We had a chat with Paddy in advance of his gig here on April 14th


Can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up?

I grew up in a magical place called Crumlin, Dublin where horses ran free and the window cleaners all had sanders.


Who were your earliest musical influences?

When i was small I remember listening to and loving The Dubliners, Supertramp and The Specials… When I started collecting my own music the big one for me was Prince and random Jazz collections, a lot of Duke Ellington.


How did you get into the music business?

My brother had a ticket for a guitar in a pawn shop and he gave it to my ma to get it for me for Christmas when I was about 12. I got a book with itΒ  and as soon as i had finished it I went busking and that was pretty much it.


What do you enjoy most about touring?

I like seeing new places i really like it when I’m somewhere and I can’t speak the language at all. It’s more fun when you have to talk in noises and pretendy sign language.


What is your standout memory in music to date?

My first gig in Witness (Oxygen festival) walking onstage to a packed tent and realising that people where actually singing my songs… I even tried some breakdancing.


What music is on your playlist now?

I don’t really have a playlist. At the minute I usually stick on some old Northern Soul Compilations to wake me up in the morning.


Tell us a little bit about your creative process, melody or lyrics first?Β 

I don’t have a creative process songs come from different places….. At the minute I’m working on a few Disco Tracks and they all start with a bassline, whereas a song like Sweet Suburban Sky was complete lyrics first and then you have a song like Whatever Gets You Through which started with a bottle of wine.


What do they like to do outside of music that contributes to your musicality or creative process?

I like laughing and watching films or being really bad at relationships … i find the last one helps the most πŸ™‚


What has it been like touring with your daughter?

Saoirse is amazing, she blows me away every time I watch her singing. Its also kind of nerve wracking in a weird way its like you feel every bit of her nerves or shyness… apart from that we have good odd conversations on the drives.


What is next for you?

At the minute I’m finishing the mixing on two albums one acoustic and one more full on… hopefully will have them both out in the world by the summer…