Billy's Sun Sign
Scorpio: 8th November
'Party boy'

What influenced you to start making music?
My dad used to play his records loud every Saturday morning ..I used to love waking up to the sound of the needle hitting the record. My mother used to sing and play the guitar in the kitchen all the time, and she taught me originally,(Thanks mum!) Also, this homeless guy in Dublin used to play the blues with a bottleneck on guitar and he'd blow my mind every morning on my way to school, just him and his bet down guitar, so powerful, quiet tragic but beautiful at the same time.

How would you describe you debut album Drunken Balordi?
It's a radical mix of cultural experiences I have had in my life so far, kind of autobiographical, and definitely a breath of fresh air in the music industry right now. Its what the youth of today need!

What is your favourite track on the album?
Brixton Sun

Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with musically?
Funny you should say that, I would love to work with Don Letts, I would love him to direct a music video for Drunken Balordi!
I feel Don played a very influential part in the history of punk music introducing those sounds of dub and reggae to the London punk scene. I feel without his influence on the scene bands like the Clash and PIL would actually not have been as interesting as they were. That Jamaican music influence made the Clash more than just a punk band, and that’s what gave them the edge over a lot of the other punk bands on the scene.
What I’m trying to do with Drunken Balordi is similar to what the Clash did, whereas in my case, I am trying to show people what you get if you mix roots or world music with a punk attitude, and I have to say it is being received exceptionally well from people of all ages and walks of life. Everyone generally seems to have this impression that roots or folk music is boring and old, but when I belt out my tunes you should see their jaws drop! It’s actually quiet funny.

July 2010, Brick Lane, London
Interview by AJP, Photography by
John Gladdy
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Your first gig?
When I was 7 years old i got up on stage and played 3 songs on guitar at the Christmas school play, actually now that I think of it, believe it or not it was in Donegal in Enya's family's pub, I sang the Laurel and Hardy song 'Blue ridge mountains of Virginia' with my brother Nige, not sure what age I was but I was very very young and remember the whole pub laughing at us!

Top 5 Albums
Everything is Illuminated (Soundtrack)
Pray For Me: The Best of Max Romeo 1967-73
Public Image Ltd. - Greatest Hits So Far
Dillinger - CB 200
Super Black Market Clash

Your favourite lyric
"But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right
Charging from the bass knives to the treble
But onstage they ain't got no roots rock rebel
Onstage they ain't got no...roots rock rebel"

3 favourite Clash songs
Armagideon Time, Bank Robber, Police & Thiefs

Favourite Film Directors
Stanley Kubrick, Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, Danny Boyle
Holiday Destinations
New York, Tokyo


Animal? Yeah, I suppose I am a bit of a party animal!

Music Influences
So many, god, ..where does one start?
Basically, any artist who ever had something to say with real passion.

The one thing you would take on a desert island?
A ready fuelled Helicopter get me the hell outta there!
I am a very social person, I love meeting people from all walks of life, it's what fuels my fire. Talking to a person can be more exciting than reading a book,...then again it does depend on the person eh
The only time I need to be alone is when I am song writing or reading, everything else I do I try to do it around my friends..there is never a dull moment with me, my life is a big celebration!
I went to Glastonbury for the first time this year, as my band were asked to play at the
Strummerville camp, what an honour, that festival was the biggest celebration of life that I have ever experienced. Truly beautiful!
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