- 06 Jun 18
Acclaimed Irish artist Cathy Davey talks about her new live album, Bare Bones: Live At The Unitarian Church, her work at the My Lovely Horse Rescue with The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, and why she’s utterly committed to honesty in her music.
Half 11 on a Wednesday morning at the Westbury Hotel. Cathy Davey and your Hot Press correspondent are watching a YouTube clip from The Muppets Show on Cathy’s phone.
French/American tenor Charles Aznavour sings to a small inchworm in the forest, while, silhouetted in a cabin behind them, The Muppets multiply numbers in a contrapuntal melody. “2 and 2 are 4,” they sing. “4 and 4 are 8”. The pattern is routine, lullaby-esque and strangely haunting, just as Hans Christian Andersen intended it to be.
A train of thought, which began when I asked Cathy whether she keeps her ear to the ground in terms of emerging artists in Ireland or not, has led us here. The hows and whys aren’t important – what is striking is how Cathy’s experiences with her art form run so contrary to expectation.