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Jasper Rees is the author of "Let's Do It" the authorised biography of Victoria Wood. The book was written with the consent of Victoria's children following her death in 2016. Jasper wrote the book by listening to audio recordings mad by Wood herself in preparation to write a memoir. "Let's Do It" has just been published in paperback and is a must …
 
Bright Light Bright Light is welsh musician, artist and songwriter Rod Thomas. Originally from a small town in Wales, Rod has become one of our most respected independent queer artists with approval in the form of collaborations and touring opportunities from some of the world's biggest stars. He began learning piano, guitar and saxophone as a chil…
 
Ireland has always had a great reputation for rock music. In the 90s Sinead O'Connor, U2 and The Cranberries led the pack. It took a while for the explosion of bubblegum pop which was happening in the UK and Europe to hit Ireland. Una was one of the first Irish female pop vocalists to be launched around the time the success of Boyzone was starting …
 
Una Healy was a gigging singer/songwriter when she answered an ad looking for a female singer for a girlband. What followed was a phenomenal seven years in The Saturdays one of the new millennium's biggest girlbands. A string of massive hits in the UK led to them getting signed by Island Def Jam in America and making their own reality series "Chasi…
 
This is just a teaser for the Bonus Episode that is now available to subscribers of Headstuff+. You can subscribe for €5 per month and get bonus material for each episode as well as a bonus episode each month. For this month's Bonus episode I chat to Sean Smith about his new album "Swing For The 90s" and we dive in track by track. You can listen to…
 
What a guest and what a story. These are the episodes that I love to make! Luciana Caporaso has been an undercover popstar hiding in plain sight since the 90s. Fate conspired against her for no less than five albums. This episode charts her journey from fresh faced teenager writing music for a detective series in the UK to becoming the Queen of Ele…
 
I’m delighted to kick off season 7 of "Fascinated" with the fabulous Samantha Mumba. Samantha is pop royalty and after an almost unforgivable hiatus she returned to music last December with a double whammy of releases. She dropped two new tracks “Cool” and “Process” within weeks of each other. Samantha shot to fame in 2000 with the worldwide smash …
 
In The first of a special two-part episode I chat to 90s pop star Kavana. For as long as he can remember Kavana was determined to become a pop-star and he made it happen. At the time Take That were disbanding and a chance meeting with their manager led to him recording a song written by Howard Donald. He became a household name and mega-stardom fol…
 
In The first of a special two-part episode I chat to 90s pop star Kavana. For as long as he can remember Kavana was determined to become a pop-star and he made it happen. At the time Take That were disbanding and a chance meeting with their manager led to him recording a song written by Howard Donald. He became a household name and mega-stardom fol…
 
In July of 2013 Chicago singer-songwriter Steve Grand uploaded a video for his song "All American Boy". It was a video for a country song with a bare bum and a gay twist and a within days it had a million hit and Steve was the face of new gay country. Except that he wasn't and he wasn't even a country singer but he was in demand. To date steve has …
 
In this episode, Gearóid meets singer/songwriter and choreographer Doris Pearson who shot to fame with her brothers and sisters as Five Star. Doris is currently in lockdown in the UK and is working on solo material. We had a chat about her time in her family supergroup. We chatted about the humble beginnings, fame, money and family. Truly a family …
 
In this episode I chat to singer songwriter Lesley Roy. As teenager Lesley would busk on the streets of Dublin and instead of dreaming of superstardom she actively chased it. She signed a record contract with and American Label and spent two years in Sweden learning to write pop songs under the direction of Max Martin who produced her 2008 debut al…
 
This is the live “Fascinated” show from the Dublin Podcast Festival to YouTube. My guests on the night were the fabulous singer-songwriter Naimee Coleman and the wonderful Niamh Kavanagh. Hits were sung and we even recreated the moment Niamh won the Eurovision Song Contest. The full show can be watched on YouTube. If you really enjoy this podcast y…
 
In this episode I catch up with the wonderful Jann Arden in the midst of the worldwide Corona Virus epidemic. Last week she was supposed to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards but the ceremony was cancelled amid fears around the outbreak. Last week she streamed a mini-concert from her living room as part of a movement b…
 
The first album I ever got was a cassette copy of Bananarama’s “Greatest Hits Collection”. When I discovered pop music with their anthem “I Want You Back” I listened to it over and over. At the time I was too young to be allowed read pop magazines so i didn’t know what they looked like until I finally saw them in my friends copy of smash hits. But …
 
In this episode Gearóid chats to actress and comedian Jessica Chaffin. In podcasting circles Jessica is well-known for her genius comedy creation Ronna Glickman formerly of the “Ronna and Beverly” podcast. She has just launched her advise show “Ask Ronna” with Bryan Safi. Jessica has also appeared in a whole pile of sitcoms and movies. Most recentl…
 
In 2007 Sean and his Sarah caught the eye of a production runner while queuing to audition for the X Factor. Within a couple of months they were both performing live together every saturday night to millions of viewers. Each week to Same Difference astonished producers by clocking up millions of votes. Their cheesy but note-perfect performances had…
 
Ep 41: Beyonce That’s Who with Matthew Marsden In this episode Gearóid chats to former soap-star, former pop-star and proper Hollywood star Matthew Marsden. After a stint as a male model Matthew began his acting career in the UK soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street. A brief but productive music career followed. He recorded the album “Say Who” for …
 
In this episode Gearóid talks to his favourite actress of all time: Tyne Daly. Tyne Daly is a celebrated star of stage and screen. She once dreamed of becoming a nun to the theatre, but a stint as Dirty Harry's sidekick in "The Enforcer" led to her starring opposite Loretta Switt in a tv movie of the week called "Cagney & Lacey" which was a buddy f…
 
This is another side to a story we've already told but what a story this is. In this episode comedian Gearoid Farrelly chats to singer and actress Celena Cherry about her time as the front woman of 90's R&B band the Honeyz along with band members Heavenli Denton and Naima Belkhiati. The band debuted in 1998 and had a massive hit with the self-penne…
 
Ep 38: The Song With Wings with Chesney Hawkes In this episode comedian Gearoid Farrelly chats to nineties heart-throb Chesney Hawkes about the song that catapulted him to the top of the charts in 1991 and went on to become the 20th biggest selling song of the nineties. As well as reflecting on the dark days after the success had gone away Chesney …
 
Bianca Kinane is the big voiced Irish superstar that we almost had back in 1996. Bianca is from Clonmel and in 1994 took part in "Stars In Their Eyes" as Mariah Carey. A big recording contract with Pete Waterman followed. A huge media campaign promising an Irish Mariah Carey from 'County Clonmel' (sic) accompanied the release of some singles but th…
 
In 1999 Daphne and Celeste burned pop music to the ground. They arrived from New York and released their debut single “ooh Stick you” and almost instantly had a hit. But there was more to Daphne and Celeste then the kitch pop tracks. They couldn’t take their newfound pop career seriously. They were astonished by straight faced interviewers asking t…
 
In 2003 Michelle McManus shot to fame as the winner of the second series of Pop Idol. Throughout the series she stood out for her powerhouse soul voice. But she also got huge amounts of press coverage for her weight. Today plus-size is celebrated, body positivity is embraced and everyone is encouraged to be who they are. In 2003 this was not the ca…
 
In 1998 my friend Niamh Kavanagh was making an album and she recorded some cover versions of a Canadian singer songwriter Jann Arden. I then listened to Jann's orignal versions and I have been hooked ever since. Jann Arden is a huge recording artist in Canada and had international success in 1994 with her "Living Under June" album. She has just rel…
 
In this episode I got to meet up with 90s RnB pop goddess Michelle Gayle. But as you can see from the photo below myself and Michelle Gayle are old friends. I won a competition to meet her back in the mid-ninties and because I was under eighteen I had to bring my Dad. Michelle was a struggling singer who became an actress and then a very successful…
 
The Comebacks (Part 2): Deirdre O’Kane The Fascinated Live show as the Dublin Podcast Festival was an embarrassment of riches. In part one I was joined by fabulous Singer/Songwriter Naimee Coleman and in part two the fantastic Deirdre O’Kane. This is interview is proof if it was needed that Deirdre is very very funny.…
 
The Comebacks (Part 1) This is the first half of a show recorded live at the Dublin Podcast Festival 2017 with guests Deirdre O’Kane and Naimee Coleman. In this episode Naimee Coleman picks up where she left off in our last chat where she had decided to get back to writing and playing music having taken time out to have children.…
 
In 2015 between the Marriage Referendum results and the American Supreme Court Ruling a video of a romantic proposal was shared on the Huffington Post website. It was one of those videos that melt your heart before you’ve even got out of bed. But aside from the romance of the whole thing one of the guys was very familiar. Craig Young a member of th…
 
In this episode Gearoid heads to London to meet Ben Adams. Ben is a music producer and songwriter. He has written and produced hits for some of today’s brightest stars. But Ben is probably best know for having the most famous pair of curtains in pop. Ben is a member of the boyband a1. They […] La entrada Ep 29: Same Old Brand New Ben with Ben Adams…
 
Actor James Dreyfus has just finished a 5 year run in the series “Mount Pleasant”. Gearoid visited him at his home in London to chat about his career which has included some iconic british comedies. He recalls his first professional job in Panto with Graham Norton. A star turn in in Jennifer Saunders’ hit series “Absolutely Fabulous” led to his cas…
 
In 2010 Chely Wright became the first major country music star to come out as gay. In this episode Gearoid talks to Chely Wright about the struggle to be authentic and the price you pay when you are not. Since the age of 4 Chely has wanted to be a country music star. At 18 she moved to Nashville to follow her dream. Her dreams came true and she ach…
 
It is two years since Ireland voted in favour of a constitutional change to allow gay people to marry. It was a monumental step for gay rights. But the run up to referendum was a difficult time for LGBTQIA people when even simply watching a youtube video meant you had to endure an anti-equality message. This episode contains clips of interviews wit…
 
Gearóid meets athlete Oliver Dingley the olympic diver who changed nations to become the first diver in sixty eight years to represent Ireland in the Olympic games. He then made history by becoming the first Irish diver to make it to the final finishing a very respectable eighth position. In order to compete for Ireland Oliver had to make big sacri…
 
In this episode Gearoid travels to Henley on Thames to pay a visit T’pau singer and 80s rock queen Carol Decker. We take a nostalgic look back at her glory days and chat about everything from fridges to “The Killing”. In the 80s Carol Decker and her former partner Ronnie Rogers shared a damp flat in which they wrote songs chasing their dream of sup…
 
Kelle Bryan’s fascinating story is one of eternal resilience. In 1992 Kelle Bryan went underage clubbing with her friend Louise and dramatically changed the course of both their lives. At the time they both were studying at the famed Italia Conti stage school. Louise was spotted by a record producer who was putting together an R&B band. She roped i…
 
A teaser for the new season of Fascinated with Gearóid Farrelly. The season starts on Wednesday 12th April 2017. You can catch up on all 23 previous episodes over on the HeadStuff Podcast Network. You can check out the full video promo right here. La entrada Fascinated New Season Promo: Listen Here se publicó primero en Headstuff.…
 
Shelly Poole and her sister Karen work independently of each other as much sought-after hit-writers for today’s pop acts. But their success began jointly as hit makers themselves; lining up the soldiers and shooting them all down from 1996 to 2001.Their career began in their friends attic where their band Alisha’s Attic was born. They racked up hit…
 
In this special episode, food-writer Lilly Higgins and former White-House correspondent Gina London join Gearoid for the first “Fascinated – Live”. This show was recorded in front of an audience in the green room of the Cork Opera House as part of the Cork Comedy festival. Gina tells Gearoid about reporting live from the White House, fleeing Egypt …
 
Jo Youle has lived two lifetimes. In the 90s she was part of the band Scarlet who had a massive hit with the song “Independent Love Song”. Her life was writing and recording music and a whirlwind of promotion, photoshoots and the terrifying prospect of playing live to huge audiences. Alongside her music career Jo also worked as a volunteer at the S…
 
Mo Gaffney from Absolutely Fabulous joins Gearoid to chat about comedy, her career and put the world to rights. Mo is a very respected actress, writer, comedian and activist. She began her career as part of a double act with Kathy Najimy with whom she wrote two smash hit off-Broadway shows; Parallel Lives and The Dark Side which were subsequently w…
 
In this episode Gearoid (with a little help.. ok a lot of help from Dave Moore) tracks down Irish singer songwriter to find out what became of the Dundrum songstress after her second album. Naimee made her first record soon after she left school and her debut album “Silver Wrists” was a hit in Ireland and around Europe and had hits with “Care About…
 
In this episode Gearoid heads to Cobh (the new Kinsale) to chat to “Great Irish Bake-Off” judge Lilly Higgins. Lilly is a food writer, chef and photographer with a background in art and design. With a CV like that it is no surprise that her books are so beautiful. Once it is established that Lilly is not in a girlband they chat about her new ventur…
 
In 1998 the Spice girls were busy dealing with over-exposure and the departure of Geri Halliwell. Their crown was deftly snatched away by an Irish foursome who jigged and twinkled their way to the top of the charts pumping out hit after hit. B*witched struck hard and fast and world domination followed. For Edele it was the beginning of a punishing …
 
If you were a child of 80s Ireland, Bosco was almost certainly a big part of your childhood. Bosco has now been off the air for 20 years, and there hasn’t been a new episode in 30. Yet, Bosco remains as much a part of our Irish identity as the shamrock or stew. In her first ever interview, Gearóid talks to Paula Lambert who has been the hand and vo…
 
In this episode Gearóid chats to two stars in the making; Mark Ronson’s latest protege Keyone Starr (vocalist on his grammy winning album) and Dubliner Hallie Ridgeway. Keyone Starr has already caught the attention of Mark Ronson when he travelled the bible belt in search of a gospel singer for his song “I Can’t Lose”. He was blown away by her voic…
 
Two-time Olivier nominated Navan-man Killian Donnelly is one of the West-End’s brightest stars. His versatile singing voice has helped him rack up numerous starring roles on the London stage. He has also appeared in the movie of “Les Miserables” (correct Navan pronunciation please!) and performed at the Oscars. Last year he was nominated for an Oli…
 
In this episode Gearoid chats to singer songwriter Marcella Detroit who is well-known for her solo records and her time in Shakespears Sister (sic). Before she was a recording artist in her own right she was also a respected songwriter, session singer and backing vocalist working with greats such as Aretha Franklin, Better Midler, Burt Bacharach, B…
 
In this episode Gearoid meets ventriloquist Nina Conti the morning after her sold-out show for the Galway Comedy Carnival. She is mid-way through her largest tour to date. She chats about her start in ventriloquism, her puppet Monk and why she never wants to be an actress. Nina is a prolific comedian and documentary maker. She received a BAFTA nomi…
 
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