Cork singer/songwriter and musician Martin Leahy has released his second single, The Wolves In The Valley. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
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The song was co-written with Mary Greene of the folk group Greenshine and Martin, who has played as a session musician with John Spillane, Christy Moore, and Cormac O Caoimh, says the track is about "addiction, metal health struggle and trauma".
Last December, he released his debut single, Song for Kirsty MacColl, a tribute to the late singer.
Tell us three things about yourself?
I read a lot of books, I walk five miles every day and take pictures of cows. I'm a multi-instrumentalist who also does recording and I love creating and listening to music.
How would you describe your music?
Dark, moody, hopeful folk.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Some of my musical inspirations are Bob Dylan, Erik Satie, Daniel Lanois, Joe Heaney, Scott Walker, Burial.
How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
Strangely enough, the lockdown has had a positive impact on my life. I’ve played as a session musician for years but because of the lockdown I’ve had the space to work on writing and recording my own music for the first time in my life. I released my debut solo single in December which went really well and The Wolves In The Valley is my second release.
What’s your favourite song right now?
My favourite song right now is a song by Jesse Winchester called Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding. There’s a live version on YouTube from Elvis Costello’s TV show Spectacle that I just can’t stop playing.
Favourite lyric of all time?
My favourite lyric of all time is 'Everybody knows the deal is rotten, Old black Joe’s still pickin’ cotton, for your ribbons and bows, And everybody knows’ by Leonard Cohen from his song Everybody Knows.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Shooting Star by Bob Dylan.
Where can people find your music/more information?
YouTube and Facebook under Martin Leahy.