Wexford violinist and singer Luke Cosgrave has released his new song, Love and War. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
He has performed solos for past presidents of Ireland and An Taoiseach and supported artists such as Sinead O'Connor and John Spillane and is now launching his own original music.
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He has also performed with Lisa Lambe, Don Baker, The 4 of Us and Sean Keane and George Murphy and band. He lent his violin skills to a gig with Mundy recently.
"Love and War is a reflection on current times and how we all need to keep in mind the bigger picture," Luke says. "Pacifism lies at its roots, and I want it to remind people of what's important in this life. What we should fight for."
Tell us three things about yourself . . .
I was raised on a farm in Wexford, so I love everything connected with nature and animals. I speak fairly decent Spanish because of Living in the Canary Islands when I was a young singer just starting out. I like gardening and growing my own veg and enjoy a little fishing. The best meal is the one you catch and grow yourself!
How would you describe your music?
Catchy with rich melodies. I can go from one extreme to the next with the violin. It's such a versatile instrument and can lend itself to many different styles of music.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I'm a bit of a sponge and can draw from lots of different styles. I really like a good rock group such as Queen, Oasis and AC/DC but Bob Geldof and Bono have always impressed me with their humanitarian principles.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
The first big gig that I attended back in the day was Van Morrison down in Cork. I remember being blown away by the sound quality of the whole band. A few years back I was introduced to Richie Buckley who played saxophone with Van Morrison, and we've enjoyed a few gigs together since.
What was the first record you ever bought?
I remember saving for it at the time. I was only about 10 or 11 years old. It was Christy Moore Live at the Point and the cassette cost me £7.99 (punts) and I still love it!
What’s your favourite song right now?
I'm loving Susan O Neill and Mick Flannery's Chain Reaction. It's a beautiful song with a great vibe from start to finish but I'm guilty of a little bit of Ed Sheeran Bad Habits also.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"And when the broken-hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be!" The Beatles.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It’s a very hard question, perhaps something from Mozart!
Where can people find your music/more information?
On all platforms. YouTube, Spotify and Apple - just with the search words Luke Cosgrave and following me on Instagram and Facebook.