By Eamonn Wynne
Their song provided the background music to Tipperary’s All-Ireland Hurling Final triumph last year and now they’re back with a new track to support their county’s push to retain the McCarthy Cup.
Johnny B and The Boogie Men, who had a huge hit this time last year with The Premier Rap, are today, Wednesday, releasing the appropriately-titled The Premier Return.
“This one is for the fans”, says John O’Brien, the frontman and songwriter with the Cahir-based band. “I go to every game – I haven’t missed one for years – and you see the same people there, hardcore fans who never miss a match”.
The song tells the story of a supporter who gets up early in the morning and the craic he enjoys on his journey to watch Tipp in the Munster Final. “I’d say it will be blaring out of cars as people go to matches”, he says.
The video, which will be available on YouTube and the band’s Facebook page, was filmed last weekend in Cahir and at Sean Treacy Park in Carrick-on-Suir, which is festooned with blue and gold in preparation for the big day on Sunday week.
“They were brilliant in Carrick. Every house in Sean Treacy Park is decorated in flags and bunting in the Tipp colours. I’d say there’s no place else like it in the county”, says John.
Legendary Aherlow commentator Effin’ Eddie (Moroney), who is featured on The Premier Return, also pops up in the part of the video that was shot in Cahir last Saturday, when he was joined by locals and other supporters from Holycross and Nenagh when filming took place at the Butler Charteris Hall and at Cahir Castle.
The Premier Return was recorded in a mobile studio in Cahir thanks to the assistance of John’s friend, music producer Philip Magee who has worked with well-known bands including The Script and Aslan.
Johnny B and The Boogie Men performed The Premier Rap last year on Up For The Match, the traditional preview programme broadcast on RTE television on the eve of the All-Ireland Final, and there’s every possibility they could make a re-appearance on this year’s programme with The Premier Return.
The song gets its first airing on Fran Curry’s show on Tipp FM today, Wednesday. A CD version is on sale from the GAA shop in Thurles, Lar na Pairce, and is also available on iTunes.
John says the band have been kept busy playing in pubs and at weddings and debs balls, and their next appearance in this area is at The Posthouse Bar in Clonmel next Sunday night, 28th.
In the last two years they have raised €10,000 from CD sales for charities including South Tipperary Hospice, the Day Care Centre in Cahir and Chernobyl Children’s International Project.
John is a self-employed hurley maker in Cahir and he’s pleased to report that business is booming. “A lot of kids ask to have the hurleys autographed by Johnny B”, he says.
And his verdict on the All-Ireland Final against Kilkenny - “I think Tipp will just shade it. It will be a very close and physical game, although it will be more open than the semi-final. If Tipp wanted to quell the hype surrounding them they certainly achieved that against Dublin”.