Paul McLoone

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Paul McLoone
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Paul McLoone on stage with The Undertones in 2012
Background information
Birth name Paul Martin McLoone
Born (1967-02-11) 11 February 1967 (age 47)
Origin Derry, Northern Ireland
Genres Punk, Pop punk
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990s–present
Labels Cooking Vinyl (as per The Undertones)
Associated acts The Undertones

Paul McLoone (born 11 February 1967 in Derry, Northern Ireland) is singer and radio presenter. He is currently the lead vocalist of Irish pop-punk band The Undertones,[1] having replaced Feargal Sharkey when the band reunited for a series of live appearances in 1999.[2] He also hosts the weekday evening radio programme on Today FM, broadcasting from Dublin,[3] and maintains an active twitter account.



McLoone, a native of Derry's Bogside, has been employed by the radio industry since his late teens, having been involved in various programmes for the BBC, including his own satirical sketch series McLoone which ran for three series in the early '90s on BBC Radio Foyle. His interviewer from InDublin Magazine [4] for Radio Month 2014 introduced him as "one of the most instantly recognisable voices on Ireland's airwaves."

In March 1999, he moved to Dublin to produce The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show for Today FM. During his tenure as series producer, he co-created and co-wrote Gift Grub for five years until leaving Today FM in 2004. He returned to the station two years later to produce Tom Dunne's show (then called Pet Sounds).

When Tom Dunne left Today FM in August 2008 to take up a day-time position at Newstalk 106, McLoone first took over as presenter and now presents his own music show (simply known as the Paul McLoone Show) which goes out from 9pm to midnight on Monday to Thursday. In an interview for Derry Journal in April 2014 he explains why he's an 'accidental radio star'. A regular nominee, he won two PPI Radio Awards in 2012, a gold for Specialist Music Broadcaster Of The Year, and a bronze for New Irish Music/Musical Talent Programme in his role as organiser and presenter of the Meteor Choice Music Prize; and a silver in the Specialist Music Programme category in both 2013 and 2014.


In the world of animation, McLoone has been involved as a writer and creative consultant on the Jam Media series Funky Fables, and their BAFTA Drama Award winning series, Roy, (both for CBBC). He provided the voice of "Baboon" in the Cartoon Saloon series Skunk Fu. In the film, Sunset Heights, released in 2002 and featured in a Top 100 list for IMDB, he played the role of Dingo Green. He stars as an aspiring Elvis impersonator in the music video for Cherry Bomb, a song by The Minutes released in March 2014.

The Undertones[edit]

McLoone was invited to join The Undertones on their reformation in 1999, and intermittent live appearances followed, such as the energetic concert in Termon Hall, Donegal in 2001. He had previously fronted a hotly tipped band with Undertones drummer, Billy Doherty, in the late 80s, which was called The Carrellines. Doherty and McLoone partnered again as producers at their recording studio, Big River Records in Derry, facilitating local punk band, Schtum to make several acclaimed singles before their 1995 signup with Columbia/Sony.

McLoone later went on to record two studio albums with The Undertones, Get What You Need (2003) and Dig Yourself Deep (2007). For Record Store Day, April 20, 2013, the band released a new single, ‘Much Too Late’/‘When It Hurts I Count To Ten’. To coincide with the launch in June 2013 of their CD/DVD An Introduction to The Undertones the band undertook a European summer tour and a similar one in 2014.

The Undertones retain a considerable live following at their concerts, which usually take place at weekends around McLoone and the other members' day jobs. Audiences are typically receptive towards McLoone as the band's current frontman.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Dublin and has two sons.

Paul co-owns a long haul transportation business with Simply Red's Mick Hucknall


  1. ^ Live review: The Undertones, Playhouse, Whitley Bay - The Shields Gazette
  2. ^ Official Website - The Undertones
  3. ^ About Us & Video Biog - Today FM
  4. ^ - Interview - InDublin Magazine
  5. ^ Soulshine - Return of the Jump Boys