Former Joshua Trio frontman, occasional alter ego of Ding Dong Denny O'Reilly, and ambient noodler with Aircraft of Tomorrow, Paul Woodfull has released his second single, A Covid Kiss. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

Now performing under his own name, Paul is also known as lounge lizard Tony St James and Irish Pictorial’s Dominic Walsh. He penned all of the music for I, Keano and shared the honours of writing the music of Copper Face Jacks: The Musical with Dave McCune.

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Speaking about A Covid Kiss, he says, "This is my second single and video out under my own name. I plan on bringing out a song a month.

"Basically, this is a one-stop shop I have here - small studio set up where I record the music and make the videos. I'm not necessarily going for comedy with these although this latest one does, I think, fall into the 'humourous' category."

A Covid Kiss tastefully asks would you risk risking catching Covid in pursuit of a kiss and it’s the follow-up single to But I Like You, which was well received on social media and elsewhere (it sez here).

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"My new track is breezy little pop song reminiscent of Gilbert O’Sullivan or Randy Newman," says Paul. "Is it too early to treat the subject of Covid in such a light fashion or, indeed, too late - are we now past it?

"I guess it’s up to everybody to decide. However, I do think you’ll find it catchy and hopefully a bit of whimsy is just what we need to remedy the anxiety of the last two years."

Tell us three things about yourself?

I was fired from six jobs before I was 25. I played The Hucklebuck with The Edge and a couple of other people in The Magnet Bar on Pearse Street in 1978. I rode a donkey into The Baggot Inn in the late 80s.

How would you describe your music?

What I’m doing under my own name I would describe as quirky, humourous, satirical combined with easy listening, pop, soul and jazz. Most of the other things I’ve done are comedy music, parody and of course my ambient project Aircraft of Tomorrow.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Burt Bacharach. The Sherman Brothers (those guys who wrote all the great Disney songs and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - I think we all must have been influenced by them). The Beatles (I’m in the McCartney camp). Jimmy Webb. Gilbert O’Sullivan, Stevie Wonder, John Prine, Randy Newman. Numerous others - T.Rex, Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Bowie, Chic, Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon), Radiohead, Miles Davis - the list goes on - I’ve got pretty eclectic taste.

What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?

Fruupp (a prog rock band from Northern Ireland) in Trinity College in 1974. The first record I ever bought was Honey Come Back by Glen Campbell. For the longest time it seemed the naffest record to have bought as your first single - people would laugh. Then years later I find out it was written by the brilliant Jimmy Webb, so I felt vindicated. Admittedly, it isn’t the best song he has ever written.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Hello in There by Emmylou Harris (written by John Prine).

Favourite lyric of all time?

Funny enough, I’m more of a music guy than a lyric guy in terms of what I like even though the lyrics are pretty central to what I do myself. I’ll pick one of John Prine’s - I like almost all of his lyrics - Sam Stone. Alternatively, The Last Time I Saw Richard by Joni Mitchell.

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

I would probably pick one of my own and torture myself over how I could have made it better. But if I wasn’t allowed to do that I would possibly pick Can’t Take My Eyes Off You - the Andy Williams version.

Where can people find your music/more information?

My website, Spotify and YouTube.