A question of taste: Marlene Enright, musician and music booker

Marlene Enright is from Bantry, Co Cork. She is music booker for The White Horse in Ballincollig, and is also a musician and songwriter. She is about to release her debut solo album, Placemats and Second Cuts, writes Des O’Driscoll.

A question of taste: Marlene Enright, musician and music booker

Best recent book you’ve read:

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan — it stayed with me for quite a while after finishing it.

Best recent film:

I watched The Young Offenders recently and loved it.

Best recent show/gig you’ve seen:

I saw Callback Theatre’s Fred and Alice recently at The White Horse and I absolutely loved it. It was so funny at times, equally so sad but ultimately heartwarming. Cora Fenton and Ciaran Bermingham are two incredible performers and watching them deliver their roles with grace, honesty and sensitivity was really impressive.

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

A song called ‘Tumbling Down’ by a band called Phantom Limb. I only stumbled across it a few months ago though it’s from their 2012 album The Pines.

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

Music is too tough, so I’ll go with film. I remember watching Disney’s The Fox and The Hound when I was about 7 and I don’t think I was right after it for days, it was so unbelievably sad for a kid’s movie.

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

Leonard Cohen’s performance at Lissadell House was almost otherworldly and therefore that takes the crown, but Bon Iver’s 2012 concert at the O2 was pretty spectacular also.

Tell us about your TV viewing:

I don’t really watch TV. I have a telly that works when it decides to and I think it’s for the best. I do like a good series though, it’s a nice way to wind down and Netflix is great for those, The Crown and Narcos were two that I really enjoyed recently.

Radio listening and/or podcasts:

I love radio. I have it on every morning, in the car, pottering around at home. Pat Kenny, Sean O’Rourke, Marian Finucane are all favourites in the current affairs side of things. I love Lyric FM for music, The Late Date on RTE Radio 1.

There’s also some great alternative music programmes on various regional stations around the country which are brilliant for hearing new music. I was introduced to the Irishman Abroad podcasts recently, which are great.

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

If we’re going festival vibe then The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Toto, and Queen.

Your best celebrity encounter:

Meeting Cillian Murphy in the Bodega in Cork.

You can portal back to any period of human cultural history or music event — where, when, and why?

The mid to late 1930s and early ’40s America so that I could hang out with Alan Lomax while he collects folk songs.

Unsung hero — individual or group you think don’t get the profile/praise they deserve:

Since the Rescue 116 helicopter crash, I’m struck by the enormity of the risk that the Irish Coast Guard take each time they are called to rescue. Their bravery and dedication to helping save lives is really humbling, they are the real unsung heroes of Ireland.

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

If it were in anyway possible I’d end poverty, somehow — a big job for one day as queen though.

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