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David Gray: ‘Hearing about the Skelligs fired my imagination. I was fascinated by the idea of these monks trying to get closer to God’

The Manchester-born singer has always had a deep connection with Ireland and his new album was inspired by the solitude and beauty of the famous Kerry islands

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David Gray is immensely proud of his new album, the beautiful and slow-burning Skellig. Photo: Gavin Batty

David Gray is immensely proud of his new album, the beautiful and slow-burning Skellig. Photo: Gavin Batty

David Gray is immensely proud of his new album, the beautiful and slow-burning Skellig. Photo: Gavin Batty

David Gray apologises in advance of our Zoom interview getting underway. “If at some point I seem to have Tourette’s, don’t worry,” he says.

The reason why he may start effing and blinding all of a sudden is to do with his two dogs, who seem to be in excitable mood and are in the same book-lined room as him in his Hampstead, London home.


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