Arts Q&A: Finbar Furey on The Dixie Chicks, Aslan and Imelda May

Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, Irish folk music legend Finbar Furey

At the age of 71, Irish folk legend Finbar Furey is not for slowing down. Continuing to tour, his new album Don’t Stop This Now will be released next month Picture: Ruth Medjber

1. When did you think about a career in music and what were your first steps into it? I've played music all my life as far back as I remember, with my parents and my brothers. Music was the natural choice.


2. Best gigs you’ve been to? Imelda May recently in The 3Arena in Dublin; Christy Dignam and Aslan, several times; Martin and Áine Furey as Bohinta in several places and Aussie seven-piece folk group The Pigram Brothers, in Melbourne, Australia.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band? The Dixie Chicks.

4. The record you’d take to a desert island? The Beatles: The White Album.

5. And the book? The Complete DIY Handbook.

6. Top three films? One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shawshank Redemption and the American epic survival film, Castaway.

7. Worst film you’ve seen and why? There are too many these days to count; there’s no way to pick just one.

8. Favourite authors? Alexandre Dumas, Jules Verne and Tom Clancy.

9. Sport you most enjoy and top team? I support Dublin in football and hurling, Ireland in rugby and I enjoy golf, with Padraig Harrington being my favourite player to follow.

10. Ideal holiday destination? The Bahamas.

11. Pet hate? People concerned with their egos, and mobile phones.

12. What’s your favourite:

Dinner? A good lamb madras and Christmas Day dinner.

Dessert? Jelly trifle.

Drink? Pint of Guinness in the pub or a beautifully classic glass of red wine with dinner.

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?

Sheila, my wife, for always.

14. Is there a God? I really hope so.

:: Finbar Furey's gig at Belfast's Ulster Hall on Saturday night is sold out. He will return to tour the north of Ireland on June 7 at Derry's Millennium Forum and on June 8 at The Ulster Hall. His new album, Don’t Stop This Now will be released on March 30.

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