Episode 55 – Jimmy Smyth

This week on PODAROONEY, I chat with Jimmy Smith. I interviewed Jimmy in front of a live audience in Boyles Bar in Slane. I first saw him on television when I was a young fella growing up in Meath and he was playing and singing with the Bogey Boys. You could tell that he was more accomplished than the average punk musician of the time. I couldn’t believe it when I found out he came from just down the road in Navan. That was very inspirational for me. Since then he has recorded and played with Roger Daltrey, Curtis Stigers, Chaka Khan, Lisa Stansfield, Van Morrison and Reba McEntire. Jimmy has been Musical Director for RTE TV shows, and regularly performs with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the RTESO, The Ulster Orchestra and many others. He’s still very much in demand for touring and recording, and when not on the road, can regularly be seen playing rock and roots or jazz rock with his fusion band, Spectrum.

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