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Singer-songwriter Graham Sweeney on the soundtrack to his life
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
Possibly Limp Bizkit on cassette and the shame in believing it was Five on CD.
What is your earliest musical memory?
Listening to my guitar teachers around 7/8 years old. Eamonn Maxwell for a while followed by Steve Davies. Steve would play me Bert Jansch – Angie, I would struggle to hold my guitar.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
John Martyn (Small Hours) Especially the live version from 1978, what he was doing with guitars back then was mindblowing. watch
Is there a song/band that you love that was introduced to you by someone else?
Arvo Part – Spiegel im spiegel. From my pal Kevin Ryan, who is a great songwriter.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
Now – Nic Jones. This Song can stop me from spinning out when the mind gets going.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
Pink Floyd (The Wall LP) I got my hands on my father’s old records at a young age and used to blast this record on the Hi-Fi.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Joni Mitchell – A Case of You. Just listen to those lyrics and you’ll understand why.
What song transports you back in time and why?
Jurassic 5 – Contribution. Jumping around in the sun at EP with smiling faces as far as the eye can see.
Which song makes you dance when you hear it?
Kev Sheridan – it’s Gonna Be Perfect. I have the height of respect for that man and he makes epic tunes!
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
You’ll never know – Vera Lynn
What was the first gig you went to?
S Club 7 with my sisters. Followed by The Eagles with my father (Probably the one I should be mentioning, not sure S Club 7 will fit in this playlist) 😉
What was the first song that you ever performed?
Under The Same Sun – Ben Howard. It was at a house party in Bundoran in the wee hours. This was the first time I really felt that people wanted to listen to me playing properly, and from that point, those same friends supported me.
Graham Sweeney’s new track “Go n’Éirí an Bóthar Leat” (Trad Tune) is out now on Youtube and will be available on Spotify on 16th October. The track, an original traditional Irish composition by Graham was recorded live in Maerescourt House, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. Graham played guitar on the piece and was joined by Achill fiddler Diarmuid Gielty, celebrated harpist, Laoise Kelly and acclaimed uilleann piper, Tiarnan Ó Duinnchinn.
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