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Behind the music – Mad Dog



Dublin-based act Mad Dog has released his new EP, Furs and Feathers, along with an illustrated songbook. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

The brainchild of musician and music teacher Shane McGrath, Furs and Feathers is an assortment of story songs based on local urban myths and Dublin lore.

Shane has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release, which is set to entertain both adults and children alike.

Tell us three things about yourself . . .

I’m a human being and not a canine. If I could be a Muppet, I’d be Fozzie Bear. My favourite possession is a Pye Stereogram Record Player that was responsible for my first musical loves.

How would you describe your music?

Mad Dog is a family music project. Family as distinct from children’s music as it aims to keep all members of the family entertained. Music for ears of all sizes.

Who are your musical inspirations?

The Beatles, Jonathan Richman, XTC, and the Greasy Kid Stuff radio show on WFMU.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

The Everly Brothers 1984 Reunion Concert Tour

What was the first record you ever bought?

The first record I ever owned as distinct from bought is If I could be a Sailor Man by Michael Landers. I was only three years old but Michael was only five. The first record I ever bought was Elvis, The Legendary Performer Volume 2. With my communion money.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Mama Nantucket – Michael Nesmith.

Favourite lyric of all time?

“When there’s things to do, not because you gotta, When you run for love, not because you oughta, When you trust your friends, with no reason not to, The joy I’ve named shall not be tamed, And that summer feelin’ is gonna haunt you one day in your life” – Jonathan Richman, That Summer Feeling.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Till The End Of The Day – The Kinks.

Where can people find your music/more information?

Bandcamp for optimum support but my current EP Furs and Feathers is available on all the usual streaming services and there is a gorgeous Illustrated songbook available also. All my links are here.

Alan Corr

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