CELTIC SOCIAL CLUB - Ask 6


HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?

The band formed originally for a one off show at Vieilles Charrues Festival and the idea behind it was to have a collective of musicians showcasing Celtic traditional instruments rather like Buena Vista Social Club so naturally the name became Celtic Social Club.

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WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE?

Well as said before the first gig was at the Vieilles Charrues Festival which is a huge French music festival. There would have been 200,000 people there. Not your every day run of the mill first gig.

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WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?

The state of the modern music industry is that you never have a day off, ever. When you aren't gigging you are travelling, writing, recording, doing interviews sending out Cds and a myriad of other things that modern music industry professionals do ALL THE TIME. Now we have smart phones the office is in your pocket at all times.

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WHAT IS SOMETHING APART FROM YOUR WALLET OR PHONE THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES?

If its before midday a strong cup of coffee and I always have some plectrums in my back pocket should the urge take me to play some guitar.

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WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?

I personally wish I'd written The Wichita Lineman by Jimmy Webb as it's such a wistful story with some great chords involved.

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WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT?

I think all fan moments are surreal!! I'm massively blown away when people appreciate what we do for a living. They are our employers really and I'm grateful to all of them for buying records and concert tickets and merch.

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