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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.
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Albums are not the whole picture. You really need to go to loads of gigs to get the whole picture. That's really what it's about.
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As a developing musician, skiffle became a platform for me to start playing music.
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Being famous was extremely disappointing for me. When I became famous it was a complete drag and it is still a complete drag.
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Bobby Scott thought soul music came from Ireland and Scotland, and this kind of stuck in my head.
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Do what you like. This is what I like and that's what I'm doing.
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Donegan is a great singer. He's even better now than he was then.
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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.
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Every performance is different. That's the beauty of it.
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Going out and touring for two or three months at a time... I find that incompatible.
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Hearing the blues changed my life.
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I always record far more than I can use. There's probably twice as much recorded as comes out.
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I can't imagine what it's like, coming in to do this now. In my wildest dreams I couldn't imagine what it's like. It's a Big Brother world.
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I do lower stuff now. That's all I'm conscious of. My voice seems to naturally want to go lower.
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I do see value in music criticism. Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.
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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.
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I don't feel I'm really playing the kind of gigs that suit me. Most of the gigs are too big for what I'm communicating.
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I don't go in and go, I'm going to make a record now. We're recording on and off all year every year.
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I don't know why they bother writing about me. I guess because I'm a name.
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I don't really like to use the word spiritual. But if there is such a thing, then I'm connected to it.
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I don't really practice. I don't really play enough. I've been caught up in a lot of business stuff.
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I don't think nostalgia has to be negative.
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I educated myself. To me, school was boring.
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I have been in the music business for 40 years, and I have done an enormous amount of interviews.
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I have to evolve, otherwise I don't want to do it. I'm not interested.
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I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity.
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I learnt from Armstrong on the early recordings that you never sang a song the same way twice.
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I never bought the commercial thing, at any stage of the game.
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I never paid attention to what was contemporary or what was commercial, it didn't mean anything to me.
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I only had a choice when I became an independent producer and I could move things around differently and play my own game. But that took a long time.
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I think Paul McGuinness and U2 created the Irish music industry. It certainly wasn't there before that.
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I understood jazz, I understood how it worked. That's what I apply to everything.
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I was coming from a country that didn't have a music business. If you wanted to do musIc then, you had to go through these people.
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I was never into what was being done at the time. I was either into previous or what was going on in my own head.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I'm lucky that I took the blows early on that I had to take. If I had a nice ride to begin with, it might have been all over by 1970.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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I've noticed in recent years that it seems to be reverting back to where people are required to promote their old hits rather than new stuff.
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If it's what you do and you can do it, then you do it.
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If my father hadn't got the records, I wouldn't have had the musical education. I learnt through absorbing what I was hearing.
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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.
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If you're playing with musicians who make you stretch, you go places that you don't think you can go. That's really the optimum.
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In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing.
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It used to be that the places you could play were quite limited. Now, in the summer you've really got to play outdoors. I like doing it.
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It was great to work with Jeff Beck; it made me realize what a good guitar player he is. I also enjoyed trading vocals with Tom Jones.
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It was really strange for me when I started to play concerts in America where the audiences were all sitting down.
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It's all complete instinct and intuition, and that's extremely difficult to teach.
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It's no good recording stuff and putting it in a drawer. What's the point in that? You've got to get it out there.
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Large audiences did not suit my low-key approach.
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Music has been taken over by commercialism or capitalism or whatever it is.
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Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
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My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week. And that's what I'm doing.
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My only weapon is the songs. That's my only kind of way to express where I'm at.
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My thing is best in a small theatre or club with good acoustics where people are tuned into the vibe of it.
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Record companies can only deal with one release every 18 months or at best one a year.
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Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.
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Some people don't own anything they do. It's very unique to own your own masters.
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That's another thing about the gig: There is comedy in it as well.
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That's the first thing you get, the title, and you go from there.
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The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport.
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The first single we put out died. I think it sold two copies.
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The future is keeping you out of the present time.
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The people who influenced me weren't young kids. Muddy Waters wasn't a kid.
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The point of jazz is, you do something and then you go on.
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The public think they know famous people because you need third party to actually project that fame on a larger scale.
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The writing process is never set in cement. You need flexibility.
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There is no black-and-white situation. It's all part of life. Highs, lows, middles.
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There is no singer in rock that has my type of phrasing.
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There isn't anything more to it because I'm not interesting, quote unquote.
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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.
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There's an energy that chooses you. If you're an athlete, you get this adrenaline going. But if you stop the process, what happens to all that energy?
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There's no point being on a pop label because there's no communication, they don't know anything about music anyway.
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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.
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They seem to think an album is a statement of where you're at. It may or may not be.
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What you see is what you get.
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When I started studying tenor saxophone as a kid in Belfast, I did so with a guy named George Cassidy, who was also a big inspiration.
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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.
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You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works.
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You change it to make it work better. You could rewrite forever.
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You don't start at the top, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. Some people never got away from that. I was lucky I did.
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You get good modern jazz players or you get rock players. You don't usually get anything in between.
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You have to keep going back to get the missing link. Music that is coming out today seems to have lost some kind of inherent central thing.
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You have to understand a bit about the poetry of the blues to know where the references are coming from.
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You probably know more than I do because you're a journalist.
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You put a lot of work into making a record, and it's good to see that it's being appreciated.
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You still have to compromise and play some sort of game to stay in the game.
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You take stuff from different places, and sometimes you stick a line in because it rhymes, not because it makes sense.
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You try not put two slow songs together, if possible.
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You're either famous or you're not. I've lived it since I was 18 on and off. It isn't something we can read in a book.
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You've got to separate the singer and the songs.
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