Moments With Mercy- Interview With Michael O'Dwyer

Hello, everyone!

Today I have the privilege of sharing my interview with Michael O'Dwyer with all of you.  Michael is the newest member of Celtic Thunder, having joined the lads back in 2016.   Bringing to the group his unique singing abilities (as well as instrument playing expertise), he's been a fan favorite ever since!

I'm sure most of you probably already know the basics about Michael, so I'll quit rambling and get to the good stuff.  Without further ado, my interview with Michael...

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Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Michael: "I’m from a Small town in the south of Ireland called Carrick on Suir. I was a music student in the Cork School of Music before I joined Celtic Thunder. I joined at the end of 2016 for the
American/Canadian leg of the Legacy tour. I’m a pretty laid back normal guy.
I love to keep fit, I use the gym quite regularly.
Obviously I’m a musician but I would consider myself to have a pretty broad taste in music. I love pop, rock, funk, r&b, all types of jazz, the list goes on. As well as music I love sport, my favourite being rugby. I’m a Munster rugby supporter and used to play as a kid. I love golf which I play quite regularly with friends and family.  I have two sisters and a family dog called Missy that I always miss very much when I’m on tour.  I’m a big food lover, with quite a broad taste. There are very few foods I won’t eat or at least try.  I’m definitely a low key adrenaline junkie/big child. I love things like rollercoasters and giant waterslides, and I would love to try something like sky diving or bungee jumping.  Maybe the next tour. Other than that there’s probably not a whole lot more to tell."

Mercy: What started your interest in music?
Michael: To be honest when I was around six I started playing in the Carrick on Suir Brass band and I actually didn’t like music at all. But when I was around twelve or thirteen I was out with some friends and they decided they were going to start a band and I was so determined when I got home I asked my Dad to show me how to play the guitar and from there I just caught the bug and I started writing my own songs and played them with friends it was great.

Mercy: What do you enjoy most about being part of Celtic Thunder?
Michael: "There are a lot of things that I really enjoy about being in Celtic Thunder. Performing on
such a huge stage in front of big audiences was always something I dreamed of when I was
younger. The fans are also something that makes the experience so enjoyable, the fact that
they are so nice and are so loyal and supportive of what Celtic Thunder do.
But I think at the moment what I enjoy most about being part of Celtic Thunder is probably getting to travel and see the world. I’m almost certain that if I had not become part of the group that I would
not have been to half of the places that I have been. It’s definitely something that makes me
realise how lucky I am to be part of it."

Mercy:  What song did you audition with Celtic Thunder?
Michael: "I auditioned for Celtic Thunder with a song called Omen which is a song by a group called Disclosure and features Sam Smith on vocals."

Mercy: What instruments do you play?
Michael: "Over the years I’ve dabbled in a couple of instruments throughout my musical exploration.  Starting off with the cornet/trumpet to guitar, bass guitar, drums, the saxophone and the keyboard."

Mercy: What is one of your favorite places you’ve visited?
Michael: "I’ve been lucky enough to have visited a lot of places over the past couple of years. I
realised recently that I’ve visited 5 continents. But I have to say one of the most favourite places I’ve visited would be New Zealand. It’s a gorgeous country with loads of fantastic people and I was lucky enough to see a lot of the North Island."

Mercy: What is one of the biggest or most obvious differences between Irish & American
culture/society?
Michael: "I think there are probably a lot of differences that aren’t too big or far apart between us. I think Ireland as a society are very influenced by America you see that in particular with the TV programmes that we watch and the music we listen to. The most obvious difference would be the history of the two countries. Even though Ireland is such a small country we would have a very long and rich history spanning back thousands of years. That is something that I think really intrigues Americans and the fact that America is still a reasonably young country."


Mercy: What is something most people don’t know about you?
Michael: "The very first pop song I ever learned to sing when I was around eight years old was “When You Say Nothing at All” by Ronan Keating."

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Michael, Thank you so much for doing this interview!  I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions.  It was an honor to have you on my blog, and look forward to seeing you and the rest of the guys in concert later this year.

Readers, I hope you enjoyed!  If you haven't yet, make sure to go buy a ticket to see Celtic Thunder on their upcoming "X" tour!  My family and I will be going to see them in St. Louis and I can guarantee this is a show you do not want to miss.  Also, if you don't already, I would encourage you to click the links below and follow Michael on social media.  He always shares such fun pictures, whether from on tour or at home with his family & friends.

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Thanks for reading!
~Mercy

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