Howard Jones on fatherhood, his Irish tour and making the world a better place through music.

Prior to a gig at Dublin's National Stadium, English pop star Howard Jones goes for a stroll in Herbert Park in Ballsbridge with broadcaster Shay Healy.

In the mid 1970s Howard Jones enrolled at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is a classically trained musician. He disliked the stuffiness he encountered at music college, and found he could express himself better through rock music, embracing the possibilities offered by synthesizers.

Music should be something that uplifts the spirit and makes people want to celebrate, you know, being alive.

Howard Jones had commercial success in 1983 and 1984. He lived in Dublin with his wife Jan but the couple moved back to England for the birth of their first child Osheen. Fatherhood has made him think more about the future,

What kind of world is going to be left for him when I’m gone.

Howard Jones is a vegetarian and likes to lead a quiet life, eschewing the stereotypical rock and roll lifestyle of someone in his position. He feels a responsibility to making the world a better place and aims to motivate people with his music and lyrics,

I’ve always tried to write optimism, I’ve never dwelled on the dark side of things.

Beginning a world tour in Ireland, Howard Jones is playing seven dates in relatively small venues around the country. Concerts held in Galway, Tralee, Limerick and Cork gave him the chance to experience Ireland and meet people beyond Dublin. After the Dublin show he will play to audiences in Carrickmacross and Belfast.

This episode of 'Evening Extra’ was broadcast on 11 March 1987. The reporter is Shay Healy.