Solovair at Rebirth of Cool

Solovair is a family run business manufacturing hand-made Goodyear welted footwear in Northamptonshire, England since 1881.

We are delighted to be the only Solovair stockists in Ireland! Great on the bike, great on the dancefloor, these bad boys will stand the test of time, and we can vouch for that. They have been tried and tested here at Rebirth of Cool by the main man Eamon for many years now.


So what does Goodyear welted mean?

Goodyear welted footwear acquires its name from the long strip of material called a ‘welt’ which is sewn to the upper and insole of the shoe or boot by means of chain stitch. The (out)sole is then attached separately to the welt by means of a lock stitch. There are up to 200 highly skilled stages in the making of a pair of ‘Goodyear welted’ shoes and this traditional method of manufacturing serves to provide the following key advantages in terms of:

  • Exceptional comfort: The cavity created by the inseam between the inner and outer sole is filled with a flexible compound that moulds to the shape of the wearer’s feet.
  • Strength: Comfort combined with durability to provide strength, outstanding performance and excellent shape retention.
  • Insulation: The flexible compound that is sandwiched between the inner and outer soles provides excellent thermal insulation and protection from uneven surfaces.
  • Easy to Repair: As long as the uppers are taken care of, it is easy to re-sole worn welted footwear by sewing or heat-sealing new soles to the existing welts, to give a life expectancy up to 20 years.
  • Flexibility: The ‘Goodyear’ welted construction is adaptable to almost every style of footwear which enables Solovair to respond and meet new trends in fashion.


The name comes from the Soft Suspension Sole. Sol-ov-air!




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(Some info and imagery taken from Solovair’s website & Instagram account)

ROC chats to Paisley Promotions

If you’ve been in store recently I’m sure you’ve heard me playing the tunes loud! First time I listened to them I thought “Serge Gainsbourg meets Brian Jonestown Masscare” – what’s not to like about that! That was enough for me to want to hear more and I wasn’t disappointed. I caught up with James from Paisley Promotions ahead of The Limiñanas Dublin gig in the Grand Social on Friday 8th February.

James Collins

What’s currently on your turntable?
I seen “Hand Habits” at Desert Daze in California in October, she’s Kevin Morby’s guitarist. She played a set before him and I was blown away, listening to her a lot since. Two other acts I’m really excited about are Irish bands, Just Mustard and Tribal Dance. I recommend anyone to listen to Just Mustard’s album “Wednesday”, I’ve listened to it almost everyday for weeks now. I’m sure fans of My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive would love it. Tribal Dance have a few singles on Spotify with a few more in the pipeline, they recently put up a live session for their track “Mapa Fiji” which can be found on their facebook page. Oh Sees-esque. They’re the best live band I’ve seen for a long time, they absolutely blew the roof off the The Grand Social a few weeks back. Both bands are playing The Workmans on Feb 16th so I highly recommend people to head along, I’m doing sound for Tribal Dance at the show too so very excited!

Tell us a bit about Paisley Promotions
I kind fell into promotion really, I’m production manager in The Grand Social so I’m around gigs quite a lot. If I remember correctly a promoter pulled out of an event so I put on a free-in funk night with Fever Solstice (great band) at quite short notice. I really enjoyed it so kind of caught the promotion bug. I then went on to book Versatile’s first show in The Grand Social which done really well. Next I had The Viper from Hardy Bucks which also done great. That was the first show I done under “Paisley Promotions” as I thought if I was to do it regularly I’d best put a name on it! Since then I’ve focused primarily on psychedelic bands which is what I’m into most. It’s great to able to put on shows for bands who maybe haven’t played Ireland before, the main reason I do it is to see bands I’m a fan of who otherwise may not come to Dublin.

Who have you brought to Dublin in the past?
The first international band I booked was The Underground Youth in May last year. I was a fan of the band for years so I was delighted to get them over a show and they didn’t disappoint. I have them over again on April 25th in The Grand Social and I highly recommend checking them out, amazing band live. Next I had Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings over. Matt was in The Brian Jonestown Massacre for years, probably my favourite band. Was an honour to work with him as I’m a big BJM nerd! I also had a copro with Retro Revival Indie Club in October. We had Magic Shoppe from Boston (who sport Dubliners Staf and Dave from The Orange Kyte as members) in Drop Dead Twice which was another great night. Next up is The Limiñanas on Friday, very excited and honoured to be able to host their Irish debut.


What can we expect from The Limiñanas? 
I’ve been a big fan of the band for quite some time and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them in the flesh. I have a few friends who seen them in Europe and they tell me they’re absolutely incredible live. I presumed they were from the 60’s when I first heard them (which is a compliment), they have such a great sound of 60’s garage/go-go and psych. Their last album “Shadow People” which was produced by Anton Newcombe of BJM is arguably the best album of 2018. They play The Grand Social this Friday so don’t miss your chance to see them!

Fave tune: “Je suis un go-go girl”-first tune of theirs I ever heard and I was a fan instantly

What’s in the pipeline for Paisley Promotions?
Next up after The Limiñanas is The Underground Youth in April, it’s the second show I’m doing with them and if it’s anywhere good as last year’s the crowd are in for a treat! I also have Kikagaku Moyo, a psychedelic band from Tokyo in The Workmans on May 23rd. I’m putting the show on with the help of U:mack (who book the likes of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees) and it’s great to have them on board. I caught Kikagaku Moyo at Desert Daze and they were one of the stand out acts from the festival. They’re quite similar to CAN with a bit more emphasis on the psych! I recommend checking out their KEXP session for those who aren’t familiar with them.

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ROC chats to Ray Gilligan of The Saturday Social

Ray is a musician and DJ from Dublin and a very good pal of us here at Rebirth of Cool. If you don’t know him, where have you been?! Once part of The Josephs and responsible for some of Dublin’s best club nights (Saturday Social & Connoisseur Soul Sessions to name but a few) and you can catch him spinning tunes every week at The Foggy Dew. He has an amazing record collection and even better dance moves…


Ray Gilligan

Describe your style?

Sports casual. Think Bob Downes meets Alan Partridge and you’re half way there.

Go to piece in your wardrobe?

Bass Weejuns everyday of the week.



What’s currently on your turntable?

As we speak? Ocean Rain by The Bunnymen. Been playing that Mr. Jukes album from this year a lot. Plus I’m a recent convert to Kamasi Washington so can’t get enough of him at the moment.

If you had to go on the run and could only take 3 records with you, which ones would you grab?

Well I’d have to use the head and make sure they’re double albums if I had to leave town fast. So it’d be the Beatles’ White Album, Stevie’s Songs in the Key of Life, The Jam’s Snap.


What are your favourite spots in Dublin for listening to good tunes? And where would you go if you were in need of a serious dance?

More a listener than a dancer these days due to a dodgy knee from too much dancing down the years. Used to go to Soul nights religiously but not so much anymore due to laziness. There’s still a really vibrant Soul scene in the city. Garage and Anseo always have good DJs on. Pimlico was great too. Some of the new nights on at Drop Dead Twice look worth checking out. Anywhere with a good DJ on and I’m sweet. For dancing? Well you’re always guaranteed a rug will be cut at the Saturday Social.


Tell us a bit about the Saturday Social and what can we expect on the 27th?

Saturday Social (formerly known as the Sunday Social) has found a new home at Drop Dead Twice on Francis Street. Cool new city centre venue. We’re only starting off in this new spot but it’s looking tasty so far. It started out as a Mod do but parameters have widened over the years. Same music policy and Mod ethos still exists; all the good stuff. We like to mix it up and keep it fresh. You could hear; Soul, Punk, Jazz, Pop, Disco, Hip Hop, all in the one night. This month we’ve taken the plunge and decided to stick on the odd live band. Something we’ve talked about before but never got around to doing. We have the Freedom 35s on 27th January who are an amazing band, so we’re really excited about this. It’s a gig that if I wasn’t involved in I’d still be going to.

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ROC gets inside the mind of Mark Winkelmann

Mark is a connoisseur of psychedelia, the host of Dublin’s very own psychedelic club night, MindFuzz, and an incredible DJ with slick dress sense. It was only right to get him on board for one of our blog posts ahead of the MindFuzz Third Anniversary Party on November 18th at the Thomas House…

How did you get into sixties psychedelic music?

Three particular tipping points were, as a kid, when I got a budget Rolling Stones tape that didn’t have the hits but had all the good tracks from Their Satanic Majesties Request.  Then a punk kid at school had a tape of sixties punk and garage. Thirdly there was a Dublin fanzine called Green Dream that was all about Pebbles/Nuggets bands. Years later I ran into Monty who used to put it together, and now he’s due to DJ at our Third Anniversary!

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Tell us a bit about MindFuzz

I was working in London for a while and I started going to New Untouchables dos in 2005. I really liked the mix of different sixties styles. Back in Dublin there was a lot of Soul dos, so when I was in London I’d end up in the psych & beat room as I wasn’t hearing those sounds in Dublin. The nearest psychedelic do was Dr Crippens Waiting Room in Belfast. I never miss it but it is only on once a year. It is great being able to go to a psychedelic party right here. I wasn’t sure how it’d go but various Dubliners emerged who said it was just the thing they were after. It’s a varied and friendly crowd every time.  And so I am delighted to put on our Third Anniversary party on 18th November in the Thomas House.

I described it from the start as a ‘sixties vinyl dance party’ as those are all important elements. We play a range of sounds from sixties mod, freakbeat and garage into some more out there psychedelic and funky seventies  hippie gear but it is all aimed squarely at the dancefloor.  I was into Acid Jazz so the idea of retro music that works for the dancefloor is second nature to me. I love the dedicated focus of a club like Pow City, where the DJs only play original vinyl, it keeps it fresh and it means DJs have their individual style. I’ve DJ’d at some nights where everyone is playing the same reissues and comps, which is fine if it’s a broad mix of styles, but for something specialist this means everyone plays the same well known tracks – I avoid that.

But, it isn’t about just playing obscure stuff. When I’m out dancing I always like to hear something fresh but you need to have a balance. There are well known tracks on the scene that always get a good response, then I’ll always have one or two things that are under the radar, and also a few 1966-69 era tracks from the Beatles, Floyd, Stones or Dutronc. When an obscure 45 release by a well know band turns up, that’s good: people may know it but aren’t used to hearing it out. I’ve been working on an Anniversary Mix CD to give away on the night which will have a good range of tunes. Including one I just got in a Berlin flea market about a drummer from Munich. I had to include it as HP, who is DJing on November 18th, is a drummer from Munich.

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What DJ’s have you had at MindFuzz?

When we started I was mainly thinking about Irish DJs in particular Sarge, Paddy and Steve from Dr Crippens in Belfast, Phil Hope from Cork and various Dublin DJs. But some heads came over from the UK for the first one and then Pete Feely from the Perfumed Garden came and DJ’d. Since then we’ve had some great DJs from Scotland and Germany in particular. In November we have Katja and HP from Berlin who’ve run a night called Liquid Visions. Sadly they can’t bring their amazing vintage slide and light show but they’ll lay down a great funky early seventies groove that will be hard not to dance to!

For 2018 there’ll be four MindFuzz parties (February, May, September and November). There’ll definitely be local DJs like Paddy Dreadful and Pete Toomey and some amazing DJs from Glasgow like Jamo Kidd who mixes some classic mod psych bangers with some groovy indie type Belle & Sebastian type gear- guaranteed floor fillers.


What three records will you defo be packing?

Paul Nicholas – Run Shaker Life

Rupert’s People – Dreams On My Mind

David Bowie – Can’t Help Thinking About Me

Describe your style.

It’s a mid to late sixties look, but put together with care. If you’ve something psychedelic you want to show it off with plain items not detract with clashing patterns. Lee Hazelwood or The Byrds had a great look, a bit post-Beatnik, smart but relaxed. Also the Small Faces when they went beyond the mod look into something more pop art and colourful.

Dressing well for me is about what suits the situation.  For day to day, a button down shirt and Crombie is a great look that is perfect for work. For going out of course I take it up a notch and psychedelic patterned shirts and Chelsea boots would be my standard.

As a young kid there was a bit of a mod thing going on in school but it was playground stuff, not clubbing. After a while everyone moved on to something new. For me it was the Velvet Underground, Byrds and early Primal Scream, all polo necks, paisley shirts and black leather or brown suede jackets. I was never a Goth, it was always the sixties thing: Chelsea boots, not Docs. And no leather keks either, nothing says idiot like pretending to be Jim Morrison.

What’s your go to piece in your wardrobe?

Finding sixties or early seventies vintage gear for guys is always harder than for girls. Shirts and trousers especially were worn till they fell apart… I’ve a few really nice checked car coats that I really like and they’re really versatile. But shirts with unusual patterns are my main weakness.

My all time favourite shirt was a gold and green star pattern Liberty print beagle collared shirt of my dad’s which I wore till it fell apart. My current favourite is a Perfumed Garden beagle collar shirt, produced in limited runs of four. Sadly they only operated for a year or two. It is pretty loud so I can’t wear it all the time so plain coloured vintage shirts with a combination of interesting ties and jackets works well.


What other nights do you enjoy going to in Dublin?

I’d be regular at Pow City, For Dancers Only and going back further at Sleepless Nights. While I prefer dance-focussed nights I really enjoy Retro Revival to see good bands and I always like the Garage, though… it always seems to involve a hangover! Sunday Social and Rip It Up are great mix of sounds and people too.

What are your favourite mod/psych festivals in Europe? What ones have you been to so far this year?

The Perfumed Garden of Musical Delights in Derby was a particular inspiration, it’s a great club in a small city. Also the Double Sight Weekender in Glasgow in October is always an amazing party. Those two really made me think we could do something similar in Dublin.

Le Beat Bespoke in London at Easter is always great as there’s so many people from the mod and sixties scene there from all over the world. Liverpool Psych fest is great but very much about the live bands. Berlin Beat Explosion is a good mix of bands and DJs and goes all night, cheap booze too. There are others I’d like to go to but cash and time off only go so far. Some of them are in really nice places and often very cheap once you’re there. Lavarone in Northern Italy is amazing but it’s up the mountains so a bit of a trek to get there. It is an out of season ski village so when a few hundred mods and sixties heads descend on it it’s like The Prisoner. And being Italy the food and drink is amazing. I really hope to get back there next year.

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Click here for more info on the MindFuzz Third Anniversary Party on November 18th at the Thomas House, Dublin 8.


ROC chats to Fuxy

Fuxy runs Dance Craze Ska Club at the Garage Bar, his dress sense is slick and his record collection even slicker. A long time friend of Rebirth of Cool, we’ve asked him to tell us a little bit more about himself and his DJing…


My name’s Gabor Fuksz AKA Fuxy. A skinhead in between a punk and a mod, but neither of them really.


Describe your style and what’s your go to piece in your wardrobe?

I love dressing smart. Mikkel Rude, or Brutus shirt, sta prest trousers, brogues, braces and a Crombie coat or suit jacket, but a Baracuta harrington is a must in my wardrobe too.

Tell us a bit about Dance Craze at the Garage Bar

After a few other ska nights in Dublin I started DJing in the Garage Bar in 2013. It’s a weekly event every Sunday night. I love the vibe of the pub, small and cosy. We have our regulars that are there as much as they can to give their support, and many walk in people that have nothing to do with ska or reggae, but they still decide to stay. We have skinheads/ska lovers coming over from abroad to visit Dublin that already heard about our little ska club and they come to check it out themselves. 🙂

Kike joined me a couple of years ago, and became my DJ partner in crime for the mad Sunday night sessions, plus we have other DJ friends from all over Ireland and the word to fill our guest DJ spots.


What three records will you defo be packing?

The hardest of all the questions. How to pick three tunes out of so many?

Lloyd Robinson- Cuss Cuss
Tommy McCook- Last Flight To Reggae City
R. Dean Taylor- There’s a Ghost In My House

What is the Skinhead scene like in Dublin?

The skinhead scene is welcoming, friendly, politic free as much as it’s possible. Skinheads in Ireland are apparently more into ska and soul than punk or Oi!
If we’re only talking about so called active skinheads the scene is small, just like a family. We look out for each other, drink and skank together. It’s a healthy scene with it’s own minor defects. 😉


What are your favourite nights to go to when you have a night off from spinning?

I love some soul and reggae nights in Dublin. I’m trying to go and visit Reggae Got Soul nights as much as possible and planning to go to the next Pow City in October for the first time. 🙂 I can recommend all the other nights in the Garage Bar or the Sunday nights in the Foggy Dew with the Bionic Rats.


Getting Fuzzed Up with Andy Marke

You’ve probably seen the cool artwork being shared on Facebook and the many stickers around Dublin’s fair city and wondered what is Fuzzed Up?! Andy has an amazing, eclectic taste in music and has decided to share it with us all (with a little help from his friends). His new venture Good Vibrations is a collaboration of some of the best DJs in Dublin and is heaven for all us 60s nuts…

Andy Marke
So you’re the guy behind Fuzzed Up in Swords, can you tell us a bit about it?
I always felt that Swords was lacking alternative night life. As someone who lives for music it seemed to me there was nowhere in the town to go and find out about new bands and new styles of music. With the help of a few good friends I put a set of decks in a local bar one night and just got all my friends to come down and play the music we wanted to hear that no other bar in Swords would play. It was a pretty good night so we did it again and again and more people got involved and it’s grown into something that people recognize as a good night out now! (please god!) We have had some established Dublin DJs in to play and some people who have never had a chance to DJ before which is a good mix. Quite a few people have told me that they have discovered a lot of great music from it and that they often spend time putting together little playlists that they think would work well on a night which is something I’m quite proud of!
What’s Good Vibrations all about and how did the first night go?
Good Vibrations is really just a celebration of the 60’s!! I get a little obsessive about things and 60’s culture is definitely one of them!! There is a lot of Mod and Soul nights happening in Dublin right now, it’s an amazing time for those scenes. I guess I wanted to do an anything goes 60’s night. I went to some seasoned DJs / Promoters for a few tips. John Dunne (What? Is Northern Soul), Stephen Donnelly & Liam Pepper (All Or Nothing show on Near FM) and Paul Davis (Bubbles Mod nights). Between us all we put on the Good Vibrations night, in The Lord Mayors pub in Swords, and it turned out to be a great night. I’m always nervous about things I do that people won’t turn up or won’t enjoy it but it felt like this was a really great night and all the feedback has been really positive!!
I love being part of the Facebook group where there’s a featured artist and we can all share songs from them. Is that the kind of music we can expect from the next one?
I’d love to take the credit for the Facebook page but that was John’s work!! He’s picking a different artist every day and people are posting their favourite tracks. The page is three weeks old and there is already over 350 members all posting!! It helps us through our days in work! I think it is a fair reflection of how the night will sound. John has a soul background but he has been quite varied with artists he’s picked daily. Everything from the Kinks and Stones to The Supremes and Dave Clarke 5. We even had Phil Spector day which was cool!!
What DJs have you got lined up?
DJs on the night are the myself, John, Paul, Liam, Stephen and Jennifer Healy who I have never had the good fortune to see before so I’m really looking forward to that. We are also really hoping to get Rebirth Of Cool’s Michelle Farley to spin a few tunes sometime in the near future
(Brownie points for mentioning me! – Michelle)
What three tunes will you defo be spinning?
I have been so busy since the last one and not had a chance to think about it but I think it’s safe to say I’ll probably play The Kinks – She’s Got Everything, Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’ and maybe the Castaways – Liar Liar (because I forgot to play it last time!)
What other nights do you enjoy going to in Dublin when you have a night off?
I just love going to see live music as much as I can and I feel blessed to live in Dublin at this point in time where there are gigs happening 7 nights a week and new venues opening up quite regularly too. I’m a big fan of the Retro Revival nights and I’ve seen some amazing bands play at this club over the years and I’ve been lucky enough to get to spin a few tunes on their decks too which is always a great buzz!! Psychotic Reaction is another great night to catch a live band and The New Love and Terror Cult is starting to grow into something to take note of. Jump into any venue in Dublin where a local band is on and good times are usually a guarantee!!
Check out Good Vibrations this Friday night!
Thanks Andy!


Here Come The Girls: Nic Nolan

Here’s part two of our Here Come The Girls series with the beautiful and stylish Nic Nolan. Nic regularly spins records in Anseo and at Rip It Up club in Thomas House in Dublin. With an impeccable, classic style and the coolest record collection you’ve ever heard it was a no brainer to get Nic on board for the ROC blog. Read on to find out more…


Nic Nolan

Describe your style?

Oh, I’m not sure I can really! It can change…depending on my mood. I’ve always loved Jean Seberg’s style, and Neile McQueen’s so I suppose I always go back to some kind of similar look. I like the Beatnik style, plus Angela Davis in the early 70’s looked amazing! There’s styles and looks I like but don’t suit me, I’ve made many mistakes in the past! So kinda 60’s classic with a hint of badass. But, sometimes there are days when I want to look exactly like M.I.A so you know…a mix!

Go to piece in your wardrobe?

Boat neck Breton striped tops and skinny capris/jeans! Or a variation of……I think anyone that knows me would say the same. It’s not necessarily a good thing, but I love a stripey top.


What’s currently on your turntable?

I usually listen to a few different records at the same time, it changes all the time too! But I suppose the records I’ve been listening to a lot in the last week or so are Mavis Staples “Mavis Staples” – Her debut solo record. She sounds so good on it, I love her voice. She can pretty much sing anything and make it sound gritty and heavy. I remember reading an interview with her and she said a singing teacher didn’t like her voice and said “You’re in the basement Mavis, you’re singing with the boys” Deadly! The Coup “Kill My Landlord” – I love The Coup and this is a great record. It’s probably one of the first records to criticise Trump, and it was released in the early 90’s ….and look where we are now! I’ve been listening to this a lot lately and I don’t think it’s dated at all. Goat “World Music” – I don’t know how to describe this record, but I love these weirdo’s. They’re deadly live too. I play this on Saturday mornings, loud!

If you had to go on the run and could only take 3 records with you, which ones would you grab?

I’m brutal at answering these types of questions, it’s impossible to pick… Off the top of my head, bearing in mind I’ve to leave in a hurry

Gil Scott Heron “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – I love Gil, I was lucky enough to see him live three or four times and he blew my tiny mind every time.

The Happy Mondays “Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches” – This record just reminds me of my friends and having the best time. Getting up to mischief, and parties….lots of parties

Love – “Forever Changes” – Cos it’s Love

I’m already changing my mind…

What are your favourite spots in Dublin for listening to good tunes? And where would you go if you were in need of a serious dance?

Anseo, Camden St – There’s a different DJ there every night of the week and I’d happily go there every night and listen to what they’re playing. I always hear something I haven’t heard before. The Thomas House, Thomas St – The Rip It Up night is great, a really good mix. For guaranteed dancing, it has to be Pow City in the basement of The Thomas House, a monthly soul/funk/northern night. Great music, sound heads, brilliant. Soul Fusion was a great night for dancing too in Tengu! Deadly mix of soul and house music. There’s another one next month There was a night on in The Cobblestone in June – 45 Revolutions and that was a great night for dancers, great mix of tunes. If there’s another one, it’s well worth checking out, cos you’ll move all night. If I’m going out dancing I like to go somewhere that there will be a mix of tunes at…My friends are into all sorts of music so I’ll happily go to a soul night, a house night, reggae, hip hop (I’m even going to a techno night soon) – once there’s decent tunes and somewhere to move to them I’m there!


How long have you been DJing for?

Ah, I wouldn’t really call myself a DJ. I just play records, I generally play in pubs and stuff so I don’t have to be responsible for keeping people on a dancefloor! The first time I played records was in Bruxelles, the basement with Tomo Tighe…years ago, then did it sporadically for a few years – stopped for a while and back playing records a few years again. I’m always chuffed to be asked to play records – it’s great fun!

Where can we see you spinning records next?

Well, I do Anseo every second or third Tuesday – that’s pretty regular and it’s a really nice way to spend a few hours! But I do other nights guesting here and there, pretty much happy to bring a bag of records anywhere!

Here Come The Girls: Arlene Murray

So many cool gals on the scene that it’s time to start featuring them! Arlene is one half of Cork’s Alliance Promotions putting on some of the best gigs in Cork and she DJs at various nights and venues around Ireland. I’ve asked Arlene some questions so we can get to know her a bit better…
Name:​​ ​​
Arlene​ ​Murray
Describe​ ​your​ ​style?
Largely​ ​60’s​ ​influenced.​ ​I’m​ ​not​ ​one​ ​for​ ​heels,​ ​I​ ​usually​ ​stick​ ​to​ ​flats​ ​or​ ​chelsea​ ​boots​ ​and​ ​I’m quite​ ​proud​ ​of​ ​my​ ​shirt​ ​collection​ ​-​ ​patterned​ ​with​ ​big​ ​collars.​ ​I​ ​adore​ ​the​ ​mod​ ​look​ ​but​ ​I​ ​would​ ​find it​ ​challenging​ ​to​ ​dress​ ​like​ ​that​ ​every​ ​day.
Go​ ​to​ ​piece​ ​in​ ​your​ ​wardrobe?
Black​ ​sleeveless​ ​dress​ ​with​ ​large​ ​white​ ​collar​ ​-​ ​works​ ​for​ ​summer​ ​and​ ​winter!
What’s​ ​currently​ ​on​ ​your​ ​turntable?
I​ ​just​ ​bulk​ ​ordered​ ​jazz​ ​records​ ​so​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​wait​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​those​ ​-​ ​Lee​ ​Morgan,​ ​Horace​ ​Silver​ ​and Duke​ ​Ellington.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​ordered​ ​Harvey​ ​Scales’​ ​“Love​ ​itis”,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​a​ ​belter​ ​so​ ​I’m​ ​very​ ​excited​ ​for those​ ​to​ ​arrive.
If​ ​you​ ​had​ ​to​ ​go​ ​on​ ​the​ ​run​ ​and​ ​could​ ​only​ ​take​ ​3​ ​records​ ​with​ ​you,​ ​which​ ​ones​ ​would​ ​you grab?
“Forever​ ​Changes”​ ​from​ ​Love,​ ​“Whats​ ​Going​ ​On”​ ​from​ ​Marvin​ ​Gaye​ ​and​ ​“Margin​ ​Walker”​ ​from Fugazi​ ​(dramatic​ ​change,​ ​I​ ​know!)
What​ ​are​ ​your​ ​favourite​ ​spots​ ​in​ ​Ireland​ ​for​ ​listening​ ​to​ ​good​ ​tunes?​ ​And​ ​where​ ​would​ ​you go​ ​if​ ​you​ ​were​ ​in​ ​need​ ​of​ ​a​ ​serious​ ​dance?
For​ ​the​ ​past​ ​6​ ​years​ ​I’ve​ ​been​ ​going​ ​to​ ​Under​ ​a​ ​Plastic​ ​Cloud,​ ​a​ ​60’s​ ​night​ ​in​ ​Cork​ ​city​ ​with​ ​all original​ ​vinyl.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​unlike​ ​anything​ ​else​ ​Cork​ ​had,​ ​until​ ​unfortunately​ ​the​ ​venue​ ​closed​ ​down recently​ ​so​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​it​ ​finds​ ​a​ ​new​ ​home,​ ​Cork​ ​really​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​have​ ​that​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​dynamic.​ ​It​ ​was​ ​the type​ ​of​ ​night​ ​where​ ​I​ ​felt​ ​really​ ​comfortable​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​sure​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​regulars​ ​did​ ​too.​ ​I​ ​used​ ​to live​ ​in​ ​Dublin​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Garage​ ​Bar​ ​in​ ​Temple​ ​Bar​ ​was​ ​my​ ​haunt​ ​for​ ​a​ ​time,​ ​always​ ​guaranteed good​ ​tunes​ ​and​ ​good​ ​people​ ​in​ ​there​ ​also.
How​ ​long​ ​have​ ​you​ ​been​ ​DJing​ ​for?
Hard​ ​to​ ​say​ ​but​ ​at​ ​a​ ​guess​ ​I​ ​reckon​ ​it’s​ ​been​ ​about​ ​6/7​ ​years.​ ​I​ ​wouldn’t​ ​have​ ​done​ ​it​ ​very​ ​often​ ​at the​ ​start​ ​though,​ ​just​ ​here​ ​and​ ​there​ ​for​ ​occasions.​ ​Nowadays​ ​it’s​ ​become​ ​more​ ​frequent,​ ​I​ ​tend to​ ​stick​ ​to​ ​a​ ​particular​ ​set​ ​which​ ​can​ ​be​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​digest​ ​for​ ​many​ ​punters​ ​around​ ​Cork​ ​but thankfully​ ​I’m​ ​kept​ ​going​ ​with​ ​that​ ​and​ ​with​ ​Alliance​ ​Promotions​ ​gigs​ ​as​ ​well.
How​ ​were​ ​your​ ​DJ​ ​slots​ ​at​ ​this​ ​year’​s ​Electric​ ​Picnic?
It​ ​was​ ​unreal.​ ​Despite​ ​the​ ​weather​ ​people​ ​were​ ​out​ ​dancing​ ​and​ ​enjoying​ ​themselves​ ​and​ ​it​ ​was great​ ​to​ ​be​ ​there​ ​and​ ​have​ ​that​ ​experience.​ ​It’s​ ​also​ ​great​ ​when​ ​you​ ​know​ ​you​ ​can​ ​just​ ​about play​ ​anything​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a​ ​dance​ ​yourself​ ​to​ ​what’s​ ​playing.

Where​ ​can​ ​we​ ​see​ ​you​ ​spinning​ ​records​ ​next?
You​ ​can​ ​see​ ​me​ ​spin​ ​a​ ​few​ ​records​ ​on​ ​Oct.​ ​6th​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Roundy​ ​bar​ ​in​ ​Cork​ ​city​ ​for​ ​Any​ ​Joy’s​ ​LP launch​ ​and​ ​you​ ​can​ ​see​ ​myself​ ​and​ ​Phil​ ​Hope​ ​(Under​ ​a​ ​Plastic​ ​Cloud)​ ​DJ​ ​in​ ​Bar​ ​Pigalle​ ​on Barrack​ ​St​ ​on​ ​Sat.​ ​Oct​ ​28th​ ​for​ ​Cork​ ​Jazz​ ​Weekend.


ROC chats to Gav Icon

Although we are primarily a mod and skinhead shop, that doesn’t mean our customers are limited to just mods and skinheads! A great customer and friend of the shop is DJ, musician and graphic designer, Gav Icon. He wears Fred’s, Penguin and puts his own spin on our polka dot and paisley shirts and is not afraid to stand out from the crowd. Something we really stand for here at Rebirth of Cool. Read on to get to know Gav…


Gav Icon

Describe your style?

My style is very much in line with the 60’s Garage Rock look. I really dig the look from back then. I like to mix it up a bit, borrowing a few ideas from the late 70’s punk style.

What’s your go-to piece in your wardrobe?

Me go to piece in my wardrobe is definitely me black and white polka dot shirt. The red and white polka dot shirt comes out when I hit the stage with Thee Icons.


When did you start collecting records?

When I was 13 I was in my uncles house in Finglas and he came into the room with a bunch of cases packed with records. I asked him what they were and he said “This is Punk Gav” . He had all these original pressings of Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones, etc. After that I would start my collection in bits and pieces. I picked up records at garden fates, etc based on the covers. So I have a lot of random 80’s Post Punk stuff. Then took it seriously in the late 90’s.

How and when did you start DJing?

I started DJing in November 2007 and been doing it ever since. Playing trashy music for nearly 10 fabulous years. So yis can all blame Stef Murphy for offering me my first slot .

Tell us a bit about Gavin and Thee Icons?

I’m the singer and guitar player in Gavin And Thee Icons we are a trashy Garage Punk band. We are a 5 piece band with musicians from Dublin, Canada, USA and Waterford. We started in 2013 and have recorded 1 EP and have plans to record and album in a few months (world exclusive). Our influences are The Ramones., The Stooges, MC5, The Sonics, Gruesomes, Jay Reatard and The Germs. It’s rock and roll perpetrated by 5 of the biggest fuck ups in town!

Photo: Tony Callaly

Could you show us some of your artwork?


Catch Gav DJing down The Garage Bar in Temple Bar, Dublin, this Saturday 26th August (with Michelle from Rebirth of Cool)

For more info on Gavin & Thee Icons check out their Facebook page:

ROC chats to Darren McDonnell

In the first of our series of interviews, we asked Darren McDonnell to answer a few questions about style and music. You may know Darren as founder and resident DJ of Pow City Soul Club in Dublin but read on to get to know him a little better…


Darren McDonnell

Describe your style?

A melting pot of mod, skinhead and 80’s casual

What’s your go-to piece in your wardrobe?

‘Big E’ Selvedge Levis, Mikell Rude button down shirt.


How did you get into soul music?

As a child I spent Sundays in my Granny’s house, hearing Motown on the radio – not knowing what it was, but enjoying it’s infectious rhythm and catchy lyrics. When I began buying my own music, it was a natural progression to seek out those sounds. It wasn’t until moving to Brighton at 18 that I got into the Mod Scene and I remember going to 60’s mod nights where they would play R&B, Garage and Northern Soul. I’d never heard of the phrase ‘Northern Soul’ before so once I began scratching the surface I became hooked. I moved back to Dublin at 21 and found the Soul Scene here was alive and well – the rest is history.

How often do you play abroad & what are your favorite clubs and why?

I usually DJ abroad a few times a year but when I’m not DJing I still try to travel to various clubs in the UK as much as possible. My favourite club night would have to be Different Strokes in Manchester and my favourite all-nighter would be Burnley. Each one carries it’s own unique sound and always remains fresh.

Photo: Geraldine Fahey


When did you start Pow City?

Pow City was started in February 2014 by myself and Paul Grant, and is on the second Saturday of every month in the basement of The Thomas House. When starting out, we wanted to create a soul club which emphasised a party atmosphere while playing a mix of rare and classic soul records geared towards the dance floor. Every month we have 4 guest DJs from Ireland or abroad who bring their own style to the night – which means you’re always hearing new tunes being played out. We’ve always said our club is ‘inclusive rather than exclusive’ and want it to be as enjoyable for the seasoned soulies as it is for any newcomers on the scene. Getting that mix of quality tunes and quality people together is what makes Pow City.


Photo: Geraldine Fahey

Tell us a bit about the Galway Bay Soul Weekender?

The Weekender came about like most good ideas do – talking shite with friends. Myself, Paul Mulholland and Paul Grant had been talking about all the good (and some bad) memories of weekenders we’d attended over the years and how we’ve all flirted with the idea of doing something in Galway. Paul Mulholland, being from Galway, came up with the idea of a boat cruise and the light bulb went off for all of us. Myself and Paul Grant had been on a soul cruise at the Hamburg Soul Weekender before and that experience stuck with us. The atmosphere of being on board a boat, with records spinning and the scenery out the window floating by, is unlike any club night or all-nighter so couple that with the picturesque surroundings of Galway and it’s beginning to sound like a plan! Out of the initial thought of a boat cruise with an after party, grew the Weekender. Things kick off on September 1st in the basement of The Cellar Bar, which is a great introduction to the weekend, and we’ll be playing some gritty soul grooves in there all night long. A Saturday afternoon session in The Blue Note the next day will be a great hang out, somewhere for everyone to catch up, and will include record sales. The soul cruise takes place along Lough Corrib that evening, and then the main event happens on Saturday night in The Seven Bridges’ Loft Venue. Plus, to wind down, we’ve organised a Soul Food BBQ on the Sunday in The Blue Note with DJs spinning tunes from 1pm – a great way to wrap up the weekend. We’ve been amazed at the feedback and support we’ve had from everyone since announcing the event in January, with DJs coming from London, Wales, Canada and all over Ireland to play at the Weekender. The tickets for the boat cruise sold out in the first 4 hours, but there’s still plenty of people making the journey for the rest of the events – we’re hoping this will be the first of many! Tickets are on sale at and the events in The Blue Note are free.


Thanks to Darren for taking some time out and having a chat with us. If you’re in Dublin this weekend, check out Pow City at The Thomas House, Thomas St, Dublin 8, on Saturday 12th August.