Brendan Grace

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Brendan Grace
Brendan Grace.jpg
Brendan Grace in Dublin, 2012.
Born (1951-04-01) 1 April 1951 (age 64)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Comedian, singer
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Eileen Doyle (1973–present)
Children 4; including Bradley

Brendan Grace (born 1 April 1951) is an Irish comedian and singer. He is known for his comedy schoolboy character "Bottler", the role of Murphy in the 1995 movie Moondance, and his 1996 appearance in the Irish TV sitcom Father Ted as Father Fintan Stack.[1]

His 1975 song, "Combine Harvester", hit number one in Ireland, and the song would later become a U.K. number one hit for The Wurzels in 1976.

Early life[edit]

Born in the heart of Dublin in 1951, Grace was raised in the inner city Liberties neighbourhood. His father Seamus worked as a bartender, an ambulance man and at other odd jobs to keep the family going. However, like many young Dubliners of the time, Grace eventually left school at the age of 15 to begin working. His first job was as a messenger boy, an occupation he often refers to in his live act.

Music career[edit]

Grace (centre) with The Gingermen

At the age of 18, Grace formed a band known as The Gingermen and toured Ireland, in what has become known as the showband era of the '60s, although The Gingermen were a folk group rather than a showband. During a gig one night, the band found themselves two members short and, in an attempt to calm an anxious crowd, Brendan was thrust upon the stage to humour them. His wit and razor sharp observations of daily life in Ireland immediately won over the crowd and since then he has been selling out venues around the globe. Brendan has shared stages with many well-known names, such as Frank Sinatra, who referred to Grace as his "man in Europe", and John Denver, among many others.

His hit songs include "Cushie Butterfield", "Combine Harvester" (which topped the charts in Ireland in 1975, and which would later become a U.K. number one hit for The Wurzels in 1976), and "The Dutchman".[2]

Acting career[edit]

Grace with Frank Sinatra in Dublin, 1991

In 1995, Grace starred in Moondance, and the following year he appeared in the Father Ted episode New Jack City as Father Fintan Stack. In 2007, he appeared as Big Sean in Killinaskully, and in 2015, he starred in The Gift.

He also reprised his Bottler character in a TV movie also called Bottler in November 2013. It tells of Bottler's exploits in his early years.

Personal life[edit]

Grace married Eileen Doyle in 1973. They have four children, one of whom, Bradley Grace, is a member of the American hardcore rock band Poison the Well.

In November 2009, he released his best-selling autobiography, Amuzing Grace, which received critical acclaim. Grace now divides his time between his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, and his pub in Killaloe, County Clare, which he named 'Brendan Grace's Bar'.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Catch Brendan Grace at the County Arms". Offaly Independent. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  2. ^ Jaclyn Ward (1962-10-01). "Irish Charts Website". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Brendan Grace's Bar - Main St, Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland". IrishTourist.com. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 

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