Co Clare's Susan O'Neill aka SON has just released her cover of the Rolling Stones classic Gimme Shelter and is recording an album of duets with Mick Flannery. We ask her the BIG questions...

Tell us three things about yourself?
I'm a chancer. I'm a messer. I talk to myself. 

How would you describe your music?
It's hard to describe it when it comes out of you, but I guess it's a reflection of my state of being at the time when it's being manifested. For me, it's expression and an outlet and often changing.

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Who are your musical inspirations?
I am in awe of Leonard Cohen - and not just because of his ability to birth the most poignant lyrics or his capacity to creating a sacred music capsule in recordings and performances. His human mannerisms inspire me greatly; his composure and authenticity emanate so purely. They shine through everything.

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How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
I realised that the world is really changing and embraced the fact that I should too. Hotel Doolin took me in as an artist-in-residence. After all my gigs disappearing it was such a wonderful gift. I cycled, swam, ate great food, drank good wine and wrote some songs. I was finally occupied in the present. 

What's your favourite song right now? 
Right now, I'm listening to a lot of old jazz and gospel. Also big on the ambient sounds. Never Grow Old - Aretha Franklin from her Amazing Grace album is moving some big feels inside for me at the moment. 

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Favourite lyric of all time? 
Yikes. Hard. Right now, the song that is springing to mind is by Joe Pug called Hymn 101.

'And I've come
To be untroubled in my seeking
And I've come
To see that nothing is for not
I've come to reach out blind
To reach forward and behind
For the more I seek
The more I'm sought
Yea the more I seek
The more I'm sought'

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If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Ha, what a strange and torturous notion...It wouldn't be a song, but an instrumental. Probably classical. Beethoven's Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Opus 73 Emperor. It is simply delightful, but covers a huge range of emotion. I feel the light and dark in that piece. 

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Where can people find your music/more information?
www.son.ie.