Cormac Battle

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Cormac Battle
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Battle performing with Jonny's boys
Born11 July 1972 (1972-07-11) (age 46)
Bromley, England
NationalityIrish
Other namesThe Prince of Alternative
Education Dublin City University
OccupationMusician and radio presenter
Employer RTÉ
TitleThe Big Fella

Cormac Battle (born 11 July 1972) is an Irish musician and radio presenter/producer. He is the vocalist and lead guitarist for the bands Kerbdog, Wilt, Jonny's Boys, and On the turn. He is also the current presenter of RTÉ 2fm's alternative music programme, The Battle Axe.

Kerbdog

Kerbdog are an alternative metal band from Kilkenny, Ireland who formed in 1991. Following two major-label albums released on Mercury Records, the band split up in 1998. Since 2005 the band has reformed for a series of occasional one-off performances in Ireland and England. In 2012, a live album was recorded entitled Congregation and was released in October 2014.

RTÉ 2fm Irish radio station

RTÉ 2fm, or 2FM as it is more commonly referred to, is an Irish radio station operated by RTÉ. The station specialises in current popular music and chart hits and is the second national radio station in Ireland.

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Early life

Battle was brought up in Kilkenny, Ireland, having moved from Bromley, UK at an early age.

Kilkenny City in Leinster, Ireland

Kilkenny is the county town of County Kilkenny in the province of Leinster in south-east Ireland. It is built on both banks of the River Nore. The city is administered by a borough council, which is a level below that of city council in the local government of the state, although the Local Government Act 2001 allows for "the continued use of the description city". The 2016 census gave the total population of Kilkenny as 26,512.

Bromley large suburban district of south east London, England

Bromley is the principal settlement in the London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England, 9.3 miles (15.0 km) south east of Charing Cross.

Career

Music

In 1991 Battle, along with school friends Darragh Butler (drums), Colin Fennelly (bass) and Billy Dalton (guitar) came together to formed a band called Rollercoaster before changing the name permanently to Kerbdog. Following two demo cassettes recorded in Dublin and a short support slot to Therapy? in 1992, the band was signed to Vertigo Records in London. The group released their self-titled album, produced by legendary grunge icon Jack Endino, in 1994. A second album entitled On The Turn was recorded in 1996, produced by GGGarth, but the album's release was delayed for almost a year indicating troublesome times for the band with their record company. Kerbdog were soon dropped and eventually split up in 1998.

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Battle and Butler immediately formed another band, along with bassist Mick Murphy, called Wilt. Their music had a greater pop influence than Kerbdog. Following the release of two albums, Bastinado and My Medicine on Infectious Records, Wilt split up in 2003 following limited success.

Wilt were an alternative rock band founded in Kilkenny, Ireland in 1998. Formed by ex-Kerbdog members Cormac Battle on vocals/guitar and Darragh Butler on drums, the line-up was completed with their friend Mick Murphy on bass.

At this point, Battle began to seriously focus on his DJ career and abandoned his musical pursuits. However, in 2005 Kerbdog reformed for a series of one-off shows. The band is still currently active on a part-time basis and have no plans to write or record new material. His favourite Oxegen memory is playing the festival with Kerbdog in 2005. [1]

Oxegen

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Broadcasting

Battle began life at Phantom FM before moving, along with colleagues Jenny Huston and Dan Hegarty, in 2003 to RTE. [2] Battle's late night show features new and alternative music from acts around the world as well as the 2fm sessions, live recordings, band interviews as well as from other sources. The Wireless is a supporter of the IMRO Showcase Tour. [3] He also offered his voice to the narration of popular live music programme 2fm Live , which was broadcast on Saturday nights between 20:00 and 23:00 before it was axed and reformatted as 2fm XtrAlive. Battle regularly features in live coverage of high-profile musical events such as Electric Picnic [4] and Oxegen, [5] as well as being sent around the country to present the 2fm 2moro 2our. [6] In 2008 Battle was sent to The Music Show to distribute advice. [7] He has appeared on BBC Introducing to discuss the state of the Irish music industry. [8] He also contributes to television programmes in Ireland.

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Jenny Huston is a Canadian presenter of radio and television in Ireland. She was disc jockey on RTÉ 2fm, an occasional presenter on RTÉ Radio 1 and a television presenter with channels operated by Raidió Teilifís Éireann.; Huston presents an indie rock and pop music show on Friday nights and a rock anthems show which is broadcast on Sunday nights. A highlight of her television career was co-hosting RTÉ's Electric Picnic coverage with Tom Dunne in 2006.

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References

  1. "Cormac Battle's Oxegen Tips". RTÉ. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
  2. "Three times lucky?". Hot Press . 9 July 2003. Archived from the original on 18 November 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2008.
  3. IMRO Showcase Tour 2008 Archived 8 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine .. RTÉ 2fm. Accessed 19 October 2008.
  4. "RTÉ announces Picnic broadcast schedule". Hot Press . 28 August 2008. Archived from the original on 22 February 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2008.
  5. "RTÉ 2fm's Oxegen site goes live". RTÉ Guide . 11 July 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
  6. "(Some) 2FM DJs hit the road". The Irish Times . 13 April 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
  7. "Stars of 2fm to feature at Music Show". Hot Press . 15 September 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2008.
  8. "A hoy hoy". BBC Introducing . 16 November 2007. Archived from the original on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2008.