The last week has seen the Irish music scene face the loss of one of the best, Robbie Maher. Living in Canada the last few years, he died peacefully last week, leaving a mammoth sized hole in the hearts of the people he’s left behind. His family, friends and music community are pooling together to raise money to bring him home and to give him the send off he deserves.

It seems a disservice to try sum him up in a few words. Words will never do justice to the absolute bombardment of a buzz this man was. He made a huge impression on everyone he met, the stories shared online this past week are a tribute to this. He had an unwavering sense of humour, always paired with a cheeky glint in his eye. Like us all, his love and dedication to music wasn’t just a passion, it was a way of life. He spoke a lot about how music, especially hip hop, influenced him from such a young age. A passion he went on to share with everyone around him.

Previously a BIFE student in Bray, he honed his skills and love for all aspects of music, from making beats and scratching, to techno, electro and hip hop, which led him to the city of Cork.

As a resident with Cuttin’ Heads Collective in Cork, he really came into his own. Between organising and playing gigs, it was amazing to see him thrive. His energy was infectious and came through in everything we did as a collective around that time. Tonight, we pay tribute to him in Cork, at the Brú bar from 8pm. Come through if you’re in the area. More details here.

And most importantly, a fundraiser has been set up to help raise the funds for bringing Robbie home from Canada, plus supporting the family to give him the send off he deserves. If you’re in a position to, you can donate here.

Music and mixes from Robbie can be listened to via the Cuttin’ Heads post here. RIP ROBBIE <3

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