Brian O’Neill: Dimple Discs and the Music of the Diaspora

Co-founder of the Dimple Discs label – alongside the similarly named Damien O’Neill (he of The Undertones), Brian O’Neill was raised an itinerant RAF kid. The son of two Irish parents, he graduated in law at Cardiff University before going into distribution at Virgin Records and the mighty Rough Trade during the great early days of Indie.

A swift sidestep of more than two decades in social housing advice in London then followed before Brian returned to music and Dimple Discs. It’s now a thriving concern with a mostly Irish and Irish Diaspora roster of artists including Derry’s finest plus Sack, Eileen Gogan, Keeley, Jah Wobble and Telefis and many others.

We talk music, Dublin of the 60s, Swastika Laundries, Sinn Fein picnics, The Beatles’ works beano, pubbing with Nick Cave and so much more.

Plus artist and designer Warren Reilly raises Simone Rocha up onto The Plastic Pedestal.

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Doug Devaney is a writer, performer and journalist. He is the presenter of The Plastic Podcasts. The Plastic Podcasts have been supported using public funding by Arts Council, England

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