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Victoria Mary Clarke meets Khartoum, the band fronted by a grandson of the legendary Marianne Faithfull

They are named after a famous film horse and have a frontman with DNA to die for - a grandson of the legendary Marianne Faithfull. Victoria Mary Clarke meets, and is blown away by the band Khartoum

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Khartoum lead singer Oscar. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Khartoum lead singer Oscar. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Oscar and his grandmother Marianne

Oscar and his grandmother Marianne

Marianne Faithfull in the 1960s

Marianne Faithfull in the 1960s

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Khartoum lead singer Oscar. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

I am approaching Marina Guinness's house in Celbridge one sunny autumnal afternoon, marvelling at how few potholes there are in the drive when I am accosted by a most incongruous apparition.

A perfectly angelic young man with a shock of platinum blond hair is hoeing ragwort out of the gravel while wearing a pinstripe suit.

As I park the car I spot Glen Hansard whizzing past on a motorbike. It is not unusual to bump into famous people at Marina's - Grace Jones in the garden, Jerry Hall in the kitchen, Kodaline in the ballroom, but this creature stands out even here.


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