The late, great Joe Dolan once famously said: “Brendan Shine has more tracks than Irish Rail.” Shines who performs in Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday, June 28th has had truly astonishing recording career with over 40 albums, not counting compilations, and he has also recorded over 45 singles, many of these charting at number one.
In 1971, Brendan first topped the Irish charts with ‘O’Brien Has No Place to Go’. Some other of his big hits were: ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘Where The Three Counties Meet’, ‘All My Roads Lead Back To You’ and ‘How Much Time’. Plus of course the song that will forever be associated with the Athlone man, ‘Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down’. It got loads of plays across the water on the BBC and it turned Shine into an international star. Indeed after the success of his most famous song he started touring and selling records in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and America. He also recorded a German version of ‘…Old Lobby…’.
On the same theme, Brendan said: “My proudest day came in 1979 when Pope John Paul II visited Ireland. As the Papal party left Shannon airport I sang ‘Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down’. That was a really special moment.”
Brendan also loved the song ‘Where the Three Counties Meet’ saying: “it relates to where I come from, near Athlone. It’s dear to me and I do love singing songs about home.” Another of Shine’s favourite tunes is ‘The Rose of Castlerea’, which not only has become the anthem of Roscommon, but it won the Irish Country Music Record of the Year in 1982. Brendan’s most recent hit big hit is ‘Where did you Meet Her (I Met Her in the Galtymore)’. A friend, Cyril Curran from Peterborough, wrote the catchy tune. Shine says: “’Where did You Meet…’ her is very nostalgic as I remember playing The Galtymore in Cricklewood, many, many times.”
The concert in Nenagh Arts Centre which starts at 9 p.m. on the 28th of June, will feature all the hits and more. Tickets are €20 from the Arts Centre and can be booked by phoning 067 34400 or by going online to www.nenagharts.com