Here are some frequently asked questions of Ryan Kelly. Enjoy!

BIOGRAPHICAL

What is your name in Irish Gaelic?
It’s Rian O’Ceallaigh.

What is your middle name?
It’s John (after my granddad).

What is your birthday?
It’s the 6th November.

How tall are you?
5’10’ is probably there or thereabouts.

Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Left-handed.

Where do you live?
I’m from a village called The Moy in County Tyrone, which is a northern county of Ireland, about 45 miles from Belfast. The Moy is basically a small village (but getting bigger!) of about 4,000 people I guess. It’s pretty cool - I suppose I'll always have an allegiance to it.

Do you have any siblings?
I’m the youngest by quite a bit (13 years)!! I have a brother, Raymond, and sister, Colette.

Do you have any nieces or nephews?
Yeah, I have three nephews.

To what university did you go?
I got my degree from Queens University in Belfast and my Postgrad Diploma from the University of Ulster.

What do your parents do?
My parents are both retired. They’ve worked hard all their lives and so I’m delighted they’re getting the chance to have a bit of free time to themselves now. They’re next big project is coming out to see their young son in Radio City in October [2008]!!!

If you could use five words to describe yourself, what would they be?
5 words to describe me...I'd rather you’d asked someone else to describe me!!...but to answer it I suppose.....determined, kind (I hope!!), sensitive, positive, good craic, poor counter...

MUSICAL/ THEATRICAL BACKGROUND AND INFLUENCES

How long have you been singing? What kind of musical training, if any, have you had?
I’ve been singing for as long as I remember!! My mum unearthed an audio tape recording (some might not even know that this format existed!!) of me at the age of three doing my “party-piece” to a packed living-room. Thankfully my pitching has improved a little since that early recording!! My first “big gig” I suppose was at the ripe old age of seven, singing solo at my First Holy Communion in church - with my Dad playing the church organ!! As you can see, I was an old pro by the age of ten!!!

My music education itself was pretty standard to be honest. I’d always sung and played guitar, but took the academic route instead. Thankfully, I’ve now had the chance to revisit my musical side professionally

Who would you consider to be your musical influences? What genres do you prefer?
To be honest, I’m not sure if I had a role model in music when I was growing up. I started playing the guitar and singing, listening to people like Christy Moore and Nanci Griffith. It was listening to people like them that got me hooked on singing, I suppose. But my love of music ranges across a lot of genres, from rock (I also sing in a rock band occasionally) to musical theatre. To me, as long as the music is good, it shouldn’t matter what genre it is.

Do you play any instruments?
I enjoy playing the acoustic guitar. In fact, one night in Chicago on a night off, we had a great sing-song with the guitar in an Irish bar with George, Paul, Keith, and myself, sitting round like the Von Trapp family taking turns to entertain the crowd!

I did take piano lessons when I was younger, but I couldn’t keep them up after school because I was playing football two days a week and basketball the other three. I regret not finding the time now though.

Do you own any instruments? If yes, what are they?
At the minute, I’ve got two acoustic guitars - a Tanglewood and an Avalon (which I play out)...

Have you written any of your own music?
I’ve written quite a few songs. Some I’ve recorded “roughly” and the vast majority are just in a song book of mine, yet to see the light of day…

Have you ever taken acting lessons?
I’ve never actually taken acting lessons, but I’ve always loved acting in amateur dramatics and musicals, so I guess I picked up some pointers there. I also love watching films and how different actors perform.

Have you ever taken part in any plays, musicals, etc.? What were your roles?
I’ve played lots of other roles in my past, but my two main roles were Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and Mickey Johnstone in a musical play called “Blood Brothers.”

Do you have any favorite musicals? If yes, what are they?
My favourites are probably the Andrew Lloyd Weber classics like “Jesus Christ Superstar,” but the last time we were in New York in January [2008], we got to see “Young Frankenstein” - which was great also.

CELTIC THUNDER

How did you come to audition for Celtic Thunder?
Well, my audition story was that my brother rang me and said that he had seen an article in a national newspaper where Phil Coulter and Sharon Browne were “searching for Celtic Men...” (or something to that effect).

I was just about to start a new job, but had a bit of free time in between so decided to give it a go. I was meant to go to the auditions in Derry but unfortunately I had a very late night at my friend’s wedding the day before and woke up with an enormous hangover and decided that I probably wouldn’t have done myself much justice!! (plus I couldn’t have physically gotten out of bed in time).

Therefore, luckily there were further auditions in Dublin that week and I went there instead - sang a few songs for Phil and Sharon (“Carrickfergus,” “ The House of the Rising Sun,” and “Heaven On Their Minds” from “Jesus Christ Superstar” - if I remember correctly) and lo and behold - here I am!!!

How do you feel about playing the “Dark Destroyer”?
I actually enjoy playing the “Dark Destroyer.” I seem to have always played the bad guy in anything I’ve done in the past. I guess I've got that face!! The great thing about the show for me though is that with songs like “Desperado” and “Brothers in Arms,” I get the chance to soften up a bit.

What is your relationship like with the rest of the guys? Do you see one another when you are back in Ireland?
I suppose I just see them as my best friends, brothers, much more than just work colleagues. It’s hard to explain but we just all seem to click even though our ages, our backgrounds, and even our interests are pretty widespread. It probably shouldn’t work - but it does. All the lads try and meet up as often as we can away from actually performing - which isn’t always easy considering we don’t live that close to each other.

“THE SHOW”

What is the song that you enjoy singing most in “The Show”?
This is a difficult one, as each means something different to me when I sing them. Of the songs I sing by myself, “Ride On” is special because it’s probably one of the first songs I learned on the guitar at the age of about 14 or so, so to now be performing it on a massive stage with a full orchestra behind me is something special!! “Desperado” and “Brothers in Arms” are also special because they are such established classics and it was a challenge to put my own stamp on them rather than make them sound like poor karaoke versions of the originals - so I hope I’ve achieved some sort of originality when performing then.

Then, of course, with “Heartbreaker” and “That's A Woman,” the opportunity to be the first to interpret original material from Phil Coulter in my own way (of course being assisted by Paul in “That’s a Woman”) is a great experience. With my musical theatre background as well, they are great to perform because they do give the opportunity to bring more life to the character than is possible in a classic ballad.

Of the songs performed by the other guys, which do you enjoy listening to/watching most?
The great thing about Celtic Thunder, I feel so lucky to be able to share the stage with such talented singers. My favourites from the other guys would be “The Old Man,” “Remember Me,” “The Island,” and “Come by the Hills.”

Was Zara’s slap real?
Yes, the slap WAS real!! But purely for theatrical effect you must remember.

What has been your most embarrassing moment of being a part of “The Show”? The most odd?
Watching the re-run of “Young Love” and seeing what the hell we were doing probably comes close to the most embarrassing! All the responses here on the Discussion Board have probably been the oddest and most amusing all in one - but in a really good way!! I never would’ve thought our performances would’ve made you all react in the manner you have. It's very humbling, believe me!!

ON STAGE/ ON TOUR

What routine do you have to warm up before each show? Do you do it as a group or do you each do your own thing? Or do you just show up and sing?
We all do a sound check everyday before the gig and warm up as a group both before it, and also before the show itself. Any additional warm-ups we want to do are then done individually. It’s amazing the benefit they are!!

Has your reception in Ireland been as crazy as it has in the U.S.?
To be honest, the promotion of the show at this stage has been concentrated on the U.S. - so we’re basically Ireland’s best-kept secret at the minute. I won't tell if you don't...

OFF STAGE/ OFF TOUR

What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I’m not singing or playing the guitar, the rest of my spare time is generally spent playing or watching sports. I play basketball, soccer, and Gaelic Football competitively (depending on the time of the year), and watch virtually all other sports - but particularly the NBA and NFL.

What position do you play in basketball?
I play point guard in basketball.

Do you have a favorite NBA team? If yes, which team?
Always been a Celtics fan - since first seeing the 1986 NBA Finals...(I feel old...)

What position do you play in Gaelic football? Do you play as part of any team?
I’m the goalkeeper...for my sins...so the buck always stops with me unfortunately!!

Because of all the recording and touring I’ve been doing in the past year I haven’t been able to play as much as I have in the past, but any free time I get back home here, I try to get a few matches in. We are in a league within my own county -so we travel quite a bit to play there, but I’ve played for all my schools and university - so I’ve seen quite a bit of Ireland through football!! My brother actually used to play on the same team as me, but he has since retired - maybe he has a point!!! My team is called The Moy - An Mhaigh Tir Na N’Og - which is Gaelic for “The Moy - Land of the Young.”

Do you like to run? And if so, is there any music that you listen to that pumps you up?
Yeah, I do a lot of running. Basically though, my iPod is constantly on shuffle - so you never know what’s gonna come up – there’s some random stuff on there!!!

Do you like to read? What types of books do you prefer?
Yeah, I do like to read when I get the chance, mainly autobiographies and non-fiction books. I particularly enjoy reading non-fiction books, generally historical ones about the Northern Ireland Troubles - a topic close to my heart, I suppose.

What types of movies do you enjoy most? Favorites?
I've always liked thrillers, have never really been one for the romantic comedies I’m afraid...

My favourite film list would include “In the Name of the Father,” “Goodfellas,” “Shawshank Redemption,” “Heat,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Se7en,” “The Devil’s Advocate,” “Best Shot,” the original “Star Wars” trilogy, “Platoon,” “Casino,” “Mississippi Burning,” “JFK”…

What American TV shows, if any, do you currently enjoy?
At the minute, my favourite U.S. shows are Family Guy (of course), Heroes - oh and NBA Action!!

ODDS AND ENDS

Do you own any pets?
I have a dog, Molly, and a cat, Harry. Molly is a cross between a terrier and a boxer.

Do you prefer to sleep in or get up early?
Up early.

Do you prefer to be indoors or outdoors?
Outdoors.

Other than your family and friends, what can you not do without?
Unfortunately, they’re all materialistic!! But it would be my mobile phone, tv!!!, and probably my guitar…or my laptop...

What languages do you speak?
Only English fluently, although I did study French to quite a decent standard until College (I need a good refresher class I think!!). Oh, and I have a little Gaelige from my schooldays...

Are you a neat or messy person?
I think I’m pretty neat – it’s the accountant in me!!

What is your favorite food?
It depends what day it is - but I am a little partial to my mum’s Ulster Frys.

Do you prefer chicken, steak, or seafood?
Chicken - I love chicken!!

Coke or Pepsi, which do you prefer? Regular or diet?
Diet Coke.

What is your favorite beer?
Coors.

What is your favorite cocktail drink?
Vodka and cranberry juice (Cape Cod).

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla.

Do you prefer coffee or tea?
Tea, always!!

What is your favorite cookie?
Chocolate chip.

Do you play pool?
Yeah I play pool - mainly in bars for a bit of craic with my mates.

What is the scariest dream you ever had?
I think it was that one where the Celtics lost the NBA Finals...

More from Ryan, in His Own Words...

A SPECIAL THANKS TO JOJO FOR COMPILING THIS INFORMATION. Wink

Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 08:01.

Was wondering who you liked to win the Super Bowl this year? Roethlisberger and Warner both have Super Bowl rings already, but I am a sucker for the underdog, as this is the first SB appearance for the Cardinal's in their organization's history.

I'm sorry folks...but I'm a sucker for the underdog as well...so it's gonna have to be the Cardinals as well for me!! I don't think Kurt Warner has too many Superbowls left in him so it'd be nice to see him take this one home...oh, plus I've a few pounds riding on it as well!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 09:15.

What’s the scariest dream you ever had?

I think it was that one were the Celtics lost the NBA Finals.....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 09:14.

you left Harry and Molly again? They are going to be looking for a new home soon.LOL

I think they've got it far too good here to look for somewhere else JC!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 09:12.

hi ryan i have a ? for ya Fav Star Wars character? Mines Darth Maul

Has to be Han Solo...I'm an old-fashioned fan Thundergirl!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 09:09.

Hi Ryan, Are you ready for New York again. You seem to like there. :roll:

I'm always ready for New York Jadedeer, I love it there!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 09:07.

Ryan, When you are home between tours (sort of a vacation) what do you do to keep yourself busy during the day?

The days vary...but there's a lot of gym, singing, playing guitar and general recuperation before we go and do it all again!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 09:04.

My first time posting so be gentle. I thought of a few :?: I'd like to ask you, forgive me if they have been asked before.
Do you prefer a woman wearing a sexy dress or nice fitting jeans? High heels with either of course.
What do you look for in a friend?
When getting ready to hit the hay, do you put on PJ's, Shorts and a comfy T-shirt or are you a nature boy
Shirt size? Medium or Large?

These are the gentle questions Debbie?!?!
I think a woman can look good in both!!
There's a lot I look for in a friend, but loyalty is a big thing I suppose..
As for bed..it depends how cold it is I suppose ...some nights on the bus there were fleeces involved as well!! Especially on the trip to Milwaukeee!!
Shirt size for me is medium...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 01/09/2009 - 09:07.

I was just wondering if this seemingly quintessential opportunity just seems surreal to you at times. In addition, curious mind just was curious if the opportunity arises if you will continue to do theater.

It certainly can be surreal at times!! But in the most fantastic way. As for theatre, yes of course I would love to continue doing that in the future if the opportunity arises.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 01/09/2009 - 09:05.

How about making a sort of lullaby CD???? I can guarantee that it would help a lot of your Thunderhead fans fall asleep AND give them pleasant dreams for sure

You're saying my singing puts you to sleep Jaycee!?! I'm not sure how to take that!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 01/09/2009 - 08:54.

How does it make you and the other guys feel when you know that your music is touching all of us but younger children and teens as well? To know that they are searching for more information on Irish History or reasons behind the lyrics to songs. To know that your music will transcend time and bring others to love music as much as you.

I think it's great to hear that kids are enjoying our music as well. I think it can never be overstated how important music is to develop kids and young people - I know myself what a help it was in my life while growing up. It's really fantastic to think that what we are doing, however small, may be getting younger people interested in music.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 15:16.

I know you love performing and are very, very fond of your fans but was there a moment when you wondered just exactly why the h___ you got yourself into this? I know a local performer who says he questions this at least once a month.

That local performer was obviously never an accountant in a former life Pattum....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 12:57.

Hey Ryan! You must be a wealthy man now after the successful CT Tour... ahum... Have you indulged yourself with something very expensive with the first money you earned? Like a yacht.... or a deserted little island, hehe!

You've obviously not seen my bank account Atie!!! That yacht will have to wait for another few tours yet.....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 12:55.

I have to ask (curiosity and all) what is the funniest thing a fan asked of you during the tour?

"Which one are you??" was one of the more memorable ones Sarah!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 12:54.

Many of us wondered during the tour in Nov., were you able to have a traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving?
Us cat lovers/owners were wondering if your cat Harry was standoffish when you got back home? Most of us have cats who would of been quite mad if we were gone that long and show it by not giving us attention.
I was wondering if there was something you REALLY missed back home while you were here touring?
My other question is while you were here touring, was there something that stood out to you as a most pleasant surprise?

I actually didnt have turkey on Thanksgiving. We were in El Paso on a day off - I think I may have had room service, but it definitely wasn't turkey!!
Harry and Molly were both fine when I got back. To be honest, I don't think they missed me at all!!
Of course you miss family and friends from time to time, but there honestly was nothing I REALLY missed. The US has pretty much got everything I want!!
I suppose the most pleasant thing was the reaction of the audiences at the shows. That really was great.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 12:49.

How many nicknames do you have anyways? dark destroyer, bad boy, heartbraker...any other interesting ones i should know about???

None I care to mention.....!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 12:46.

If you could describe your fellow celtic thunder members in five words what would they be?

The best lads I know.....
(That's the official line anyway Caligirl... )

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 01/07/2009 - 12:43.

I've noticed a few times in response to fan questions you've mentioned that you enjoy reading novels on the history of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Do you know of any books that you have read that you think may be informative?

I think I mentioned on here before somewhere books by such authors as Tim Pat Coogan or Martin Dillon are always very interesting on the subject.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 08:20.

I have often wondered about the similarites and differences between the States and other countries. As you may or may not know, all school age children in the States say the "Pledge of Allegiance" at school before starting their day. Do the children in Ireland practice the same sort of ritual in regards to Ireland's flag?

We just used to say our prayers before class started Rhonda. About 30 kids all blessing themselves and saying the "Hail Mary" and "Our Father"!! The memories!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 08/23/2008 - 08:03.

I was looking at the picutres that were posted re The Moy. The church is just beautiful-I love the natural wood inside and the layout reminds me of so many of the churches from the New England area. Do you know the name of that church??

That's St John The Baptist Church, Moy, Rae. It's where I was christened, made my First Communion, Confirmation and no doubt will be laid to rest!!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 08/23/2008 - 07:59.

When are you going to have your cd out and are we going to be able to purchase it in the states?

I'm hoping to get time early next year, but we'll wait and see!! I'll keep you all posted don't worry!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 08/23/2008 - 07:58.

The Moy is a beautiful area. What is the population (looks like just the right size)?

I think at the last count Debbie there were around 3,000 people

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 06:01.

The question I have for you is do you fly your teams colors and/or flag outside of your house? Almost every house we passed were flying the colors and flags of their teams. You could tell when we went into a different county.

Yeah, we fly our colours when Tyrone get to the All-Ireland semis or finals. You'd see the whole of The Moy decked out in red and white bunting and flags. It looks pretty special! I play gaelic football by the way.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 05:59.

What is your preference for cake/dessert on your birthday?

Those brownies you make over there Lynn are pretty special!!!! Although any cakes are nice - as long as they haven't got dried fruit in them!!! Yuck!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 05:57.

Sukey mentioned football in November - you miss the USC/UCLA game in the Rose Bowl by one week!!! Best thing in college football, in football period. USC is playing Notre Dame on Nov. 29, but you will be a little busy. That's another awesome game (usually), bribe your bus driver to tape it. Have you ever seen much of the college sports here?

I've never saw any college games live Diana, but I have watched quite a bit of college basketball when I was out in the States.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 05:50.

About that hair, don't mind it spikey as long as it is like you had on DVD. None of that greasy look please....But you are an adult and who am I to tell you what to do with your hair? I do prefer the natural wavy/curly look myself. Hey mine is curly, nothing wrong with that. So there is my two cents worth....
PS, are you going to ever tell me what Bon Jovi songs you sing (you did say you have sung some), or have you?

Ok..I'll NOT comment on the hair!!!
As for Bon Jovi, we sang as part of our set Livin On A Prayer, Love A Bad Name and It's My Life.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:05.

Question: Are there really no naturally-occurring snakes in Ireland or is this blarney?? This is a serious question. When friends went for trip they said most people had no screens for windows because hardly any flies. Is this true also?

Hi Sukey, that's true about the snakes. There's a legend that goes that St Patrick banished all the snakes out of Ireland and they've been too afraid to come back!!! It's a pity he didn't do the same with the flies though - we do have those!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:03.

There is a forum where people wrote about hat CT has done for them. Whether it was cheering them up during an illness, making them smile again after a sad event, bring music back into their lives, etc. How does knowing this make you guys feel? Embarrassed, proud... Music can be such a healing thing. Do you guys ever sit around and wonder what it is about you all and this particular show that has affected so many.

I absolutely love to hear how the music has affected people in different ways. I'm also proud that I have been part of something that can do that. It is hearing stories like that that make all the hard work totally worthwhile...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 09:57.

When you are performing, you have an ear piece in your left ear and what looks like another ear piece and microphone in your right ear which I'm guessing is attached to a battery pack hidden on you. What do you hear in the ear piece? Is it yourself singing, or the others singing or the orchestra?

basically in the ear pieces you hear yourself, the other lads singing and the band / orchestra!! It's up to yourself to make it known to the sound technicians how much of each you want to hear. The "in-ears" are great for blocking out any outside noise so that you hear everything as clear as possible.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 09:54.

Hey Ryan did you see where Michael Phelps won his 8th gold medal and broke Mark Spitz's record?

Yeah, I did. I was cheering him on!! The man is amazing. Definitely one of the greatest olympians ever.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 08/12/2008 - 23:32.

When you go out on solo gigs are you allowed to perform Celtic Thunder songs along with your own? Like, can you sing Desperado (as a way to promote it) or when you on your own that's what it is JUST Ryan Kelly? (not the Celtic Thunder Ryan Kelly)

We can sing the Celtic Thunder songs if we wish, but I choose not to. I've plenty of material between my own stuff and the covers I do - so the acoustic Ryan Kelly is different from the Celtic Thunder Ryan Kelly!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 06:54.

I was just wondering what are you looking forward to most after the tour in the U.S.?

Christmas with my family tummom

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 06:51.

Ryan, I hope you had a great weekend, I am just wondering if you have ever been to a performance by Glen Hansard? He and Marketa Irglova are performing not far from my home and I just got tickets, so I was just wondering if you had ever seen them.

I've saw Glen Hansard before Suzanne, but not with Marketa. I'd love to though, Once is my favourite album of the year - obviously excluding Celtic Thunder of course....ahem...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 06:50.

Hey Ryan...OK, NOW I 'm curious...what is Gaelic basketball? How is it different from US B-Ball?

Maggie, I'm curious as to what Gaelic Basketball is as well!!! (sorry Rae!!!! )
I play Gaelic Football (see YouTube links somewhere!!)

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 07:13.

If you were to be at home for your 30'th birthday, how would you celebrate it and has anyone ever given you a surprize birthday party?

I'm sure I'd celebrate it with friends and family Grace. I'm not the type to like being made a fuss of, so I don't think I'd have a big party - but now I'm gonna spend it in the US with my new friends and family!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 07:08.

Do you like to run when training or for exercise in the off season from Gaelic football? And if so... is there any music that you listen to that pumps you up (like Rocky's theme song)?

Yeah, I do a lot of running Irisheyes. Basically though my ipod is constantly on shuffle - so you never know what's gonna come up - there's some random stuff on there!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 07:04.

Hello again, Ryan. I know you have a strong work ethic and will do whatever you have to do but given your druthers, would you prefer to be a day person or a night person?

Im guess for performing Pattum, it's always better at night...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 07:01.

As a new driver myself I was woundering as was alot of people how bad is your driving? lol Oh and my mom wants to know did Zara actually slap you in Heartbreaker?

My driving is pretty good!! I've never had an accident which i was responsible for!! I just don't have much luck in cars I think!!! As for the slap - yes it was real, believe me!!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 06:57.

Okay, since I haven't been YET, how much "summer" does Ireland get? We have our fair share of rain spattered throughout ours her in WA, so we only really have a handful of really nice days.

"Summer" doesn't really explain it to be honest D, well not this year anyway!! We've had a few days of sun - but a lot of rain!!! Maybe it'll brighten up in September....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 06:54.

Hey Ryan, Of course there was NO chance to ask yesterday in the Pub storm, but who will you be rooting for in Olympic basketball? Our house is all sports all the time and my men are buzzing about US chances with China being touted as a fierce competitor. What do you think?

Hi Maggie, I'd like to see someone give the US a bit of a challenge in the basketball to be honest. I can't see anyone coming close though.
As for the overall medals table, I think the Chinese are the ones to beat to be honest....or maybe Ireland...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 13:45.

Greetings from Boston! Love The Moy Song. Is Moy inland? Does it have its own high school (maybe that is Grammar School over there?) We didn't get that far north when we visited Ireland, but loved some of the outer islands. Have you been to the Arans, Claire Island, or Rathlin Island? We loved the Aran Islands; had to pull my husband back to the ferry!

Don't worry about the spelling Jeanne - they're all getting very pass-remarkable (there's a new phrase for you!!) in here anyway!! Lol.
The Moy doesn't have a high school. It has two primary schools - I went to St John's and then onto St Patrick's Grammar School in Armagh - which is about 8 miles away.
I've actually never been to the Aran Islands at all, but hear they are beautiful.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 15:09.

As we are watching the encore show on PBS from Philly last night,this loud outburst occurs
and says," I know what I want for my birthday....I WANT A TICKET TO THE PLEASURE DOME!!!!!!! Well, I guess there are some things your Mom just can't give you!!! So Ryan,can you tell me where I could purchase such a ticket!lol

I'm not sure those tickets are on sale Gran!! They become available occasionally to a select few!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 08:19.

Is Molly a food thief? Does she like to countersurf?

I wouldn't say she's a thief Pagan, but to be fair she usually eats whatever is put down in front of her!! I'm not sure what "countersurfing" is though. That may have gotten lost in translation across the Pacific Ocean!!!

lol ryan countersurfing is grabbing what ever is on the coffee table that is food however i can see how you'd have troubles driving in Ireland as you're thinking you're by the wrong ocean!! its the Atlantic hon... so you've lost some points in your day huh?? lol just teasin ya..

God, my head is away with it today alright!!! :oops:

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 06:39.

My niece (9 yrs. old) has taken me to task for that little incident by the way. She says I can't favor one CT member above another...YET she's a complete Damian looney!

P.S. Your niece is totally wrong. Of course you can favour one member of CT over the rest...as long as it's me!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 06:22.

Have you ever driven a car while here in the U.S? Did you have any trouble staying in the right lanes of the road?

I've never driven in the US. Luckily for the other road users I reckon - I've trouble enough here in Ireland!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 03:47.

"What was your favorite place that you have visited before?"

My favourite place is still probably New York City. That place is amazing...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 03:46.

Do you have any tattoos, if no would you ever consider geting one?
If you had to choose between Gaelic Football and Basketball, which would you rather play professionally?
Do you personally think your a good dancer?
Apple, Cranberry, Orange, or Grape Juice?

Not at the minute - but I definitely wouldn't rule one out.
As Gaelic Football is still an amateur sport, to get my crib and garage full of cars, I'd have to say a professional basketball player!!
Personally??? No!!
Orange if it's at breakfast, cranberry if you're offering me vodka with it!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 03:40.

Now that the tour is less than 100 days away, are you starting to get nervous? Besides all the NBA and NFL games that you will be able to see while you are here, what else are you looking forward to doing?

More excited that nervous to be honest Rae. I mean, we've been talking about this tour for nearly a year now. It's about time we actually did it!!!
There's nothing specific that I'm looking forward to. Really it's just seeing all these amazing places and meeting the people. That's the most exciting thing for me.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 03:35.

My question is, did you ever dream that you would be this famous and how are you going to spend your first million?

Well Wan, I'm not sure about being famous. I've always dreamed of performing for a living and, I guess, for the minute as cliched as it is, I'm living that dream. If anyone wants to give me a million pounds I could think of numerous ways to spend it. Unfortunately that's a very long way away at the minute!! The accountancy certainly paid better than singing!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 04:39.

What position did you play in basketball?
Do you have a certain fitness regimen you follow?
What size shoe do you wear?
What was your favorite class when you where in school?

I play point guard in basketball.
I do have a weights programme that I follow and change every few weeks to stop the monotony!!
I wear UK size 8 1/2 - i think that may be 9 1/2 US....
Not surprisingly it was PE!! ALthough music was up there too

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 04:23.

Gllad you are felling better. I saw on "The Moy" site that they are having their summer practice sessions. Have you been able to go practice at all with them?
What age did you start playing Gaelic football?

Yeah Rae, I went back to training on Tues night there after my illness...and we had a fitness test!! Just my luck!!! But I felt better for it after to be honest. It was tough though!!!
I started playing Gaelic at the age of about four I suppose - that's pretty typical here - and have played in all the underage teams in my club, schools, colleges and universities until now!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 04:20.

How many guitars do you own and what kind are they?

At the minute Fawn I've got two acoustic guitars - a Tanglewood and an Avalon (which I play out)...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 04:18.

Can you cook or do you have take out numbers in your speed dial?

I can get by Gabbie. I actually made Chilli Con Carne and rice with Naan bread last night. That's not bad is it?!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 04:43.

Do you get a lot of fan mail? What's the strangest thing a fan has sent you?

I'm starting to get quite a bit of mail now Steph and it's overwhelming!!! Some of you are so generous it's crazy!!! I thank any of you who have sent a letter, or present or both. I really appreciate it and love reading what Celtic Thunder or my own stuff mean to you.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 04:40.

When you are writing a song, do you find that the words come to you first (like in poem form) or the melody? I envision songwriters (especially those who play guitar) always start with a melody and then find the words.

It can work either way to be honest Tracey, but generally for me I find a melody with a certain mood to it. From there you can usually find words to suit the mood..

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 04:24.

Being a lefty, as you are, do you always find youself being seated at the end of a table, like my friends were who are lefties? and, you play guitar right handed. Is that how you learned, or are there not any guitars for lefthanded folks?

I've always played the guitar right-handed Deb. In fact I dribble the basketball best with my right, throw darts with my right, but play pool/snooker with my left, play golf with my right....I guess I'm a little messed up!! As for left-handed guitar players, have you heard of a young artist called Paul McCartney?? He played a bit......

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 04:22.

My question is that you appear to wear your watch on your left hand but a large number of lefties wear theirs on their rights. Do you find it awkward at all?

A lot of people say that to me. Apparently "normal" right-handed people wear their watches on their left hands so that it doesn't get in the way when they write. For me though, I've always worn it on my left hand and it has never caused any problems. Although I do write in a kind of weird style as I'm sure any of those who met me at the stations and I signed autographs for can testify!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 06:29.

Whenever you get bad reviews (I should say if you get them) What are you feelings. Do you just blow them off or do you let it get to you.

That's the great thing about music. You don't have to like everything!! So obviously there are gonna be people who dislike what we do. But that's fine with me. It would be pretty boring if we all liked the same thing!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 06:28.

I was on one of your myspace sites and saw the site for Emergency Exit. Are you a member of that group/or were before CT?

Emergency Exit was a little group I was in with a friend of mine Kieran. We played the local circuit doing lots of rock covers mainly. I loved it!! Stuff like Bon Jovi, The Stereophonics, Oasis, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Police. All good stuff!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 06:26.

Ryan--so many of us love your brogue :mrgreen: It's so charming and warm! Is there any accent that your find particularly alluring? Or language, for that matter?

Apart from the American, Canadian, Dutch, Australian (and anyone else who reads these posts....), I studied French up to university level and was quite fluent in it, but alas haven't used it since and now it's not very fluent anymore so I've promised myself I'm gonna try to "re-learn" it pretty soon - maybe on the tour bus with all the long journeys!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 06:23.

What are your thoughts about a 63 year old woman having a big crush on you? The DVD woke up feelings that I thought were dead. Thank you for you!!!

Bubbles, I'm glad you loved the dvd!! As for the "crush" though...have you thought about getting your eyesight tested lately?!!?

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 12:20.

Now that you've spent some quality time here in the US, what would you say are the biggest differences and similarities between American women and women in Ireland? Quite frankly, most US women would think you are the complete package.

Well Tracey, to me, you are all pretty similar - no matter where you are from!! I still can't work you out!!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 12:16.

Ryan, when you and your brother were kids, did you two argue/fight alot? My kids (13 and 7) brought this question to mind! :roll:

Because he was quite a bit older than me Sprig I made a conscious decision not to fight with my brother!! He would've kicked my head in!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 12:08.

My question to you is whether or not you get aggressive or angry whenever you play sport. I have read that Damien has said that he gets very angry whenever he plays soccer. How do you react to the situation???

I guess I get pretty competitive Wendella. I'm not sure if angry is the right word, I don't think you can perform at your best when you get angry, but definitely competitive!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 12:05.

Out of the four other guys, who's voice is your favorite to sing with? (My guess is George.. )

To be honest, I think it's great when we all harmonise together. When we get it right it sounds great!! When we get it right I said......

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 12:04.

Odd question - what is your all time least favorite household chore?
Oh yeah - and I liked the your bunji jumping picture - but it would've been better to see your face right about then! That would've been priceless. :twisted:

Ironing!!! I hate it with a passion!!!
Oh, and I don't think you'd wanted to have seen my face. You may have been able to make out the many expletives I could fit in on the way down!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 12:03.

Do you like flying? And where's your preferred seat? Are you sleeping, reading or watching TV (if possible)?

Now that I've come back from all that flying I have to say that I'm no longer a fan!! I mean, the flying itself isn't too bad, but it's all the time wasted going through security and sitting in departure lounges just makes me restless!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 12:01.

So now that you’ve had the chance to meet so many Thunderheads, what are your impressions?? Are most of us what we seem to be online??

TO be honest Patti, I think you are all amazing!! I was touched with how many of you were able to make an effort to see us and meet us and even those who couldn't come sent presents!! It's all very humbling to be honest!! Thanks so much to you all!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 03:43.

Ryan.. Ryan *shakes head* have you learned nothing from your Star Wars comment??? now I can't pick on you because I had loads of transformers myself when I was little cause they were cool.. but you know there are some here who will tease you lol..

Can I just ask....did no-one else play with toys as children?!?!! :?: :?: Is it that bad?!?!!?

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 03:40.

I was wondering if it was difficult to learn all those words to "That's a Woman" and get them exactly right when you perform it. It is so cool to watch you play that role!

It was definitely the hardest song to learn Kay. I remember getting the words from Phil for the first time and just going - "NO WAY!!!!". Many hours later spent repeating it over and over again and it just seemed to stick!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 05:16.

What's your favorite dinosaur?

Triceratops!! Mainly because I used to have a Transformer as a child which used to change from Robot to Triceratops and back again. Oh, and its a herbivore so it won't eat me either....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 12:00.

We already know you play the guitar (as well as having a totally addictive voice), but, if you could learn another instrument, what would it be and why (if you're so inclined)?

I actually started learning the piano when I was at school Erica, but with all the sports I was playing I never got time to practise, so it's definitely an instrument I'd love to re-learn some day...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 04:28.

Ryan I think that a slightly scruffy look on a man is sexy, so I was wondering if we can talk you into not shaving once in a while so we can get pics of you looking scruffy and sexy!?!?!?!

I can do the unshaven look - don't worry!! You should see me with a hangover!! Not so pretty..... :oops: !!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 05/21/2008 - 08:42.

Ryan, do you play golf?

Badly Michele!!! Occasionally I would go out for a round - but I find it really frustrating!!
I got 18 holes in last week actually with one of my mates. Thankfully the weather was gorgeous, cos my golf was anything but!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 05/19/2008 - 13:33.

Have you ever had Molly howling or even just barking at you while you were rehearsing?

Not at all Erin - she recognizes talent when she hears it!!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 05/19/2008 - 13:30.

Ryan what's your favorite memory from the past couple of years? And what's 3 things you can't live without (excluding family...that's a given)??

I suppose the night we filmed the Celtic Thunder show would probably be up there Kim. It and the St Patrick's Day parade in NYC.
Unfortunately, they're all probably materialistic!! But it would be my mobile phone, tv!!!, and probably my guitar..or my laptop...that's four I know!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 07:17.

You guys get really close to the orchestra pit in several of your songs on the DVD, did anybody ever fall in?

We got pretty close in rehearsal Kortnee!! I was always afraid of bringing Zara down with me in "That's A Woman". Again Paul would be left alone on stage...but maybe in not the way it was intended!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 07:16.

what would you do if you saw a girl sitting alone what would you do?

That could get me in WAY TOO MUCH TROUBLE!! Maybe she wants to be alone...if she seems happy I'd probably leave her be....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 07:05.

Heaven forbid this ever happens, Ryan, but if you couldn't live in Ireland where would you live?

Have you heard something from customs Pagan?!?! Em....does anyone have a spare room I could stay in for a while?!?!...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 06:47.

What the heck is black and white pudding? And if you don't know that is okay.....

I do know, but maybe it's best I don't say........!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 06:45.

So my question is, how do you overcome stage fright? Does it ever get any easier to be in front of people? I have a passion for singing and (though I don't believe it myself half the time) I am always told I am amazing at it. I'm afraid to let a lot of people hear me, how do you get over something like that?!

I think the best way to overcome stage fright is to try and perform live in front of people as many times as you can. Like anything, the more you do it, the more comfortable it becomes. If people tell you are amazing then do something about it!! Get out there and let those who haven't had a chance to hear you get their opportunity. The one thing I've learned is that no-one has a God-given right to get up on stage and perform. No one is going to come to your door and ask you to do it. You have to get out there and push yourself.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 06:39.

Ryan - so, imagine yourself 10 years from now - and your life has gone along exactly as you had hoped. What does it look like? Where are you, what are you doing, who are you with, what are your days like, what is your family like, etc?

As long as I'm happy, my family are happy and hopefully I'm still making a career in music...I can't ask for much more than that!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 06:37.

I've been wondering what some of your favorite Christy Moore songs are?!?

My favourites are probably "The Time Has Come", "North and South Of The River" and "Welcome To The Cabaret"...obviously not including "Ride On!!"

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 05:16.

I've been trying to learn about Gaelic football and I'm very intrigued! I'll have to add watching a game somewhere on my list of things to do someday. Is it as much contact as I think? If so, have you ever been hurt? Looks like it would be fun to watch.

There's quite a bit of contact Kelly, but sure we're hardened Irish lads - so we should be used to it by now!!
I've never had any serious injuries (touch wood), but plenty of knocks and bruises!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 05:13.

do you have any studying tips?
and staying on the school subject i have another question...in what subject did you do the worst in in your school days?

Beat, I'm not sure I'm the best at giving studying tips. I was the biggest crammer in the world!! But apparently you shouldn't advise that to anybody!!! Not sure which subject was my worst...oh yeah, I'm not that great at building stuff and that sort of thing, so technology sort of passed me by. Thankfully there were no exams in it!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 05:11.

Have you played any pranks on the guys or have they played any pranks on you?

We're constantly at it Dee. If you aren't the prankster, you are probably the prankstee..(should be a word...I may patent it...)

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 05:10.

Ryan, what is your favorite ice cream topping?

Does more ice-cream count Kortnee?!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 05:07.

Do you like watching magicians - Chriss Angel, David Copperfield, David Blaine, et.al., or are you more likely to want to see a Cirque du Soleil show?

I've always loved magicians and loved doing card tricks and stuff when I was younger (yes!! when I wasn't playing with the Star Wars toys...blah..blah..(insert your mockery here!! ). I'm not sure if I'd volunteer to go up on stage though...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 05:05.

I'm gonna ask a dumb question and see if you answer it Ryan! Do you tan easily, cuz apparently red heads with fair skin just get fried all the time

Red heads with fair skin??? But I'm black-haired?!!? Lol!!
Yeah, I'm lucky that way - I tan pretty easily...WHEN we actually get some sun!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 05:00.

You've mentiond that you like roller coaster but i don't beleive you've said what kind you like, is is the bigger the better?

Always!!! I'll have to look out for the bigger ones in the US!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 06:59.

Now then, your amazing awesome (vampire) coat that you wear during Heartbreaker, That's a Woman, and Ireland's Call (possibly others, but those are the ones I'm certain of) looks to me like corduroy. Is it corduroy? [/geek]

The whole suit was made especially for the show Samantha. The material is sort of corduroy alright. Well spotted!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 06:58.

Do you do your own yard maintenance around the house?

I'm useless in that respect!! Thank God for my Dad!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 06:51.

Do you want to get married someday?
Do you want a big family (Paul wants 5-6 kids!?!)?

I think probably some day Kortnee - if it's meant to be.
Similarly with kids, I think 5 or 6 may be a little bit on the overkill side for me!! But who can predict these things??

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 06:47.

Has anything ever happened when you thought you would/could never sing proffessionally? Or have you always thought that someday you would be a very popular, sought after guy?

To be honest, I'd always wanted to sing professionally, but I don't think I actually ever believed I could do it - until now!! I've been lucky enough to be given this great opportunity and I'm grasping it with both hands!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 06:45.

Ryan, i thought of this just now because I am baking, what is your favorite kind of cookie??

Chocolate chip....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 09:57.

What's your most embarassing moment?

There's NO WAY I'm revealing that on here!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 09:39.

So my question is if you could buy anything in the world (money no object) what would you choose?

I'd be quite partial to one of those massive yachts, mooring off my island where I could land my private jet on its deck. But thankfully I'm not at all materialistic....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 12:05.

Ryan, if there was one thing in the world you would like to do before you die, what would it be? :?

I'm hoping by that stage Dawn I'll have done all I wanted to. I've no intentions of going just yet!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 12:03.

Have you ever forgotten the words to a song or screwed up the melody during a live performance? If so, how did you handle it?

Of course Patty!! It's happened to me loads of times!! It is very unnerving, but the most important thing is to not let it destroy your performance. We've all done it. Most of the time the singer is the only one who notices the mistake!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 12:00.

Just curious about what your parents think about all of the attention you are getting? You seem like a nice guy, I'm sure they are proud of you. From the limited look into your personality, I would say they did a good job. Are either of your siblings musically talented?

Hi KG. My parents are just delighted that the show is gaining popularity and I think they are proud of what we're all doing!
My brother and sister both love music, but neither have taken it up professionally. They are both pretty successful at their own chosen careers.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 11:56.

Super skinny or curvaceous?

I think some people suit being skinny, while others look better curvaceous - I don't have a "type" as such....(takes diplomatic hat off and backs away from the subject..... )

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 11:52.

What color are your eyes?
If you could be a superhero what name would your character be and what would be your powers?

I think I've answered this before - they sort of change colour - which is slightly weird!! They are blue, with grey and some green - I think!!
Am I not the Dark Destroyer already?!?! (So I'm told anyway!!). I guess one power I'd love would be to fly!! That would be cool!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 11:39.

while your in texas do you intend on riding the mechanical bull with keith??

Emm....rode one of those a couple of times!! Great craic!! I'm game for anything!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 05:20.

A year or so ago, if someone had said you would be in a fantastic show, have a number one CD, DVD and preparing for a tour of the USA, more CDs etc. What would you have told that person?

To keep taking the tablets!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 05:16.

When you were on stage filming the cd were you able to see your family and their reactions while you were performing or were the lights too bright?

The lights were pretty bright, but I could pick out people's reactions every now and again - I think that's why you see me beaming like a fool at the end of Ireland's Call I think!! :oops: :oops:

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 05:10.

1. What is your favorite (sorry, favourite) color?
2. What is your favourite animal? List three adjectives/phrases that describe that animal.

1. I think it is probably black!! I just like wearing black quite a bit. I don't think it's as depressing as some people say, black is pretty powerful I think!
2. I can't tell you that!! My dog and cat would both get jealous!! Although I saw tiger cubs recently at the zoo and totally fell in love with them!! How something that powerful can be some beautiful amazes me! - (I've gotten all sentimental there - I think my "dark" image is definitely slipping!!! )

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 11:46.

Where was your coat when you went to the Statue of Liberty?! It looks like it was freezing.

It was freezing believe me!! Unfortunately when I was looking out my hotel window before we went out it looked lovely and warm!! So my jacket spent that afternoon in my dry, warm hotel room while I froze out on Liberty Island!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 07:29.

Are you a spender or a saver?

Do you know Renee, considering my qualification and last career choice, you'd think I'd be a saver, but unfortunately not. It's as if money burns a hole in my pocket!! I can always find someway to get rid of it!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 07:27.

What is it about white water rafting that is more dangerous than bungee jumping???? You said you like adrenaline rushes, but apparently there is a line you won't cross.

I'm not sure Kelly - I think it's the thought of drowning that gets me!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 05:58.

Someone that makes you laugh or Someone that challenges your intellect?

A funny intellectual - we're a dying breed!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 05/01/2008 - 05:47.

How do manage to say Welcome to the Pleasure Dome with a straight face:) Don't get me wrong it's a fun song but if it were me I would fall on the floor in a fit of laughter:) >^..^<

At the start I cracked up too Diane!! I mean, when Phil first showed it to me I thought the lines were fantastic!! Pure musical theatre. It's amazing though how, after singing it hundreds of times the line is no longer a big surprise!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 14:30.

I don't think I have two cds left after they were stolen Desperado!! I would just love to have two cds to save!!! Lol!!

lol Wasn't that four years ago?? I wasn't aware that they had stopped selling CDs in the interim...

I was that gutted about it that I bought an Ipod instead. Not to say I haven't got a few now..but never got round to replacing all my good ones....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 11:26.

Do you have thoughts on how you're going to keep your performances fresh during the three months of touring in the fall? I know for every audience, it will be the first time, but for all of you, it may get to be same-ole, same-ole.

I honestly don't think it'll get that way Jean - because to us every crowd is different and I know, having been to many concerts in the past, that when you pay good money to see a concert you deserve to get the best that the singer or group can offer. I know that's the attitude we'll all be adopting....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 03:55.

Hey Ryan, with the weather warming up here in Seattle, I was wondering what do you like to do on nice, warm, and sunny days?

There are such things Leslie?!?! I live in Ireland!!!!! Bring on the US now!!!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 03:54.

Just curious but have you encountered any friends that you "thought' were friends but have trouble or have changed because of your popularity?

Not at all eeyore (love the name by the way!!). My friends don't really have a clue how the show has taken off in the US to be honest - and I kind of like that!! If you said the "C word" to them they would slag me for hours - and probably justifiably!!! I'm still just the same as I've always been - believe me!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Wed, 04/30/2008 - 03:52.

I was just listening to the radio and they said Ireland is the happiest country in the world any thoughts on why that might be??

Guinness?????

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 05:16.

reality or fantasy?
sunrise or sunset?
being a big success right at the start or getting a bigger fan number as the days pass?

Reality (apart from Star Wars obviously - before some of you say it!!!!)
Sunrise - it's a new day!
I don't have a choice!! A growing fanbase as the days go on suits me just fine!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 05:09.

Taking pictures or being in them?

Taking pictures..it's a lot more forgiving!!

"The Moy" is an absolute brilliant song, what inspired you to write it?

As for the Moy song, I just thought about how difficult it must be for people who have moved away from their home towns but, although they have new lives in far off shores, still pine for their homelands.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 12:38.

I think I saw something somewhere that indicated you have not had professional training in voice. Is that true, and if so, do you think you would ever want to take voice lessons?

Hi Pianogal, you're right, I've never had voice training - however I think it's a great way to learn how to use your voice to the best of its ability. However, for me, the way my voice is now means that classical training would change its sound and tone - and I don't think I'd want to do that at all.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 04/26/2008 - 07:42.

I wanted to ask you if you were asked to give advice about going to college what kind of adive would give? Have you ever had a an embarrassing moment (when you were little, when you were an adult, or on stage)? I also wanted to ask and I hope this does not make any one made, but I wanted to go out on a limb and ask if you would take me to prom b/c I have no date i'm free with no one?

My main advice for you is to thoroughly enjoy college - it's a great period of your life!!
I think I've had too many embarrassing moments to mention!!! And I've tried to block them out of my memory anyway!!
As for the prom...I don't think you want to take and old guy like me to your prom!! Surely there's loads of guys at your school would be honored to take you!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 04/26/2008 - 07:37.

Ryan, do you ever write poetry or draw?

I suppose the song-writing is a form of poetry Desperado, as for drawing, my brother is an interior designer - so he got all the artistic talent I think!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 04/25/2008 - 13:10.

I rented "Jesus Christ, Superstar" to refresh my memory about Judas' songs in the play. I was wondering which one you like to sing the most.

"Heaven On Their Minds" was always a favourite of mine, but I suppose "Superstar" itself was cool cos I got to dress up with red wings and leather!! It was pretty cool....also, worryingly, I liked doing the whole hanging part because you could hear people being openly shocked in the crowd when I dangled from the rope....that must be the evil side in me coming out!!.... :twisted:

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 13:05.

What type of car do you have?

I have a Volkswagen Golf TDi Sport - it's sometimes TOO quick!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 13:01.

What sound or noise do you hate?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to attempt?

Tie between my alarm clock and the last order's bell...
A professional sportsman - if I'd ever been good enough..
Am I allowed to say accountancy???.... ....no..emm...not sure really....

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 12:56.

Who is your favorite historical person( ?

Sorry Debbie - too many too mention. But I would say a lot of my favourite historical figures are people I knew personally but were never famous...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 07:56.

What is your way of being romantic? (like you know candle light I hope thats not to personal to ask).

Em..let's see....I think you can be romantic in a million different ways and, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but I do have my moments!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 07:45.

Ryan, I was a little intrigued by your comment that you were into He-Man as a child. I know a lot of people picked up on the Star Wars thing, but I was really into He-Man as a little girl (yeah, my mom loved that, lol) so that's what I picked up on. Just wondering if you had any favorite He-Man figurines back then?

I think after my "faux pas" admitting I liked to play with Star Wars figures (not dolls!!!) when I was a child (YES WHEN I WAS YOUNG!!!) and the furore it caused on here Em, I should probably avoid any further questions along this line!!!
(btw...it may have been Castle Greyskull.....damn..there I go again!!!)

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 04/19/2008 - 07:55.

1) If you could go back and change one thing in life would you? if so what would it be??
2) Do you believe in fate and second chances??

I think everything happens for a reason, so I'm not sure I'd want to mess with history!!
I'm a big believer in fate and well, who doesn't deserve a second chance?

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 04/19/2008 - 07:54.

Ryan - If you could go back and visit any place and time in history, where and when would you go - and why?

Kathryn, this a real toughie. I suppose I wouldn't mind going back to the time of Christ and seeing what he was like. He seems like a pretty cool guy!!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 04/19/2008 - 07:43.

Did you expect the reaction of being one of the biggest heart-throbs of the group? In other words, did you expect to have so many adoring fans, so quickly?(I know I am one!)

To be honest Lucky, I've just been blown away by the response of everyone. To read people's kind comments about the show and my performance has been mind-blowing to me. I can't thank you all enough.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 04/19/2008 - 07:35.

what is a food that you hate???

There aren't actually too many!! Although I wouldn't be a big fan of dark chocolate...oh and, although its a drink, I've never been able to like the taste of coffee either!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Sat, 04/19/2008 - 07:32.

Do you think songs that tell stories are more memorable than the fluffy pop or angry heavy metal and punk? Do you think it has anything to do with why you love musical theatre (audiences are more inclined to remember stories told in song than recited as lines)?

Mary-Cate, not a silly question at all!! I do think that songs with a story are always more memorable and, to be honest, a lot easier to perform because I try to convey the story of the song in my performance. I guess you are probably right about my love of musical theatre being connected to this as you have no choice but to explain the story to the audience through the songs.

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 04:23.

Being alone or being in a relationship with the wrong person?
Having it all or living simply?

Being alone
Having it all!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 04/11/2008 - 15:22.

Some of us were noticing in your songs and interviews how expressive you are with your hands...

As for the hands thing, I've actually only noticed it when I saw the interviews myself!! God knows why......

how many times did you watch your own interviews????

Once was MORE than enough...believe me!!

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Fri, 04/11/2008 - 06:34.

Ryan, I hope this wasn't asked before cause I hate to repeat but who inspires you as a musician?

Well Pretty, I suppose my first inspiration was my Dad - way back when I was soo small and he used to play in bars and I loved the reactions he was getting and how he loved to do it. I guess it all started there...I was hooked at the age of four!!

As I've grown up I've learned to love so many different types of music and so many different artists who inspire me - from classical to rock to everything in between. To me the love of music shouldn't be restricted to what genre you like. Good music is good music, no matter when it was recorded or for what audience...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 14:57.

alright then, what constitutes "pretty"?

It's in the eye of the beholder..isn't that what they say????

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 14:53.

smart and funny but plain, or pretty but stupid?

How about smart, funny and pretty?? Why does there have to be a fault??!! :twisted:

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 04/08/2008 - 14:02.

Older women or Younger women?

Come on...you really expect me to answer that?!?!?! I'm more clever than you think...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Tue, 04/08/2008 - 06:02.

Writing songs or singing them? (if you could only do one)

That's tough Desperado...well, no it's not actually. It's all about the performance for me...but I do love singing my own songs as well...

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Submitted by Ryan Kelly on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 14:17.

Boxers or Briefs

Always boxers Linda!

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