Following my previous post about Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell, I asked them if they wouldn’t mind doing an interview. They very kindly agreed, and here it is:
How did you meet?
Studying folk music at Newcastle university.
Which one of you would win in a fight?
Lucy says Lucy, Jonny says Jonny. The debate is causing disagreement, it may result in a fight.
You have a rather unique, haunting sound. Was this something you’ve worked to develop, or did it just appear naturally?
It happened naturally, we simply played together and a ‘sound’ emerged.
Would you describe yourself as folk performers? Why?
Well in the sense we sing folk songs to folk audiences, yes. We also compose songs so I guess it’s really down to how you would define ‘folk’.
What next for the pair of you?
Well, we are embarking on a 3 week UK tour with Bellowhead starting today. Then we are recording an album over Christmas, which we will be touring in spring.
The majority of readers of this blog are here for the SF. What would recommend if someone wanted to start listening to folk?
There’s lots of great folk music around at the moment. The Unthanks are great. Chris Wood is great, Emily Portman, Phil & Cath Tyler, Alisdair Roberts, bellowhead, lau….
Lastly, which are better: Robots or Accordions?
Difficult one. Jonny says accordions, Lucy says robots.
Jonny: accordions have probably brought more joy to peoples lives.
Lucy: you can get a robot to do anything.
Jonny: I suppose, also you could get a robot to play an accordion, but you couldn’t get an accordion to play a robot.
Lucy agrees. Argument resolved.