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Bell X1 Interview…

A Thing About Teapots? Mike Fitzpatrick Interviews Bell X1’s Paul Noonan Bell X1 seems to have a thing about teapots. So much so, that were one to type the band’s name, followed by the word ‘teapot’ into a Google search, approximately 400 responses would appear on screen. Not, of course, that I checked. Some guy…

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Business as Usual for the Boys of Bell X1 

Bell X1’s Singer/Songwriter, Paul Noonan Mike Fitzpatrick Interviews Bell X1’s Singer/Songwriter Paul Noonan You’ll not see Bell X1’s singer/songwriter Paul Noonan on ‘American Idol’, performing an a cappella version of ‘Like A Virgin’, for the amusement of three insanely wealthy ‘talent’ spotters and an audience starved for entertainment. Nor will you witness the band’s rhythm…

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At The Mike Stand with Aiveen Cooper

Irish writer and mammy of two, Aiveen Cooper, is a busy girl. Having studied zoology at Dublin’s Trinity College, the Kildare native went on to work with the Royal Irish Academy, where she wrote articles for Heritage Outlook and Wild Ireland. Her editor there, in search of a piece about Ireland’s longest river, The Shannon,…

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At The Mike Stand with Ian O’Flynn.

Where does one start with a gentleman like Ian O’Flynn? Well, I suppose we could start on the left and work our way around, but sure, the guy is like a modern-day Robin Hood. Not the whole, robbing from the rich thing of course, but see, he’s got so many arrows to his bow, that…

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At The Mike Stand with Mark Geary

Mark Geary’s been there. He’s also done that, and while not wearing the actual t-shirt, he may well have written a song about the experience instead. Having arrived in New York City’s East Village in the early ’90s, the transplanted Dubliner soon became immersed in the city’s live music scene, and was, before long, rubbing…

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At The Mike Stand with Jo Kinsella.

Kilkenny-born, New York-based Jo Kinsella is one of those busy types that makes us want to buy a faster pushbike. You see, there’s just no way that us folk here ‘At The Mike Stand’ are able to keep up with her schedule on our rusty old Raleigh Chopper. The award-winning actress, no stranger to New…

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At The Mike Stand with Brona Crehan.  

Brona Crehan may not be the first playwright to cause a splash in Irish literary circles, she may not even be the first New York-based writer to contribute a ripple or two to the great raging ocean that is Irish drama. She is however, one that is making some considerable waves these days as far…

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Interview with Mick O’Dwyer.

There is that increasingly rare moment in sport when the completely unexpected occurs. A chance event, a flash in the pan with odds stacked so greatly against it transpiring, that only a fanatical devotee with a problematic love for extreme gambling, would ever dream of it coming to pass. Incidents such as golfing great Tiger…

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At The Mike Stand with Noreen Ryan

By Mike Fitzpatrick You know, we could write a book on the musical adventures that Tipperary native Noreen Ryan’s experienced during her time in New York and Ireland, but sure, she wouldn’t read it, she’d be too busy gigging, laughing, touring and watching Father Ted. The multi-instrumentalist Noreen, a renowned whistle and bodhran player from…

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At The Mike Stand with Colin Smith

You know, it’s not easy pinning down these singer/songwriter types. One doesn’t just wander into an East Village coffeehouse like the old days, and bump into the likes of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Tim Buckley discussing the works of Byron over a steamy latte or two. Good Lord no, those days are long gone….

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