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Monday, 29 January 2018


(11 of 12 Posts…… but due to amazing response,
there will be more than 12!)

The Pivot Questionnaire comprises 10 questions. I have seen it used on the television show Inside The Actor's Studio, presented by James Lipton. Apparently Proust was the original inspiration. The modern questions originated on a French TV show called Bouillon de Culture, hosted by Bernard Pivot. I have expanded the questions to 12.

(For the time being, this idea is restricted to Northern Ireland's creative artists in any field, literature, music, broadcasting, etc. If you are one and are interested in taking part as well as promoting your work, please get in touch via

This post’s special guest is Edelle McMahon and here’s her promotional blurb:
"One of Ireland's finest singer songwriters, Edelle McMahon recently released her long-awaited debut album entitled Adventures In Narcissism. 

“It’s not actually all about me, I just loved the title. It made me laugh,” insists the Monaghan native, now resident in Belfast. This is the tongue in cheek title of the album, a five year culmination of writing and recording, which has received glowing reviews from journalists, bloggers and radio presenters.

I blogged about the album and here's the link:

The album is available for download on Amazon, iTunes and all the usual download and streaming platforms.

Having played to a sell-out audience at the Accidental Theatre in Belfast in November 2017, she will be playing various festivals and venues throughout Ireland and the UK in 2018. Edelle’s captivating vocals and intricate guitar picking frame songs that feature a wry world view and incisive insight into character." 

Here's a taster from YouTube:

Edelle has a few gigs coming up:

7 Feb: ‘Songwright’ @ The Sunflower Public House. Supported by Mandy Bingham. Tickets:  

15 Feb: Tommy Makem Arts & Community Centre, Keady. 

24 Feb: Fealty’s Back Bar with Stephen Macartney 

What the critics say: “Unique, creative, captivating and very, very clever.” – Julie Williams-Nash, Folk and Tumble “Simply outstanding…. [Edelle] is going to enthral audiences wherever she plays.” – Michael Barbour, Gigging NI ‘Really beautiful…. a gorgeous album.’ – Ralph McLean, BBC


1. What is your favourite word? Coolaboola

2. What is your least favourite word? Should

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Creatively, anything that shifts my perspective; spiritually & emotionally, compassion

4. What turns you off? Certainty

5. What is your favourite song? It changes often, but right now it’s Soothing by Laura Marling. I’d love to have written it!

6. What is your favourite film? Sweety Barrett. It was the first time I saw Brendan Gleeson on screen. He’s such a wonderful and relatable actor; I’d watch him load the dishwasher.

7. What is your favourite curse word? Gobshite!

8. What sound or noise do you love? Sub bass! The deeper the better!

9. What sound or noise do you hate? The squeak of cotton wool or tissues when rubbed on finger nails

10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Glass blower

11. What profession would you not like to do? Anything in banking or big business

12. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? I’d hope she would say “The interesting people are over there. They’ve saved you a seat and the craic’s 90! Gin and tonic, is it?”

Edelle McMahon, thank you for your dozen answers to a dozen questions.

Previous posts:
Singer/songwriter Mandy Bingham – 17 January 2018
Poet Colin Dardis – 18 January 2018
Writer & Independent Researcher Anne-Marie Quigg – 19 January 2018
Broadcaster Gerry Kelly - 20 January 2018
Writer George Larmour – 22 January 2018
Journalist/writer Geoff Hill – 23 January 2018
Singer/Songwriter Janet Henry - 24 January 2018
Broadcaster Lynette Fay - 25 January 2018
Actor Michael Smiley – 26 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Paddy Nash – 27 January 2018

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