Hey Folks! Welcome to the Brief Encounter Podcast. I've been a professional drummer for over 30 years and have played with some great bands and musicians such as Picturehouse, Marianne Faithfull, Paul Brady, Glen Hansard and The Frames to name but a few.I've always been interested in what it takes to pursue an artistic endeavour and maintain longevity in a very challenging industry so I'll be interviewing artists from all walks of life.
Ep.21 with Songwriter/Composer Page Hamilton (Helmet, David Bowie, Band of Susans)
On this episode I talk with Helmet guitarist and frontman Page Hamilton.
Page has worked with David Bowie and on numerous movie soundtracks such as Michael Mann's Heat and Collateral, The Kissing Booth, Saw and The Crow.
Page is a straight talker bursting with humility and I can safely say it was a real pleasure getting to know him.
I hope you like our conversation so please leave a comment if you like what you hear.
Born in Portland, Oregan. He studied guitar at the University of Oregan before moving to New York to study jazz guitar at the Manhattan School of Music.
Helmet were formed in New York in 1989.
Helmet has released eight studio albums and two compilation albums. After releasing their debut album, Strap It On (1990), on Amphetamine Reptile, Helmet signed to Interscope Records and released three albums for the label, including the highly successful Meantime (1992). Their next two albums ― Betty (1994) and Aftertaste (1997) ― were also successful, but did not match the critical or popular acclaim of Meantime. Helmet broke up in 1998, but reformed in 2004, and has since released four more albums ― Size Matters (2004), Monochrome (2006), Seeing Eye Dog (2010) and Dead to the World (2016). The band is currently working on their ninth studio album.
EP.20 With Irish Actress/Singer Bronagh Gallagher(Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, The Commitments, A Bump Along The Way)
What can I say about Bronagh Gallagher. She is one of the sweetest, most talented and humble people you could ever meet. Plus she is incredibly talented and great craic.
On this podcast we talk about her upbringing in Derry, her stellar film and T.V career as well her 3 solo albums.
Bronagh has just finished season 3 of Brassic for Sky TV and has appeared in everything as far as I'm concerned. Just turn on your T.V and you will spot her in any things.
Recently she released a single with Noel Hogan from The Cranberries called 'CRYBABY'.
Here's a mini bio below as well as links to Bronagh's albums and movie and T.V credits.
Hope you enjoy this. Bronagh is always great to hang out with and we had a great conversation.
Bronagh Gallagher is an Irish-born singer and actress. Born in 1972 in Northern Ireland, Bronagh became involved in the performing arts, including music and drama during her teenage years. She later joined a local amateur drama group known as the Oakgrove Theatre Company. Bronagh made her screen debut in 1989, starting mostly on television series. Her first big feature film appearance was in Alan Parker 's _The Commitments (1991) _ followed three years later in Quentin Tarantino 's Pulp Fiction (1994). Five years after that she appeared in 'George Lucas' 's film prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Rolling into the 21st century, Bronagh's work balanced out evenly between television and film. Further film appearances included Tristan + Isolde (2006) and Sherlock Holmes (2009). Her additional television work included Holby City (1999), The Bill (1984), The Field of Blood (2011) and in 2012 Pramface (2012). Bronagh still remains active as a singer as well as a musician.
CRYBABY – Noel Hogan & Bronagh Gallagher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGTNOc0WfuY
Bronagh Gallagher's Wikihttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronagh_Gallagher
Bronagh's albums on Ituneshttps://music.apple.com/ie/artist/bronagh-gallagher/372667685
Pulp Fiction (HD) - Overdose Needle Scenehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpMxpzfSRUA
A Bump Along the Way Official Trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2himU26oyKo
The Commitments - OFFICIAL TRAILERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSXGeUQc0Co
Acting Masterclass with Marlon Brando - The Peter Serafinowicz Showhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_wktVpKUNc
Phantom Menace (1999) Opening Scene feat. Bronaghhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R42v5rt3_2Y
Ep.19 with Rob Bochnik (The Frames, Glen Hansard, Black Space Alloy)
It was a such a pleasure to catch up with my buddy Rob and it's safe to say that we did imbibe during this conversation. This Podcast is 2 hours in length but we did continue to hang out for another 3 hours. So great to catch up with Rob and his wife Cherie.
On this episode we reminisce about our time touring with The Frames and Rob talks about working at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studios.
Rob discusses his solo work as well as some of the notable artists that he's worked with such as Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Here's a little more info on Rob....
Rob Bochnik is a musician, audio recording engineer, singer and songwriter. He honed his recording skills while working with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, as an audio engineer. In addition, Rob played an important role in constructing the studios and overseeing their maintenance. It was his audio engineering work on For the Birds (which was recording at Electrical Audio) that brought him to the attention of The Frames.
He began playing guitar and touring with The Frames in 2002 and was asked to join the band the following year. He played on Set List, Burn The Maps and The Cost, as well as on all their subsequent tours. Additionally, he has toured and recorded as the guitarist and backing vocalist with The Swell Season and with Glen on his solo records.
Rob also records as a solo artist, having released his own records Blowing Out the Cobwebs in 2007 and Lovevolve in 2017. For more info check out https://robbochnik.com
Ep.18 with Irish Drummer Graham Hopkins(part 2)
This is part 2 of a conversation that started with Graham back in September 2019.
On this podcast we pick up from 2002 where Graham was playing with Gemma Hayes and formed his own band Halite.
We discuss his time with Glen Hansard after winning the Oscar back in 2008 with the song Falling Slowly from the film Once. Both myself an Graham played on this Soundtrack and it was great to see Glen finally get the recognition he deserved along with Marketa Irglova.
Both myself and Graham have shared drumming duties with The Frames, Q - Colm Querney, Pugwash and Lir.
Hopkins was born in Dublin and was brought up in Clane, County Kildare in a musical family (his father, Des being a jazz drummer). He was surrounded by music from an early age and began playing the drums at approximately four or five years old. In 1993, he left school to join My Little Funhouse, a band from County Kilkenny. The band had already released their debut album Standunder on Geffen Records, when Graham joined. The band toured for about a year in support of the album, mainly in the United States. Tours included support to Guns N' Roses and The Ramones amongst others. The band then lived in Los Angeles and recorded a second album for Geffen before imploding.
Short selected discography
Therapy? – Semi-Detached (1998)Therapy? – Suicide Pact-You First (1999)Therapy? – So Much For the Ten Year Plan (2000)Therapy? – Shameless (2001)Therapy? – Music Through A Cheap Transistor (2007)The Frames – Dance the Devil (1999)The Frames – Burn the Maps (2004)The Frames – The Cost (2006)David Kitt – Square 1 (2003)David Kitt – Not Fade Away (2006)Pugwash – Jollity (2005)Pugwash – Giddy (2009)Dolores O'Riordan – Are You Listening? (2007)Jape – The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me (2005)Miriam Ingram – Trampoline (2006)Boss Volenti – Boss Volenti (2006)Ann Scott – We're Smiling (2006)The Cake Sale – The Cake Sale (2006)
Ep.17 with Scottish Drummer LesleyMcClaren(The Hedrons, Altered Images)
It was great to chat to Lesley about her career. We've both had a similar professional trajectory with our careers and are both currently focussing on teaching.
Below is some information about some of Lesley's past achievements and current projects.
I have been playing drums for Clare Grogan and her new all-girl line up since 2012. We play regularly all year round across the UK and beyond, bringing hits like, I Could Be Happy, Don't Talk to Me About love and of course Happy Birthday, back to life.
Here is clip from the BBC Quay Sessions in December 2019:
Lola in Slacks
5 piece Glasgow band fronted by Lou Reid. We've been together since 2013 honing our sound. Louder Than War music magazine summed us up perfectly, "Like the Mary Chain, Lola in Slacks are classicists, consciously part of a lineage that takes in 70s New York, French chanson, and maverick individualists such as John Cale and early Roxy Music."
We released, 'Postscript in Blue' on limited edition vinyl & digitally in 2019 and it has been very well received. More releases to come and you can check my "Gigs" section for live dates also
The first band I was in that gained a record deal and commercial success. I had an amazing journey with The Hedrons, a punk/rock band that formed in 2005 in Glasgow
We released three singles on the Glasgow based label, Measured Records. Two singles went top 5 and one went top 20 in the Scottish Chart. Our debut album One More Won't Kill Us was released on 5 February 2007.
Live & Tours
I have played at several UK music festivals including Download Festival, T in the Park and Isle of Wight. I also have numerous UK tours under my belt. I toured America three times also appeared at SXSW, Canadian Music Week and Quebec City Music Festival. In 2007 I toured Germany alongside the Pigeon Detectives and The Wombats. In California, I toured with Social Distortion playing sold out shows at House of Blues venues across the state and Las Vegas. During my stay in America I was part of a series of Club NME gigs and featured in an article in NME (UK) written by Alan McGee of Creation Records. I also appeared on the catwalk at Dressed to Kilt in New York in 2007 with my band mates.
I have been lucky enough to support the Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones and Alice in Chains and played to 15, 000 in Quebec supporting Billy Talent - all with The Hedrons.
In September 2007 The Hedrons were nominated for a BT Digital Music Award and we found ourselves in the same category as Dave Gilmour, Robbi
Ep.16 with Caroline Corr (The Corrs)
It was so great to catch up with Caroline before last Christmas. I did a number of tours opening up for The Corrs with my band Picturehouse and we played a lot of great rooms including Wembley Arena, The Royal Albert Hall and Landsdowne Road, Dublin.
These were great times and we both reminisce about some of the gigs as well as the bands success. With over 40 millions albums sold the band's 2nd album 'Talk On Corners' was the biggest selling album in the U.K in 1998.
The band has released seven studio albums and numerous singles, which have reached Platinum status in many countries.
Their most recent album 'Jupiter Calling' was prouced by T-Bone Burnett and released in 2017.
Highly enjoying what Johnny is doing with this podcast! Fun conversations, great stories of past experiences, and you feel like you are sitting right at the table with the folks talking. Can’t wait to hear more of these brief encounters!