30 seconds interview: Ciaran Lavery

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Northern Ireland Music Prize winner Ciaran Lavery hails from a tiny village in County Armagh, but his fragile, acoustic sounds have travelled far.

Over the last couple of years his music has graced venues across the UK and beyond, bringing another, more eclectic, angle to the traditional singer-songwriter template.

His 2016 award-winning sophomore album Let Bad In is a case in point, mashing up Americana, processed beats and a hip-hop swing with his own brand of absorbing stripped-back soul.

With an accomplished live album, Live at the Mac, just out in the world, and a third record in the works, Ciaran is set to appear on Clive Anderson’s Loose Ends BBC Radio 4 show tomorrow (Saturday 7 January) with plenty of musical swag in tow.

Here, we spend 30 seconds with the Northern Irish troubadour to learn more…

I first started making music because…
I was a teenager, I had no other way to express the waterfall of emotions.

I have been making music since…
I was 18.

My music is…
Largely dark, somewhat insecure and hardly ever worthy of dancing to.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
The sound of a couple arguing and the impending heartbreak that follows.

My favourite venue is…
Anywhere in Germany, I love the country.

Music is important because…
It’s the explanation behind every human emotion and why we feel what we feel.

My biggest inspiration is…
Every mistake I’ve ever made. Each of them have made me want to aspire to be a better version of myself.

My dream collaboration would be…
With Tom Waits. In fact, I’d just settle to be in the same vicinity as him.

To try me out, listen to my track…
Wilder.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Back working as a lifeguard, saving lives every day.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
Happy.

http://ciaranlaverymusic.com/

Photo credit: Kathrin Baumbach

Ciaran Lavery has been funded by the PRS for Music Foundation. For more on the charity’s work, please visit http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/