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Indie/folk act Little Oak on the soundtrack to her life
The last song you listened to?
No Woman by Whitney from their album Light Upon the Lake
What is your earliest musical memory?
Singing ‘There was an old man named Michael Finegan’ for my parents and their friends- aged about 4.
Do you have a favourite song that was featured in a film or tv show?
Radiohead’s – Exit Music for a Film- Baz Luhrman’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
Is there a song that instantly reminds you of a particular person?
Ironic by Alanis Morisette always makes me think of my cousin who for years when we would visit would ask my sisters and I to sing it.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
Many songs have lyrics that resonate with me. Don’t think I could choose one!
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
Loads, but particularly Paul Simon
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen because it’s amazingly powerful, beautiful and simple at the same time.
What song transports you back in time and why?
Too many to choose from!
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
Fields of Gold, Eva Cassidy, I sang it with my siblings at my Grandmother’s funeral.
Which song makes you happy when you hear it?
Luna by Bombay Bicycle Club. Reminds me of a very happy time in my life.
What was the first gig you went to?
Radiohead at RDS in 1997.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
Of my own- Colour Me in 2002, which made it on to my first album with band, One if By Sea, called Strange Calm, which I released in 2005.
What was the first album/single that you bought?
We did a lot of sharing among friends and family when I was growing up so I’m not sure which ones I bought or borrowed. Specifically I remember buying Sketches for my Sweetheart the Drunk, a Jeff Buckley album based on demos he recorded before he died.
Is there a song that you always listen to whilst travelling in the car or on the bus/train ?
I listen to loads of different songs when travelling, whatever album I’m into at the moment.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
The Irish scene when I was starting out featured Damien Rice who was singing with Lisa Hannigan at the time, the Frames and BellX1 – these bands made it seem possible to be an Irish singer/songwriter and inspired me to keep writing and performing my own stuff.
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