A question of taste: Cathy Davey

Cathy Davey is singer-songwriter from Dublin who performs at the White Horse in Ballincollig as part of this year’s Winter Music Festival on Thursday, January 24.

The event continues until Sunday, January 27. See wintermusicfestival.ie

Cathy Davey plays Winter Music Festival at the White Horse in Ballincollig

Best recent book you’ve read: 

The Upstairs Room by Kate Murray-Browne, spooky mysterious wintery goodness.

Best recent film: 

BlacKkKlannsman, gorgeous and cinematic. Reminded me of all my favourite movies.

Best recent show/gig you’ve seen: 

Well I’m gonna be weird and say it was the New Years Eve concert I was part of recently. I got to see fellow musicians in rare form have a bit of craic playing covers by their favourite artists. Ritchie Egan doing Hot Chip, Wallis Bird singing Everything But The Girl, and I got so sing ‘Dub Be Good To Me’, so this was hands down a highlight of the year!

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old):

I’m on a Paul McCartney buzz at the moment. 

First ever piece of music or film that really moved you:

The films Wings of Desire and Faraway, So Close!.Wim Wenders blew my developing mind at the time.

The best gig or show you’ve ever seen (if you had to pick one!):

Micah P Hinson in Whelans about 13 years ago now. I came straight home to send him a Myspace message about how much he had moved me that night. I ALWAYS get sleepy at gigs, no matter how amazing or loud, it’s a strange phenomenon, but I was wide awake for all of his show. I see he’s playing here in February so I’ll be making an effort to see him then.

Tell us about your TV viewing:

I usually only get to watch TV quite late and so don’t want anything too heavy before sleep, so I have a list of things that I can watch that aren’t to stimulating. Landscape artist of the Year is my favourite. The Great British Bake-Off because food is never boring, University Challenge, anything Grayson Perry is in.

Radio listening and/or podcasts:

I listen to Mark Maron WTF, Adam Buxton and Stuff You Should Know. I really don’t like the music in the charts so never listen to the radio unless it’s a nice chat about nature or gardening or interviews with musicians, it seems all other content these days is designed to make peoples blood pressure rise.

You’re curating your dream festival — what three artists are on the bill, living or dead?

Elliot Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Kate Bush.

If you could change one thing about the music business, what would it be?

That some of Irelands finest musicians have to move to other countries to earn a living from their craft.

Your best celebrity encounter:

I overheard Sean Penn singing a line from my song ‘Little Red’ to someone after I’d played it at a thing he was at… never told anyone that but since you asked!

You can portal back to any period of human cultural history... ?

I’m not sure that my idea of the past matches the reality. But I love the old supper club culture, where big bands and food and wine mix into one over- indulgent night of eating and dancing.

Do you have any interesting ancestors or family?

On my dad’s side, Clement Attlee is a great uncle via my very impressive great grandfather Sir Algernon Usborne Willis, Admiral of the Fleet.

Unsung heroes:

That would be all the animal charities everywhere. Not just for endangered species but the everyday rescuers of unwanted dogs, injured hedgehogs, birds and reptiles and equines. Any local group that helps your communities smallest, four-legged or winged beings deserves a shout out and sneaky fiver from us all every month.

You are queen for a day — what’s your first decree?

Ban the indiscriminate breeding and selling of dogs, pet pigs and ponies by everyone. Until we as a nation can provide care for everything we bring into existence we shouldn’t have anything to do with it. Pounds are full of traumatised animals brought into the world for what? Don’t get me started.


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