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Born: 1945-08-31
Profession: Musician
Nation: British
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I never paid attention to what was contemporary or what was commercial, it didn't mean anything to me.

Tags: Attention, Mean, Paid

I think Paul McGuinness and U2 created the Irish music industry. It certainly wasn't there before that.

Tags: Industry, Irish, Music

I went back to Belfast and started a club, the Maritime. No one had thought about doing a blues club, so I was the first.

Tags: Blues, Started, Thought

I write songs. Then, I record them. And, later, maybe I perform them on stage. That's what I do. That's my job. Simple.

Tags: Job, Simple, Write

I'd love to live in Ireland but I'd like to live as me, not what someone thinks I am. People don't understand - I lived there before I was famous.

Tags: Famous, Love, Someone

I'm not a rock singer and I don't want to be a rock singer. I'm not interested. It doesn't seem to get across.

Tags: Interested, Rock, Seem

I've never felt like I was born with a silver spoon at all, although I've felt like howling at the moon a lot of times!

Tags: Born, Moon, Times

If you're a pop singer, you don't need to evolve. You just get a set together, have some hit songs and play them over and over.

Tags: Singer, Songs, Together

It was really strange for me when I started to play concerts in America where the audiences were all sitting down.

Tags: America, Started, Strange

Large audiences did not suit my low-key approach.

Tags: Approach, Large, Suit

My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week. And that's what I'm doing.

Tags: Ambition, Started, Three

Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.

Tags: American, Music, Name

The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport.

Tags: Captured, Music, Piece

The future is keeping you out of the present time.

Tags: Future, Present, Time

What you see is what you get.

Tags: Big, Guy, Started

When I started you were more in touch with the people you were playing to. There wasn't the distance or the separation that there is now.

Tags: Playing, Started, Touch

You've got to separate the singer and the songs.

Tags: Separate, Singer, Songs

You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works.

Tags: Change, Music, Stay

There is no black-and-white situation. It's all part of life. Highs, lows, middles.

Tags: Life, Lows, Situation

I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity.

Tags: Dump, Negativity, Somewhere

I'm very lucky, I'm happy with life because my experiences led me to do what I had to do. I don't have any regrets whatsoever.

Tags: Happy, Life, Regrets

These days politics, religion, media seem to get all mixed up. Television became the new religion a long time back and the media has taken over.

Tags: Politics, Religion, Time

A famous person to themselves, they don't get up in the morning and think, I'm famous. I'm not famous to me. Famous is a perception.

Tags: Famous, Morning, Themselves
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In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing.

Tags: Leave, Lose, Win

There's always got to be a struggle. What else is there? That's what life is made of. I don't know anything else. If there is, tell me about it.

Tags: Else, Life, Struggle

I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.

Tags: Criticism, Good, Music

I don't think nostalgia has to be negative.

Tags: Negative, Nostalgia

I learnt from Armstrong on the early recordings that you never sang a song the same way twice.

Tags: Early, Song, Twice

I understood jazz, I understood how it worked. That's what I apply to everything.

Tags: Jazz, Understood, Worked

If it's what you do and you can do it, then you do it.

Tags: Jazz, Point

You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense.

Tags: Makes, Sense, Sometimes

As a developing musician, skiffle became a platform for me to start playing music.

Tags: Music, Playing, Start

Being famous was extremely disappointing for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still a complete drag.

Tags: Complete, Drag, Famous

Even today, skiffle is a defining part of my music. If I get the opportunity to just have a jam, skiffle is what I love to play.

Tags: Love, Music, Today

Every performance is different. That's the beauty of it.

Tags: Beauty

Hearing the blues changed my life.

Tags: Blues, Changed, Life

I always record far more than I can use. There's probably twice as much recorded as comes out.

Tags: Far, Recorded, Twice

I don't feel comfortable doing interviews. My profession is music, and writing songs. That's what I do. I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it.

Tags: Hate, Music, Writing

I educated myself. To me, school was boring.

Tags: Boring, Educated, School

I never bought the commercial thing, at any stage of the game.

Tags: Commercial, Game, Stage