‘Seas of Mirth’ Interview 
Questions that could be used in interviewing musicians.
- When and why did you start playing?
- Which instruments do you play?
- What was the first tune(s) you learned?
- Is your family musical?
- Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities.
- Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
- Which famous musicians have you learned from?
- Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
- Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
- What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
- Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
- Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
- Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes?
- Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
- Do you play for dances? Step-dancers? Describe the differences.
- How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
- Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
- What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
- Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
- How often and for how long do you practice?
- What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
- Do you teach music?
- 23. How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
The Answers from ‘Seas of Mirth’
- We formed in 2007 due to a freak accidental explosion of dark rum and cheap synthesizers
- In no particular order: retro organ, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, drums, guitar, accordion, cello, violin, tin whistle, bass, djembe drum, recorder, sea samples and lots of vocals!
- The Ghost Of Tom Jones. This was essentially us shouting the lyrics to Thunderball over a bad metal riff played on acoustic guitar. Bad as in, bad.
- My grandmother was an opera singer, Cannonball Paul’s grandmother nearly made it onto our first album with her wondrous soft vocal tones… Jeremiah’s dad is an all round musical maverick and Zorba’s dad is a Greek rapper.
- My mum stopped me from buying ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba when I was ten because it was about people getting drunk. So she advised me to buy ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ instead…
- There’s a general fondness of Phil Collins within the band. No one’s sure why either. Also for some reason, we always line check our vocals with The Walker Brothers and Engelbert Humperdinck.
- Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart – they’ve recently taught us to NOT have kids when you’re in your seventies. As Phil Collins once said… “Just think about it”.
- My first teacher was Mrs. Bridgen. And yes, there were other teachers
- My first instrument was a battered classical guitar that my dad picked up for a tenner in a hospital about 20 years ago. He still has it, and it still sounds good! I had to learn recorder in primary school too. Why do they make you do that? It stank of piss and sounded like a dying seagull. Hardly inspiring. Saying that, I can now play the penny whistle because of it… which smells less pissy.
- I think the point where my family realized that I was musical was when they’d find me singing through my nose along to a tape of BBC sports theme tunes…
- Yeah man, mainly Ski Sunday, Grandstand, Match Of The Day…
12: Favorite bands – we all like different things – Cannonball has a terrible taste in 70s pop and Al likes angular rock. Shitluck will quite literally listen to any ambient noise for days on end. Last week I caught him listening to a recording of a bee hive. Somehow I think it works.
13: We were once in a talent competition at Edinburgh Festival in 2008. We were beaten by two Australian guys who made their genitals into a wristwatch and a 12-year-old violin player. We were destined to lose.
14 & 15 – yes we have played live all over Europe. The oddest gig probably has to be playing on Heligoland in the North Sea – for a bunch of German bikers. They enjoyed it so much they agreed not to murder us, which was nice.
16: Only Cannonball makes mistakes it seems – and he handles it very badly. Usually by calling his mother and blaming her for all his failings.
17: Yes: but you’ve heard of rum right? does wonders for the jangles.
18: You’ve heard of rum right? ….
19: Practice sessions? Not so many as we should. A good session is when we manage to make it through a new song without resulting to brawling.
20: We practice once a week for two weeks at a time.
21: Medicine mainly, though Zorba is a member of the clergy, I believe Jeremiah practices the dark arts…. oh song-wise – okay mainly we try and hone the set but hey, we have finished an album so it will soon be time to get some new ones down.
22: None of us teach music, which is probably for the best. Mindy teaches a theater group. She is operatically trained I believe. She has acting credits in three episodes of the daytime drama ‘Doctors’. Quite the talent.
23: With great difficulty – imagine telling your wife you are in a nautical themed rock band? You might as well get sterilized.
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