52 episodes

A light-hearted comedy chat show in which guests who have done fascinating things reflect on their stories and journeys

Fascinated with Gearoid Farrelly HeadStuff

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    • 5.0, 44 Ratings

A light-hearted comedy chat show in which guests who have done fascinating things reflect on their stories and journeys

    Ep 48: The Family Business with Doris Pearson from Five Star

    Ep 48: The Family Business with Doris Pearson from Five Star

    In this episode, Gearóid meets singer/songwriter and choreographer Doris Pearson who shot to fame with her brothers and sisters as Five Star.  Doris is currently in lockdown in the UK and is working on solo material. We had a chat about her time in her family supergroup. We chatted about the humble beginnings, fame, money and family.
    Truly a family business Five Star were managed by their father Buster and they stacked up hit albums and singles in the mid to late 80s earning a grammy nomination and a Brit Award for Best British Group in the process.
    Success meant they moved from their home in Romford to a Mansion in Surrey. The tabloid-friendly family became the subject of a press witch hunt and they left for LA. The group disbanded officially in 2002 and regrouped in 2012 to perform at UK festivals.
    This is the performance mentioned in this episode https://youtu.be/VQg-8MlBITY
    In 2019 Five Star Gold was released.
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    • 51 min
    Ep 47: Eurovision Hopeful with Lesley Roy

    Ep 47: Eurovision Hopeful with Lesley Roy

    In this episode I chat to singer songwriter Lesley Roy. As teenager Lesley would busk on the streets of Dublin and instead of dreaming of superstardom she actively chased it. She signed a record contract with and American Label and spent two years in Sweden learning to write pop songs under the direction of Max Martin who produced her 2008 debut album "Unbeautiful". The album was released and expectations were high but it wasn't to be. Lesley began cowrite for other artists like Ms Montreal and Adam Lambert.  This year she was returned to performing and was due to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with her song "The Story Of My Life". The song was released and lauded however on the 18th March the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19. 
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    You can listen to “Unbeautiful” here
    You can buy to “Story Of My Life” here
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    • 35 min
    Ep 46: Live From Dublin Podcast Festival with Niamh Kavanagh and Naimee Coleman

    Ep 46: Live From Dublin Podcast Festival with Niamh Kavanagh and Naimee Coleman

    This is the live “Fascinated” show from the Dublin Podcast Festival to YouTube. My guests on the night were the fabulous singer-songwriter Naimee Coleman and the wonderful Niamh Kavanagh. Hits were sung and we even recreated the moment Niamh won the Eurovision Song Contest. The full show can be watched on YouTube.
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    Enjoy it and stay safe 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP 45: Staying At Home With Jann Arden

    EP 45: Staying At Home With Jann Arden

    In this episode I catch up with the wonderful Jann Arden in the midst of the worldwide Corona Virus epidemic. Last week she was supposed to be  inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards but the ceremony was cancelled amid fears around the outbreak. Last week she streamed a mini-concert from her living room as part of a movement by artists to entertain those in isolation and to urge people to stay at home. 
    Jann Arden is a huge recording artist in Canada and had international success in 1994 with her "Living Under June" album. She has just released her 14th album "These Are The Days" and has released more than 40 singles. She has been nominated for 19 Juno awards and won 8 of them. She has contributed to movie soundtracks and is a regular on Canadian television. Leonard Cohen visited her in the studio when she was recording one of his songs and wrote to her afterwards to tell her how her version "stays with him".
    Aside from music Jann has written four books and regularly appeared in challenges with TV Host Rick Mercer which caused her to become a viral sensation to a new generation of fans. Her live shows are as popular for her story-telling as for her music. She has even hosted a gala at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Her sit-com "Jann" was a smash hit in Canada in 2019 and the new season drops soon. (mailto:mailto:fascinated@headstuff.org)
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    • 48 min
    Ep 44: My Pop Life with Jacquie O'Sullivan from Bananarama

    Ep 44: My Pop Life with Jacquie O'Sullivan from Bananarama

    The first album I ever got was a cassette copy of Bananarama’s “Greatest Hits Collection”. When I discovered pop music with their anthem “I Want You Back” I listened to it over and over. At the time I was too young to be allowed read pop magazines so i didn’t know what they looked like until I finally saw them in my friends copy of smash hits.  But when I go the greatest hits that christmas I was surprised that there was a different girl on the cover. I learned that this girl was the original member of the band but not the girl that had appeared on their current hits. 
    It made no sense to me on that Christmas Day in 1988. 
    Jacquie O’Sullivan was the former lead singer of Rockabilly band the Shillelagh Sisters when she was called to a meeting and asked to replace Siobhan Fahey who was leaving Bananarama, then the biggest girlband in the world. Jacqui had four years of wild partying in the band until she was suddenly not there any more and Bananarama reemerged as a duo. 
    In this chat Jacquie talks for the first time about life in the band, her shock departure and life since. When she left the band she was one of the most famous women in the UK and she needed a job. She eventually fled to Thailand and led a very different life to that of a member of  the biggest girlband in the world. Before coming home she found yoga and trained for two years to become a teacher. 
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    You can listen to the Shillelagh Sisters here
    You can listen to Bananarama here
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    • 54 min
    EP 43: Ask Ronna with Jessica Chaffin (Abbys on NBC, Ronna And Beverly)

    EP 43: Ask Ronna with Jessica Chaffin (Abbys on NBC, Ronna And Beverly)

    In this episode Gearóid chats to actress and comedian Jessica Chaffin.
    In podcasting circles Jessica is well-now for her genius comedy creation Ronna Glickman formerly of the “Ronna and Beverly” podcast. She has just launched her advise show “Ask Ronna” with Bryan Safi.
    Jessica has also appeared in a whole pile of sitcoms and movies. Most recently she can be seen on “Abbys’ on NBC. She is also on “Big Mouth” on Netflix and has previously had roles on “Veep”, “Two Broke Girls”, “Weeds”, “Search Party”, “Episodes” and “Man With A Plan”.
    She has also appeared in “Spy”, “The Heat” and “Ghostbusters” all directed by Paul Feig who directed the original Showtime pilot for “Ronna And Beverly” and their subsequent UK chat show for Sky Atlantic.
    A new episode of “Ask Ronna” drops every Tuesday and it is available wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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44 Ratings

44 Ratings

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One of my faves!

I love Fascinated – it’s such a great glimpse into the too-often-forgotten world of 90s / 00s celebdom and Gearoid is a really fun, likeable host.

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90’s Pop Nostalgia

If you are a fan of 90’s pop music and pop culture look no further than this gem of a Podcast! Gearoid asks the questions other people would be afraid to ask! Brilliant from start to finish.

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5 stars

Absolutely brilliant .... I loved the episode with James from Gimme gimme gimme episode ... one of my fave comedies ever and I still re watch it... but the podcast itself is great... I listen on Spotify but made my way here to leave a review

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