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Paul Martin McLoone

Paul McLoone on stage with The Undertones in 2005
Background information
Birth name Paul McLoone
Born 11 February 1967 (1967-02-11) (age 42)
Origin Derry, Northern Ireland
Genres Punk, Pop punk
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990s - present
Labels Cooking Vinyl (as per The Undertones)
Associated acts The Undertones

Paul McLoone (born 11 February 1967 in Derry, Northern Ireland), is the current singer of Northern Irish pop-punk band The Undertones. He replaced Feargal Sharkey when the band reunited for a series of festival appearances in 1999.[1]

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Biography

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Radio

Paul, a native of Derry's Bogside, has been working in the radio industry since his late teens, having been involved in various programmes for the BBC, including his own satirical sketch series "McLoone" which ran for three series in the early '90s on BBC Radio Foyle.

In March 1999, he moved to Dublin to produce The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show for Today FM. During his tenure as series producer, he co-created and co-wrote Gift Grub for five years until leaving Today FM in 2004. He returned to the station two years later to produce Tom Dunne's show (then called Pet Sounds).

When Tom Dunne left Today FM in August 2008 to take up a day-time position at Newstalk 106, McLoone took over as presenter. The show (now simply known as "Paul McLoone") goes out from 7-10 p.m. Monday to Thursday on Today FM.

He has also been involved in the world of animation, as a writer and creative consultant on the Jam Media series Funky Fables, and the forthcoming Badly Drawn Roy (both for CBBC). Paul can also be heard providing the voice of "Baboon" in the Cartoon Saloon series Skunk Fu.

The Undertones

He was invited to join The Undertones for some festival appearances in 1999. He has recorded two studio albums with the band, Get What You Need (2003) and Dig Yourself Deep (2007). The Undertones' live following remains strong, with most fans fully accepting McLoone as the band's new frontman.[2]

References

  1. ^ Virgin Radio - Undertones biography
  2. ^ Soulshine - Return of the Jump Boys

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