Irish singer Róisín Murphy has revealed she finds parts of the Covid-19 lockdown “very creative”.
The Arklow native said she has continued to perform online during lockdown and has posted clips to her YouTube channel.
“It’s been a bit staggered for me and I’ve been doing gigs up to two days before lockdown, I’ve done a gig in London and I’ve been doing performance streams online and I’ve held my own throughout and balanced in many ways, it’s been a very creative time,” she told Independent.ie.
“I did a live stream of an entire gig and put it together and directed it, it was a massive undertaking for me and technically because it was at the very beginning of streaming live gigs.
“It’s been interesting, it’s raised a lot of interesting things, but it’s awkward to organize a new date because there are loads of bands who are dying to tour and there aren’t even the venues, so it’s fun times .”
Murphy said she misses the experience of touring with her band and said many creative professionals have found the pandemic “psychologically” challenging.
The singer, best known as one half of pop duo Moloko alongside English musician Mark Brydon in the 1990s, said it takes “specific skills” to be able to travel the world, both physically and mentally.
“The live experience doesn’t take anything away from it, I have to say it’s really a magical thing,” she said.
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“The camaraderie of touring and being with the band, I’m very close to my band and have worked with my musical director my entire career so I felt awful for them and all the work that came with that.” Pipe down for her.”
“It’s been very tough and psychologically very tough, I mean I’m sure there are a great many roadies and musicians whose marriages have broken up because they’re used to walking away.”
“Especially in the case of the roadies, because they never stop when one band stops, another band starts. That’s their livelihood and they’re used to that kind of nomadic lifestyle, it’s a tough life and you choose it because that’s where you excel, it’s a very specific ability to be able to tour.”
The songwriter said she wrote part of her fifth solo album Róisín Machine during lockdown in 2020.
“Most of it was there, but I’m guessing about 20 percent of it was completed in that time. There are obvious places like in Shellfish Mademoiselle where I sing about not being able to dance, those lyrics were written here in the house during lockdown,” she said.
Murphy will act on the Body and Soul’s main stage for a “very special” show on Saturday night.
After a two year hiatus the festival returns in a scaled down version with just 5,500 tickets available for the three day event at the Ballinlough Castle estate in Co Westmeath.
“It’s a wonderful festival, it seems to have a really good ethos and it’s for the minds, people who are really into their music. It seems like a really good vibe to me when I’ve played it before,” she said.
Body and Soul takes place over the weekend of June 17-19.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/lockdown-was-was-a-very-creative-period-for-me-roisin-murphy-ready-to-headline-body-and-soul-41555006.html “Lockdown has been a very creative time for me” – Róisín Murphy poised to caption Body and Soul