Interview with Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh – St Patricks Festival – This is How We Fly and Iarla O’Lionáird
One of the highlights of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival is the performance of This is How We Fly and Iarla O’Lionáird at Liberty Hall on the 15th of March. We had the chance to put some questions to Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh of This is How We Fly about the event and how it came about. You can see the results below.
This is How We Fly and Iarla O’Lionáird – Sunday, 15th March at Liberty Hall Theatre. Tickets are €20 including taxes and fees available here.
How did this gig with Iarla come about? Is it through your connection with the Gloaming or was it something else?
This is How we Fly has had a residency at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan for the last while, and Belinda Quirke there has been pretty incredible in making things happen for the band. The idea for inviting a special guest came up through conversations with her, and all the members of the band starting dreaming up who they’d like to work with. Iarla emerged as the person everyone was super excited about working with, not just because he’s obviously an astounding singer, but his approach to creating new sounds and textures along with his work ethic was something we thought could lead to an interesting evolution of the band.
Do you see it as a one-off event, or are you keeping your options open?
I think we would all love for this to be the first of many concerts with Iarla. The process of creating new music with him has been wonderful, and we love the music we’ve been making with him. It’d be so good to get more opportunities to play this music for people!
What will the setlist be made up from on the night?
It’s pretty much all new songs we’ve created with Iarla, and we are so excited about sharing them! We didn’t want this to be the kind of collaboration where we just do what we do, he does what he does, and the two things are superficially sellotaped together. We wanted this to be a genuine collaboration, co-creation of new material so that we reach beyond ourselves and what we had previously done as a band. So all the material is fresh and new and eager to step out into the world!
What are This is How We Fly’s plans for the future? Is there talk of another album or is it too early for that?
Oh yes, we’ve certainly begun work on another album. It’ll be a while yet before it sees the light of day, but it’s something that is in the works.
Can you tell me about your memories of the St. Patrick’s Festival as a child? Do you remember going to the parade or what was your average St. Patrick’s Day?
As a kid in the 1980s, I used to sign up to be on one of the floats, where they’d dress you up and plonk you on the back of a decorated lorry. Each lorry had a sponsor, and they’d blare out their name, on a megaphone, on a loop, for *hours*. It’s still emblazoned on my brain: “A. T. A. SE-CUR-ITY”, me in my little Star Trek outfit, my arm falling off from the obligatory waving and the Baltic temperatures. That’s when I knew I wanted to be in show business forever!