Wanna add something new to your dinner, an aspiring chef, Longford has its own taste of a little China Town, with a Chinese supermarket just across from tescos.
Met Micheal at Connolly Station, very disgustingly dressed had to ask what the gentleman did, part of nli National Library of Ireland herald of Arms
You may see him regularly just outside tescos on a Saturday busking, he has been doing so for over four years now in Longford. Weekends mainly might do it on an odd week during the week if he has business in town. Love what I do and I like to people watch too, the security guys very friendly bunch of guys in tescos also watch out for me if there's any issues. You might have seen me with a dog he's retired to the home place watching over a new pup I have had Clara for fourteen and a half years. Myself I was born in Liverpool spent most of my time travelling to Ireland to family. My father from Dublin moved to England where he my mother who really wanted to be a nun, and her parents said that it wasn't for her, my father was in his forties when he married. In Rooskey five years, my 9th county to have lived in, before Lexlip, Cork, Wexford, Clare, Galway, among others. Singing, I use to sing when I was a kid, but when nobody was around, even in waiting rooms of various kinds, if someone came in I would stop straight away. Got better and better and took the plunge to do busking, started on my birthday on the 22nd July 1998. Songs I used to like and mess with I learnt by heart and sang them. I was hooked, love it even now, if I won the lotto, I still would busk no doubt. I finiacjed myself with my own money, I took a trip to the Camino walk in Spain, not to walk it but to be near it, and get a sense of it. A festival was happening at the time, I was invited back to a private party, the building was 800 years old would have been owned by a wealthy merchant originally, it's nice to connect with people you meet. Learnt in school that I went to that I had a form of dyslexia, but never stopped me, from reading and writing. I revisited where I did go to secondary but nothing left of it, only a pub that was across the road is the only thing that looks familiar now. I remember that the time that led up to my first song I wrote myself. I had seventy pound in my pocket, left my car in Larne and got ferry 5.30, was busking my way through Scotland, was four days of solid rain. I there was an open mic night, where I went in, to get something to eat, and while I was waiting on my food, and had eaten in it, I had two verses and a chorus written down, called I ‘The nice and sleezy Callodian blues’. My music my type was inspired by jazzy folk music, leanord Cohen, Guy Clarke Mick Hanley. I did workshops on writing song structure. Once I was lucky enough to have gotten a spot in an exclusive workshop in California, retreat and music workshop with a Los Angeles guy which was like winning the lotto to get accepted was a great experience.its held once a year in Oct usually, I did it in 2010, you were taught techniques on writing as I said an you would play and they would whomever there at time would critique also. I also part of IMRO, ‘Irish Music Rights Organisation’, songs i've written, in the hundreds now I would say. I met Pat Eggleston, who use to do kids TV when I was young, he was writing poetry, Welcome to my head and Please take of your boots. I gave him a CD Album of my work, he said, ‘you know if I take it off you I’d have nothing to play it on but just to say this, this is a momentous occasion’. Work wise I remembered working in a chocolate factory everybody would think a great job, I went for lunch one day, and I thought I cant do this, and I said to the boss I can't do it, I have to go, he said it's there if you wanna come back every, but I said if you ever see me coming shoot me. Had this great idea to do door to door busking, go from 11am to 11pm, getting random buses into random places wearing trench coat umbrella with me and a hat. Also try to sell cds of my albums. Had bought a little care 2002 with a small loan, I wanted to record where I was going the mileage, wanted to do all 32 counties, it became like a job though. I had called it ‘’Thunder and Lighting Topples Troubadour Tour’’.
Loving my life now if I had any advice for anybody would be to be yourself, I feel like home in myself, and I have three children life.