“We completely ruined Dolores O’Riordan’s wedding. I loved her punk style”
I found the first stage of the lockdown manageable as everyone was going with the flow and the weather was great. Then over the summer I found out I was pregnant, and that kept me going the rest of the way and distracted myself from all the bad things going on in the world.
I listen to music whatever I’m doing, and during the pandemic I’ve found it takes me to other worlds, places, and times – which is a much-needed feeling. Some find it through books, but for me it’s more through music. For example, One Day Like This, the song Elbow, reminds me of dancing to it at my wedding, and SAINt JHN’s Roses takes me back to the very beginning of the lockdown, when I was spending more time with my husband and honing my skills. when it comes to making cocktails…although we still have to make sure everything is perfect, of course. Billie Eilish’s Ocean Eyes is a quiet song that reminds me of the sea – I’m lucky it’s less than 2km away.
I loved The Cranberries growing up. I wasn’t even a teenager when I first heard them, but I loved Dolores O’Riordan’s punk style, with her shaved head and platinum hair.
I love hip-hop, even though it’s only represented by one song on the playlist: NERD’s Rockstar. I listened to this album, In Search Of…, repeatedly going back and forth between Cork, so I know it like the back of my hand.
But if I had to choose two styles of music I had to listen to forever and someday, it would be indie and the 80s – although if you look at my year-end roundup on Spotify it would say that Damien Dempsey and The Cranberries are my most listened to artists. I guess my musical tastes are ubiquitous, but they reflect my personality.
I loved The Cranberries growing up. I wasn’t even a teenager when I first heard them, but I loved Dolores O’Riordan’s punk style, with her shaved head and platinum hair. My family are from Tipperary, and when Dolores got married in Tipperary, they knew the local priest, so he let us into the church.
We had never seen anything like it. We got to watch her ride horses, and the paparazzi everywhere, and all the locals and neighbors to see it. Then we took our place inside the church for her reading – we totally crushed her, but were still delighted with ourselves. Like so many people, I was absolutely devastated to hear about her. premature death. I had always hoped that with work, I would have the opportunity to meet her, but I never did.
When my husband and I got engaged, the first thing we did was book cover band Spring Break. I called them first, asked them what dates they had for 2018, and booked the venue and everything else around their availability
My 1980s obsession explains Africa, Total Eclipse of the Heart and We Built This City. When my husband and I got engaged, the first thing we did was book cover band Spring Break. They are booked well in advance, so I called them first, asked what dates they had for 2018, and booked the venue and everything else around their availability. It just had to be spring break. My husband and I used to go see them every Christmas when they played Button Factory and went wild.
Christmas was not the same this year without Spring Break at the Button Factory, or Damien Dempsey at Vicar Street, another of our annual gigs. Damien did the concert online this year instead, and while it was great, it was also hard to watch because it makes you want to be in a room full of people. I miss the joy of being crushed in a group of people sweating a lot, drinking too much and having fun. I just can’t wait to get back to the concerts, like everyone else.
Finally, I chose Declan Nerney’s Stop the World because Dáithí Ó Sé, with whom I work a lot, sings this song all the time. It’s like its screen saver mode. When he is seated and the place is quiet, he bursts out singing. So it’s stuck in my brain forever. It is an absolute pleasure to work with him. I don’t think we take a day seriously, which makes the job really easy. We’re having a contest to see who is going to miss whom the most while I’m on maternity leave, and I feel like they’re definitely going to miss me more. – As said to Shilpa Ganatra
Sinead Kennedy is a presenter on The Today Show, on RTÉ One at 3.30pm each weekday