Former Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley is from Charleville, Co Cork, and is currently starring as Big Bad Wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood pantomime at the Everyman in Cork.

Best recent book you’ve read:

I’m not much of a reader. I love the buzz you get when your purchasing a new book but unfortunately I never get the time to sit down and read one. Even when I’m on holidays. But if I was to break it down I read a page a day from the book 100 Days of Happiness. Those motivational books would be my favourite.

Best recent film:

The Girl On The Train. Emily Blunt is the queen when it comes to movies in my eyes.

Best recent show/gig:

The best gig I have experienced this year would have to be Earth, Wind & Fire. As iconic as they already are with music, they’re absolute GOLD, and timeless. Their return to the stage was magic.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old):

Emeli Sandé’s latest album Long Live The Angels is beautiful.

The best gig or show you’ve ever seen:

I went to Disneyland recently and all the shows over there were spectacular. It really is one of the happiest places in the world.

Tell us about your TV viewing:

I do enjoy cookery programmes quite a bit. My favourite at the moment would be Grandma’s Boy with Donal Skehan.

Radio listening and/or podcasts:

I’m not much of a radio listener. My iTunes, on shuffle, is my escape from reality a lot of the time.

You’re curating your dream festival – what three artists are on the bill, living or dead?

Bryan Adams, Tina Turner and Beyoncé.

Your best/most famous celebrity encounter:

Meeting and performing with Ryan Sheridan would definitely have to be one of my highlights. Following his career and then having the chance to perform with him was amazing. He’s such a nice guy.

Do you have any interesting ancestors or family?

My grandfather was a great influence in my life. He was big into politics, so his lifestyle and encounters with different people during his career was interesting.

Favourite ever item of clothing:

It would have to be my shoes.

Unsung hero — individual or group you think don’t get the profile/praise they deserve:

People who endlessly roam the streets day in, day out and promote charity groups. The general public always seem to try and avoid them the best of times, but why not give them at least five minutes of your time and support. It’s not easy and for that I think they need more praise then anyone else.

You are king for a day — what’s your first decree?

To have bank holiday weekends every week. It always creates a great atmosphere when there’s one. Puts everyone in good form and who doesn’t want to see that all the time.


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