Born Optimistic Podcast

The Stunning

The Stunning

As you'll hear in this week's Born Optimistic Podcast and radio show, The Stunning were a huge influence on me as a teen growing up in Galway. As they churned out hit singles 40 miles away from where I was growing up they helped me believe that you didn't have to come from the big city to have something to offer. A one-band Motown, The Stunning redefined the art of releasing singles in Ireland forever. 'Got To Get Away', 'Half Past Two', 'Romeo's On Fire', 'Brewing Up A Storm', 'Heads', 'Everything That Rises' was an incredible run of amazing releases...

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Paul Murray

Paul Murray Author

Paul Murray

Paul Murray is three novels and a movie screenplay into an amazing career. 'The Evening Of Long Goodbyes', 'Skippy Dies' and 'The Mark & The Void' are three essential additions to every bookshelf. These are books you'll never regret committing time to. The 23.5 hours or so it will take you to read each book will ake you into the headspace of a writer who loves you to laugh and think in the same sentence. A recent bike crash has put Paul's right hand into a cast for six weeks which freed up some time he was gracious enough to share...

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Mundy

BornOptimistic Podcast Mundy

Mundy

Dropping off Mic Christopher albums to Head records in Dublin's ILAC centre was the opportunity to pick up Mundy's Jelly Legs on vinyl. It sounds amazing after all of these years. Having become used to the live versions of these classics it was like time travel going back the 21 years to when Jelly Legs debuted. The tour starts this Friday and I can't wait to see the original line-up back together for this auspicious occassion. Well done Mund & co. Here's Mundy on the Born Optimistic podcast from earlier this year:  

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Podcast: Rónán Ó Snodaigh on his new album 'Ór Agus Airgead'

Rónán Ó Snodaigh

Podcast: Rónán Ó Snodaigh on his new album 'Ór Agus Airgead'

Sitting down for a chat on the ocassion of his 7th solo album 'Ór agus Airgead' and the vinyl release of Mic Christopher's Skylarkin' and playing Whelans on Oct 6th.

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Podcast: Nick Kelly On His Great New Movie - The Drummer & The Keeper

BornOptimistic Podcast

Podcast: Nick Kelly On His Great New Movie - The Drummer & The Keeper

  This week's guest on the Born Optimistic podcast and radio show is Nick Kelly. Nick shares lessons and insights gleaned from his childhood, as lead singer of The Fat Lady Sings, through a career in advertising and now onto directing movies. As we discuss in the interview, Nick's movie brings together experiences from right across his life. It's an amazing movie and a fresh take on the music inspired narrative. The Drummer & The Keeper digs deep yet retains a great sense of humour. Nick Kelly is also the man responsible for bringing Mic Christopher's music to mainstream attention...

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