Ahead of her gig at The Whelan's, Róisín O talks to our contributor Miriam Doona about music, fame, and her debut album 'The secret life of blue'.

Roisin, you have such an impressive musical heritage, amazingly so. Your Grandfather, Aunts, Uncles and Danny, your brother, is enjoying great success with The Coronas, and, of course, your mother, being the musical entity that is Mary Black, who has contributed so much to the Irish music scene for so many years.Was there any other career path, except a musical one, that you ever considered?

To be honest, not really, singing is such an organic  thing for me.It has always been what I wanted to do,I have been writing and singing since I left school.It is a very natural choice for me as music has always been such a big part of my life growing up.

Your debut single"Here we go" was released on May, from your debut album "The secret life of blue". The song is about the Electric picnic, it is really good, and so catchy and really captures the excitement, and urgency that is felt by attending the festival. It musically translates that feeling the moment  you first see the flags and know something good is going to happen!..It is poetic that you will perform there on Saturday...will you be staying the whole weekend?

Yes, thankfully, I will be there the whole weekend. It's such an amazing event and I am really looking forward to it.

It really is, and who are you looking forward to seeing?

There are so many acts, probably Sigur Ros and, of course,The Cure, but I like to take it as it comes, and I still have to have a proper look at the line up.

Always the best way with the picnic, the no-plan plan!..you find so many diamond acts in the smaller tents, and, of course at" Body and Soul",..who would you say inspires you, musically?

Joni Mitchell. I listened to every song and bought every album she ever did.I also love Fleetwood Mac.There are so many brilliant acts today like Wallis Bird, Muse and Florence and The Machine.

Florence is such an wonderful singer, her voice is beautifully haunting.I aways pick up on a fear of fame in her lyrics, is that something that worries you?

To be honest its not something I have thought about and up to this point, it hasn't been an issue.

It is great that you have such a tremendous support network, as fame is no stranger to your family. Listening to "Here we go" and the very beautiful "You belong" among others, it is impressive how powerful your vocals are, how would you describe your musical style?

I would describe it as folk accoustic-rock.

The chemistry of your band obviously works, how did you find each other?

Through college and a previous member moved to London,which is when Ruth joined. We all  bring something to the table,with various different tastes in music.Everyone writes and we have a mutual love of music. The chemistry works really well.

Finally, if you could perform with anyone who would it be?

That's a tough question, probably the Gorillaz.

What  a dynamic outfit they are! Thank you so much for talking to me this morning. Your debut album "The secret life of blue" is out on September 21st and you are coinciding that with a gig in Whelan's on the same date. I am looking forward to both, and will be heading along to Whelan's. I genuinely wish you all the best for the future, and have a blast at Electric Picnic!

Thank you very much, see you at the gig in Whelans on September 21st!

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