JOHN MCCULLAGH INTERVIEW

 

What's the first song you ever remember hearing?


Can’t remember the first song but I used to watch Elvis’s films for hours on end growing up so probably an Elvis song from one of his films.


What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?


My fondest so far would be supporting Richard Hawley twice, once in Sheffield and once in Bridport. He’s a massive influence for me so to get to do that was quite remarkable. 


If you have to describe your music in there of four words,what would you call it?


Doom Laden Electric Folk


How did you become involved in the type of music you play?


Well i’ve played the guitar since I was about 11 and I was really into bands like Black Sabbath and UFO, so I just wanted to be a guitarist for ages, but then I heard Bob Dylan and that changed everything really.


What can people expect to see at your live performances?


I dunno, I guess it differs from venue to venue. The music we play live is different from any of the records we’ve done, it’s quite electric and energetic at parts but well re fined. We just get up and play our music, there’s no massive light show or anything, just live music. 


Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?


I’ve met a few people who are really into the music and meeting them was a thrill because for someone to say that a song you wrote means something to them is amazing, especially seeing people sing back the words to a few tunes. That’s a buzz. I played in Germany about a year back and a guy flew in from Switzerland to see me and I couldn’t believe it. 


If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up who would it be? Why?


Apart from the few obvious ones such as Dylan, McCartney, I’d say probably someone like Alex Turner. He’s just a genius. I’d also love to work with Richard Hawley on a song or something, that would be interesting. 


What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?


I’ve done a couple of tours round Europe in places like Holland, Germany, Belgium. I visited some beautiful places and would love to come back to some of them to play again. 


Just for fun…………. Please fill in the blanks,


Without music..........  I would be inadequate.


I write the songs because.......... it means something to me.


Music is.......... current.

John McCullagh and The Escorts - New Born Cry

 

Deze jonge man uit Doncaster heeft een mooie plaat gemaakt. John McCullagh is pas achttien jaar maar maakt met het album ' New Born Cry' reeds zijn tweede album.

Toch maakt de zanger ondanks zijn jeugdige leeftijd toch al heel volwassen muziek. Muziek die makkelijk in het oor ligt en erg radiovriendelijk is. De muziek doet me op sommige momenten denken aan Paul Weller, The Byrds en Tom Petty. 

Liefhebbers van deze namen zullen zeker veel van hun gading terugvinden op dit album.

Ik denk dat we nog veel zullen horen van deze jongeman uit Engeland.