Declan Sinnott, one of Ireland’s most respected musicians, has at the age of 61 released his solo debut album called I Love The Noise It Makes. Here, we get to know a little more about Declan in advance of his gig at The Civic on 20th June.

When and why did you start playing?
I heard the Beatles and got hooked . 1963, I was 13. I got a guitar for Christmas that year.

Which instruments do you play?
Guitar is my main instrument, but I also fool around on most stringed instruments like mandolin, banjo, etc. I can also manage a bit on keyboard and drums, and have been known to clear a room with a violin.

What was the first tune(s) you learned?
The first tune I wanted to learn was “When You Walk in the Room” by the Searchers. The first tune I actually played was something by the Everly Brothers with two chords, but I don’t remember exactly what.

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Many and varied. Beethoven, Jerry Garcia, Jon Hopkins, David Russell. A hard question to answer; I like so many things.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?
Once again, many and varied, but possibly making my own album, and the pure joy of the gigs I do with Vickie.

Why have you decided to release your debut album?
Mainly because I was offered a record deal by Warner Brothers, and also it’s something I would have always dreamed of doing.

Was it hard to write?
No. I wrote all those songs with my friend Owen O’ Brien and he helped to make the process a lot easier.

Have you another album planned?
Yes I have another album written and I’m in the process of recording it.

What can people expect at your gig at The Civic?
Well, I talk a lot about almost anything. There’s no format to the gig. People seem to like the fact that there’s no “show”.  Vickie and I will be singing songs from my first album and my soon to be second album, and some songs written by ordinary people. Total awesomeness in general.

Declan Sinnott performs at the Civic Theatre on Friday, 20th June @ 8pm. He is accompanied by Vickie Keating.

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online here or by phoning 01 4627477.