Catch him if you can: Brendan Shine is still entertaining after 50 years | Irish Examiner
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She also performs part-time with Brendan's band when she can. She is married to John Halpin, and they live in Roscommon with their two daughters, Amelia, 9, and Esmae, 6. She is a GP and is living in Galway, and has also performed with her dad. Mind you, they still haven't found a cure for me yet! The youngest, his brother Owen, was also a musician, but sadly he died in when he collapsed and fell down stairs while the brothers were on tour in England.
Owen was only 44, and Brendan says that this was one of the most difficult things he has had to deal with in his life, compounded by the death of Owen's son, Owen Junior, who drowned in the River Shannon the previous year.
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He describes himself as "a pure divil of a child," and worked on the farm from an early age and loved it. His career took off and he has been a professional musician for 50 years, but he still farms today and runs an Angus herd. Actually, he had planned to be a chef, but didn't pursue it as he was offered a job singing at local ceilis, and also developed his own carrot business. Brendan met his wife Kathleen at school when they were both She was quiet and attractive, and he used to cycle over to her place after school on his racing bike.
They were married inand Emily and Philippa came along, two and a half years apart. Life was busy, because while Brendan was on the road performing several nights per week, he and Kathleen also owned and ran Shine's Bar in Athlone for almost 20 years. They came with me during school holidays, and went on TV with me for the first time when they were seven and five. I never missed any major milestones, but I missed little things like school plays. Emily was always a great kid.
Shine is down to earth, with little of the expected twinkling folksiness. And he has a clear understanding why his music has proved so enduring. He was fortunate to come along at the end of the showband era. Irish audiences were tiring of singers with put-on American accents crooning about Chevrolets and hot-dogs.
They were grounded in the real Ireland: Some might have been put off by the more Father Ted elements of what he was doing. However, you could not deny it expressed a genuine Irishness.
He was literally and figuratively rooted in the soil. These were songs about real life that people could associate with. They responded to it. It is, in fact, a traditional piece.
While the etymology is obscure the best guess is that it originated in West Cork. Several versions of the song exist. He immediately understood that he was destined to record it and that it would be the making of him.
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When it came out, it really was everywhere. I was touring in England when the Pope visited Ireland. But I remember they had a band play it for the Pope.