55 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

    • Comedy Interviews
    • 5.0 • 45 Ratings

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

    Ep 51: Special Kind Of Something (Part 2) with Kavana

    Ep 51: Special Kind Of Something (Part 2) with Kavana

    In The first of a special two-part episode I chat to 90s pop star Kavana.

    For as long as he can remember Kavana was determined to become a pop-star and he made it happen. At the time Take That were disbanding and a chance meeting with their manager led to him recording a song written by Howard Donald. He became a household name and mega-stardom followed. While he was very well known he didn't have immediate chart success until he released a carefully chosen cover version of "I Can Make You Feel Good".

    Kavana's journey to fame and the aftermath have been an astonishing test of his resilience. He is a lovely guy and this is story that needed two episodes. In this episode we talk about his move to LA, coming out of the closet, his relationship with Stephen Gately and reality TV.

    If you really enjoy this podcast you can support me by buying me a coffee on Kofi (https://ko-fi.com/gearoidfarrelly) .

    You can listen to Kavana's music on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/0oqk73d6vKVx8Ekz4onThW?si=0rCn2plOQEioWzplVdeS1g)

    You can check out Kavana's YouTube Channel here (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCYrpDXulS0CLUt0mGPSaqQ) .

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    Twitter: @kavana_official (http://www.twitter.com/kavana_official)
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    Facebook: /Kavana-837714399647674 (https://facebook.com/Kavana-837714399647674)

    Past Guests
    Sean Smith has released his debut album "Solo". It's on all streaming and download platforms and you can buy physical copies here (https://www.energiserecords.com/copy-of-love-the-album) .

    Chely Wright has re-released "Lifted Off The Ground" on vinyl. You can get copies here (https://www.chely.com/vinyl) .

    • 31 min
    Ep 50: Special Kind Of Something with Kavana

    Ep 50: Special Kind Of Something with Kavana

    In The first of a special two-part episode I chat to 90s pop star Kavana.

    For as long as he can remember Kavana was determined to become a pop-star and he made it happen. At the time Take That were disbanding and a chance meeting with their manager led to him recording a song written by Howard Donald. He became a household name and mega-stardom followed. While he was very well known he didn't have immediate chart success until he released a carefully chosen cover version of "I Can Make You Feel Good".

    Kavana's journey to fame and the aftermath have been an astonishing test of his resilience. He is a lovely guy and this is story that needed two episodes. In this episode we talk about his rise to fame in 90s pop.

    If you really enjoy this podcast you can support me by buying me a coffee on Kofi (https://ko-fi.com/gearoidfarrelly) .

    You can listen to Kavana's music on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/0oqk73d6vKVx8Ekz4onThW?si=0rCn2plOQEioWzplVdeS1g)

    You can check out Kavana's YouTube Channel here (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCYrpDXulS0CLUt0mGPSaqQ) .

    Follow Gearoid
    Twitter: @gearoidfarrelly (http://www.twitter.com/gearoidfarrelly)
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    Facebook: /gearoidfarrelly (http://www.facebook.com/gearoidfarrelly)

    Follow Kavana
    Twitter: @kavana_official (http://www.twitter.com/kavana_official)
    Instagram: kavana.official (http://www.instagram.com/kavana.official)
    Facebook: /Kavana-837714399647674 (https://facebook.com/Kavana-837714399647674)

    Past Guests
    Sean Smith has released his debut album "Solo". It's on all streaming and download platforms and you can buy physical copies here (https://www.energiserecords.com/copy-of-love-the-album) .

    Chely Wright has re-released "Lifted Off The Ground" on vinyl. You can get copies here (https://www.chely.com/vinyl) .

    • 55 min
    Ep 49: Passion, Pop and Underpants with Steve Grand

    Ep 49: Passion, Pop and Underpants with Steve Grand

    In July of 2013 Chicago singer-songwriter Steve Grand uploaded a video for his song "All American Boy". It was a video for a country song with a bare bum and a gay twist and a within days it had a million hit and Steve was the face of new gay country. Except that he wasn't and he wasn't even a country singer but he was in demand.

    To date steve has had two successful albums and recently launched a range of underwear called Grand Axis.

    I catch up with Steve to talk about his music, coping with online hate and of course underpants.

    If you really enjoy this podcast you can support me by buying me a coffee on Kofi (https://ko-fi.com/gearoidfarrelly) .

    You can listen to Steve Grand's music on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/0oqk73d6vKVx8Ekz4onThW?si=0rCn2plOQEioWzplVdeS1g) .

    You can watch the video for All American Boy here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjiyjYCwNyY) .

    You can buy Steve Grand physical copies and merch here (https://shop.stevegrand.com) .

    Check out Grand Axis Underwear designed by Steve here (https://shopgrandaxis.com) .

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    Twitter: @stevegrandmusic (http://www.twitter.com/stevegrandmusic)
    Instagram: stevegrandmusic (http://www.instagram.com/stevegrandmusic)
    Facebook: /SteveGrandArtist (https://facebook.com/stevegrandartist)

    Past Guests
    Sean Smith has released his debut album "Solo". It's on all streaming and download platforms and you can buy physical copies here (https://www.energiserecords.com/copy-of-love-the-album) .

    Chely Wright has re-released "Lifted Off The Ground" on vinyl. You can get copies here (https://www.chely.com/vinyl) .

    • 55 min
    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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    https://open.spotify.com/artist/4toJT7YydhWcrYNgWJK4hW?si=v5Rt9Tb9SrqF6qkxu_d5iA
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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. 
    If you really enjoy this podcast you can buy me a coffee on Kofi https://ko-fi.com/gearoidfarrelly
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

mayme26 ,

Excellent podcast!

Gearoid is a great interviewer and clearly puts a lot of thought and research into each episode. He brings out the best in all his guests. Really enjoy the podcast.

Rosiemac_new ,

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.

babydaddylover ,

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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