I was born in Cork, the Erinville my mother tells me.
I’ve lived off Wellington Road since 1986, it’s a quiet cul de sac generally — unless they have parties across the road.
Two brothers and a sister. We’re close enough, taking care of a 100 year old mother you get pretty close.
I’ve so many friends I couldn’t distinguish. My longest and oldest best friend is my mother who was 100 in June. She was and still is a great mother.
A neighbour’s child telling me about a boogie man down the back of the garden in Blackrock.
Doc Watson, born Arthur Lane Watson, Deep Gap, North Carolina. 1923-2012. He was an extraordinary guitarist, blinded as a child by an eye infection. A huge influence on guitarists in his lifetime, I first heard him on a 1963 album. He is one of the reasons I still play so much of that music! I met him once in Cork when he played in Connolly Hall. A really nice guy and, by all accounts, was exactly that throughout his life.
Has to be Donald Trump at the moment. I don’t think anyone compares to him.
Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits, just had his book published and has some interesting ideas, it’s probably only a matter of time before he becomes involved in politics…’tho we may have to wait a while!
I don’t do holidays but there have been some very memorable moments on tour with different bands over the years. I toured all over England every summer for some years with Any Old Time with Dave Hennessy and Matt Cranitch — mostly traditional Irish tunes and songs brought us to a lot of festivals and folk clubs all over England, Scotland and Wales.
A tour in Japan with Seamus Creagh was fascinating. Again playing Irish music but taking in a lot of the culture.
The Lee Valley String Band featured in the Tønder Festival, Denmark, in 2001, sharing the stage with Emmylou Harris and Tim O’Brien among others.
I’m a very general TV viewer, don’t see a lot of it but might catch something while I’m sitting down eating dinner or something.
Arena with Sean Rocks is very interesting, I make a point to listen to it. I also tune into The Purple Vespertine presented by Ellen Cranitch on Lyric. She plays a wonderful range of music and helps me wind down after a gig or session. If you wanted me to name the programmes I don’t or can’t listen to, I’d be here all day and only insulting people!
I cook every day — it’s what I do for therapy. No signature dish but I do a fish and pasta thing with leek and courgettes and crème fraîche and white wine of course!
I have no favourite restaurant. Whatever is handy when I am out on the road somewhere and most of the time they’re not that memorable. But I have been fed in Ballymaloe quite a few times as a guest of Rory Allen for some of his musical evenings and that’s always very enjoyable.
by Jim Rooney. His autobiography — very enjoyable. Jim is the producer of the two Lee Valley String Band albums and a great friend. He’d have been one of the founding fathers of the early folk revival scene in Boston in the ’60s and also wrote a book called with Dave Van Ronk documenting that whole period.
I’d probably go way back toby T. H. White. I’ve always been fascinated by the King Arthur legend as opposed to reading the very difficult English of Le Morte Darthur by Malory.
The debut EP by Hanora George / Martina Stafford, the singer in Boxcar Bertha. I’m looking forward to hearing the forthcoming album she’s currently recording.
Depending on the day, there are so many songs in my head over the years and they’re all like special children in a way. It’s very hard to distinguish.
If I were to choose, just at the moment off the top of my head, a version ofthat I learned from the singing of Jean Ritchie, who has a Cork connection as she, with Seamus Ennis, helped collect the songs of Elizabeth Cronin from Ballyvourney in the 1950s.
I would like to see John Prine still as I’ve never seen him in concert, though I did have the pleasure of singing with him in the Crane in Galway where he was the instigator of a surprise party for my friend, Jim Rooney.
I do have a cat, or a cat has me, as is usually the case with cats.
I can be either. I’m generally good in the morning unless I’ve been a particularly bad owl the night before.
A couple, if I may... when told by Tim O’Brien that he really liked my version of Ola Belle Reed’sfrom Barking Mad, the first Four Men And A Dog album! And being complimented on my set by Martin Carthy when I played support to him and Dave Swarbrick at the Cork Folk Festival a few years back!
I’m a saver. Someone once described me as frugal, pointing out that it was a compliment.
Generally I’m happy with most things about where I live.
Waking up every morning at my age generally makes me happy.
It would be nice just to be remembered I think, for something.
Apart from touring with Cathy and Jarlath, which is the main reason for this interview, I still play regular sessions with the Lee Valley String Band and am the resident sound engineer in Coughlans and sometimes gig with the aforementioned Hanora George / Martina Stafford.
Music Network presents Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson & Mick Daly at Triskel Christchurch on Friday, September 29, as part of 2017 Cork Folk Festival.
Music Network’s Autumn 2017 season gets off to a high-spirited start with three of Ireland’s finest traditional singers and instrumentalists: Cathy Jordan, Jarlath Henderson and Cork’s own Mick Daly performing at the venue.
Cathy from Sligo performs voice, bodhrán, bones (Sligo), while Jarlath from Tyrone performs uilleann pipes, whistle, voice.
Mick Daly, from Cork, will perform guitar, 5-string banjo.
Prepare to be entranced as these inventive singers offer up some stunning new interpretations of well-worn songs, with stirring instrumental playing and more than a little theatrical energy thrown into the mix.
Tickets €20/€18 available on 021 4272022 andwww.triskelartscentre.ie