- 31 Mar 01
Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Lewis Carrol may all be touchstones for the muse of sinÉad lohan, but this is one talented and increasingly successful singer-songwriter who definitely does things her way. joe jackson meets a self-confessed "spacer". Pix: Mick Quinn
SinÉad Lohan is a spacer. She arrives for this interview, explaining that, having just flown in from the States, she's "jet-lagged." However, it soon becomes apparent that our Sinéad is time-lagged. As in, blessed - or cursed - with the kind of mind that seems determined to operate on two, or more, levels at the same time. And ne'er the twain shall meet.
Sinéad clearly ain't joking when she says she would have called her new album Time Out Of Mind if Bob Dylan hadn't gotten there first. In fact, it's called No Mermaid, which could be seen as much the same thing. If you're totally stoned. Or if you're Sinéad, on one of her more surrealistic flights of fancy. But, before we can even begin to try to traverse her slippery psyche Sinéad Lohan is off and running, talking about how important this album is to her career.
"I started doing gigs eight, nine years ago and I was only playing a few weeks, when Declan Sinnott came to me and said 'I want to record your songs'. So, before I knew it, I was in the studio," she recalls, sitting in a pub in Rathmines, drinking mineral water.