Aileen Mythen is an actress and one half of Irish Roots/Americana duo, The Remedy Club. Aileen is also an acclaimed actress, with theatre credits ranging from The Miami Showbands Story and Alice In Funderland to The Belle Bottoms and Noël the Musical. 

On Sunday, December 6th The Remedy Club will be performing a livestream gig, live from Camelot Studios in Dublin, for more information on the event, visit here. 

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We asked Aileen for her choice cultural picks... 

FILM

Two By Two: Overboard... Ok, I might be a little biased here as I voice a couple of characters in this movie, but it is so wonderful to see an Irish animated company (Moetion Films) going to number one in the UK box office.  It will hopefully be released in Ireland very soon, if and when the cinemas re-open.  With a five-year-old as a housemate we are always looking for a good family movie to watch together - anything but another episode of Peppa Pig!  

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MUSIC

Lucinda William’s album Good Souls Better Angels is a fantastic record, brooding, snarling rock'n'roll with lyrics and raw guitars to die for. It’s exactly what we needed this year. It is raw and unapologetic. It was produced by the wonderful Ray Kennedy, who also produced our album True Hand True Heart. I believe it has just received a Grammy nomination too, so we aren’t the only ones appreciating this album! 

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BOOKS

Wexford based Cat Hogan is one of my favourite writers. I read her thriller, They All Fall Down a while back and still often think about it. I felt very attached to Jen, the central character and although it was full of tension and uneasiness there was also a soothing comfort in the beautiful images of the sleepy fishing village and the authentic community and relationships. At times, you could almost feel the salty sea air on the tip of your tongue. I have finally got around to starting the follow-up, There Was A Crooked Man and look forward to returning to this familiar world by the sea...

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PLAY

User Not Found by Dante or Die, directed by Terry O’Donovan - a show you can watch from the palm of your hand! Coming from a theatre background I am craving that real-life theatre experience, but a good friend introduced me to this and I loved it. It’s an immersive mobile phone-based podcast, which has been refreshed for a lockdown audience who have grown accustomed to grieving and creating intimacy online. 

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TV

There is a huge amount to choose from, including Netflix favourites The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit but our standouts at the moment would have to be Dead Still and Modern Love – two innovative TV series from Irish writers. I am loving Dead Still, written by John Morton - who doesn’t love a good period murder mystery? But this six-part series is completely unique in its style and premise and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It has a really strong cast and well-rounded characters.  It paints a vivid picture of a Victorian Ireland and is very Irish and very funny...

Michael Smiley in Dead Still

Modern Love has been a real highlight this year. I am a big fan of John Carney’s work, and was not disappointed with his most recent offering, which he has produced, as well as writing and directing several episodes. Each stand-alone tale is based on the New York Times column about relationships, love and the human connection, and topped off with an incredible soundtrack to boot. A must see!!

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GIGS

The last gig I attended was The Man Whom (aka Ian Doyle) in The Wexford Arts Centre in the summer. It was a different experience to what we have been used to, with fewer audience members and everyone wearing masks, but a very beautiful and intense experience nonetheless, and one that left me feeling very inspired.  We really miss live music in a room with real-life actual audience members!

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ART

I recently discovered artist, Michelle Harton on Instagram and bought one of her paintings from the Stop Painting Project, which allows the art buyer to tell the artist when the painting is finished so it’s exactly to your taste. It is also part of the Artist Support Pledge, which means for every €1000 the artist makes she will buy artwork for €200 from another artist, which means you are supporting the work of many artists. 

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RADIO / PODCAST

Late night radio is where it’s at and I love tuning into Fiachna Ó Braonáin and John Creedon when I can. KJ (the other half of The Remedy Club) is currently enjoying Rick Rubin’s podcast called Broken Record with great interviews and conversations with the likes of Mike Campbell (the guitarist from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and one of AJ's favourite guitarists), Pharell and others.

TECH

We are not a big fan of apps, I’m afraid. Too many distractions and notifications!! However, I am grateful for WhatsApp which has kept me connected with different groups of friends and family.

THE NEXT BIG THING...

Taking inspiration from Eoin Colfer's book Mariella, Queen of the Skies I have already started plans to make a rocket-powered flying suit to zap me around the world.  It’s eco-friendly and it would allow us to finally get back touring again faster than the setting sun! 

Tickets are now available for The Remedy Club's livestream gig on Sunday 6th December at 8:30pm from www.mandolin.com or www.theremedyclub.ie.