A question of taste - Radie Peat

Radie Peat is a musician and singer from Artane, Dublin. 

She plays with Lynched, who will be appearing at Live At St Luke’s next Friday, September 30, as part of Cork Folk Festival.


Best recent book: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

Best recent film: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Best recent show/exhibition/gig you’ve seen: I saw The Jimmy Cake performing material from their album Master downstairs in Bello Bar. Tiny, packed venue, great music. Rib-cage rumbling bass. Another recent highlight was seeing Andy the Doorbum doing his mixture of song and performance art at Stendhal Festival in the middle of the woods.

What formats do you access music? I do a lot of physical swopping of CD and vinyl with other musicians, otherwise I buy vinyl if I can afford it at the time. Online I use bandcamp, youtube and spotify, and for non-commercial field recordings, the Irish Traditional Music Archive website is excellent, as are the Digital Library of Appalachia and the Alan Lomax recordings.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately (new or old): I’m not sure I can pick one, so here’s three; Brian Eno Golden Hours, Kalimankou denkou as sung by the Bulgarian Television and Radio Folklore Ensemble and Abner Jay The reason young people take drugs.

First ever piece of music or art that really moved you: when I was very young, probably 10 or 11 hearing a woman called Kitty Hayes (since deceased) playing at the concertina recital in Miltown Malbay. It struck me because they explained that she had played in her youth, but when she was married she gave up, as many women of her generation did. She didn’t play a note for around 45 years, only taking it up again in her early seventies. Something about knowing that made her music especially touching and it’s stuck with me.

TV viewing: I don’t own a telly but I watch series and documentaries online, my most recent obsessions have been The Sopranos and This is England. But my real downfall is crime drama, I watch a lot of it, I find it oddly soothing.

Radio listening: I listen to some specific shows such as The John Kelly Ensemble and The Blue of the Night with Carl Corcoran. Dónal Dineen recently did a brilliant week with Newstalk but it’s not a permanent fixture (it should be in my opinion). I’d love it if Dónal Dineen and Sinéad Ní Mhórdha started their own radio station, I’d listen to it all day! Podcast-wise I got addicted to the Jon Ronson on… series.

You’re curating your dream gig — what three artists are on the bill (living or dead)? Nina Simone, Jackson C Frank and David Bowie. I don’t know how well they’d get on backstage!

Your best celebrity encounter: Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins watched me busk on Grafton St when I was a teenager, I was chuffed. The first proper gig I went to was The Smashing Pumpkins goodbye gig in the Olympia when I was 15.

Favourite ever item of clothing: A plain yellow tracksuit I owned when I was 5 or 6, it was for pretending to be April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Unsung heroes: There are three, I would name. 1. Lisa O’ Neill, I think she’s amazing and should be getting fussed about at least 10 times more than she is, her stuff is getting better and better with each album, the latest Pothole in the Sky is stunning. 2. Katie Kim, she’s great, everybody should know about her and be throwing gigs, money, and admiration at her. 3. The Jimmy Cake, why these guys are not selling out big massive international gigs is beyond me.

You are queen for a day — what’s your first decree? Repeal the eighth, then abolish monarchy.


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