Cork alt-folk act The Butterfly Graveyard has released his new single, Bethesda Row. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Speaking about the track, he says, "Bethesda Row is a little row of houses on a little street that breaks onto a bigger street in the city where I live. In fact, I walked past Bethesda Row every morning for years on my way to work.
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"I passed the same faces at the same time every single morning and of course, she was there among them. She walked down Bethesda Row, not so much like Monica Bellucci in Malena but more like Audrey Tautou in Amelie. Almost unaware of her beauty, wearing it lightly like a summer dress.
"Then of course one morning she was gone, and the next morning and the next. I never saw her again. I often wondered what happened to her and where did she go.
"A new job, and maybe a new city I presume. There was nothing left to do but write a song about her."
Tell us three things about yourself?
I love cats, as someone once said, they remember they were once worshiped in Egypt. Fascinating. I also love dogs, I don't think you have to be a cat person or a dog person, I think you can love both. I also love sunflowers, I actually planted over one hundred of them in pots, the house is like a garden centre, just can't get enough of them.
How would you describe your music?
Dreamy floaty, lyrically-driven, folk ambient rock `n' roll.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Elvis, Led Zeppelin, The Blue Nile, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, David Sylvain . . . ok, I'll stop now.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
I think my first gig was Meat Loaf at the City Hall in Cork. It was actually a great show, and my abiding memory is, it was so loud. Ears ringing for days afterwards.
What was the first record you ever bought?
The first record I ever bought was probably a Ska record, either by Madness or the Specials.
What’s your favourite song right now?
My favourite song right now is The Barrel by Aldous Harding, it's just stuck in there.
Favourite lyric of all time?
My favourite lyric of all time is from I've Had Enough by The Who from Quadrophenia: "My jacket’s going to be cut and slim and checked, maybe a touch of seersucker with an open neck, I ride a G.S. scooter with my hair cut neat, I wear my wartime coat in the wind and sleet." The greatest rhyming couplet in rock `n’ roll, Townsend sums up 60's Mod culture in four lines, job done.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Definitely Have You Forgotten? by Red House Painters. One of the eternals.
Where can people find your music/more information?
You can find us on Spotify and usual platforms.