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What’s Jame­son on as your we walk rider? on A stage. cheeky shot of

What Beers, would an iDock be and on your Life of fan­tasy Brian on rider? DVD.

What’s Phoenix the in Lol­la­palooza, best gig you’ve with at­tended? a heav­enly Chicago sky­line in the back­ground.

And the worst? World Youth Day – 1,000 people in a field watch­ing the Pope. Tour bus bunks, ho­tel rooms or couch- surf­ing? Ho­tels all the way; we need our kip or John gets cranky. Who is the most fa­mous per­son to have shown up at one of your gigs? Glen Hansard, and es­pe­cially the late great Colm Mur­ray (RIP), who was a big fan! Nicest man ever! Tour bus tunes? Which are your ones for the road? Cold­play, Hozier, Michael Jack­son, Golden Slum­bers. Chat­ting be­tween songs – good or bad? Good, ex­cept when John says some­thing like, “Hughie wrote this song about his ex who legged it off to Aus­tralia . . . ”

How big is your en­tourage? Three. Keep it nice and light, less mouths to feed.

While on tour, do you do your own laun­dry? Never have, why start now! Do you like to meet and greet fans af­ter the gig? One of my favourite things to do. If it’s a fes­ti­val we would al­ways be in the crowd af­ter­wards any­way, to see an­other great band per­form. What on-tour lux­ury would you like the most? Hunt­ing the Brave sig­na­ture gui­tars?

What’s your best tour story? Once when trav­el­ling to Water­ford for a gig we were pulled over by gar­daí. As we were al­ready late for the show our tone was quite peev­ish, and we ended up with a fine for speed­ing and two less ever po­ten­tial fans.

Straight af­ter we needed to drive down one of our in­fa­mous Ir­ish coun­try roads, which had a large trac­tor trav­el­ling on it. We spent 30 min­utes curs­ing Ni­zlopi and his dad, watch­ing the en­gine rat­tle their bums like berserk. We fi­nally got to the gig to find the pub clos­ing and a not-so-happy man­ager.

Turned out to be a great night, though, as they shut the doors, paid us in pints, and we jammed un­til the early hours of the next morn­ing!

In dis­cus­sion with Tony Clay­ton-Lea Hunt­ing the Brave play The Vil­lage, Dublin tonight (Fri­day).

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