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Folk/Acoustic singer/songwriter Little Butler on the soundtrack to his life
What is the first album/single that you ever bought?
The first album I ever bought was Queen’s greatest hits and it still blows my mind twenty years later.
What is your earliest musical memory?
It was being in a record shop in Dublin with my mam when I was very young. The song playing in the shop at the time was The Obvious Child by Paul Simon. I remember that song stopping me in my tracks and having my mind blown by the drums in it. My mam bought the CD and we played it all the time in the car together. Good times.
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
The first time I ever heard Live Forever by Oasis, that was the game changer for me.
What song instantly reminds you of a particular person?
Outdoor Type by the Lemonheads. I used to sing it to my niece when she was a baby.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
“Strangers passing in the street, by chance two separate glances meet,
and I am you and what I see is me”.
These are lyrics from Pink Floyd’s song Echoes. For me, I just think they are pretty deep lyrics which doesn’t happen too much nowadays.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
There was always music playing in our house growing up. The likes of Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, Christy Moore. My dad had a great vinyl collection.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
The Voyage by Christy Moore. What a song. It’s beautiful.
What song transports you back in time and why?
The Dancer by The Frames. Growing up, my brother had a band who played Frames’ songs. My cousin gave me a drum kit and I used to play the intro to The Dancer over and over again. It’s a great song and every time I hear it, it brings me back to that freezing cold garage.
Which song makes you happy when you hear it?
“You Can Call Me Al”. It’s just a fun song. Guaranteed to get me on the dance floor with my air-trumpet and air- bass.
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
A song called “They Thought I was Asleep” by Paul Kelly. It was written about an experience of hearing his parents arguing on the way home from a family outing. It’s a beautiful song but heart wrenching.
What was the first gig you went to?
My first gig was Ocean Colour Scene in The Point in maybe 1998.
What was the first song that you ever performed?
That was probably an extremely dodgy version of Smells Like Teen Spirit with a mate from school in a local talent competition.
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