So it may not look like much, but after looking through all my photos, this one definitely most simply distils the essence of “homeness” to me. It’s the view from the back garden of where I grew up in Mountnugent in Cavan, and it’s one of my favourite views.
HB : Where's home?
I’ve been moving around a lot since I got to Germany, but my “basecamp” if you will, is with one of my oldest friends Karl and his mother Catrin, in a little village called Mörz. Bless them for letting me stay with them. But home for me is always just going to be wherever I am with my best friends, and then Mountnugent in Cavan, of course.
HB : Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
There’s a small townland called Ross, just outside Mountnugent village, on the shores of Lough Sheelin. My friends and I spent our teenage years there, going through the usual trials and tribulations of teen age life. None of us live there any more, but for a small select group of us, it will always mean the world.
HB : Where’s your favourite place to write music?
Ooh that’s a tough one. Alone, always if possible. Usually in a bedroom. But spontaneous ideas hit me most often when I’m walking, which I think is pretty common.
HB : What are you up to now?
Trying to acclimatise to life in Germany, and figuring out exactly how I’m going to best spend my time here.
HB : What do you like about the Dublin/Irish/German music scene?
I actually can’t speak too much on the German side just yet, I’ve spent most of my musical time here, locked in a bedroom recording.
But Dublin is just more amazing than ever, since I started on the scene in 2012, the caliber, and array of bands and musicians has just grown and grown. I think BIMM has a lot to do with that. Really teaching young musicians the “Business” of music. So it’s not just that the great bands are there, it’s that they’re being taught to promote and innovate themselves in a way that was never taught before.
HB : Who are your favourite upcoming Irish act(s)?
Bicurious is the current band of the lead guitar player from my old band Travis Oaks, and if you’re in any way into epic, post-rock anthems, or just rock music in general, you need to check them out. Especially live, because it’s just one guitar, a loop pedal, and a drummer, and you won’t believe what they pull off.
HB : What has been your favourite gig 1) Of your own 2) That you attended?
1) Supporting the Strypes in a sold out Olympia theatre is definitely a personal standout. Just playing that building is a treat!
2) Seeing Robert Plant in a park in Toronto when I was 14 was certainly a distinct factor in setting me on my musical path
HB : What would your dream venue to perform in be?
I’m a sucker for Bluegrass and would love to play the Grand Ol Opry sometime…
HB : What do you have coming up next?
I’m releasing an EP that I produced completely myself while here in Germany. It’s called Devils In The Water and it’s released on May 11th, with your fine selves at Homebeat
HB : If you could be any animal for a day what would you be and why?
My spirit animal is the Giraffe, (I’m 6”4), but if I could choose…hm probably a dolphin in some tropical ocean
HB : If you had to describe yourself as a cake what would it be?
If I’m any kind of baked good, it’s the potato scone (farrell).