Pine ¶he Pilcrow are making big waves in the Irish music scene. The piano, cello and violin 3 piece have received early reviews describing their music as “stunning”, “cinematic” and “atmospheric, melodic gold”. Recently nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2016 Pure M awards things are looking bright for this Dublin based folk trio.
We chatted with cello player, Rob Campbell, in advance of their first headline gig here at the Civic on 24th June.

Can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up?
Not a lot of people know this about me but I can fluently speak three languages as we moved a lot when I was a kid. Antwerp, Lebanon and The Cayman Islands. My family has settled in Balbriggan.

Who were your earliest musical influences?
Strangely Jason Donovan was huge in Belgium and in school I perfumed his songs regularly in talent shows. A lot of Classical music influences too such as Berlioz and Freinzlich Herzlichbalz.

How did you get into the music business?
I won my first talent show performing ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ and that’s when I was bitten by the bug so to speak. Lots of bits and bobs since then with various bands and now Pine the Pilcrow.

What do you enjoy most about touring?
Meeting new people and being inspired by all the great music there is.

What is your standout memory in music to date?
It was so special for me and my family when I won my first talent competition in Antwerp. They were so proud of me.

What music is on your playlist now?
Mary Mahon, Joe and the razors, Winpet, The Beatles, Firefox.

Tell us a little bit about your creative process, melody or lyrics first?
I gain inspiration through meditation. Usually it will take 30-60 minutes and then I find something musical begins to flow.

What do they like to do outside of music that contributes to your musicality or creative process?
Apart from meditation, I love to garden and I find this helps me focus.

What is next for you?
Lots of gigs and I have entered Talent Competitions so keep an eye on my facebook page as I’ll be needing your votes.


PINE THE PILCROW, Saturday 24th June 8.15pm