whaT’s on your rider?

MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - LISTINGS -

What’s on your rider? Wine, honey and a smile. NB: note to venues – your han­gover/bad mood is not the wel­come I’m ex­pect­ing. What would be on your fan­tasy rider? The Ky­oto Drum­mers. What’s your pre-gig rit­ual/ rou­tine? A hellish amount of pac­ing, What are your favourite and least favourite venues? More and more we’re start­ing to make our own venues, find­ing places we feel are nice to be in and know­ing it would work for us and for an au­di­ence. Hook light­house is the most re­cent ex­am­ple – that’s great. The worst are al­ways down to some­one’s bad at­ti­tude. Some­times the staff in very busy venues are jaded by the turnover of mu­si­cians and feel they are do­ing you a favour some­how. Spare me. Who is the most fa­mous per­son to have shown up at one of your gigs? Bob Dy­lan came to see a band that opened for us once. For the whole gig we thought he was there, but he left af­ter they fin­ished. What’s your crowd-pleas­ing num­ber? Ev­ery­body still asks for Stars Above. Chat­ting be­tween songs – good or bad? Nec­es­sary, as there are a lot of gui­tar tun­ings. But never stuff you don’t mean. The sound peo­ple make when they do the “shtick” thing is aw­ful.

Groupies. Would you? What a

ridicu­lous no­tion. Have you a spe­cial stage wardrobe? I’m locked into green se­quins at the mo­ment, but they’re about to fall apart so a change is com­ing. I’m very su­per­sti­tious, so I as­so­ciate clothes with good gigs and find it hard to let them go. Any use­ful stage tips? Mean what you do up there. If you could be in any other band, which one? Mid­lake in the Van Oc­cu­pan­ther stage Who’s in­vited to your af­ter­show party? Our amaz­ing fam­ily and friends who have been a con­stant sup­port for over 20 years – and Panti, and any­one else she cares to bring. What’s your best tour story? The first time we went to the US a fight broke out one night be­tween two band mem­bers. They were mak­ing a lot of noise so Kieran, in an at­tempt to shut it down, an­nounced that he was go­ing to shoot the next per­son who shouted. The next thing we knew the ho­tel was crawl­ing with NYPD, and ev­ery­one was on the cor­ri­dor talk­ing about some crazy sniper ac­tion.

In con­ver­sa­tion with Tony Clay­ton-Lea. Maria Doyle Kennedy plays Kilkenny to­mor­row

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