Belfast-based singer-songwriter Andrew Patterson has released his new single, Normal People. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

Patterson was inspired by Sally Rooney's book Normal People, as well as the recent television adaptation, as he was instantly captivated by the characters and their desire to belong.

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"Also inspired by my own journey, the song is a call to the struggle in each of us to fit in despite all of our quirks and insecurities," he says.

"The realisation becomes that really, no one is truly normal, and everyone is searching for the same sense of belonging."

Tell us three things about yourself?

I love hiking in the mountains.

Big fan of cooking.

I can’t roll my tongue.

How would you describe your music?

I would describe my songs as anthemic yet intimate indie folk that are deeply rooted in hope.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Foy Vance. Glen Hansard. Bruce Springsteen.

How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?

I spent much of the first lockdown just recalibrating- resting, reading, walking, and watching lots of Tiger King with my wife!

Musically, I started my own live stream series The Garage Sessions, mainly to keep myself sane. Each week I played a mixture of covers and original songs from my garage studio. It was a great way to relax and just enjoy playing music for the fun of it again.

After some time, the songs started to come back and I wrote and recorded my last single, Little Darlin’, which was produced remotely with the amazingly talented producer Matt McIvor at Gathouse Studio.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Devotion by The Staves.

Favourite lyric of all time?

Hurricane by David C Clements. "So, we gather up our autumn sins as winter stole our colours and we put all of our matches to our hearts we kept in boxes"

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen, live from Hammersmith Odeon ’75.

Where can people find your music/more information?

All the usual places- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp- all under andypattmusic.

You can also find all the tracks on Spotify. I’m on Facebook, Instagram @andypattmusic, Twitter @andypattmusic, and YouTube. FlutterTone.