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Who is Phelim Drew ?

In 2022 we ask our visiting artists to tell us a little bit about themselves. We hope that these short questionnaires will reveal something that you didn't know or expect about them.

Phelim Drew will lead a very special celebration of his father Ronnie on the 10th of June. Onstage, with Anto Drennan on guitar and Ger Kiely on electric guitar the night will be a mix of folk, rock and other musical influences as well as a few tall tales from the Dubliners days.

But really, who is Phelim Drew? His answers to our quickfire questionnaire might surprise you!

Q- Tell us about yourself

A- I’m the father of four children and I’m married to Sue Collins from the comedy act Dirt Birds. I’ve spent thirty odd years as an actor and more recently I’ve been focusing on music. So occasionally I get to combine the two.

Q- What will you play in Birr

A- It’s an evening to celebrate my father through stories and song with some of the best musician in the country. My father was Ronnie Drew, a founding member of The Dubliners.

Q- Who is your biggest influence?

A- I’m influenced constantly by the people I meet and work with.

Q- Describe yourself as a 10-year-old.

A- Confused but generally quite happy.

Q- What’s your best on stage memory?

A- I’ve had many happy moment on stage and sincerely hope to have more.

Q- What’s your worst on stage memory?

A- Those usually happen in performance anxiety dreams.

Q- Where are you at your happiest?

A- Enjoying food with family or having a laugh with friends.

Q- What’s your favourite colour?

A- Depends on the location and light.

Q- What’s the last book you enjoyed?

A- Billy Connolly’s latest biography.

Q- What’s the last film / play you enjoyed?

A- Portia Coughlan at The Abbey. I loved Dune which I watched a while back.

Q- What’s your favourite song of all time?

A- That’s like choosing a favourite child. Impossible.

"Remembering Ronnie" will be in birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Friday the 10th of June from 8pm.

Tickets available online here or through our box office : 057 9122911

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