Outside the office windows, Dublin hums along. Strains of a busker singing his heart out filter into the room; the stops and starts of city centre traffic underscore the calm conversation with one of Ireland’s most recent creative success stories. You know the face, you know the name, you know the frame, but there was … Read more Interview: Hozier
The voice is slight yet unmistakable, but the mindset remains as firm, if not steely, as it has always been. Paul Simon may be closer to 80 than 70, but the songwriter – who in 2007 was the first recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song – is having none … Read more Interview: Paul Simon
Pennie Smith on her photo of The Clash, which has been voted the Best Rock’n’Roll Photograph Of All Time: “I’m so familiar with it that I can’t assess it. I’m astonished that it’s taken off so well. For me, taking it, it was feeling that something was about to happen. I saw Paul Simonon … Read more Interview: Pennie Smith
Culture Vultures? It’s an as-and-when-required ‘salon’-themed pop culture event, co-curated (at venues) by promoter/event organiser Andrea Keogh, and co-curated/hosted/presented (at festivals/venues) by me. It consists, essentially, of words and music. The ‘words’ part features a public interview, and there is also some form of spoken word/comedy and music in the blend. Past events have featured … Read more Culture Vultures – What Exactly Is It?
If the phrase ‘ineffably cool’ could be applied to just one person in traditional rock music it would probably be Steve Van Zandt. ‘Miami’ Steve Van Zandt, Little Steven – whatever the moniker – is a natural born chiller, a musician who started out playing with Bruce Springsteen, graduated to Southside Johnny and the … Read more Interview: Steve Van Zandt
“I’m owning it more, and I really value that,” says Cavan singer-songwriter, Lisa O’Neill, who is reflecting on the difference a few years can make in terms of confidence and self-assurance. “I’m not in disbelief anymore that this is happening. When I was speaking about my previous album, I would have felt that maybe … Read more Interview: Lisa O’Neill
“Age is a terrible price to pay for wisdom,” says Richard Hawley as he picks up a biscuit to dunk into his steaming hot cup of tea. He’s repeating an epigram his father had said to him on his deathbed, and in that stoic English working class way, Hawley stops, draws breath, dunks his … Read more Interview: Richard Hawley
What do you do when the nickname that has stuck is The Modfather? What happens next when you’re viewed as an Elder Statesman of Contemporary Cultural Affairs? Or when, as a musician and songwriter in your mid-50s, you are plugging your latest solo album in just under 25 years? If you’re Paul Weller, you … Read more Interview: Paul Weller