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Body and soul: Julie Feeney

My parents were . . . great, I had a fantastic upbringing.

The house I grew up in . . . was in rural Galway. It was idyllic; there was lots of green and lots of trees. I loved it there.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . a composer, but I knew I would do other things as well. I recorded my first song on a tape recorder when I was about 12 years old.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . be taller. I'm about five-foot seven but I'd like to be taller.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at . . . unravelling the strings that hold puppets together -- the type of puppets that you buy in the Czech Republic and the strings always get tangled up.

You may not know it but I'm no good at . . . blow-drying my own hair. I can't drive either and I'm good at cleaning but I'm not a cook.

At night I dream of . . . flying; I can't wait to learn to fly a plane. I also hear music in my dreams.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . it as being very functional. Because of my work, I look in the mirror just before a photo-shoot, or before I go on stage to make sure everything is ok.

My favourite item of clothing is . . . my red scarf. I feel strange if I am not wearing a bit of red so I often wear a particular red scarf.

I wish I'd never worn . . . a black dress that I wore once and you could see through it to what I was wearing underneath.

I drive . . . nothing at the moment but, when I do, it will be an aeroplane.

My house is . . . an apartment in Ballsbridge that I rent.

My favourite work of art . . . is some of the headpieces that I wear, because many of them are works of art. I make some myself but I wouldn't set myself against any fashion designers.

A book that changed me . . . was The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.

My greatest regret is . . . Not being born on a planet where you get more than one life.

My real-life villain is . . . the person who decided that Harvey Norman ads should be on so much louder than anything else.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . Graham Norton, I think he is fantastic. I really like Alan Carr too, and I think Sarah Silverman is a genius.

The last time I cried . . . was watching a Late Late Movie on RTE, it was very moving but I can't remember what it was called. I've been getting a bit of time for myself recently so I've been watching a few movies.

My five-year plan is . . . internal, and is an unspoken, unarticulated plan. I know the plan is there, it's very weird. I know what I will have achieved in five years but I wouldn't like to jinx it by saying what it is.

My life philosophy is . . . 'Begin Today' which is a lovely saying with lots of new possibilities. I've had the saying on my phone for the last few years so it appears every time I switch it on.

Julie Feeney is one of the guests joining the RTE Concert Orchestra for A Celebration of Bill Whelan on Friday, August 27, at the National Concert Hall. Tickets start at €11. See www.rte.ie/concertorchestra