.

    Logical Fallacies is an original new contribution to the song-cycle genre, in a sparse, minimal and thought-provoking idiom; it features a heightened sensitivity to the potential resonances and sonic qualities of each word, so that, in Mills’ words




    Its key preoccupation is the relationship between art and the real world explored via the relationship between singing and speaking.

    Watch a short video about Logical Fallacies, with extracts from the first performance:

    Elizabeth Hilliard is a soprano from Dublin. She brings a dramatic quality and emotional intensity to her performance of solo, chamber and vocal ensemble music. A member of Chamber Choir Ireland and Resurgam, she has toured nationally and internationally: including to China, the US, and Austria.

    Andreea Banciu is a member of ConTempo String Quartet. Andreea has toured the world extensively, performing over 1000 concerts at many major venues and International Festivals in Europe, Asia and North America both as a soloist and a chamber music player at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall.

    ALSO: Read a review of Béal’s just-released album of music for organ and uilleann pipes, l’air du temps | the spirit of the times, over on today’s Tradconnect: 



    Anna Murray | anna.m.murray@gmail.com | 0860816677

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