Let Christy Take It

Let Christy Take It

An Irish podcast based in Dublin, Ireland with an international twist. Kieran and Derek are passionate pop culture nerds. Join the lads as they discuss and offer their perspective on movies and music with a dose of Dublin wit and humor. Guests from across the wide spectrum of pop culture join the lads to chat and give us the inside story on the classics they were a part of! Enjoy and follow us on all social media and @https://letchristytakeit.ie/index.php/episodes-list/ Thank you to Mark Cullen for all his assistance with the running of the pod and his editing skills!

All Episodes

Derek and Kieran are delighted to be joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Bev Bevan. Bev has been a member of some of the most iconic bands in music history, from The Move to Electric Light Orchestra. We discuss the formation of The Move, one of the most influential bands of the 1960's and how the band morphed into the magnificent, Electric Light Orchestra, Touring with Black Sabbath and the connection to Spinal Tap. The episode is packed with tales of musical royalty from the King of the percussion.  We were also joined by Joy Strachan who along with Bev are members of Quill. We discuss the upcoming tour and recent release Riding Rainbows. Let Christy Take it bring you Bev Bevan and Joy Strachan. Credit to Mark (Mr Blue Sky) Cullen for editing  

Nov 27

44 min 35 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by Darryl Vidal. The Karate Kid (1984) is one of the most iconic movies of the 80's and we are delighted to be joined by Darryl who was pipped to a place in the All Valley Championships final by Johnny Lawrence from the Cobra Kai Dojo (BOO). We talk all things Karate Kid and get the stories behind the filming and that famous crane kick scene in which Darryl was the stunt double for Pat Morita's Mr Miyagi.  Let Christy Take it bring you Darryl Vidal Deep bows to Mark Cullen for editing skills.

Nov 21

41 min 8 sec

Kieran and Derek are feeling like a pair of Super Trooper's as they are joined by Janne Schaffer to celebrate the release of the new studio album Voyage by ABBA. Janne is a Swedish songwriter and guitarist who has had huge solo success in his native Sweden but is better known as a session musician with the Swedish icons. Janne was invited by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to play on sessions in 1971. Janne played on People Need Love, and was ABBA’s most frequently used guitarist until he got too busy with his own career in the mid-1970s. Janne contributed to all of ABBA’s studio albums, with the exception of The Visitors.  Some of the more famous songs to feature his work are Ring Ring, Waterloo, SOS, Eagle, I Have A Dream, Super Trouper and Under Attack. We also talk of Jannes experiences of working with Pink Floyd and Bob Marley. Let Christy Take It bring you Janne Schaffer. Thanks to Mark Cullen for his editing skills. As usual he is on the Money Money Money!

Nov 13

49 min 47 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by actor Betsy Baker. The Evil Dead (1981) is an iconic horror movie and launched the careers of director Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell. Betsy played Linda the girlfriend of Ash who meets a grizzly demise in the cult classic. We discuss the making of the movie and reveal a few stories from behind the scenes. Thanks to Mark for his groovy editing skills. 

Nov 7

47 min 26 sec

Derek and Kieran are delighted to be joined by actor Lance Kerwin. The golden boy of 1970's American TV Lance was a staple in many hit shows including, Little House on the Prairie, James at 15 along with movies such as The Loneliest Runner and The Boy Who Drank Too Much. However it would be the 1979 mini series Salem's Lot that would become his most iconic role to date. Lance gives us the inside story behind the making of this classic horror. Was Mr Barlow as terrifying on set? Was he actually scared filming the scene in the cellar of the Marsten House? And were those Glick boys as freaky in the flesh? Let Christy Take It bring you Lance Kerwin. Big window tap kudos to our editor Mark Cullen for all his hard work.

Oct 30

1 hr 26 min

Kieran and Derek are joined by music producer and songwriter John Williams. John has worked with a stellar line up of music acts across all genres. It was great to hear the stories behind many of the most popular chart toppers we all know and love. John regaled us with tales from the music industry and his own personal journey through music. Huge thanks to our editor Mark Cullen.

Oct 23

44 min 27 sec

For this week's episode Derek and Kieran are Joined by Will Sergeant founder and guitarist for Echo and the Bunnymen. Will has recently released his memoir, "Bunnyman". The book is a no holds barred look at life in a working class area on the suburbs of Liverpool. We discuss the influences and music Will was listening to that would lead him to forming the band and playing the legendary Eric's and eventually propelling the band to international success. We are very privileged and proud to present, Will Sergeant.   Special thanks to Jess for arranging and Mark for his editing of this episode.

Oct 16

54 min 55 sec

Kieran and Derek are joined by David Paton who cut his musical teeth as a member of a young Bay City Rollers. David decided to part ways with the group and formed Pilot. This would lead to huge success with hits such as "Magic, January, Call Me Round and Just a Smile". However success also brought management issues, which led to the band’s early demise. For Pilot’s main singer-songwriter and bassist it would bring a shift from being in front of the spotlight to moving behind the scenes as an in-demand session player. Session work led Paton to joining the Alan Parsons Project as well as working with such music heavyweights as Elton John, Kate Bush and Albert Hammond. Let Christy Take It are proud to present David Paton. Thanks to Mark Cullen for his editing skills, he is just magic.

Oct 9

53 min 19 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by Dave Hemingway. Dave became a member of The Housemartins after replacing Hugh Whitaker on drums, we discuss the genius behind the video "Five Get Over Excited" which introduced Dave to the public as a member of the band. We also talk about the formation and outstanding back catalogue of music from The Beautiful South. Dave has released his new album "Cool To Be Kind" with his band Sunbirds and is embarking on a national tour. Thanks to Maria for all her assistance in arranging the interview. Let Christy Take It are proud to present Dave Hemingway. Mark scores a Perfect 10 for his editing prowess. 

Oct 2

36 min 5 sec

Kieran and Derek are joined this week by James Warren and Al Steele from the brilliant Korgis. A band with its roots in prog rock with Stackridge, they played the first ever Glastonbury, James would eventually form The Korgis with Andy Davis in 1978. Bursting into the mainstream with their highly melodic tunes, thoughtful lyrics, strong vocal harmonies and uber-catchy hooks eventually resulted in commercial success with "If I Had You" The Dumb Waiters album was a big success largely owing to the runaway hit 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime'. The Band are back with the innovate release " Kartoon World" an album that spans generations. Let Christy Take It are proud to present The Korgis. Big kudos to our editor in chief Mark Cullen for all his hard work

Sep 25

35 min 59 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by the brilliant Thomas Walsh. Thomas is a singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist who has an outstanding catalogue of music with his band Pugwash. Thomas also formed the Duckwoth Lewis Method with Neil Hannon to critical acclaim. Great stories of growing up in Dublin and meeting the icons of the music industry and of course playing and recording with the multi talented Matt Berry.. Grab a tea and put your feet up or go for a long walk...  Let Christy Take It bring you Thomas Walsh. Thanks to Mark (Clem Fandango) Cullen for excellence in editing.

Sep 11

1 hr 44 min

Derek and Kieran are joined by singer and songwriter, Mark Reilly from the band "Matt Bianco" Matt Bianco is a UK group formed in 1982 by Mark Reilly (vocals),Danny White (keyboards) and the late Kito Poncioni (bass) , all originally members of the band Blue Rondo A La Turk. For their first album "Whose Side Are You On ?" they hired unknown polish vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska. Her vocal arrangements gave the album a jazzy dimension that Reilly and White couldn't anticipate and hits like "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Half a Minute" turned Matt Bianco into one of the biggest acts of the 1980's. Matt will be on the road with the band in 2021 and have released the new album, “High Anxiety”. For more information please visit http://www.mattbianco.com/tour Thanks to our spiritual leader, all round legend and editor - Mark Cullen

Aug 31

33 min 14 sec

Kieran and Derek are joined by musician Gary Clark.   In 1984 Gary, his brother Kit and best friend Ged formed the band Spencer Tracy who would become Danny Wilson. Spotted busking around Dundee they were quickly signed, and released the album, Meet Danny Wilson, which contained the hit single, Mary's Prayer, which propelled them to mega-stardom. The song has been used in numerous films and the Hollywood connection would remain with Gary all through his career and he is now an acclaimed film score contributor. Working on projects such as, Sing Street and the Amazon Prime Series, Modern Love.  So sit back say a prayer to Mary as we discuss all things music and film with the brilliant Gary Clark.  Thanks to Mark Cullen for his endeavors and patience editing

Aug 21

41 min 52 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by Dean Friedman. Dean is a singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist who resides in New York. Dean first marked his entry into pop consciousness with the Top 20 chart success of his infectious hit single, Ariel, a quirky irresistible pop song about a free spirited, pot-smoking, vegetarian Jewish girl in a peasant blouse who lived, as the lyric goes, "...way on the other side of the Hudson". Friedman scored again with the release of his follow up album, “Well, Well,” Said the Rocking Chair’, and the now classic hit single, Lucky Stars. This magical duet, performed with singer, Denise Marsa, zoomed to the top of the UK singles charts, going instantly gold. Lucky Stars paved the way for a slew of Friedman hits, including familiar radio staples such as Lydia, Rocking Chair, McDonald’s Girl and Woman of Mine. Friedman’s consummate songwriting and performing, have earned him a loyal international following, devoted to the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith. Let Christy Take It are proud to bring you Dean Friedman. Thanks as always to Mark Cullen for editing.

Aug 14

42 min 40 sec

Kieran and Derek are joined by Chesney Hawkes. Chesney is a singer, songwriter and occasional actor who was propelled to great heights with his hit single, "The One and Only" which was one of the most successful releases of the entire 1990's and the song continues to top ‘Best pop song of the nineties’ polls. Chesney discusses the highs and the lows in a frank and funny interview. Details of Chesney's new EP, Sunset Sessions and upcoming shows are available at : https://www.chesneyhawkes.com/ Thanks to Mark Cullen for editing and Lee-Anne for arranging the interview.

Aug 7

37 min 22 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by Derek William Dick, better known as FISH who is a Scottish singer-songwriter and actor. He achieved prominence as the lead singer and lyricist of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion from 1981 until 1988. In his solo career he has explored contemporary pop and traditional folk and rock. Let Christy Take It proudly present Fish. Thanks to Mark Cullen for editing

Jul 31

57 min 10 sec

Derek and Kieran are delighted to be joined by singer and songwriter Peter Cunnah. Performing is intertwined into the DNA of Peter Cunnah. The Derry native always had a strong draw to all things music. In this weeks episode we delve into the roots of this passion for songwriting and what inspires him. With the troubles in Northern Ireland as a backdrop music was the way out and would lead Peter to great chart success with D:Ream. We discuss the hits and the problems that arose from the Tony Blair led Labour government using the hit "Things Can Only Get Better" during the 1997 British general election campaign, touring with Take That and the coffee making ability of Professor Brian Cox. D:Ream have a new album, "Open Hearts Open Minds" and is available for purchase at http://d-ream.co.uk/  Let Christy Take It are proud to present, Peter Cunnah. Special thanks to Mark Cullen for his continued hard work and excellence in editing.

Jul 24

50 min 1 sec

Kieran and Derek are joined by the pop culture icon Pat Sharp. Pat is known for his DJ work on BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM. Pat also has a host of TV work including being the face of SKY when it launched in the 1980's with Sky Trax and the classic, The Great Video Race (Run Ronnie Run) the Iconic ITV show Funhouse, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and many many more! Not content with playing records Pat had hits with the duo, Pat and Mick, raising thousands for charities in the process. Pat currently broadcasts across the UK on Bauer Media’s national station, Greatest Hits Radio every Saturday and Sunday morning at 10 along with three afternoon shows on Norway’s national retro station P 8 Pop airing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3-6.  Details of Pat's hilarious biography, Re-run the Fun: My Life as Pat Sharp and the Lets Rock Retro festivals can be found on https://patsharp.co.uk/ Let Christy Take It bring you Pat Sharp...Now where did we leave those mullet wigs? Special thanks to Monica for arranging and Mark for editing. 

Jul 17

34 min 26 sec

Derek and Kieran are delighted to be joined by Eddi Reader. Eddi grew up on the tenement streets in Glasgow where music played a huge part in daily life. From busking, touring Europe and then playing the Old Grey Whistle Test with Gang Of Four, Eddi was building her reputation as a talented and unique vocalist who was sought after by many top acts including The Eurythmics, Alison Moyet and The Waterboys. Upon joining Fairground Attraction Eddi was firmly in the spotlight. Eddi continues to tour and will be on the road this year with the Jools Holland Big Band. Let Christy Take It bring you Brit award winner and MBE, Eddi Reader.

Jul 10

59 min 1 sec

Kieran and Derek are joined by actor Catherine Mary Stewart to discuss her roles in iconic 80's movies and much more. Catherine Mary Stewart’s career has spanned over a period of 30 years, and over 50 different productions from film to television to theater, in the U.K., Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the United States. She was living in London studying dance, acting and singing, when she was cast in her first professional role as the lead in the rock musical THE APPLE.  THE APPLE was chosen to open the Montreal World Film Festival in 1980 and has since developed a cult following that is as strong as ever. The movie continues to be screened all over the United States including the illustrious Lincoln Center in New York City. Catherine moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and quickly landed a contract with DAYS OF OUR LIVES originating the role of KAYLA BRADY. During Catherine’s tenure with DAYS she was cast in the lead role of MAGGIE in THE LAST STARFIGHTER. She found steady employment as an actor in movies, including the cult classic NIGHT OF THE COMET, the 50’s teen comedy MISCHIEF, as well as the female lead in the very popular WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S, and many more. A variety of television features and miniseries have also given Catherine the opportunity to work alongside such luminaries as Robert Mitchem, Jean Simmons, Robert Stack and Karl Malden. She co-starred with Charles Bronson and Christopher Reeve in the acclaimed TNT movie THE SEA WOLF. She also starred along side Candice Bergen, Rod Steiger, Anthony Hopkins and Angie Dickinson and many more, in the widely publicized HOLLYWOOD WIVES, and played the YOUNG HELENE JUNOT character in SINS. Stewart received accolades for her work on the mini-series PASSION AND PARADISE with Armand Assante and Rod Steiger. She continues to appear on television, in movies and on stage Let Christy Take it bring you Catherine Mary Stewart.

Jul 3

49 min 43 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined for our 50th episode by the brilliant Neil Conti. As a member of the outstanding Prefab Sprout and subsequently the drummer of choice for countless sessions and shows around the world, Neil has finally settled into the inevitable role of producer and collaborator. He has contributed to a number of recordings by UK and French artists and has written and released songs with BJ Cole and Perry Blake among others. Neil began to play around the age of 6 and became an accomplished classical pianist, encouraged by his cousin Morgan Fisher, the long-time keyboard player in Mott The Hoople. Switching to drums at 12 and moving to London in 1979 he toured Europe and recorded the first five albums with Prefab Sprout, playing on all of their most treasured recordings. He also filled the rest of his time founding and running  “Backstage Club” at The Borderline in Soho, a club dedicated to presenting the best emerging UK vocalists and songwriters with a killer house band, directed and led of course by Neil himself. As his reputation grew, he was asked to play on an ever increasing number of albums by artists as diverse as Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger, Youssou N’Dour, Pascal Obispo, David Bowie, Alison Moyet, Paul Young, Jean-Luis Murat, Robert Plant, Sandie Shaw and Deep Forest, while his live work was topped at Wembley Stadium when he played in the all-star band behind David Bowie at Live Aid. Taking a break from constant touring and recording, Neil spent time in France and decided that was where he wanted to live and work. Neil opened Magic Circle Studio (now re-launched as minimoon) in 2002 and he has been working flat out ever since. He has produced a host of established artists and upcoming bands from France, England, Ireland and USA. Let Christy Take it are proud to bring you Neil Conti

Jun 26

55 min 8 sec

Kieran and Derek are joined by the funk master Simon Bartholomew from The Brand New Heavies.  Simon Bartholomew is one of the icons British Acid Jazz (or Jazz-Funk). Bartholomew has the unique look that encompasses all things retro, his stylish fashion sense is unique and gives us an insight into the inspirational acts that shaped his sound and musical direction. Brothers International were formed in the mid-1980's giving a British voice to the Jazz funk scene which was dominated by a slew of American acts. The Brothers International evolved into The Brand New Heavies (BNH), with Simon Bartholomew in the center of it all. Jay Ella Ruth was their first vocalist, while he contributed his killer Funk rhythm guitar. In combination with fellow band members Jan Kincaid and Andrew Levy, they would create some of the most funky sounds ever. Hit singles such as Dream on Dreamer, Back to love, Sometimes and the fantastic of cover of Midnight at the Oasis would follow propelling the band to international success.  The most recent release TBNH has received glowing reviews and captures the funk sound from the early days of the band and evolves it into a funky feel good piece of work which has feelgood stamped all over it. A must listen in the current climate. The Brand New Heavies will be on the road in 2021/22 please visit https://www.tbnh.co.uk/ for all tour dates. Let Christy Take it are proud to present Simon Bartholomew

Jun 19

41 min 11 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by Alex Lowe. Fresh from his hilarious performance as the royal corespondent on the finale of This Time with Alan Partridge.  Alex is a popular actor with a unique sense of humor. Lowe is famous for his pseudonyms Barry from Watford and Clinton Baptiste, and he has appeared in numerous television, film, and radio programs. Lowe made his professional acting debut in 1981 and went on to appear in a diverse selection of acting roles. Throughout the nineties, he made notable appearances in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Grange Hill, The 11 O’Clock Show, and more. In 2001, he played Clinton Baptiste in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, a character that has since become part of Lowe’s persona. A quirky psychic who can contact the paranormal, Clinton Baptise entertains crowds across the UK on headlining tours. Debuting in 2005 on Iain Lee’s radio show, Barry from Watford is Lowe’s other character known for his outlandish political and social commentary. The notoriously entertaining Barry has appeared in numerous broadcasts throughout the years including Harry Shearer’s Le Show. He has released several original podcasts, most notably  Clinton Baptiste's Paranormal Podcast and The Angelos and Barry Show alongside comedy partner Dan Renton Skinner as Angelos Epithemiou. Recently, Lowe continues to take on acting roles in Sam Delaney’s News Thing, Tinkershrimp & Dutch, Fireman Sam, The Late Night Alternative, and In The Long Run. He enjoys a strong online following and is scheduled for more headlining comedy tours in the future. A one-of-a-kind talent that can entertain any audience, Alex Lowe and his characters are famous across the world.  

Jun 12

43 min 45 sec

Derek and Kieran offer a deep bow to the most excellent Roger Yuan.  Roger Yuan is a much sought-after talent who has worn many hats over the course of a film career that spans three decades. As an actor, Roger has gone toe-to-toe with Jackie Chan in SHANGHAI NOON, and with Michael Jai White in BLACK DYNAMITE.  His first major role was opposite Richard Gere in RED CORNER, and he also played the role of the “Master Monk” in BULLETPROOF MONK, starring Chow Yun Fat.  In addition, Roger has made cameos in international blockbusters like SKYFALL, SYRIANA and BATMAN BEGINS and alongside Keanu Reeves (JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3). Roger Yuan also has global appeal outside of “Hollywood” having starred in ONCE UPON A TIME IN VIETNAM (with Dustin Nguyen) and CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA (with Akshay Kumar), not to mention having also worked with Jet Li, and Sammo Hung in ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA AND AMERICA earlier in his career.  With such an acting resume, it’s no surprise that legendary director Yuen Wo Ping personally selected Roger to play the role of “Iron Crow” in CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON 2: THE GREEN LEGEND. As a fight choreographer/action director, Roger has drawn from a lifetime of martial arts training in Chung Kuk Do, Kyokushinkai, Tai Chi, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Muay-Thai Kickboxing, Western Boxing, and Shaolin Chi Gung, as well as yoga and gymnastics while demonstrating an uncommon gift for creating realistic action sequences with flair and grace.  Recent credits include the upcoming DUNE (2020), JASON BOURNE, WARCRAFT, EAT LOCAL, and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, as Fight Coordinator, 47 RONIN, SKYFALL, as Fight Trainer/Choreographer. In recent years, Roger has garnered a reputation due to his unique approach to physical training.  This one-of-a-kind philosophy has cast him as a bit of philosophical fitness guru, and has added a new facet to his already busy career.  It started when in preparation for THE IMMORTALS, actor Henry Cavill came to Roger for help.  Henry wanted to enhance his aesthetic physical look and his martial arts abilities.  In short, Henry wanted to be able to move like Roger.  So, Roger took Henry on a physical journey that prepared him for his role as the Greek Hero, Theseus, which led to stints training Jason Flemyng and Jennifer Lawrence (X MEN: FIRST CLASS), and Daniel Craig (SKYFALL), and most recently, Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton (WARCRAFT)

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Jun 5

1 hr 6 min

Kieran and Derek are proud to present the blue eyed voice of soul, Paul Carrack. One of the most revered voices in music and a figurehead of soulful pop for decades, Paul Carrack remains one of the best blue-eyed soul singers, writers and purveyors of songs that are deep in the DNA of pop history. Dubbed “The Man with the Golden Voice” in a BBC documentary about his phenomenal 50-year career, Paul, whose vocals have graced million-selling songs such as ‘How Long’ by ACE, ‘Tempted’ by Squeeze and the GRAMMY Award nominated ‘Living Years’ by Mike + the Mechanics, is now firmly established as one of the hardest working, independent musicians on the scene. He’s also a hugely popular touring artist, talented multi-instrumentalist and record label owner. Touring since the age of 17, the Sheffield-born Carrack wrote and sang 'How Long', the much-covered 1974 classic from his days with Ace, and was the voice of 'Tempted', from his tenure with Squeeze. Then came such hits with Mike + the Mechanics as the GRAMMY-nominated 'The Living Years' and 'Over My Shoulder', the latter a co-write with Mike Rutherford. Not to mention that another co-write, ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’, was covered by the Eagles and won a prestigious ASCAP award for Song of the Year. Diana Ross, no less, covered Carrack’s co-write with Nick Lowe, ‘Battlefield’, and as an in-demand collaborator, Paul’s decades of distinction include sessions with The Smiths, Elton John, Roxy Music, B.B. King and countless others, culminating in an invitation from Eric Clapton to join his touring band.

May 29

42 min 23 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by musician Alan Clark. Alan was one of the keyboardists in the British rock band Dire Straits. He was the first and main keyboardist for Dire Straits. At the age of 13, he began to play the Hammond organ. During his career he played with various musicians and bands such as Geordie which featured Brian Johnson who later join AC/DC, he played with the duo called Splinter (who were signed to George Harrison’s Dark Horse label), Bee Gees, Escape Club, Buddy Guy, Billy Joel, Lou Reed, David Knopfler, Mark Knopfler, Elton John, Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Bruce Willis and many more. Alan became Dire Strait’s first keyboard player in 1980 when he joined them. He continued with Dire Straits, co-producing the band’s last album called On Every Street with Mark Knopfler until the band’s eventual breakup in the middle of the 1990s. Today, Alan Clark is a member of the band called The Dire Straits Legacy which is a project from the love and respect for the music of Dire Straits. The band is playing and touring across Europe, especially in Italy and played live by the musicians who made it. The idea for this band is to bring together the members of Dire Straits who made those iconic records, so they can bring the music to the fans.

May 22

37 min 31 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by Clive Farrington from the band When In Rome. The Promise is one of the 80's most iconic songs and Clive was very generous with his stories of the background to making the song and its revival on the soundtrack to the hit movie Napoleon Dynamite. Clive still tours and has recorded and released a new single, Take Me Home, with Tom Forth. When In Rome Andrew Mann was recruited by Clive Farrington to replace departed members of his Manchester-based group Beau Leisure after Andrew had supported them as a beat poet on later shows. They began to write songs together, recorded some demos – sometimes including Mann's friend Corinne Drewery (Swing Out Sister) – while seeking a recording deal. The Promise demo, written by Clive with a 1st verse and a chorus was sent down to Andrew by Royal Mail in C90 tape format. Andrew then wrote the second verse and secured a deal with Elektra Record’s Simon Potts. The duo were then signed by Virgin UK subsidiary 10 Records’ Mick Clark. Producers Ben Rogan (who had worked with Sade) and Richard James Burgess took special interest in the duo’s song "The Promise", issued first as a 12" dance disc. Around 1986, original keyboard player, Mike Nuttall’s cousin was about to leave UK shores for a new job and life in San Francisco and was given a 12” vinyl recording of The Promise to take with him. He took the record directly to top radio station, Live 105 and they immediately liked it and put it on heavy rotation. From there, the song spread like wildfire across all the major stations in the U.S. Let Christy Take It are proud to present Clive Farrington

May 15

54 min 16 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by Belouis Some. Best known for the classic single ‘Imagination’, the accompanying boundary breaking promotional video included full frontal nudity. Over his three albums, Belouis worked with a stellar roll call of musicians including Bowie guitarists Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick, Guy Fletcher of DIRE STRAITS and CHIC’s Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson. After a break of 25 years, Belouis Some has recently returned to the live arena and we spoke about his career, the challenges of getting signed, working with the late iconic PINK FLOYD artist Storm Thorgerson, plus his early links with DURAN DURAN and a fledgling TEARS FOR FEARS and our mandatory Top of the Pops story. Let Christy Take It are proud to present Belouis Some.

May 8

35 min 42 sec

Derek and Kieran are delighted to chat to the wonderful Ger Eaton. Ger has previously worked with Duke Special, Jack L, Mundy, Fionn Regan, and The Pale and toured extensively in the US with his own bands, Las Vegas Basement, The Carnival Brothers, and Les Marionettes, and has only recently made his first forays as a solo artist with the well received new release Hollow.  Reviews such as "A beautiful slice of Scoot Walker'esque pop," from The Waterboys Mike Scott and "Hollow is beautiful," By Hothouse Flower and Radio presenter, Fiachna Ó Braonáin.  A truly talented and stylish man, Let Christy Take It proudly present, Ger Eaton.

May 1

1 hr 1 min

Kieran and Derek are joined by the legendary Martha Wash. Martha is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and producer. Known for her distinctive and powerful voice, Wash first achieved fame as half of the Two Tons O' Fun, who sang backing vocals for the disco singer Sylvester including on his signature hit "You Make Me Feel". After gaining their own record deal, they released three consecutive commercially successful songs which all peaked at number two in the dance charts. The duo was renamed The Weather Girls in 1982 after they released the top-selling single "It's Raining Men", which brought them to mainstream pop attention. The Weather Girls released five albums and were heavily featured on Sylvester's albums. After disbanding in 1988, Wash transitioned to house music as a featured artist on several successful songs. Her success on Billboard's Dance chart has earned her the title The Queen of Clubland, with a total of fifteen number-one songs on the chart to date it is hard to argue with that description. 

Apr 24

34 min 9 sec

Dave and Kieran are joined by Dennis Seaton from Musical Youth to discuss all things reggae, soul and a touch of Irish ballads. We also talk about the trappings of fame at a young age and trips around the world and meeting and working with some of the biggest names in the music industry. We hope you enjoy the episode and please pass the dutchie to the left hand side. Dennis Seaton is a Grammy nominated British Jamaican Soul and R&B recording artist and record producer, best known as the front man of the British Jamaican reggae band Musical Youth.

Apr 17

47 min 10 sec

Derek and Kieran are honored to talk to Ruth Coker Burks. Ruth is a former caregiver for AIDS victims and an AIDS awareness advocate based in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA.  During the AIDS epidemic in the late 1980's, she used her salary as a real estate agent to care for AIDS patients whose families and communities had abandoned them. Due to the stigma surrounding the disease at the time, she was often the patients' only caregiver until they eventually died. Ruth came to the aid of Jimmy, a young man dying of AIDS in hospital. She noticed no one would go into the room to bring his medication or food. The moment Ruth entered Jimmy's room and soothed him as he died, her life and that of countless other men would change forever. Ruth is additionally recognized for burying more than forty AIDS victims in her family cemetery and helping those struggling to get assistance with housing, medication and to die with dignity and someone to call a friend. A truly remarkable lady who has recently released her memoir, All the Young Men, with her co writer, Kevin Carr O' Leary. Let Christy take it subscribers and listeners can get a copy of the excellent all the young men at Bookstation with a 5% discount and free shipping in Ireland by using the code CHRISTYPOD at checkout. Visit https://www.bookstation.ie/product/all-the-young-men-how-one-woman-risked-it-all-to-care-for-the-dying-2/ to purchase a copy. If any listeners are affected by this episode of would like more information on HIV and AIDS please contact : HIV Ireland on 01- 8733799 or Email info@hivireland.ie

Apr 10

54 min 3 sec

Derek and Kieran discuss the 1993 groundbreaking Philadelphia. The first Hollywood movie to address the issue of AIDS. Attorney Andy Beckett (Tom Hanks) is a young man quickly rising up the ranks at his prestigious law firm. However he is is hiding two very big secrets: He's gay and he has AIDS. When Andy gets fired from his job soon after when a colleague asks why there is a lesion on his forehead, he sues his former employers. He hires attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to represent him. Joe's prejudices against homosexuals begin to fade as he begins to see the bigger picture of discrimination. What ensues is a legal battle that puts the way America treats gay people with AIDS firmly in the spotlight.  If any listeners are affected by this episode of would like more information on HIV and AIDS please contact :  HIV Ireland on 01- 8733799 or Email info@hivireland.ie 

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Apr 8

56 min 5 sec

Derek and Kieran are delighted to get the golden ticket opportunity to talk to the original Veruca Salt actress Julie Dawn Cole. Julie started her career in entertainment as a child. At the age of 12, she was cast in the iconic role of Veruca Salt, a nasty young girl, in the 1971 family classic "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," starring opposite Gene Wilder, who portrayed Willy Wonka. During the film's debut in London, the young actress famously presented flowers to Princess Margaret. Julie was the only one of the film's child actors to pursue a career into adulthood. After her work in this film, the actress concentrated primarily on television roles. In 1975, she took on a recurring role in British television drama series "Angels," leaving the show the following year and landing a recurring part in the drama serial "Poldark" in 1977. Cole has appeared in numerous guest roles in television series, including the comedy shows "The Many Wives of Patrick" and "Married for Life," and the soap opera "Emmerdale Farm." Julie has made many stage appearances and pursued a career as a psychotherapist.

Apr 3

37 min 33 sec

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 American musical fantasy family film directed by Mel Stuart and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. It is an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The film tells the story of a poor child named Charlie Bucket who, after receiving a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory along with four other children from around the world. Charlie Bucket, a poor paperboy, wins a golden ticket after opening a Wonka chocolate bar. He and four other children are among the golden ticket winners who win a tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. However, the other four wreak havoc and are eliminated from the factory. Charlie is the only one left, but Wonka angrily informs them that he and his Grandpa Joe stole the fizzy lifting drinks. But Charlie gives Mr. Wonka a gobstopper and manages to win the morality test, where he wins the factory and the chocolate for the whole family. Kieran and Derek discuss this classic movie and offer their own opinion or two

Mar 31

39 min 54 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined on today's episode by the brilliant George Murphy.  George is an Irish singer songwriter who hails from Dublin, Ireland. He exploded onto the Irish music scene after his memorable appearances on the Irish television show “You’re a Star”. Just out of secondary school at the age of 17 he very quickly took over the Irish music scene, signing to Sony Ireland for his debut album ‘Dreamed A Dream’ which went straight to No.1 in the Irish charts. The album eventually went on to gain triple Platinum status. George had made a big impact with insiders on the Irish Music scene, Phil Coulter was quoted as saying that George “Is the most exciting vocal find in Ireland”, The late Ronnie Drew was quoted saying “A voice beyond his years”  This episode is brought to you by https://acen.ie/ for all your branded merchandise needs, they even have the LCTI cup 

Mar 27

46 min 14 sec

Kieran and Derek are joined by Jackie Bertone . Jackie is a renowned musician who has worked with bands such as the Beach Boys and The Eagles and too many more to mention. Jackie regaled us with stories of his award winning productions and appearances. Jackie is also a host of the hit radio show Jackie's groove, where he discusses music and life with some of the top names in the music industry.  This episode is kindly brought to you by TrueFlow who specialise in gaining maximum output from your energy system with minimal input.  Input in terms or fuel, effort and cost visit https://www.trueflow.ie/

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Mar 20

1 hr

Derek and Kieran are joined by brothers Pat and Greg Kane from the wonderful Hue and Cry. They formed Hue and Cry in 1983 and the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’ as well as massive hit singles such as ‘Labour of Love.’ Albums like ‘Stars Crash Down’ and ‘Jazz Not Jazz’ ensured Hue and Cry’s continued triumph in the 1990’s, whilst the release of the hugely applauded ‘Open Soul’ in 2008 brought them firmly back into the limelight. The release of their seasonal album ‘Xmasday’ (2009) and live album ‘Bitter Suite Again’ (2010), preceded the release of ‘Hot Wire’ (2012) which received rave reviews. To date Hue and Cry have sold in excess of two million records worldwide. Hue And Cry will be live with the Irish songbook on Saturday 20th March via LiveFrom.Events as the pop duo host a special stripped down performance live from their recording studio of classic Irish standards both old and new. Broadcasting from 7pm This episode is brought to you by https://www.trueflow.ie/ 

Mar 13

58 min 9 sec

Kieran and Derek are delighted to talk to the legendary Bobby Figueroa. Bobby's musical days began in Glendora California in the high school band which he chose over a promising baseball career. Bobby got his break with the Beach Boys in 1974, Bobby soon not only played back up but performed on percussion, drums and vocals, and stayed all the way through until 1988. Bobby performed on the Beach Boys “LA Light Album”, Dennis Wilson’s “Bamboo” and “Pacific Ocean Blue” albums. He was live on stage with the Beach Boys for some of their most memorable concerts ever including The fourth of July concerts on the Mall, Live Aid, Farm Aid and many others!  Bobby is still playing live and recording with his band California Surf  Incorporated  featuring Legends of surf music have united to offer the most spectacular tribute to the legendary Beach Boys!  This episode is brought to you by https://www.trueflow.ie/

Mar 6

58 min 46 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by Peter Hooton. Born and raised in Liverpool, Peter Hooton co-founded, edited and wrote for the legendary Merseyside fanzine The End which featured football, music and fashion. John Peel listed it as one of his all-time favourite magazines of the 1980s. Peter then became a songwriter with his group The Farm who went on to have a No 1 album.  A lifelong supporter and season ticket holder at Liverpool FC, he wrote for the LFC Matchday magazine during the 1990s and contributed to several books about the club. In 2009 he authored the top-selling Liverpool edition in the When Football Was Football book series. Peter has also scripted TV programmes, including a Granada TV documentary series about Liverpool’s social/economic and political history, BBC Newsnight (Hillsborough) and BBC This Week (Politics). Peter has most recently been executive producer of a documentary about Liverpool’s legendary manager Bill Shankly, Nature’s Fire, which has received critical acclaim. Thanks to Hairy Baby for the support with the recording of this episode. 

Feb 27

1 hr 6 min

Derek and Kieran put on their Gi and discuss the pop culture phenomenon that is the Karate Kid The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts drama film written by Robert Mark Kamen and directed by John G. Avildsen. It is the first installment in the Karate Kid franchise, and stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue and William Zabka. The Karate Kid follows Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), a teenager taught karate by Mr. Miyagi (Morita) to help defend himself and compete in a tournament against his bullies, one of which is the ex-boyfriend of his love interest Ali Mills (Shue) Thanks to Hairy Baby tee shirts for supporting this episode

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Feb 20

1 hr 7 min

Kieran and Derek are joined by Dave Browne from Dublin Band, PictureHouse. Originally signed to London Records in 1994, a rather tumultuous time resulted in the band returning to their native Dublin. They self-financed the release of their debut album "Shine Box". The album produced a number of popular singles such as "Somebody Somewhere", "The World and His Dog" and the smash hit "Heavenly Day". With success in their native Ireland the band toured with fellow Irish band The Saw Doctors on their UK tour in 1996. They later supported Bon Jovi in Dublin in the following year. We also talk of the smash hit Sunburst. Dave talks to the lads about the origins of the band and the stories behind touring with Meat Loaf and the perils of the recording industry.  The episode is sponsored by Everyday Flowers. Beautiful faux silk flowers for every occasion. Please check out all the social media for great arrangements and don't forget to mention the podcast if ordering !

Feb 13

43 min 39 sec

Who you gonna call....Derek and Kieran Discuss the 1984 classic Ghostbusters.  After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become "ghostbusters" to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction. This episode is brought to you by Everyday Flowers. Beautiful faux silk boutiques for every budget and style. You can find them on all social media platforms  

Feb 6

38 min 41 sec

Derek and Kieran talk to the wonderful Mara Alexandru. Join the lads as they discuss Mara's journey through Hollywood. An epic interview where Mara regaled us with stories of growing up in Tinseltown. Mara recalled her times with a wide cast of the Hollywood A list including Judy Garland, Fred Astaire , Paul Newman. Frank Sinatra, touring with the Beach Boy's and her experiences on the set of the horror classic Salem's Lot. Enjoy and please visit Mara's Blog, Life Love and BS at https://www.lifeloveandbs.com/ This episode is brought to you by Lineman, brewers of fine beer. Please visit them @ https://lineman.ie/ and don't forget to mention us!

Jan 29

52 min 1 sec

Derek and Kieran delve into the 1994 Quentin  Tarantino classic that has inspired pop culture, movies, soundtracks and countless screenwriters. The lads discuss the key scenes and offer their perspective on this masterpiece.  Thanks to this episodes sponsor lineman brewery. The lads at lineman can be found at https://lineman.ie/. Don't forget to mention the podcast when making an order!

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Jan 23

1 hr

Martin McAloon joins Kieran and Derek to discuss his career with the amazing Prefab Sprout and his new solo project Feliks Culpa which sees Martin highlight his artistic eye, You can visit http://feliksculpa.com/ to see more of his brilliant work. So pull up a chair wet your Appetite and say Goodbye Lucille  because you know when love breaks down life is full of surprises!! Enjoy and thanks to this weeks sponsor Lineman for their support. Please visit https://lineman.ie/ and don't forget to mention us!

Jan 16

51 min 13 sec

Kieran and Derek are delighted to talk to musician and actor Robert Arkins. The lads spoke to Robert about his career from a schoolboy musician right through his role as Jimmy Rabbitte in the 1991 film The Commitments, directed by Alan Parker and to Robert's work as a multi instrument player and composer.  Thanks to our sponsor Dubliner whiskey for their support. Please visit them at https://www.dublinerwhiskey.com/ and don't forget to mention let Christy take it. Enjoy the Episode!

Jan 10

52 min 34 sec

Derek and Kieran discuss the classic Christmas songs, adding a dash of movies and a sprinkling of their favorites that you may not have heard of! This episode is sponsored by Dubliner Whiskey. You can find them at https://www.dublinerwhiskey.com/ and don't forget to mention us! Happy Christmas from Kieran, Derek and Mark, See you in 2021 for lots more music, movies and chat.

Dec 2020

43 min 46 sec

Derek and Kieran are joined by the brilliant Luka Bloom. We talk about his new album Bittersweet Crimson, touring at 14 with his brother Chisty Moore, Life in America and the story behind his wonderful version of the LL Cool J classic, I need love. Also a mention of O J Simpson ! It is a great episode that is brought to you by Dubliner whiskey. 

Dec 2020

48 min 20 sec

Derek and Kieran are delighted to be joined by Kevin Doyle to launch his new album,  Too Beautiful Too Young .  Including three live performances from the studio.

Dec 2020

51 min 8 sec