CPI - Clare People Interactive


In late 2006, Clare People Interactive (CPI), was born. It was one of Ireland's first dedicated podcasting sites, and the first Irish website to offer free audio and video content to accompany article written for the traditional print media.
Over the following four or five years, I recorded and edited well over 100 podcast interviews, mostly with Irish and international musicians and authors. When the site wound down in late 2010, I had accumulated nearly 48 hours worth of audio podcasts, not to mention a handful of video podcasts, scores of online album reviews and hosted Ireland's [and maybe the world's] first podcast festival, Podfest 2007.
CPI was shortlisted for a Golden Spider Award on three separate occasions, twice in conjunction with the main Clare People website and once in its own right. It was also shortlisted for a Digital Media Award and was even nominated for two radio awards [go figure].
This blog is a growing archive of the now defunct CPI site. I am slowly [painstakingly slowly] uploading all these podcast interview to various audio clouds and linking them all here - sometimes also including the text which featured in the original article.
This is slow going. Any of the interviews listed below with active links [that would be the ones with bold blue links] can be listened to right now for free. The rest will come in time. If you spot a particular interview that you are dying to listen to, please drop me a line to andrewhamiltonwork@gmail.com and I'll see can I get it online asap.
Also, if you spot any broken links, or anything that is not as it should be, please do let me know.
Also also, Virgin Records have taken issue with the sample of Air's Sexy Boy which I had been using as the shows intro. So I've recorded an a cappella version to use instead. It's a big goofy but I kinda like it...
Also, also, also, I'm since grown tired of the a cappella version and have gone instead for a little jingle myself and my daughter Claudia recorded - me on guitar and Claudia on the melodica.
Thanks, enjoy the podcasts and please forgive the occasionally dodgy sound quality,
Cheers,
Andy


A

Dave Geraghty of Bell X1
Ken Bruen
Paul Brady

C
Carlene Carter
Paddy Casey
Adrian Crowley

D
The Dandy Warhols
The Dandy Warhols
Cathy Davey (2010)

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F

G
Julian Gough
Julian Gough

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I
Rick, Bruce and Paul Weller
Andy Irvine

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K

Jinx Lennon
L

Muggar Dave
Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons

O
Ocean Colour Scene

P


Ocean Colour Scene

R
RSAG

S

The Stunning
T
Sandi Thaom
Teenage Fanclub

U
Stiff Little Fingers


W
The Walls

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The Fionn Regan Podcast

CPI Archive 2009: Army of one: “Write in recollection and amazement for yourself” - that was Jack Kerouac’s advice to the world. As he returns from his own American odyssey, Andrew Hamilton caught up with Fionn Regan.

Sooner or later, most musicians will tend towards solitude. Whether in their creative or personal life, the lot of many creatives can be an isolated one, a world peopled only by their own thoughts and ideas. For many, this is the nature of the beast - a price to pay for the creative process. “For me, it’s about ploughing your own furrow. Everything seems to work for me when I take the reins and take all the decision-making away from a committee situation. I have to go off into my own world to create something. It’s the same sort of feeling as you get from a lot of directors when they talk about their films. I need to see everything from the artwork right down to the very last tambourine hit. I have my own way of doing things - everything is cut live in the room and it has its own little world to it. If there were more people involved, they might find it maddening. With this record, I wanted everything to be on show, I wanted people to be able to hear the nuts and bolts of it. I didn’t want the edges to be smoothed out. I didn’t want it to be pasteurised or to sound like something it wasn’t... 

The Delorentos Podcast

CPI Archive 2009: 2009 was the year that almost broke Delorentos. Andrew Hamilton chats to front-man Kieran McGuinness about the break-up, reformation and the winter of discontent that almost tore the band apart.

Blanchardstown is depressing at the best of times. But on hopelessly dark January evenings, when the rain and traffic transform the Navan Road into a World War One trench, all within the shadow of the Connolly Hospital is morphed into something reminiscent of one of Dante’s circles. It was on one such evening that it all came home for Kieran McGuinness. That record contract, the big one which had promised worldwide distribution, had just vanished, almost overnight, into this air. The band, sick with exhaustion from almost two years of non-stop touring and recording, was on the brink of collapse. And then, as if by some sort of sick slapstick joke, the company that distributes their records just happens to go bust. For Delorentos, a band which operates their own record label with no big industry assistance, this meant a trip to the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, to personally pack the car with thousands of their own CDs, their lives’ work, and bring it home to gather dust in an attic. Is it any wonder that two weeks later, singer and guitarist Ronan (Ro) Yourell decided that enough was enough? “It was a strange couple of months - a strange whole year really. We had had a great run with the first album. We played all over Ireland, we sold out venues that we never even dreamed or playing, and all the accolades that we got were humbling and brilliant. So we decided to go away and start writing the second album. As we did that, we started to get a lot of interest from record labels...

The Size2Shoes Podcast

What started as a way to make friends with his younger brother has now morphed into a new and exciting musical adventure. Andrew Hamilton chats to Eoin Ó Súilleabháin, son of Mícheál, brother of Moley and one half of Size2Shoes.

It's funny. They say that no news is good news, but in the newspaper business, good news really isn’t news at all. The same, some might say, could be said for the world of art and music. From Cobain to Cohen, Morrissey to Joy Division, the overwhelming majority of musicians have a huge leaning to the darker side of the tracks. The reasons for this are many - some write to confess, others to protest but the single greatest reason (according to page 23 of the rock ‘n’ roll bible) is that it is simply much more difficult to write great happy songs. Limerick band Size2Shoes are looking to re-write this particular piece of music lore. Sons of music legend Mícheál Súilleabháin, Eoin and Moley, have begun a campaign to put a smile back on music’s face. “I guess it was always the voices that we were interested in. The music that we would have listened to growing up was always driven by the music and something that we could sing along to. The two of us are huge fans of Michael Jackson and we just saw the This Is It movie last night. Things like that have always blown us away and it’s always what we wanted to do. It’s something that we really think attracts people and turns people on,” said Eoin. 

The Eleanor McEvoy Podcast

Eleanor McEvoy is on the cusp of something new. Andrew Hamilton stumbles upon the hidden verses of this woman’s heart. 

Set in the centre of the East African Plateau, Uganda rises like a great wild plain from the rocky shores of Lake Victoria. A troubled land - beset by political corruption, war with its neighbours and hunger - Uganda remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Yet for Eleanor McEvoy, it is also a land of hope. After visiting the country with Oxfam last year, McEvoy was moved by the happiness of spirit of the people she met. It moved her and, like all emotional moments, it helped shape and form the direction of her music to come. “My aim when I went out there was to do something for charity, to do a good deed. I wasn’t going out there to enjoy it but when I went there I was amazed by the beauty of the country and the warmth of the people. When I thought of Uganda, in my ignorance, I didn’t think of a very beautiful country but it was. That said, it was very harrowing, without a doubt - seeing the conditions that a lot of these people were living in and hearing about the atrocities that they had experienced. But in a funny way it was also very up lifting. I was looking at this extraordinary power of hope and this sense of community that they all had. It was a weirdly mixed experience. I think experiences like that can’t but feed into how you do your job as an artist. As long as I can remember, and I started writing songs when I was five or six, it’s always been the case. When something dramatic happens in my life, it comes out in my songs. But that’s not always a good thing and sometimes it can be quite frustrating," she said. 

The Director Podcast

CPI Archive 2009: After the hype, inevitably comes the calm. Andrew Hamilton chats to Michael Moloney, lead singer of an older, wiser and more confident Director. 

In many ways, 2007 belonged to Director. Young, exciting and with the song of the summer safely tucked away in their back pocket, the road ahead looked rosy for the Malahide foursome. But something was not quite right in the state of Director. The failure to crack the UK led to a split from their then label, Atlantic, and a major rethink for songwriter and vocalist Michael Moloney. Two years of thinking, deciding and thinking again have led Director into a new space. Older and happier in their skin, the band have emerged from their ponderings with a second album, I’ll Wait For Sound, streets ahead of the first and with the confidence to go it their own way. “It is and it isn’t different. It’s definitely a bit rockier and a bit heavier - maybe a bit more instinctive musically. I think on this album we got a bit adventurous, for better or for worse,” says Michael.

The Horslips Podcast

CPI Archive 2009: In a special extended interview, Andrew Hamilton, chat Johnny Fean about the rise, fall and eventual reformation of Horslips.

Johnny Fean was the first kid in Ireland to hear The Supremes. The year was 1961 - Kennedy was in the White House, a fledgling RTÉ was getting ready for its maiden broadcast and, in the small townland of Rineanna, something special was brewing. Factories were being built; factories which needed workers and workers who needed homes, shops and family. The Clare goldrush had begun. The Feans were one of dozens or maybe hundreds of families who made their way to Shannon in 1961. They came in search of a new life and found exactly that. Foreign investment meant foreign children and, for a teenaged Johnny Fean, this meant a vast melting pot of music. “My dad was a great jazz fan and he had a lot of recordings - a lot of 78’s and old recordings. Because he worked in the airport, he used to get a lot of records from the pilots coming in from America so I had access to a lot of great stuff. I was the first-born in the family and the very early days would have been me listening to the likes of Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole as a baby,” says Johnny.