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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Former TD reinvents himself with album release

Dan Boyle at the Green Party's 30th anniversary concert at Vicar Street, Dublin, last night
Dan Boyle at the Green Party's 30th anniversary concert at Vicar Street, Dublin, last night

Mark O'Regan

INFAMOUS tweeter and former Green Party senator Dan Boyle is hoping to strike a chord with the public with a new self-financed album.

Having stumped up over €10,000 of his own money, he was in the intimate surroundings of Arthur's pub in Dublin last night to drum up support for his latest pet project.

However, judging by the album's title, 'Third Adolescence', it might suggest that soulful Dan still has some growing up to do.

"It's a joke on the idea that someone at my stage in life would do something like this. I figure it's a progression that happens after the mid-life crisis!" he quipped.

The 49-year-old says the 14 tracks -- including 'Baby Please Don't Tease', 'Vote For Me' and 'Modern Love Affair' -- chronicle his growing pains and feature a number of love songs.


"There are a few broken hearts here or there. I was in a band in my teenage years so music is a life-long passion of mine. I've written all the songs," he said.

"It starts off pretty up-tempo, there are a few ballads on it. I'm a big Beatles fan and I like that you never know what the next track will sound like on their albums.''

In 2006, Mr Boyle appeared on TV as a member of The Politicians for the RTE talent show, 'You're a Star Charity Special' -- during which he was branded "fat" by Westlife manager Louis Walsh.

Music is also in the blood of Mr Boyle's extended family. The politician's second cousin is Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer who caused a sensation on 'Britain's Got Talent' in 2009.

Mr Boyle is currently penning a memoir documenting the Green Party's turbulent time in government. He insists the book will set straight a number of "falsehoods" about their time at the centre of political power.

"It will be an inside account and hopefully it will be a more rounded version of our recent political history than has been the case so far," Mr Boyle said.

"I think there are huge gaps in the telling of that particular story. I hope to have it out to coincide with the anniversary of the election and the follow-on formation of a government which included the Greens.''

He remains upbeat that the Green Party will once again prove a hit with the electorate.

"We're getting a changing attitude to the Greens so we're confident we can restore our place in Irish politics," he said.

Irish Independent

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