One of Ireland’s best-loved and admired performers is Kilkenny bound this weekend.
Declan Sinnott’s four-decade career has seen him play guitar and produce music for other Irish folk luminaries, among them Sinead Lohan, John Spillane, Mary Black (with whom he worked for 13 years) and Christy Moore, for whom he’s been guitarist and producer since 2000.
He’s a founding member of Horslips and Moving Hearts but it’s only now, in 2012, that Mr Sinnott’s releasing his debut album. I Love the Noise It Makes came out via Warner Music in September and, according to Sinnott, it could not have been made before now.
He says: “A lot of what I’ve done has occurred by circumstance rather than design. Working with bands like Horslips and Moving Hearts were on the edge of my musical comfort zone. This was both interesting and challenging. By contrast, the record I’ve made is very much me. The idea that the person singing the song also wrote the song has always seemed to me to be the ideal. I could never see myself recording an album of cover versions and that may be one of the reasons I was so slow to make an album. Many of the ideas for these songs came very intuitively. It was the reverse of my normal process where I’m enthusiastic at first and then become more critical over time. So a lot of first attempts are what you’ll hear on the album.”
Hear him live at Cleere’s this Friday from 9pm; tickets cost €15.