At The Mike Stand with Dominic Cromie.

By Mike Fitzpatrick

Armagh-born,and reared Dominic Cromie, is no stranger to the music scene. The singer, songwriter and guitarist first picked up a guitar at the age of ten, and within months had written his first song.

Just a few years later, he was performing live in concert with his sister Aine, who has since become a well-respected singer/songwriter herself.

Having relocated to the United States from Ireland in the early 1990s, Dominic went on to form Raglan Road, a Celtic rock band, with whom he went on to successfully tour the US, Europe, Ireland and the UK to much acclaim.

A regular on the live music circuit in the tri-state area, Dominic’s latest venture is an act he formed with Donie Ryan, Peter Rufli, Alicia Rau and George Rigney, called Clear The Battle Field, a band which regularly performs in the New York area, and whom you just might be hearing of in future issues of The Irish Examiner.

In between gigs, Dominic was good enough to sit down and answer a few exceedingly relevant questions for us. Mr. Cromie, welcome to ‘At The Mike Stand’.

What would you like your own tribute act to be called?
The Battle Field Has Been Cleared.

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?
I laugh out loud almost every day.

What act would you like to have seen perform live?
The Beatles or Led Zeppelin

What team do you support?
Armagh of course.

What period in history would you most like to have visited?
Cowboy days, although sometimes I think we’re still in them.

What song would you most like to have written?
“Happy Birthday”.

Who or what, would make you leave a room?
The sound of the ice cream van coming.

What decade rules?
The 2000s have been pretty good, I finally got an interview!

What cover version do you most enjoy performing?
“59th Street Bridge Song” by Simon and Garfunkel.

What movie role would you like to have played?
Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz”, Just kidding I’d have to say Mel Gibson’s role in “Lethal Weapon”.

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?
I’ve been told I looked like a real w***er the first time I wore a pink shirt. The cowardly lion from “The Wizard of Oz” and Shane MacGowan when I’m slightly under the weather.

What’s the first album you remember buying?
I don’t think I have ever bought an album. I got all hand me downs (mum and dad’s Beatles and Elvis, brothers Madness, Thin Lizzy, U2, Big Country and my sister’s Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle etc.

Who’s your favorite Beatle?
The long horn Beatle… just kidding! John Lennon.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?
“White Christmas”

Who’s the most rock and roll person who ever lived?
Me.

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?
No secrets here, I have to say Hindu music.

Who would you most like to meet/have met?
The Bo***cks who wrote all these questions. For a drink that is Mike!

What book can you read again and again?
Three little pigs because I have to and The Bible of course.

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?
The one I just completed!

What artists would you most like to have played with in the band of your dreams (supergroup)?
The members of Led Zeppelin.

What sitcom character can you most identify with?
Bart Simpson.

What movie can you watch over and over again?
Braveheart.

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
Tom or Jerry.

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?
America.

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?
My brother Damian.

Who’s your favorite namesake
Dominic the Donkey. Happy New Year everyone!

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