At The Mike Stand with Allen Gogarty (Singer/Songwriter).

At The Mike Stand with Allen Gogarty

So there we were just hanging around minding our own (and most other peoples’) business, when whom should we happen upon, but local musician Allen Gogarty. Not that we’d be happening upon that many people, sure we’re not completely positive what that phrase even means, but, well, you know what we’re getting at. Allen, the singer-songwriter-guitarist (and utilizer of most of our hyphens, we’ve only four left now, thanks to this particular show-off and his multi-talented ways) is a busy man these days. The affable County Meath native’s been gigging around the Tri-State area for some time now, occasionally alone, often with a full band, and penning the occasional album when not belting out his live performances. Despite his rather hectic schedule of writing, recording, gigging and causing the occasional bit of mayhem (not to mention his recent foray into fatherhood, congratulations young man) Allen was more than happy to sit down with us and answer the occasional incredibly nosey question for us. So, without further ado, and even less adon’t, Allen Gogarty, welcome to ‘At The Mike Stand’.

By Mike Fitzpatrick.

 

What would you like your own tribute act to be called?

Gugathon.

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?

Tonight, when a waitress at The Irish Cottage showed me her ass tattoo.

 

What act would you like to have seen perform live?

Jimi Hendrix.


What team(s) do you support?

Meath, Mets, Jets.

 

What period in history would you most like to have visited?

I’ve got to say now, that’s quite interesting. The ‘60s in the US had to be completely nuts, you know, turn on, tune in, drop out and all that stuff.


What song would you most like to have written?

‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, U2’s classic. It’s simple, heartfelt and poignant.

 

Who or what, would make you leave a room?

A very big bouncer or a very pretty girl! However, it’s normally my wife that tells me when I’m leaving the room.

 

What decade rules (and why)?

The ‘70s rule, it got the hangover from the ‘60s! There was punk, southern rock, metal, progressive Irish trad, and my generation was born and we’re not too shabby.

 

What cover version do you most enjoy performing?

‘A Beautiful Affair’ by Stockton’s Wing.

 

What movie role would you like to have played?

Coco in ‘The Run of The Country’

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?
Yes, Mick from Simply Red, the guy who played the guitar in ‘The Commitments’ who turned out to be Glen Hansard, and Robert Plant. After that, I get a lot of people telling me that I look like Allen Gogarty, and gosh, how I giggle.


What’s the first album you remember buying?

Ah don’t laugh, Abba, The Hits.

 

Who’s your favorite Beatle?

John.

 

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

‘White Christmas’, the Stiff Little Fingers version.

 

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

It depends on what you mean by Rock ‘n’ Roll, if you mean the music, the lifestyle, the refusal to give up, the acceptance of the unacceptable, bodily abuse, addiction, defeat of addiction, madness, mayhem and a good story to tell, then Iggy Pop’s your man.

 

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?

I don’t secretly enjoy any, it’s all out in the open here! But I suppose, I don’t really scream from the top of my lungs that…ah feck off I’m not answering that!

 

Who would you most like to meet/have met?

I’d really have liked to have met Jesus. I get the strangest feeling that he might be a little bit misrepresented at the moment. The dude turned barrels of water into wine for Christ’s sake, at a party just after last call. Yeah, meeting him that night would have been a laugh and a half.
What book can you read again and again?
I’ve got a few, ‘Porno’ by Irvine Welsh, ‘The Dark Stuff’ by Nick Kent and ‘The Sex Lives of Cannibals’ by J. Maarten Troost. All very entertaining books.

 

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?
‘Appetite For Destruction’, by Guns ‘N’ Roses. At least it’s the best hard rock album recorded, the sound to date is unsurpassed.

What artists would you most like to have played with in the band of your dreams?

On drums Phil Rudd, bass Phil Lynott. On guitars I’d have Clapton, Hendrix and the bastard child of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Rory Gallagher, Mozart on piano, and for the craic, we’d need O’Carolan writing the tunes. I’m singing.

 

What do few people know about you?

I’m naturally shy.

 

What sitcom character can you most identify with?

Basil Fawlty, what can go wrong does go wrong. I can relate.

 

What movie can you watch over and over again?

Kirk Douglas in ‘Spartacus’, fantastic movie.

 

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?

Cartman from ‘South Park’, he’s a right little p**ck, excellent.

 

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?

Even though I now live here, I still have to say New York. What a town!


What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?

The airplane, it takes weeks off your journey.


What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?

Cell-phones, nobody has a damn second for themselves anymore.


Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?
Henry Rollins.

 

 

 

 

At The Mike Stand with Rachel Bailit (Actress).

 

 

At The Mike Stand with Rachel Bailit

Award-winning Boston native Rachel Bailit (she’s taken home honors for her work as an actress/writer, not for her ability to come from Massachusetts, you know, just in case you were wondering) is a busy girl. Currently performing in her one-woman extravaganza; ‘Sugar Happens: A One-Girl Show’, in Los Angeles, the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute-trained Rachel has previously appeared opposite Teri Hatcher in ‘Desperate Housewives’, Jim Carrey in ‘The Grinch’ and Greta Scacchi in ‘Festival in Cannes’, as well as returning to her first love of theater as often as she’s allowed. You know, as often as her schedule allows, I didn’t mean that some bully in school wouldn’t let her or something. So glad that’s cleared up. Anyway, having appeared in roles as diverse as ‘Marissa’ on long-running ABC soap, ‘General Hospital’ and parts in classics such as ‘Paradise Lost’, ‘Henry V’ and ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, Rachel, who also directed and produced a film for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign entitled ‘Making The Difference’, is currently featured as an up-and-coming New York stage actress in the New York Resident magazine, and also pens her own column, ‘Diary of an Actress’ with the Los Angeles Independent newspaper. Rachel, welcome to ‘At The Mike Stand’.

By Mike Fitzpatrick.

What would you like your own tribute act to be called?

Cheeky Girl.

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?

Watching the movie “Smiley Face” with Anna Faris.

What act would you like to have seen perform live?

The Beatles

What team(s) do you support?

The Boston Red Sox.

What period in history would you most like to have visited?

1700’s France before the French Revolution.

What song would you most like to have written?

“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”.

Who or what, would make you leave a room?

Pretentious people and cigarette smoke.

What decade rules (and why)?

The 60’s! Free love. Need I say more?

What cover version do you most enjoy performing?

“Big Spender”. My lounge-singer character in my one-woman show loves shaking her hips to the song.

What movie role would you like to have played?

Roslyn Taber in “The Misfits”.

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?

Patti Smith.

What’s the first album you remember buying?

‘Emotional Rescue’ by The Rolling Stones.

Who’s your favorite Beatle?

Ringo.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

The Peanuts Christmas song by Vince Guaraldi.

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

Mick Jagger.

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?

Britney Spears.

Who would you most like to meet/have met?

Marilyn Monroe.

What book can you read again and again?

‘Illusions’ by Richard Bach.

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?

James Taylor’s ‘Greatest Hits’.

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

Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Thelonious Monk, Mick Jagger, Louis Armstrong and Brigitte Bardot.

What do few people know about you?

I always imagined that I would be a politician one day.

What sitcom character can you most identify with?

Hannah Montana and her double lives.

What movie can you watch over and over again?

Amelie.

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?

Jessica Rabbit.

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?

Paris.

What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?

The airplane.

What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?

Toxic chemicals.

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?

Lucille Ball.

Who’s your favorite namesake?

Rachel from the Bible.

 

At The Mike Stand with Niall Connolly (Singer/Songwriter)

At The Mike Stand with Niall Connolly

You know, there’s not a lot one can say about Niall Connolly that hasn’t been said before. Sure, haven’t they all had a word to share about the affable songsmith? Ireland’s Hot Press magazine, New York’s Village Voice, American Indie from, em, America, sure we hear that even those lads from The Irish Examiner are getting in on the act nowadays. Oh right. Having already recorded three studio albums (and one live one) County Cork-born Niall is currently working on his fourth, finding the time despite having played over 200 shows in ten different countries in the past twelve months. A man who has performed with Damien Dempsey, Glen Hansard, Evan Dando, Lambchop and John Spillane, at such famed festivals as The Prague Fringe Festival, The Glasgow West End Festival and Glastonbury, he currently hosts the Wednesday Night Song Club at Brooklyn’s famous Ceol venue (191 Smith Street), while also playing at the Red Lion on New York City’s Bleecker Street on Mondays and Tuesdays. When not touring, gigging, writing or recording, Mr. Connolly has been known to sit down and answer the occasional nosey question from the likes of us. Niall, welcome to At The Mike Stand.

By Mike Fitzpatrick

What would you like your own tribute act to be called?

Conning Lee and the Originialls?

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?

I am always laughing out loud, it’s a problem. I have a serious pun addiction, I find them everywhere, my singer songwriter psychiatrist friend, JT Songs, has diagnosed me with ‘Witzensucht’, apparently it’s a frontal lobe thing. It can make me difficult to cope with on tour.

What act would you like to have seen perform live?

I’ve been very fortunate, I’ve seen most of the acts who have inspired me. I suppose though, seeing the Beatles would have been nice.

What team(s) do you support?

Celtic, Cork city and Manchester United.

What period in history would you most like to have visited?

New York City during the folk revival.

What song would you most like to have written?

‘Beeswing’, by Richard Thompson.

Who or what, would make you leave a room?

Any conversation that opens with, “I’m not a racist but…”

What decade rules (and why)?

This one, it’s all we have. I’m trying out this kind of attitude as an experimental new year’s resolution.

What cover version do you most enjoy performing?

Right now, the old American folk song, ‘All My Trials’.

What movie role would you like to have played?

The clumsy penguin from March of the Penguins.

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?

The clumsy penguin from March of the Penguins.

What’s the first album you remember buying?

R.E.M’s  ‘Out of Time’ on cassette from Golden Discs.

Who’s your favorite Beatle?

John.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

‘Fairytale of New York’, no contest.

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

Dan Donnelly.

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?

I used to be a music librarian, I think I have a reasonably eclectic taste..

Who would you most like to meet/have met?

John Steinbeck, Frank O’Connor, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and my great, great, great, great , great grandchildren.

What book can you read again and again?

With the exception of John Steinbeck, I rarely read a book twice.

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?

Impossible question, but today I will say Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan,  M.Ward’s ‘Transfiguration of Vincent’, most early Leonard Cohen albums. I also love the latter Johnny Cash American recordings albums.

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

E.W. Harris, Justin Storer, Steven Capozzola and Ryan Langlois.

What do few people know about you?

That there is no ‘s’ at the end of Niall.

What sitcom character can you most identify with?

Not that guy from ‘Frasier’ with the ‘s’ in Niall.

What movie can you watch over and over again?

Any, I seem to have an incredible ability to completely forget a film immediately after I’ve seen it.

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?

Mike Bloomberg.

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?

Brooklyn, Brittany, Crosshaven, Budapest, Vietnam, Laos. One thing that I love about my job is that I do get to travel a lot.

What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?

The fridge?

What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?

Landmines, followed by those insanely loud, energy guzzling, hoover yokes for sucking up leaves. I hate them.

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?

My brother Dylan.

Who’s your favorite namesake?

Niall of the Nine Hostages. He kidnapped St.Patrick from Wales and brought him to Ireland, ridding us of snakes and eventually making it possible for musicians to make a load of money once a year on one relatively random day in the middle of March. Fair play Niall.

At The Mike Stand with Marian Griffin (Singer/Actress)

At The Mike Stand with Marian Thomas Griffin

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 out www.gigmasters.com/liveband/TheBrackenBand).

By Mike Fitzpatrick

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!!!

At The Mike Stand with Sue Wendelken

At The Mike Stand with Sue Wendelken

To even the most casual observer of the New York music scene, the face, not to mention the voice, and my goodness what a voice (the thought of it even made me type ‘my goodness’) of this week’s ‘Standee’ is a familiar one. Sue Wendelken is currently the featured female vocalist for the Andy Cooney Band, as well being a regular vocalist on sessions with Irish acts such as Celtic Cross, Good Clean Fun and Billy Keenan’s Primetime Showband. A busy girl, she also finds the time to front Irish-rock project The Ride and the all-girl metal band, Dormitory Effect (when does she get to do the housework, one wonders?). Her music has appeared on The Howard Stern Show and ESPN’s ‘X Games’, and Sue herself’s been featured on the ‘Jim Breuer Unleashed’ show on Sirius Satellite Radio. A staple of the Irish rock and trad scene since the late ‘90s, when she teamed up with local legends such as Dave Barckow, Donie, Pio and Noreen Ryan and Kenny Mannion with Alternatrad, Sue’s gone on to perform at many festivals, opening for acts such as Shane MacGowan, Blink and The Revs, and singing with Paddy Noonan, The Whole Shebang, Cherish the Ladies and The Prodigals. She’ll be appearing this Saturday at the Mill Creek Tavern in Bayville, NY. Sue, welcome to ‘At The Mike Stand’

By Mike Fitzpatrick

 

 

 

What would you like your own tribute act to be called?

I don’t know, but I hear those bands command top dollar, so I’d like to be IN my own tribute act.

 

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?

This weekend my 2 yr old niece Siobhan was telling my dog to sit, but it really sounds like she’s yelling “S*it!”

 

What act would you like to have seen perform live?

Triple Bill: Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and The Beatles while all original members were still alive.

 

What team(s) do you support?

I have family from Mayo, Leitrim & Cork, so I’m happy when any of these counties win a match, and for baseball – LET’S GO METS!!!

 

What period in history would you most like to have visited?

Wish I could visit Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco) in the late 60’s.

 

What song would you most like to have written?

‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton. That song breaks my heart over and over again.

 

Who or what, would make you leave a room?

Reality Television – AWFUL!

What decade rules (and why)?

That is hard! I’d say the 1960’s because most of my favorite music was born out of that era.

 

What cover version do you most enjoy performing?

‘As I Roved Out (Night Visit)’, because it’s just a little bit dirty.

 

What movie role would you like to have played?

I would LOVE to have played Janis Joplin in a movie about her life. Or the closest thing to a movie about her, which would be, “The Rose”.

 

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?

Gillian Anderson (Scully from ‘The X Files’).

 

What’s the first album you remember buying?

I think it was an old Aerosmith ‘Greatest Hits’.

 

Who’s your favorite Beatle?

Aw come on, that’s like asking a mother to choose her favorite child (it’s not Ringo though).

 

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

‘Father Christmas’ by The Kinks.

 

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

It’s gotta be either Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards or Peter Maguire. They’ll outlive us all.

 

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?

Faith No More – one of the best bands of all time, very underrated, incredible vocalist (Mike Patton) and it’s hard to even put them in a genre; especially their last two albums.

 

Who would you most like to meet/have met?

You know I keep trying to meet Johnny Depp, but he won’t take my calls.

What book can you read again and again?

“Lamb” by Christopher Moore. Hysterical.

 

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?

You’re making me make some tough choices here! I really don’t think I could live without “Tom Waits – Nighthawks At The Diner”.

What artists would you most like to have played with in the band of your dreams?

I already play with my favorite musicians: Dave Barckow, Donie Ryan, Matt Mancuso, Kenny Mannion, Shane O’Sullivan, Mazz Swift, Vonnie Quinn, Pio Ryan, Dan Paccione, Oscar Bautista, Walter Ensor, Alan Camlet, and Noreen Ryan when she’s on this side of the ocean!

 

What do few people know about you?

That I’m working on my first solo album right now – hopefully it will be done before too long

 

What sitcom character can you most identify with?

Edina Monsoon, we both just want to be invited to Sting & Trudie’s for Christmas.

 

What movie can you watch over and over again?

‘The Departed’.

 

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?

Carl from ‘Aqua Teen’. I don’t know if it’s his hairy arms (and shoulders), or his green flip-flops, or the way he lovingly recalls a Foreigner concert from 1982, but I just can’t get enough!

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?

I think Amsterdam, but it’s all a bit hazy.

 

What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?

The Piano. No, wait. The Snuggie? No, it’s gotta be the piano

 

What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?

‘Auto-Tune’ – Single-handedly destroying modern music! If you don’t know what that is, it’s the thing that makes someone with a bad voice sing in-key and makes human voices sound computer-generated

 

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?

That would either be Richard Pryor or George Carlin.

Who’s your favorite namesake?

Susan Sarandon – I think we’re the same bra size.

 

 

 

 

At The Mike Stand with Morgan Clamp (Singer/Songwriter)

At The Mike Stand with Morgan Clamp

So, there we were minding our own (and most other people’s I might add) business recently, when who should we meet but New York City-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Morgan Clamp. No really, we did, we meet all sorts of cool people in this line of work, you know. Anyway, Morgan, the frontman for alternative-rock act, InAshton, is quite an excited young man these days, for the band is lined up to perform at iconic downtown Manhattan venue, Arlene’s Grocery, on Wednesday, April 14th (9pm). Fronted by Morgan (hence the whole ‘frontman’ reference earlier in this piece), InAshton is completed by guitarist Tony Calabro, drummer The Diehl and Mr. Williams on bass, and has been described by fans and pundits alike as being anywhere from pop-rock to, in Mr. Clamp’s own words, ‘singalongarock’. Currently, the band is offering its debut album completely free at www.inashton.com, and with over 30,000 units already downloaded, it’s being touted as ‘The best album you won’t buy this year’, by music reviewers. InAshton’s Arlene’s Grocery gig (the venue’s at 95 Stanton Street) could well be one of those occasions where future fans will swear they attended, a momentous event where it could well have all started for this exciting new act. In the meantime, check out the free download on the band’s website. Morgan, welcome to At The Mike Stand.

By Mike Fitzpatrick

What would you like your own tribute act to be called?

The Organ Clamps.

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?

Last night, another ‘Letterman’ gem to add to the pile.

What act would you like to have seen perform live?

AC/DC with Bon Scott. Those old concert films blow me away.

What team do you support?

The winning team.  Hard-fought victory deserves applause.

What period in history would you most like to have visited?

The UK during the mid 1960s. I think most rock lovers envy that time period. It seems like we’ve been trying to recreate it ever since.

What song would you most like to have written?

‘All I Want Is You’ by U2. That song single handedly set my life ambitions in stone. If I write anything that makes someone feel the way that song makes me feel, I could happily call it a day!

Who or what, would make you leave a room?

Overly enthusiastic sports fans who scream their comments at the TV when the game is on. I don’t get it! It’d be like screaming out song requests at a concert DVD.

What decade rules?

2010 – 2020, I’ve decided.

What cover version do you most enjoy performing?

“Baby, I Love You” by The Ronettes.

What movie role would you like to have played?

’Randy the Ram’ (Mickey Rourke) in ‘The Wrestler’.

Considering my incredible physique, it’s a no-brainer.

What’s the first album you remember buying?

I had the benefit of a big brother who handed down lots of mix tapes to me when I was younger, but when he didn’t have ‘Ritual De Lo Habitual’ by Jane’s Addiction, I coughed up the cash and got it myself.

Who’s your favorite Beatle?

John… Hands down!

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

“Blue Christmas” by Elvis, I like it just as much in July as I do in December.

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

Jagger seems to have had quite a good time! Some have been even crazier, but Mick’s lasted.

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?

InAshton … the secret’s out! I can’t help myself.

Who would you most like to meet/have met?

The people my parents dated before they met each other. That would be something.

What book can you read again and again?

I’m still aiming to actually finish reading any of the books I’ve started.

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?

There’s too many to say just one, but I’d at least say ‘Hot Rocks’ by The Rolling Stones is the greatest “collection” album.

What artists would you most like to have played with in the band of your dreams?

I’d say ‘Freddie Mercury’ but then I’d be out of a sweet gig.

Band wise: Lenny Kravitz on drums, Adam Clayton on bass, and Neil Young on electric guitar. Just because of how each guy attacks those instruments.

What do few people know about you?

Few know of my small tattoo.

What sitcom character can you most identify with?

Larry David of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’. Doesn’t everyone?

What movie can you watch over and over again?

‘Buffalo 66’.

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?

Mr Burns of ‘The Simpsons’.

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?

Central Park, NYC. My favorite place to day-dream.

What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?

Viagra. I don’t know first-hand but if the day ever comes that I need it, I doubt anything else could be more wonderful!

What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?

Ticketmaster.

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?

Billy Connolly. Wow, I had that answer before the question was even finished.

Who’s your favorite namesake?

Captain Morgan.

 

At The Mike Stand with Joe Whyte (Singer/Songwriter)

At The Mike Stand With Joe Whyte

You know, there are times when we introduce a chap who plays the saxophone, or writes poems, or perhaps, invented the hula-hoop, see, they’re the ones who are rather easy for us to describe. Then there’s the likes of this week’s ‘Standee’, Joe Whyte. See, Mr. Whyte is one of those singer/songwriter/guitarist/composter-type chaps, whose distinct sound belongs in no one particular category. Dubbed by one online music source (Twangnation) as ‘The King of NYC Americana’, the NYC-based roots/folk/bluegrass/rock (we’d mention more of his preferred genres but we’re low on backslashes you see) artist is currently preparing to release his latest recording, ‘When The Day Breaks’, a stripped-back acoustic follow-up to his critically-acclaimed full-band album, ‘Devil In The Details’. Having played two dates at the CMA Festival in Nashville last year, opening for Roseanne Cash in Connecticut, and appearing alongside Josh Ritter, Glen Hansard and dozens of other acts, Joe is one of those guys you could well be hearing a lot about in the future. In fact, you will, because we know where most of you live, and we’ll be dropping round to make sure you’ve been paying attention, just make sure the kettle’s on. Joe’s upcoming gigs feature appearances at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall on June 7th, and a show at the Bitter End’s New York Songwriters’ Circle on July 12th. Joe, welcome to ‘At The Mike Stand’.

By Mike Fitzpatrick

Photo By Debra Reschoff-Ahearn

What would you like your own tribute act to be called?
Whyteboy Joe.

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?
This morning. My 3 year old son does or says something every day that absolutely cracks me up.

What act would you like to have seen perform live?
The Beatles and/or The Band.

What team(s) do you support?
Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, NY Giants, Liverpool FC.

What period in history would you most like to have visited?
The Wild West of the late 1800s looks like it would have been pretty interesting.

What song would you most like to have written?
‘Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground’ by Willie Nelson.

Who or what, would make you leave a room?
Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, people who think they know everything.

What decade rules (and why)?
This one. It’s only just started, but so far, so good.

What cover version do you most enjoy performing?
‘Bad Moon Rising’ (CCR) or ‘Long Way Home’ (Tom Waits).

What movie role would you like to have played?
Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell in ‘Anchorman’).

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?
Within a 24-hour period I was told I looked like the late pitchman Billy Mays and then Zac Efron. Figure that one out!

What’s the first album you remember buying?
Motley Crue’s ‘Too Fast For Love’. Come on, it was the 80’s.

Who’s your favorite Beatle?
John.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?
‘Fairytale of New York’.

Who’s the most rock and roll person who ever lived?
Either Keith Richards or Shane MacGowan.

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?
Ol’ Dirty Bastard. His first album is one of the best rap records ever made.

Who would you most like to meet/have met?
Meet – Kris Kristofferson, Neil Finn, Dave Grohl, President Obama. Have met – My grandfather, Johnny Cash.

What book can you read again and again?
Well, the only one I’ve ever read more than once is ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’.

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?
How much time do we have??  ‘The Last Waltz’(The Band), ‘Achtung Baby’ (U2), ‘Born To Run’ (Springsteen), ‘The Essential Johnny Cash’, ‘Blood On The
Tracks’ (Dylan), ‘Astral Weeks’ (Van Morrison). I could be here all day on this one and not even scratch the surface.

What artists would you most like to have played with in the band of your dreams?
Levon Helm, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Neil Finn, Thom Yorke, Dave Grohl, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett…It would be a HUGE band.

What do few people know about you?

I am an Eagle Scout and weighed close to 200 lbs when I was in high school.

What sitcom character can you most identify with?
Peter Griffin.

What movie can you watch over and over again?
Star Wars, Spinal Tap, Caddyshack.

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?
Peter Griffin.

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?
For pure relaxation, Jamaica. For sheer wonder, Bangkok.

What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?
Pizza.

What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?
The Tea Party movement.

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?
Besides myself? Hmmm, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock were no slouches.

Who’s your favorite namesake?
I’d have to say the song, ‘Hey Joe’.

 

At The Mike Stand with Mark Geary (Singer/Songwriter)

At The Mike Stand with Mark Geary

Dublin-born singer/songwriter Mark Geary is no stranger to the streets of New York City, the adopted Villager (incidentally, that’s Manhattan’s East/Greenwich Village area, he’s not known for his renditions of ‘Y.M.C.A.’ or ‘In The Navy’, in case you were wondering) is returning to our shores later this month to perform as part of the annual ‘CraicFest’ event, with a show on March 13th at New York City’s Mercury Lounge, alongside Paddy Casey and Duke Special. With five full albums to his name (all available on iTunes or at www.markgeary.com), Mr. Geary’s name is often synonymous with that of the late Jeff Buckley, with whom he appeared on several occasions back in the 1990s in various Manhattan venues. Having made his own mark on the live circuit since, he’s developed a major following both in the US and in Europe, where he’s currently touring. Mark, welcome to At The Mike Stand.

 

By Mike Fitzpatrick

 

What would a Mark Geary tribute act be called?

It was never meant to be!

 

When’s the last time you laughed out loud?

I laugh all the time. It’s a prerequisite for a sad man, to laugh out loud!
What act would you like to have seen perform live?

Hmm, me being in the room watching it? There’s so many. For just sheer performance, and sheer unbelievable talent, off the top of my head, would be Otis Redding and Nina Simone.
What team do you support?
Manchester United.

What period in history would you most like to have visited?

I’m kind of a history guy. I’m reading ‘Rubicon’ by Tom Holland. It’s about the fall of the Roman Empire, and all the madness that went on there. It’s basically what we have now. It was the blueprint for all the skullduggery and dodgy deals, buying off, bribery and all that. I’d love to just throw on a toga for a week or two and go check it out!

 

Who or what, would make you leave a room?

A racist, a sexist and a man who’s formed his opinions without investigation. The ignorant man who has suddenly all the opinions in the world, but has tested them nowhere. He just has these assumptions, based on nothing, you know? I’d jump out the window, I wouldn’t just leave the room!
What decade rules?

There was a time when I’d have said the ‘60s, but that feels a little dated now. I suppose the present rules, whatever decade we’re in now, it rules.
What cover version do you most enjoy performing?

I do Dylan’s ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues’ quite a bit. There’s a line at the end, ‘I’m going back to New York City, I do believe I’ve had enough’, and in certain places, it’s kind of like my ‘F*** You’ to the room, when the gig has been really hard. It’s a cover version where you can just spit those lyrics out. I do Radiohead’s ‘No Surprises’, from ‘OK Computer’ too, those two have been constants for a couple of years.

 

What movie role would you like to have played?

I adore Pacino in ‘The Godfather’, there‘s certainly that one. I’d also love to have a go at something like, ‘Streetcar Named Desire’, just shouting and roaring!

 

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?

I used to be obsessed with Larry Mullen Jr! I thought he was the coolest dude. He, unlike me, had never had to say anything, he just was cool, and I was desperate to try to emulate that, and I could never do that, because I always spoke. Larry probably spoke four sentences in thirty years with U2.

 

What’s the first album you remember buying?

I come from a big family, so the music collection was pretty substantial. I had to get through the Dylans by way of Joni Mitchell and Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show and a lot of guilty pleasures, but the one that I actually went out and bought was probably something horrific like Cyndi Lauper!

 

Who’s your favorite Beatle?

I’m such a Beatles fan, that I defend Paul McCartney. He got such a bad rap for a lot of the things that Lennon got credit for. I mean, McCartney was the culture vulture, he was going to the operas and whatever with Jane Asher. Lennon was writing ‘I’m Only Sleeping’, he was an incredible writer, and he had this disdain for the Beatle myth, which is fantastic. There were some two-part harmonies, between Lennon and McCartney, when they sang together, it actually sounded like another voice, like another Beatle in there when you think about it. Then George Martin said that George Harrison was the most naturally gifted member, just the hooks and whatever. But then, I love Ringo too. So, I can’t answer that!

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

Well there’s the Jim Morrisons and the Keith Richards, they certainly set a benchmark for rock and roll, but you can just as easily say that the old blues guys were so rock and roll before it even had a title. Dylan is rock and roll, I think whoever is non-rock and roll, is the most rock and roll.

What’s your guilty musical pleasure?

I was listening to it today, I was in a restaurant, and Cyndi Lauper came on, and, you know, I really had a moment. Prince wrote a lot of her songs, ‘Time After Time‘, ‘When You Were Mine‘ and so on. She did this record a while ago, all her hits, it was astonishing, I knew every one of those songs backwards!

What artists would you most like to have played with in the band of your dreams?

I would love to have been able to have had a band like ‘The Band’. To have Levon Helm, I met Levon once, he lives upstate, but just to have that thing, to have him, Robbie Robertson, those people, who just were the hardest working, no bullshit people. They had their madness, but that talent, to just have that gesture, you know, a wink, to Robbie, and off he goes. That communication, that comes from playing together in the grand ballrooms, and the s**tholes again and again and again, you know, I’d love that.

 

What’s the greatest place you’ve visited?

The Czech Republic.

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?

I’m kind of a comedy geek. I adore Woody Allen, I adore that incredible Jewishness, and the whole New York thing. Charlie Chaplin had a huge affect on me growing up, he had such a sadness, and Billy Connolly had a great presence.

 

What book can you read again and again?

‘The English Patient’, by Michael Ondaatje.

 

 

 

 

 

At The Mike Stand with Michael Brunnock (Singer/Songwriter)

At The Mike Stand with Michael Brunnock.



Singer/songwriter Michael Brunnock, probably The Mike Stand’s favorite County Meath native, recently released ‘Live in New York’, a stunning twelve-track collection which the talented troubadour recorded in his adopted city’s acclaimed ‘Living Room’ venue back in 2007. No really, he did. Check out his website, www.michaelbrunnock.com if you don’t believe me. Released by Araglin Records, ‘Live in New York’ was Brunnock’s second solo ‘long-player’, after 2007’s, ‘So I Do’. A well-known and respected figure on both New York and Ireland’s music scene, he’s recognized as both a solo artist, with his Ireland-based band Little Palace, and as one of the founding members (along with Brendan O’Shea, Mark Dignam and Jenna Nicholls) of New York-based musical outfit, Fairplay Collective, a unique group of artists that share their resources, ideas, gigs and costs, in an effort at assisting one another get noticed. Having just returned from a triumphant tour of Ireland with Little Palace, Michael, who can occasionally be found performing at downtown Manhattan venue The Scratcher for its series of Sunday afternoon sessions, was good enough to take a break between gigs and join us ‘At The Mike Stand’.

By Mike Fitzpatrick.

Who’d be in your supergroup?

David Rawlings (guitar), Bon Scott (Vocals), John Bonham (drums) and Rob Calder (bass).

When was the last time you laughed out loud?

On Thursday. Every Thursday I laugh out loud even If I think it’s not funny.

What act would you like to have seen perform live?

Planxty, Martin Luther King . Elvis in his heyday.

What team do you support?

I like Gaelic games and rugby. Meath in football, other than that I’m

not a big sports fan. Being a sports fan occupies a lot of time and focus .

What period in history would you like to visit?

1604 in Ireland. Around the time before the flight of the Earls, or meeting Saint Patrick or the druids of Ireland.
What movie role would you like to have played?

Ehh….’Bruno..

Who, or what, would make you leave a room?

Bill O’Reilly.

Who’s the funniest person who ever lived?

Richard Pryor changed people’s perception of race with comedy.

Today I think, probably Eddie Izzard.

What’s mankind’s most irritating invention?

Fox News.

What’s mankind’s most wonderful invention?

The Internet.

Who’s your favorite cartoon character?

Spongebob Squarepants.

What movie can you watch over and over again?

‘The Life of Brian’.

What’s the greatest album ever recorded?

‘Led Zeppelin 4’.

What cover version do you most enjoy playing?

‘Quicksand’ by David Bowie

What decade rules?

The coming one, 2010 -2020.

What book can you read again and again?

Eckhart Tolle’s ‘Power of Now’.

Who’s your favorite Beatle?

George Harrison.

What’s the first album you remember buying?

Elvis Presley ‘40 Greatest Hits’.

Have you ever been told you looked like somebody?

I was once asked for my autograph on Wexford Street in Dublin, a day after playing Whelans.

When I handed it back, the girl glanced at me sideways at me with a glazed look and informed me that I wasn’t Glen Hansard. I knew that already. I went home and shaved, and wrote a couple of songs I thought the Frames should play.

What artist/song/genre do you secretly enjoy listening to?

Gorecki. I didn’t grow up with classical music, but I got hooked on Gorecki.
Have you ever walked out on a movie?

Yes, ‘Spiderman 3’. I went with my son but I soon realized that he was too young to watch it. I had to promise him a trip to McDonalds.

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

Phil Lynott.

What actor should play you in a movie about your life?

Probably Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp or Rudolf Valentino. Anybody really very good looking.

What’s your tipple?

A pint of yer only man served as close to the guinness brewery as possible

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