From The Stables To The Late Late

Paddy Cullivan charts the long and winding road for The Camembert Quartet as they prepare for their December 16th Whale show.

I grew up for a while in Greystones on Church Road, a time when I was in bands like The Way and Slime, often playing The Stables supporting the brilliant Baskerville Sisters. After NCAD, myself and Cormac Moore (bass player) started gigging around. The Camembert Quartet got together in Dublin at the start of the century and released an original musical comedy album Music is War with a sprinkling of cheesy covers in 2002.

One of those, Anarchy in the EIRE, was given to Ryan Tubridy by Jim Lockhart – and the rest was history. We began to work with Ryan on his radio show and then became his house band for 5 years on Tubridy Tonight, from 2004 to2009.

To celebrate, we released our second album, The Camembert Quartet Sell Out, in 2004, a fully original masterwork that took no prisoners, from terrible Irish teen chart fodder (Boybands are C**ts), miserable singer-songwriters (Gimme Some of that Cheese), German techno (Battaburger) and teenage angst (Gimme Medicine). We’ll be doing a host of these songs in the Whale Theatre in anticipation of the album’s 20th anniversary in 2024…

When Ryan moved to The Late Late Show, we did too. We spent 10 incredible years backing everyone from Sinead O’Connor to Buddy Greco, to Russell Crowe. And now we are one of the busiest bands in the country, performing at awards ceremonies and corporate events worldwide. Which is why The Whale Theatre is going to be a great opportunity to let loose and have some fun with original comedy material, choice covers and even some alternative Christmas classics!

Get ready for a show like no other!

You can catch The Camembert Quartet at The Whale on Saturday, December 16th, tickets here:


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