Podcast: June 10, 2017

Flood Brothers Disposal presents The Skinny & Houli Showa and we are very proud to welcome our old friend, Chicago’s favorite Irish tenor, Cork’s gift to the USA, Paddy Homan to the show. The trio of Paddy, Skinny and Houli shoot the biscuit along the river at Lizzie McNeill’s as they welcome in the first week of summer on the patio. They recap last week’s visit to Chicago by Taoiseach Edna Kenny and discuss the great reception thrown for him by the Irish Consul General Brien O’Brien at the Drake Hotel. Both Skinny and Houli give attaboys to Paddy for his excellent performance that night singing The Soldier Song, The Irish National Anthem. Houli recounts how Paddy sang the USA National Anthem the previous week before the boxing match of Ireland Olympic hero Mick Conlan, where Paddy “took the roof off the place”. Paddy tells the lads about his mother watching it on TV back in Cork and a funny story about his wife visiting his mother Lizzy, and Lizzy showing off her pictures in the parlor of her home of The Sacred Heart and then pointing to another, “and this is my first husband Elvis”. Paddy talks up his upcoming tour to Ireland, The West’s Awake, Musical Tour of Ireland, September 28th through October 7th with Paddy leading a group to the Emerald Isle in celebration of ten years of the Galway Arms Sunday sessions. The trip promises plenty of music and craic for all the folks who join Paddy. More information on this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Ireland with Paddy Homan available at paddyhoman.com. Then in honor of the tour, Paddy sings the great Thomas Davis song, written right before the famine, ‘The West’s Awake”. Houli tells some bawdy stories sent in by doctors discussing their female patients and then we sign off with a final plug for the upcoming Irish Fest at the Irish American Heritage Center July 7, 8, and 9th and a tip of the hat to our friends The Flood family who are being inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame this weekend! Lovely show this week!

About Mike Houlihan

Mike Houlihan is the writer and star of the independent feature film “Tapioca,” also starring Ben Vereen and Tim Kazurinsky.. Mike began his professional career in show business 36 years ago as an apprentice actor with the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Ct. Mike Houlihan is Chicago’s own “triple threat” writer, producer, and performer whose talents have earned him the respect and confidence of our media community. He is a former weekly features columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times, “Houli in ’da Hood,” and since 1996 has written his humor column in The Irish American News, “Hooliganism.”

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