CELTIC-PUNK Q AND A : PHIL FROM PADDYROCK PODCAST

As we celebrate the ninth birthday of our first post here’s our 9th and final special feature where we asked some of the overs and shakers of Celtic-Punk a few important questions like what was their first record they bought when they were 10!

The aim of this feature was initially to introduce some of the figures that I see contributing to the various Celtic-Punk media on the internet. I think I’ve done that but I also wanted to chat to the guys from the two main Celtic-Punk sites, John from Shite ‘n’ Onions and, today, Phil from Paddyrock.

Name / Nickname : Phil Duckworth / aka The Grinning Beggar

Age (Estimate allowed!) : 40 something

Birthplace / Nationality / Ancestry : Canadian

Occupation : IT / Digital Media Guy

First job : Catering at Boblo Island which was an Amusement Park

A job you would have loved to do : Producing and Editing music videos or owning a record company Anything to do with music.

What / Who makes you laugh : Kevin Smith I am a sucker for dick and fart jokes

Favourite movie star : Seth Rogan I guess. Don’t really pay much attention

Favourite film / TV show : MASH or Star Wars

Favourite band/s : Amigo The Devil, Evil Conduct, The Cult

Favourite Celtic-Punk bands : The Pogues (of course)

Up and coming Celtic-Punk band to watch : They’ve been at it a while but Ogras has been kicking ass. Looking forward to the new album by Hoist The Colors too at the end of August.

First and last record you bought : First music was Super Trooper by ABBA on cassette but an actual album. The was Run DMC Tougher than Leather. The most recent was Rust: A Decade of Corrosion

How many instruments can you play : Not a one worth a damn but I like to tinker with my tenor banjo and I have an acoustic guitar I promised I was going to learn.

How many bands have you been in? : Zero !

Favourite gig / venue attended : Without a doubt the 2015 Get Shamrocked Festival was my favorite gig in general.

Describe yourself in 5 words : Dad, Music, Canada, Technical, Empathy

Most embarrassing moment : Too many to conclusively say. You just have to know me!

Favourite song and why : This changes daily and today I am loving The Press – It’s not what I want

Favourite album and why : Rum, Sodomy and the Lash – This album cemented my love of Celtic music before I even knew what it was! A perfect album front to back.

Team/s supported as a kid : As a kid I was not into sports, but I always loved pro wrestling thanks to my grandmother. With that being said my favorite would have been The Road Warriors

Favourite sportsperson : I don’t really have one.

Favourite sport : I am still a fan of pro wrestling and have been loving AEW

All time hero : Don’t necessarily have one, but I suppose the closest would be my father. He was always there when the shit hit the fan.

Favourite book : Hearts of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Best friend : Probably my buddy Mark or Roy. Though I’d really have to say both.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given : If you never try you have already failed.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be : I would love to live in Australia or be back in Canada. I’d be happy if I could just be a rogue and go wherever the wind takes me, long as my kiddos were with me,

Your five dream dinner guests : Bob Marley, Joe Strummer, My Grandfather, My friend Dan (RIP) and Banksy

Your favourite quote : We are the government and we are here to help. I’ve always found humor an obvious lies.

Anything to plug / promote: Music.. if you love music check out my Podcasts at www.PaddyRock.com and www.RocksteadyTonight.com – both shows also stream live on www.BootBoyRadio.net

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