- 09 Apr 21
'Backstage at Mike The Pies' is produced and presented by Megan O’Donoghue, and features some of the brilliant artists who have played socially-distanced shows at Mike The Pies during lockdown.
If you're seeking to cure lockdown boredom, look no further. The recent launch of Hot Press' hugely successful podcast, Backstage At Mike The Pies, sees host Megan O'Donoghue chatting to some of the exciting up-and-coming artists who have graced the stage of the legendary Listowel venue.
Since the beginning of lockdown, Mike The Pies – which has built up a reputation as one of Ireland's most beloved music halls – has hosted a series of special gigs, run with the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, the Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, as part of the Live Performance Support scheme.
Some of Ireland's best artists have performed in the venue in gigs broadcasted on Facebook Live, including such stellar artists as Jack O’Rourke, Junior Brother, Sorcha Richardson, Emma Langford, Mick Flannery, TV People and Susan O’Neill (SON), among many others.
Episode 3 is now live, and features brothers Richie and Jamie Martin – better known as Cry Monster Cry. The Dublin-based musicians' chat with Megan is now live on Apple and Google Podcasts. In the Podcast, the talented duo discuss their influences, love of storytelling, streaming services, the importance of Ireland's live venues, and much more. Cry Monster Cry's sophomore album Tides was released to huge excitement in 2019, with Hot Press calling it a "tender and unexpectedly raw" offering from the alt-folk brothers.
• New episodes of Backstage at Mike The Pies will be released every Wednesday at 5pm.
Listen to Episode 3 below.