Insider interrogation: singer-songwriter Mick Flannery
Mick Flannery meets Ed power and reveals that he's just glad he doesn't have to work in the rain as a stonemason any more... oh, and he does like Mondays
* Grew up on a farm outside Blarney in Cork
* Used to be a stonemason
* Plays guitar and the piano
* Travels for inspiration
* Gets emotional when hungover
* Age: 30
What are you promoting today, and why?
I'm promoting my album. It's called By The Rules. Why? Because I want people to buy it.
What is most rewarding about your life?
Oh god! What the feck ... What is most rewarding about my life? The fact I don't have to work in the rain any more. Playing music for a living is great. Having previously had a job as a stonemason I appreciate that. It is an enormous privilege.
Why do you do what you do for a living?
I play miserable songs for a living. In a nutshell, that is how I make my bread. It suits who I am.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would change my personality. Actually, that was just a joke. Do you want serious answers? You do? Okay. What was the question again – what would I change? I would have less dandruff. That would definitely be top of the list.
What's the rumour about you that's bothered you the most?
There have been rumours about me? I wasn't aware of any. Okay, there was a rumour that, while recording my last album, I developed writer's block. But, you know, that probably did happen.
It's Sunday night, you're curling up to watch TV for the night. What's on your DVR?
You know, I don't really watch a lot of television. Actually, I haven't had a television for the past few months. So there hasn't been a whole lot on my DVR. Speaking more generally, I have enjoyed Breaking Bad. It appealed to my sensibilities. Also, I started watching The Sopranos not so long ago. It's a great show.
What's the most shamefully uncool album you own?
I had one by Shania Twain back in the day. I can't remember the name of it. But it was definitely Shania Twain.
Who is your best friend?
Would you mind if I didn't answer that one? It's a bit too much for me.
Do you like being well known?
The honest answer is 'no'. I am rarely recognised. When it does happen, I'm not crazy about it. Don't get me wrong – I have no objection to meeting people after shows and so forth. Most of the time it's fine. People are just being nice. After gigs is a natural environment for that. However, there are situations in which it's not natural.
What drives you on a daily basis?
Funnily, I'm not very ambitious at all. I don't have a great deal of hunger. The only thing that drives me is actual hunger. I get out of bed because I am literally hungry.
Who is your hero?
Bob Dylan. For the amount of work he has done, the ways he has changed his style, his voice. He doesn't care what people think about him. He is fearless and I admire that.
What makes you emotional?
A very bad hangover makes me emotional.
What's your favourite day of the week?
I don't have one. If you are a musician, days tend to blend into one. Although, now that I think about it, maybe Monday – there are some good gigs in Cork on Monday nights.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
That sort of question doesn't suit my pathetic personality. I have no idea, to be honest. That said, I hopefully won't be back working in the rain.
By The Rules is out now.
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent