- 16 Apr 01
He’s a legend, an icon and a farmer. His hit singles tally in this country is surpassed only by Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard. He is, above all else, the man who brought... ...us ‘Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down’ and ‘Carrots From Clonoun’. Behold the unexpurgated brendan shIne on sex, drugs, drink, the accordion, grunge, GATT and Donie Cassidy’s wig. Interview: Liam Fay. Pix: Cathal Dawson.
“I often wonder, Bejaysus, when I get up on a stage, do they think I’m an artist or a fuckin’ map of Ireland,” muses Brendan Shine.
The confusion is easy to understand. Brendan Shine is no ordinary mortal. He is farmer, publican, ballroom legend and cultural icon. Metaphorically and literally, he marks the spot where the three counties meet, Longford, West Meath and Roscommon.
According to Brian Carthy’s indispensable volume The A-Z Of Country & Irish Stars (the definitive text on these matters), he is “the Irish entertainer extraordinaire.” More than anything else though, he is the man whose set list includes ‘Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down’, ‘Carrots From Clonoun’, ‘The Dugeens From The Crockery’ and ‘O’Brien Has No Place To Go’.