Copyright © 2013 | Joe Dunne


"Dublin singer/songwriter Joe Dunne knows all the tricks of the underground - Rock, Funk, Soul and Folk. This ex-vocalist of experimental folk band "SPERANZA" (who was also an admired signer at the Guterbrunn Festival) is a constituent part of a musical line commonly characterized as folk. But the way his expressive voice and expressive songs are underlaid with heavy guitar, bouzouki and mandola, with sax, drums, blues harmonica and sometimes fiddle and accordion all embedded in a clever arrangement would reserve him the title "Acoustic Rock". However even his string section seems more elaborate than that of any recent acoustic rock bands. Joe's performance is bundled energy, which holds noting back ("Takes No Prisoners", as the Anglo- Saxons would say). One instrumental composition "Wake Up", fello musician Brian O` Shea is a real fire work of Irish Bulgarian bouzouki fusion. Joe in duet with composer Brian, test his technical brilliance on string instruments. By the way, album cover painter and harmonica player Jeff Rhind was an artistic companion of the early Beatles in Liverpool"

Hail Caesar - Album Reviews

Concerto Magazine

Beatles Ireland Newsletter

Review by Michael Lynch.

"Geoff Rhind is a name synonymous with Beatle historians. It was Geoff's unique photograph that captured a 16 year old John Lennon on the day John met Paul McCarthy. Forty years on Geoff is still taking photographs, although he spends most of his days painting and making music by night. If you ever get the chance some Wednesday night, go to the Blue Light Pub in the Dublin Mountains to witness Geoff and friends playing some music first hand, if you can't make it there is always this album. Featuring twelve tracks mostly written by lead vocalist Joe Dunne. "Hail Caesar" has a mellow traditional sound to it. Joes voice is not unlike Christy Dignam and on tracks like "Never Never Die" and "Mother Earth and the Rainbow" you'd think it was an Aslan album you were listening to. Lyrically there's a mention of the Troubles in Northern Ireland "So many good people have died" (Good People) "and "Their crushing hearts those people with guns" (Lies Down), but in general the album covers various topics. There is a wide range of instruments, from accordion, fiddle and banjo to harmonica playing. After a few listens I really began to love this album, and I do not think you will be disappointed either."

Collaborators on “Hail Caesar” in studio -

Geoff Rhynd - harmonica; Eoin Morrissey - guitar