Cormac O Caoimh has released his new song, Didn't We, a co-write with Lindy Morrison of his favourite band in the world The Go-Betweens. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Speaking about the track, he says, "We started to write this during the first lockdown and the recording was only finished in September this year.
"It's soon after the last release, I know, but we were both very eager to get it out in the world (I have been sitting on this news for two years) and there won't be another single until March 2023 at the earliest."
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He adds, "The song, on one level, is about Jimmy Webb's song Didn't We and the people who covered it. But on another how a small detail or one moment in time can greatly impact someone or something dear to us. Lindy describes this better than me."
Lindy Morrison adds: "I've loved Jimmy Webb’s songs forever. Didn’t We is just one of his many great tunes. It is poignant and lovely and as someone spending a life sliding, slipping and watching, it means a lot.
"I was thrilled when Cormac contacted me about my Facebook post, that came about after listening to many versions of the song and comparing those to Jimmy’s.
"This Cormac/Lindy song was only finished in September this year, and I was reflecting on how idiotic, funny, dramatic it is, that a small inexplicable event can occur that destroys a moment. Cormac helped to capture that in this song."
Tell us three things about yourself . . .
I am a singer-songwriter with five solo albums and one band album. Every single one has been compared to Prefab Sprout. And my current single, Didn't We, is a co-write with one of my musical heroes - Lindy Morrison of The Go-Betweens.
How would you describe your music?
It has been described as 'indie poppy jazzy folk' but I don't like being put in that box. The world is awash with 'indie poppy jazzy folk' singer-songwriters these days.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Even though every album I have ever made has been compared to Prefab Sprout they were never an inspiration. I would have been more influenced by Scullion, Nick Drake, The Go-Betweens and Elliott Smith.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
Probably a gig in City Hall with three or four Cork bands. Scotus, 3335409ers, Cypress, Mine, maybe. Back in the day when local bands could sell out large venues. But after that The Waterboys in Connolly Hall 1986.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Maybe Sting's Dream of The Blue Turtles or a Stephen Tin Tin Duffy record.
What’s your favourite song right now?
Lynda Cullen has a gorgeous new single Seesaw, which I love.
Favourite lyric of all time?
'When the rain hit the roof with the sound of a finished kiss" - The Go-Betweens
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Paul Buchanan - Mid Air.
Where can people find your music/more information?
Bandcamp is a wonderful site for musicians and for finding new music and you can find my music here. My website which is a good source of (not regularly) updated info.