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Having just released her fifth album, the stunning Sing, Maria Doyle Kennedy chills out and reflects on where it all went right.
Olaf Tyaransen, 13 Sep 2012
Nobody signed up for the plane option, which was on offer for €10,000. She insists she would have done it.
“I definitely would have if somebody had paid up, but – fuck! – I’d have been terrified,” she laughs. “Someone did pay for a private gig and we are going to do one of those. Most people paid in advance for the album. There were a few funny different little things. We got special requests from people which we were able to do, which was nice.”
Although she’ll be Sing-ing for the foreseeable future, she’s already planning the next album. Having previously written a collection inspired by the work of Chuck Palahniuk (Mutter was based on his novel Diary), her next project will most likely be based on the writings of acclaimed Irish author Kevin Barry.
“I’ve little bits of ideas that are percolating at the moment, she says. “I’ve been inspired by Barry’s novel, City Of Bohane. I read it a couple of months ago and, oh my god, the characters! And it’s so incredibly vivid and the description of everybody’s clothes! You know they’re wearing these dirk belts, knives…these words some of which are made-up, which you’re sure that you’ve been using or reading forever. The characters are just so vivid to me. Girly, the old woman, is like a Miss Havisham, but so fucked-up. I’ve been really inspired by that and am starting to write songs about them. I don’t know where that’ll go, but I’m quite excited about it.”
Sing is out now on Mermaid Records. Maria Doyle Kennedy plays Vicar St. on September 29.