Saturday, 2 December 2006
The singing-song writing legend dominated Irish music for decades. Whether in groups like Planxty and Moving Hearts, or solo onstage at the Point, his passion and his performances provided the soundtrack for a generation of Irish people at home and around the world. Christy told Ryan about his relationship with his fans -young and old- and explained how he never approaches a gig with a set list of songs. He likes tune in to the mood and vibes of the audience. "Therefore it is different every night" he said. "Performing to an audience is more powerful than any drug. Singing the songs you love and people really getting stuck into it is really fantastic" he continued.
Christy chatted about his artistic influences and admitted imitating his heroes in his early repertoire until he eventually found his own voice and style.
After a difficult couple of years, Christy is back on track and feels he is in a good place now. However he added "I think we live in a very unequal society and that sometimes worries me and makes me angry", and explained how his favourite form of protest is humour and tongue-in-cheek.
The DVD "Live from The Point" is out now
Richard Cooper & Gary Cooke
From the Ryder Cup to the World Cup, from the successes in Irish rugby to the turmoil in Irish soccer, from the end of Lansdowne Road to the beginning of a new era in Croke Park, 2006 has all the hallmarks of a sporting year to remember. To help the audience look back at the highlights in Irish sport this year, Ryan invited along a team that's seen it all and talked about it even more, the boys from Apres Match. Sports fanatics Richard Cooper and Gary Cooke shed a hilariously caustic and sarcastic look on the Irish failures and victories of the last while. Richard laughed "the only international competition we have won recently is Miss World! . and even her au pair was better looking!... I'm merely quoting her father!" he continued. From sports commentators to sports managers and international players, no one escaped their acerbic wit. Assuming Sir Bobby Robson's personae, Gary remarked on the Croatia match "I don't think we underestimated them. They were just better than we thought!!.
The "Best of Apres Match '06" is out now
Patrick Kielty is the proud owner of an All-Ireland Minor Football medal he won almost twenty years ago with his native County Down. Since then, he's carved out a highly successful career on both sides of the Irish Sea as a stand-up comedian and TV presenter. Patrick joked about his time working on the ITV reality show Love Island. "It was not as easy as you'd think" he said. He told Ryan how a gruelling filming scheduling and the time zone difference had him and the crew up at 2am to start shooting at 3am.
On being 35 and single Patrick joked "people think you are either a shagger or there is a hint of Daniel O'Donnell about you". When talking about the search for his ideal woman Patrick said that the one quality he can't manage to find in a female is "decisiveness".
Patrick Kielty live on DVD out now
Hailing from Mullingar in County Westmeath, up and coming rock band the Blizzard is up for two Meteor Awards next year. The band has already had a string of hit singles and their first album, called 'A Public Display of Affection', recently achieved gold disc status. The Blizzards are gigging nationwide in the next couple of weeks, and popped over to Tubridy Tonight to perform their chart topping single 'Fantasy'.