A question of taste - Ken Griffin

Ken Griffin is originally from Dublin, but has lived in New York for the past 23 years. Formerly of Rollerskate Skinny, his latest band is August Wells. They play the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh tonight.

A question of taste - Ken Griffin

Best recent book: Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

Best recent film: I just watched Robert Altman’s 3 Women for the first time, it’s a great unhinged masterpiece. I have always loved the way he uses sound in films too, and its been an occasional influence on my approach to music.

Best recent gig: I finally got to see Willie Nelson play in Coney Island. Aged 83, he just walked on stage played 29 classics and then sent us on our way. I think his guitar playing is really underestimated.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old): Donald Byrd’s ‘Cristo Redentor’.

First ever piece of music or art or film or gig that really moved you: Neil Young’s After the Goldrush.

What’s the one thing you’d change about the Irish music scene: I would just play more Irish acts on the radio.

Tell us about your TV viewing: It mostly happens in bed on my computer; I am the perfect customer for mysteries with a conclusion.

Radio listening: I listen to Paul McLoone’s show online.

You’re curating your dream festival – what three artists are on the bill: John Coltrane, Nina Simone and RL Burnside.

Best celebrity encounter: Through a bizarre set of circumstances i ended up holding Meryl Streep’s hand at a dinner party and talking for a while.

You can portal back to any period of human cultural history or music event — where, when, and why: Probably the late 1950s early 1960s when so much innovation and excitement was happening in music and art.

Do you have any interesting family or ancestors: My great grandmother was one of the first women to own a car in Ireland.

Unsung hero: I think Brian Mooney is a really gifted songwriter; he will be opening for us at the Sirius Arts Centre on April 5th in Cobh.

You are king for a day — what’s your first decree: Let’s all take a week off and really think about the road we are blindly running down.

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