HOW DID YOUR NAME ORIGINATE?
O’Reilly & Vincent - hmmm . . . not very imaginative is it! But at least there’s no other acts using that name. And it reminds us of Simon and Garfunkel who were incredible. One nice piece of feedback we got online was someone comparing our song Through the Clouds to Simon and Garfunkel. Also, the name instantly conjures up Ireland. Finn (O’Reilly) is a true Dubliner while Rod (Vincent) is a wannabe Irishman with a passport and 50% Irish blood.
WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST GIG AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE THERE?
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Ludlow, Shropshire. We didn’t have time to count them but the pub was packed. We did no marketing of the event around the town. Ludlow is the sort of place where the word gets out and the people come out. It’s a true community.
WHEN WAS YOUR LAST DAY OFF AND WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?
No days off ever. Releasing an independent album is a tonne of work and two tonnes of fun. Yesterday Rod took a couple of hours in the afternoon to go and jam on his bass with a guitarist friend. Finn plays football and cricket at the weekends.
WHAT IS SOMETHING - APART FROM YOUR PHONE OR WALLET - THAT HAS TO BE IN YOUR VICINITY AT ALL TIMES?
Rod - I spend nearly all my life in the garden studio where I work. There’s a stone there I rescued from a beach in Catalonia. It’s smooth and mottled and biscuity. I’ve written a story about the stone.
Finn - My earring
WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU'D WRITTEN?
Ripple by The Grateful Dead
WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST SURREAL FAN MOMENT?
After playing at the local pub in Ludlow one lovely woman sent us a thank you card. People are that polite round here (Ludlow).
Also, someone sent us a whole transcript of his version of the lyrics of the songs. He heard our track ”Anna and the Apple" as “Anna ham the apple” and he heard the lyric “Not submerging through shekinnah whiteness” from our song Through the Clouds as “Hats are merging”. We liked the idea of hats merging and often refer to the song by that name now.