Davie Furey releases his new album, Haunted Streets, this Friday, 19 February. We ask him the BIG questions...

Tell us three things about yourself?

Everything you need to know is in the songs, really. I can be stubborn. I hope I'm compassionate at times. There's a lot of bs in the music industry so I try to avoid as much of that as possible. When it's just the songs and the audience, it is euphoric. I'm easy-going enough with most things. Acceptance is something I've learned in recent years. It's a powerful tool for me when used correctly. There are, however, some things that we should not accept, for example, the recent attacks in Washington, which relates to the opening track on the album, Flames on the River. We've had a little baby girl recently, so I've also learned that I can actually function (badly) on four hours sleep, although contrariness does occur on occasions!

How would you describe your music?

I usually leave that to other people. I hope the music is honest and approachable. If you're talking about genres, I suppose Folk Rock is something that people tend to categorise it as.

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Who are your musical inspirations? 

Probably too many to fit in here. I'm always attracted to songwriters. There is something about hearing a song from the person who wrote it. People such as: Bob Dylan, Jinx Lennon, Tracy Chapman, The War on Drugs, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Mark Knopfler, Alison Krauss, Dolores Keane, Jimmy MacCarthy, Paul Noonan, Steve Earle, Bon Iver.

How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?

With the absence of gigs, I tried the online gigs for a little while but didn't enjoy them too much. I really miss the energy that the listeners bring to the room. Thankfully, I'm able to record and write from home. Some songs have arrived, so there is a possibility of a second album later in 2021. In November, I started a podcast called The Green Wave with Davie Furey to try to support Irish artists in some small way. We talk about their work and play their songs. Guests so far include: Christy Moore, Gerry Adams, Luka Bloom, Sara Ryan, Charlie McGettigan, among others. We did 13 episodes in Season One! Hopefully, I will be getting back to that in the coming weeks. Other than music, it's walking… into the healing hands of nature.

What's your favourite song right now?

Steve Earle - Black Lung from his 2020 album Ghosts of West Virginia.

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Favourite lyric of all time?

Impossible to answer this one! At the moment, I guess it's Leonard Cohen from If You Want It Darker:
'If you are the dealer, I'm out of the game
If you are the healer, it means I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory, then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame'

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

Bob Dylan's Tangled Up in Blue from one of my 'most favourite' albums, Blood on the Tracks.

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Where can people find your music/more information?

www.daviefurey.com
https://daviefurey.bandcamp.com

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