It's not at all bad, either...
Irish dance music star Daithi (pronounced da-hee) has released a track built around an interview with his own grandmother, ahead of the release of his album ‘Tribes’.
Daithi’s grandmother was interviewed a few years back about life in rural County Clare in the west of Ireland, and Daithi turned a recording of what she said int an pre-album teaser track entitled ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’.
Posting alongside his track on Soundtrack, Daithi explains:
“A few years ago my Grandmother was interviewed about what life was like in Clare when she was younger. When I heard the recording I couldn’t believe how personal and heartfelt it was, I hadn’t heard anyone her age talk so honestly about love.”
“I put parts of the interview to some chords I was writing and everything clicked into place. It’s a great introduction to the upcoming record, which is inspired by living in the west of Ireland. My Grandmother is 90 years old, and still lives in a thatched cottage in Ballyvaughan.”
Listen to ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’ via SoundCloud, below:
Daithi performed at Iceland Airwaves over the weekend, and has risen to prominence in the Irish dance scene after performing his unusual brand of electric fiddle on the first series of the All Ireland Talent Show in 2009.
Talking of his style, he says:
“I think there is a wealth of stuff in traditional music that hasn’t been touched yet. Electronic music these days has a great culture of sampling and finding really cool stuff from other musical styles, and mixing it into electronic music. We have an amazing musical style in this country that has hardly been touched, one full of interesting and unique melodies and sounds.”
“The first time I realized this was when I heard Passion Pit’s ‘sleepyhead’. The fact that an American act was using Irish traditional samples and we weren’t? Madness. I learned the fiddle traditionally so I had a little background in it, but in recent years I’ve learned to truly appreciate it.”