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Friday 20 September 2019

'Songs from my live album kept me going through hard times'

My Money: Mundy

Mundy
Mundy

The Irish singer-songwriter Mundy is from Birr in Offaly. He now lives in Dublin. Some of his best-known songs include July, Gin & Tonic Sky, and his rendition of Galway Girl.

Mundy will perform at the Féile 19 music festival in Tipperary on September 21. For more details on the festival, which runs from September 20 to 22, visit thetriptotipp.com. Mundy will also perform at Lost Lane in Dublin on October 25.

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What's the most important lesson about money which your musical career has taught you?

To always have a [cash] float. If I'm putting out a record, I always need a float to push PR or make a small video. I've also learned to be aware of VAT.

What's your favourite song about money?

On the Nickel by Tom Waits.

What's the most expensive country you ever visited?

Norway. Dublin is expensive too when it comes to food and drink, but Norway was another quarter to a third more expensive than Dublin.

What's the most you've ever spent on musical equipment?

I spent over €4,000 on my Gibson 335 electric guitar. I bought it when supporting The White Stripes in Marley Park.

What's your favourite Irish note?

The old IR£20 note - which had WB Yeats on it. I also like the old IR£50 note, with all the musical instruments on it.

Apart from property, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

Probably my car. It's nothing extravagant - I'm not into sports cars. I was given a lend of a BMW 7 Series for a weekend during the boom.

If I added up the amount of times I had to fill up the tank, that car's the most expensive thing I ever had.

What was your worst job?

The weekend I spent picking stones and rocks out of a field in Co Kilkenny when I was a young boy - to clear the field for farming.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

Not taking cash as payment on the night of a gig. I was offered the cash in a bag but I didn't take it as I didn't want to carry the cash on me. I took a cheque instead - which bounced - and I didn't get paid for the gig in the end.

What was your best financial killing?

The success of my live album, Live and Confusion. It was an independent release. The songs from that kept me going through the hard times. July was on it and Galway Girl. I wasn't even going to make that album but I decided to in the end. I still get a good run out of the songs on that album, so making it was a good investment.

If you won the Euromillions, what would you do with the money?

I'd like to plant a load of trees and have an organic farm. I'd like to preserve something. I'd also get a nice studio.

The best advice you ever got about money?

Try to keep half of what you earn - and don't have all your eggs in one basket. And if you're hiding money in your socks, make sure it's only notes!

iTunes or Spotify?

I'm more into CDs and records. I use the digital platforms but I started to buy vinyl again recently. I've a huge CD collection. I can find music more quickly by looking at CDs on a shelf - as opposed to using Spotify.

What was the last thing you bought online?

The autobiography of Jeff Tweedy from Wilco. I bought it online because I couldn't find it in the shop.

Would you buy Irish property now?

I think there's some great value to be had in property down the country. But I believe you can only sleep in one bed - so I don't see the point in having another property.

What three things would you not be able to do without if you were tightening your belt?

My Apple MacBook. My acoustic guitar. And a set of wheels (my car).

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