Wednesday 24 January 2018

Me and my money: Fionnuala Sherry

A violinist who admits she’s not tuned into saving scored a bargain with first investment

MUSICIAN Fionnuala Sherry knows that her violin and bows were her best-ever investment.

“The return on their initial outlay has been more than compensated for by the sheer joy and pleasure they have given me over the years,” she said.

“I guess we are a team and together we can bring home the bacon. I cannot imagine playing any other violin – I know most artists during their careers will change their instruments, but since the day I first held my old English Violin, which dates back to 1790, it was love at first sight.

“Like all my girlfriends, it’s normal to justify any purchase no matter how ridiculous or necessary – we have a unique talent for tweaking the numbers to make everything seem it was a bargain after all.

“So no matter what I buy, I am usually happy except for an unfortunate apartment purchase in London at the height of the property boom where the company subsequently went bust and the building has not been completed.

“I have never had a savings plan or any type of plan. “I am pretty hopeless when it comes to long-term strategies and inclined to live from gig to gig.

“At the moment, airline tickets are my biggest waste of money. My travel plans are always changing with extra concerts being added or promo activities being moved so tickets are booked, rebooked, cancelled and sometimes not even used.

“At least I have helped to keep the airlines in business over the past few years. I only bought shares once. On impulse I bought Bank Of Ireland at the height of the market to witness them plummet within a week or two. “I try to not to think of them, as compared with most people my loss was painful but not catastrophic.”

? Fionnuala Sherry’s debut album, ‘Songs From Before’ is out now.

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