Arts Q&A: Eamonn McCrystal on Eva Cassidy, Agatha Christie and a good oul Irish cup of tea
Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, Cookstown-born multiple Emmy Award-winning pop tenor Eamonn McCrystal
1. When did you think about music as a career and what were your first steps into it?
Music as a career was never the plan, but it seemed like no matter what path I chose, music kept positioning itself front and centre, so I finally gave in and look what's happened since. Sometimes you have to listen to that nagging little voice – it's usually right.
2. Best gigs you've been to?
The Grammys – I have been to three and they were all pretty phenomenal. Also Paul McCartney and Beyoncé.
3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?
4. The record you'd take to a desert island?
Anything by Eva Cassidy – I could listen to her voice forever.
5. And the book?
It has to be the Bible. It's full of stories and gives you hope for a miracle to get off the desert island.
6. Top three films?
Since a child I have always loved Mrs Doubtfire. God's Not Dead 2 is pretty good – but I'm a little biased on that one as I star in it and It's a wonderful life for a classic movies at Christmas.
7. Worst film you've seen?
Hmm, that's a tough one. It was that bad I must have forgotten it.
8. Favourite authors?
Agatha Christie – you can never work out who did it – and Adriana Trigiani (both as a person and an author).
9. Sport you most enjoy and top team?
I'm not really a sports fan; however, the rest of the family make up for me because they are all huge GAA fans. So I am now obliged to say: "Go on Tyrone".
10. Ideal holiday destination?
What's a holiday? It's been a long time since I had one – but I have been lucky to sing all over the world. I now live split between New Mexico and California, so I'm spoilt for sunshine. I love the Italian culture and food, but give me a good cup of tea during one of our storms in Ireland and I'll be very happy to listen to the rain.
11. Pet hate?
Bad manners; I can't stand rudeness.
12. What's your favourite:
Dinner? Shepherd's pie.
Dessert? Carrot cake.
Drink? There's nothing like a good cup of tea.
13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?
I have so many great friends, I couldn't possibly just pick one – so I'm not going to.
14. Is there a God?
Absolutely – I even made a film about it.
:: Eamonn McCrystal's 10th studio album And So It Goes was released this month. He will be appearing on BBC Northern Ireland's Children in Need coverage tomorrow night. Eamonn.net.