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Marian Thomas Griffin

By Mike Fitzpatrick

Marian Thomas Griffin is a girl (or should we say ‘cailin’ because of the week that’s in it?) with many a string to her bow, and indeed, quite a few bows to her string. Or something.

See, not only is she a renowned actress, having played the role of crazy nanny Mary Mennihan on the CBS soap ‘As The World Turns’, she’s also had parts in Hollywood features such as the Brad Pitt/Harrison Ford picture ‘The Devil’s Own’ and many a role in productions staged by New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre.

Having been born in the US, but raised in County Mayo, Marian returned to New York where she developed a reputation as a fine singer/songwriter/guitarist on the local music scene, a standing she’s since nurtured in her adopted city of Los Angeles, where she performs regularly with The Bracken Band.

Formed in 2008 in LA, the group features Marian on guitar and vocals, violinist Chris Murphy and percussion from legendary Cuban musician, Walfredo Reyes Jr.

The Bracken Band, a Celtic-themed act with a Latin twist, has become a staple on the LA scene, further solidifying this week’s ‘Standee’ as one of Irish-America’s favorite entertainers (for more information check outwww.gigmasters.com/liveband/TheBrackenBand).

What would you like your own tribute act to be called?
The Somewhat Confused Paddies!

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?
Last night, while watching mindless sitcoms.

What act would you like to have seen perform live?
Michael Jackson.

What team(s) do you support?
The Jets and the Yankees.

What period in history would you most like to have visited?
The 1920s in the US; seems like it was such a wild time!!

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

Who or what, would make you leave a room?
Any ignorant, misinformed, arrogant person, like most right-wing Republicans.

What decade rules (and why)?
The 80s!! My decade!!

What cover version do you most enjoy performing?
“Zombie” by The Cranberries.

What movie role would you like to have played?
Mary Kate Danaher in “The Quiet Man”.

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?
See above, Maureen O’Hara.

What’s the first album you remember buying?
Rod Stewart’s Greatest Hits.

Who’s your favorite Beatle?
Paul.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

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

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?
Country is my guilty pleasure!

Who would you most like to meet/have met?
Bono or my grandparents.

What book can you read again and again?
“Captain Correlli’s Mandolin”, a fantastic epic that was massacred by Hollywood with the forgettable movie starring Nic Cage and Penelope Cruz… ugh.

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?
“The Joshua Tree”.

What artists would you most like to have played with in the band of your dreams (supergroup)?
(Any members of) U2 or the Eagles.

What do few people know about you?
I play the button accordion a bit, the tin whistle too, I’m not great on either but they were the only instruments that my mother would pay for classes in.

What sitcom character can you most identify with?
Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City”.

What movie can you watch over and over again?
“The Bridges of Madison County”.

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
Snagglepuss!

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?
While I believe the Cliffs of Moher are one of the most majestic sights I’ve ever seen, Yosemite is pretty fantastic too!

What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?
Pinot Grigio? No, probably the wheel.

What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?
The blackberry. Everyone sitting around at dinner texting, answering emails, talking on the phone. It is horrible!!

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?
George Carlin.

Who’s your favorite namesake?
Maid Marian!!!

Michael Fitzpatrick • December 9, 2014


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