Late Late Toy Show duet with musical hero ‘absolutely mad’ says delighted teen
Michael Maloney (14) didn’t know he would be singing with Dermot Kennedy on the show
Mikie, as he is known, was having too much fun to turn around and see that in fact his musical hero was singing Kennedy’s song Giants alongside him.
It was but one highlight of a Late Late Toy Show not short of highlights.
“My mind just blanked, but I said I’d better keep going anyway. The show must go on. I didn’t want to stop,” Mikie told The Irish Times on Saturday.
“It’s absolutely mad. I’ll never forget this. It’s really mindblowing.”
Afterwards Kennedy presented Mikie with a Fender left-handed signed guitar, a thoughtful present as both are left-handed.
Kennedy revealed to Mikie that he auditioned for the Late Late Toy Show, but was turned down.
“He told me that I was already a step ahead of him when he was his age.”
His Instagram followers went from 300 to 27,000 after his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show and he was stopped twice for selfies on the way back from Dublin to Mayo.
His proud mother Sandra McLoughlin said her son sings from the moment he gets up in the morning until he goes to bed at night.
Along with singing, he plays the guitar, piano, violin, drums and ukulele. He has three music teachers.
“We were just blown away,” she said of her son’s appearance with Dermot Kennedy on the Late Late Toy Show.
“We were trying to prepare our kids for anything that could happen, but trust me, we couldn’t have prepared for that one.
“It has just given everybody such a lift. It’s just the most exciting thing that has ever happened in our lives. He didn’t take after me. His dad was very, very chilled and calm and Mikie would take after him.”
Mikie’s father Emmett Maloney died three years ago from cancer at the age of 59. He ran the successful Maloney’s Treffpunkt rock bar in Ballina which was a haven for music lovers in the west and a top destination for touring bands for many years.
“He would have been very proud. He would have had a big smile on his face,” said Mikie.
“We do know that Emmett is sharing with us. We know that he organised this gig for him. We speak to Emmett every day,” Sandra added.