“What podcasts do, I believe, is they give you a warm mindful hug, they allow us to have a little space in the day.”
Against a backdrop of gentle piano music, the words of Blindboy Boatclub afford the listener the opportunity to melt into a safe space and the chance of relinquishing daily worries.
At the top of the Irish iTunes Podcast Chart, The Blindboy Podcast has been an unquestionably large hit with its audience and deservedly so.
The honest and frankly relatable words spoken by The Rubber Bandit have the tendency to follow you long after you’ve stopped listening.
The weekly podcast, which airs on a Wednesday, features Blindboy speaking about his take on life, his take on current affairs and reading extracts from his new book of short stories, The Gospel According to Blindboy.
In his native Limerick tongue, speaking about ‘the existential anxiety of having to watch Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un down the collective political urethra’, you are taken to a space where things aren’t so serious, where you can laugh and let go for a while.
While this jocular commentary is prevalent throughout the podcast, there is always an element of seriousness when Blindboy alludes to mental health.
An advocate for many years of speaking out about the subject, his approach is refreshingly rational and empathetic and normalises the idea of suffering from a mental illness.
As he explains in the podcast Bourneville Chorus: “When you hear somebody going through that exact same s**t, you go, ‘Oh I’m normal.”
The latter half of the podcast is taken up by Blindboy reading excerpts from his above mentioned new book, which can only be described as darkly surreal, yet incredibly entertaining.
The listener is absorbed from the reading of chapter one, which involves the fictional Erskine Fogarty’s fall from grace and his tour around Limerick city with a fridge-freezer.
While undoubtedly one of the most well received celebrities in Ireland, Blindboy discusses in one of his podcasts how he prefers the anonymity of people not knowing who he is, of being able to go into Lidl and shop and not be anyone important – thus the plastic bag.
The idea of being a constant celebrity is something that would adversely affect his self-esteem he believes, and that maintaining good self-esteem is synonymous with good mental health.
As the Rubber Bandit poignant states: “High self-esteem is, ‘I am no better than anybody else and nobody else is better than me’ because human beings are too complex to evaluate each other.”
Listen to The Blindboy Podcast at: www.acast.com
The Gospel According to Blindboy is currently available in most book shops.