One minute we're on the brink of a revolution, the next we're on the sidelines at a hurling match, ready for a pitch invasion; another minute we're putting religious freaks in their place, the next we're waking up after a night on the tiles to find ourselves in a particularly disgusting situation - every other minute we're laughing, because that's all we can do to stop ourselves falling over the side of this rotten sphere at times - laugh into the void. Dirty Cunts might have resulted in a rush of National press and earned him time on Today FM's Five Seven Live to hold his own in a political discussion; but Now We're Hurlin' earned him a spot on the GAA magazine show, Park Lives. The album as a whole earned him somewhat of a cult following, and on the eve of the release of the sequel he was drafted into the Electric Picnic line-up for a barnstorming performance. The word had spread.
Sporting a black T-shirt with an amber Che Guevara, a punter asked him was he a fan of Captain Moonlight. “I am Captain Moonlight,” he replied, not sure how to feel. The revolutionary – in black and amber - was associated with him right off, and he suddenly realised "that he has actual fans. By Jesus, he’s arrived, so he has… Captain Moonlight is a many-folded marvel: obsessive about politics and philosophy, literature and music, downing crates of ale and, of course, Hurling (notice the dedication to his infant son on the sleevenotes of the new album: "For Charlie - we'll make a corner forward out of ya yet." No doubt, many would have liked to push him aside and label him a foul-mouthed scumbag who doesn't have a clue what he's talking about, but how wrong they would have been; Captain Moonlight is an articulate, well-read (maybe too well-read), intelligent young(ish) man who can deliver the funniest story of everyday desperation as if it's a declaration of war, and who can deliver an incitement to riot as if it's a Monty Python sketch; seriousness and humour, book smarts and street smarts, a savage hunger to have the fat leaders of men hanged in the streets, and an ability to just collapse, shake his head and surrender laughing at the absurdity of it all.
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