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Fast Five: McMahon



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I began making music when I learned to play the guitar; I was 19 at the time. I have loved music all my life. I was always interested in psychology. I studied art therapy after my accident. It is very helpful to people who have suffered from a trauma like a stroke or a head injury, like me.

How would you describe your music?

I would describe my music as something new. It has a mix of all the music I’ve loved, which has inspired me, since I was a child. My album Half Blind has a broad appeal. There is song in there for everyone.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

So far I have supported many big names for instance Brian Kennedy, Foy Vance, and Gavin James. In my home town of Cork, I supported Imelda May, Live at the Marquee, to a sold out crowd of 5 thousand people. It was a dream come through. This month I preformed the McMahon Showcase in Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. In the coming months I will be playing many gigs in the UK and London, which I am really looking forward too.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

If I could choose anybody it would be Sir Paul McCartney. He is my hero; I love his song writing and style – from his own to the Beatles. One of the best bands in the world. Whenever I finish one of my own songs, I always pretend to show it to Paul and also Jim Croce and id hope they would approve. I would love to sit down and write a song with Paul and I’m sure it would be great.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Ha that is a very tough question; it’s like having to choose a favourite child. I love so many, it’s very difficult. I would have to say the White album by the Beatles is the one I would take; it’s one of my favourite albums of all time. I would be so sad to leave the Eminem Show and Jim Croce’s outstanding albums behind. I would have to take the White album for my duet with Paul ha ha.