Mike Mc Namara
Hi everyone, I'm Mike Mc Namara, I'm 21 and I'm from Ardnacrusha in Clare!
I've always loved music and have always sang and played instruments. My first instrument was the piano, I went for joint lessons with my cousin Gillian until my teacher moved to Australia (I didn't think I was THAT bad!). My main instrument is the guitar though- I did Grades 1 to 4 in classical guitar in the Limerick School of Music. I played rhythm guitar in a rock band but I mainly play acoustic guitar. A fairly rare instrument I play is the ukulele- they're really handy and fun! I have 4, and one that I can plug in! They represent the hippy/surfer side in me!
Musically I love everything and anything. I grew up listening to my dad's generation's music on cassette in the car like The Beatles, The Eagles, Garth Brooks and Bob Dylan. I started off learning classical guitar so I'd listen to people like Andres Segovia or John Williams. When I started moving away to acoustic and electric guitar I was listening to a lot of Eric Clapton. I love my iPod because it lets me have so much different music at my fingertips. I like to have fun so I often mess around with 'mash ups' (mixing songs together) or unusual covers of pop songs, so expect to see anything in the Helix!
I came to the show because I auditioned before and thought 'Why not?!'. The ¤50,000 prize money this year is definitely an incentive but it's the experience of the show I think will be most useful to me. So far it's been fantastic and I've been loving every minute of it. I've learnt a lot and cannot wait for the live shows. My favourite judge is Brendan because he is so cute I just want to hug him! Without a doubt the highlight so far has been being woken up at 7 in the morning by a foghorn and a camera in your face!
Just want to say a big hi five to everyone, hope you all stay tuned to the series. There are some really good acts so vote lots and often. If you like me then please vote for me I'd really appreciate it! Slán!