While so many dull and bland DJs scramble for the limelight in Irish Dance music, Shane Johnson and Greg Dowling have been happily tucked away playing house music in Cork for more than thirteen years. In contrast to many in this business their down-to-earth nature defines them both, preferring to let the music do the talking. Pheasant goes to the source find out the story so far.........
Pheasant: I'm speaking with Greg Dowling and Shane Johnson of Sir Henrys', Sweat, Fishgodeep renown, welcome along lads. I suppose I might as well start at the beginning, thirteen years ago when Sweat started, which you just recently finished with. Greg, you kinda' started it, tell us how it began.
Greg: I had been playing in Reds, this club that Dominic O Keefe owns, he owned the first kinda' nightclub in Cork, Coco's, and Sean O Neill, who was the then manager of Sir Henrys', came up to me and said do you want to come over to us. To be quite honest I didn't really know what was going on, I just said well this seems like a good idea. The first night there was 600 people there, and that's how it just happened. It was a very, emmm, I hate using that word, but very 'Organic', it just grew out of that. We had no idea what the fuck was going on, it just sorta happened. We just moved on and Henrys' just suddenly appeared on the horizon'
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This time last year Cork were Munster champions going into the All-Ireland semi-final on a high. It didn't end well. The Rebels have added some steel that should help avoid another semi drubbing but is it enough to beat a tough Limerick outfit?