Irish singer-songwriter Rory & The Island has released his new single When The Lights Go Down (Valhalla). We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Former front man of Donegal band The Revs, who had two top five albums and a string of successful tours making waves throughout Ireland, Europe and Australia, Rory moved to a remote island in the Canaries where he opened a live music venue The Island Bar after the band split in 2007.
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It was also here that Rory & The Island was born, and he began his solo project. Two albums later, he returned to Ireland in 2009 and in 2020, Rory and his wife Cara opened a new music venue, The Wildcat in Edinburgh.
He says When The Lights Go Down (Valhalla) touches on the battle to keep a sustainable career as an artist in a difficult industry and "the horrible feeling of switching the lights off for the last time and handing the keys back for our new venue in May which never had a chance to work".
Tell us three things about yourself?
I'm a song and dance man.
In my time I have played in punk bands and owned live music bars.
I have two sons under the age of five, so I am constantly drinking coffee.
How would you describe your music?
Melodic, with a lot of thought put into the lyric.
Who are your musical inspirations?
The Beatles, Nirvana, Neil Finn, Sting, Irish trad, Bob Marley, Tame Impala.
How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
Walking with my family, mastering the dark arts of Zoom, writing, trying to avoid the news, watching lots of the news . . . and I managed to play a full eight-hour live gig on Facebook in August with no breaks!
What's your favourite song right now?
In the charts? Jake Bugg's new song is very good. I heard it this morning
Favourite lyric of all time?
Instant Karma by John Lennon.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Are there any songs that last about 80 years!? Lol... maybe one of those prog rock songs from the 1970s!
Where can people find your music/more information?
My website. And Rory and the Island on Facebook.