Known for his work with sibling Ian in the Felice Brothers, Simone Felice is also an acclaimed solo artist. With his new self-titled album on release, he plays a series of shows in Ireland this week – Empire Music Hall, Belfast (19th), John Cleere, Kilkenny (20th), Whelan’s, Dublin (21st) and Cyprus Avenue, Cork (22nd).
Who are you and where are you from?
Simone Felice of the bankruptcy sawdust, from the mountains of Palenville, Greene County, Upstate New York, USA.
Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
John Herald, Asher B. Durand, Dennis Lucas.
What’s it really like touring?
Homesickness, adulation, joy, trials, frustration, sore throat, magic, chaos, money for nothing and chicks for free…
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
No specific place, just wherever folks come together to share in the divine union of poetry, melody, hearts and minds … It could be a rotten pub, could be a green field, a stadium or a side-walk.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Me, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sandy Denny, Bowie, and Van the Man.
Tell us a tour story…
Clean or dirty?
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
Teaching my baby daughter to play tambourine and sing.
What do you do to relax?
Take long long walks, chamomile tea, close my eyes and sit in the sun…
What are you reading?
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Breaking Bad! And my guilty pleasure: Downton Abbey.
What’s the last thing you bought online?
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
What’s the worst cover you’ve ever performed?
Nothing compares to you.
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
Yes. I used to be in a punk band when I was a teenager in the early 90s, and we did many reckless, especially after we witnessed Nirvana. Most recently I smashed an acoustic guitar to bits at a show in Newcastle, England because the pickup was broken but probably more because I knew how damn good it would feel.
What website do you visit most?
The New York Times.
What is your favourite
… album of the last year?
The National’s High Violet.
‘Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks’ (from High Violet)
… lost classic song?
Sandy Denny’s ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’.
… record label?
The old Columbia.
… current artist?
… YouTube video?
Pearl Jam singing ‘Black’ on MTV Unplugged 1992.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
What was the last great gig you went to?
Jackson Browne solo acoustic in Albany, New York.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?