- 30 Jun 03
Despite having to contend with muscular dystrophy, the inspiration of working with some well-known musicians has given Fergus O’Farrell of Interference a whole new lease of creative life.
When HP catches up with him, Fergus O’Farrell is hungover and still half on rem-time, but elated from the previous night’s studio collaboration with Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer, who were also among the many guests who appeared at the recent Interference show at Vicar St, Dublin.
Interference were always something of an enigma, ever on the fringes of the Dublin music scene, but of late there’s been a resurgence of interest in the band due to Fergus’s collaborations with people like Maria Doyle Kennedy and Glen Hansard, plus a recent appearance on the Other Voices: Songs From A Room series.
“It’s more fashionable now, the stuff that we were doing before,” he reckons. “When Interference went through a year where we couldn’t get the right drummer, we decided we’d start gigging this other stuff that the full band didn’t do anyway, so we used to do these gigs in the Beal Bocht. That’s where I met Glen Hansard and Mic Christopher and Mannix Flynn. Glen and Mic would play a set, and Mannix would get up in the gold lamé suit doing this amazing ranting soliloquy about trying to get back in his mother’s womb or something. So that’s why I wanted Mannix again (at Vicar St) because I just love those kind of shows.”