Marie O'Neill, Ireland
Brian, you are always very kind about taking time to
meet with the fans after concerts and performances, signing autographs
and CD's, and posing for pictures. Honestly - does being approached
this way become irritating and tiring or do you genuinely want to
take the time to meet fans? There must be times when you just want
to get out of the venue and go home so how do you manage to remain
so consistently pleasant and friendly under these circumstances?
Well, Marie, The thing is, if I'm on a long
tour and the promotion schedule is heavy then I will do everything
I can to make sure my voice gets as much rest as possible to make
sure I'm able to perform the best I can every night. One of the most
exhaustive things is talking but of course sometimes I can't help
myself. Once the new album and tour start then I will probably not
be as free with my time after the shows for reason above......But
I was genuinely touched that so many people took the time to come
and say hello......I think It takes more energy to be rude and if
It wasn't for the fans then I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing now
so I always try and bear that in mind......Thanks for the support.
Edith and Annemarie Hall, Holland
Hiya Brian, It's Edith and Annemarie here. Trust us to have a different
question. Have you ever been to a fortuneteller / tarot-reader / astrologer
and if so did the predictions come true? Do elaborate please (lol)
Good to hear you are planning a uk tour...don't work too hard now..
Hopefully we will have a chance to see you :) Lots of love and tulips...btw
do you use that blue tulip mug we gave you a few years ago?
Yes I have been to a fortune teller many many years ago and she told
me some very interesting things, mainly about my career. I think I
was about 16 or 17 at the time and she said that my path was about
communication and that I was going to end up playing my guitar and
singing in front of a lot of people.......I didn't really play guitar
much at that point so I took it with a grain of salt but she was right
thankfully....Hope all is well there in the land of Tulips.....Sadly
the mug is no longer with me but It had a good life......BK
Eamon Donoghue, Holland
Hey Brian, If you could live anywhere in the world, - Where would
it be and why???? Hope you're doing O.K. and that Life is being kind
to you!!! Love, Eamon.
Hello there Eamon, Well I'm very keen to go to India because my poet
friend Cathal O' Searcaigh goes there every year and I've been threatening
to go but it's always when I'm at my busiest...so one of these days
I would love to go to Nepal or Russia.......Thanks for the question.......BK
Jan Feghia, UK
UK I am still wandering in the unknown! Did you ever receive the tea
and biscuits sent for you and the band. Just wanted you to have a
'wee' drink on me, Ha! Ha! After meeting you and the guys after the
Celtic Connections concert in Glasgow. Loads of love to you all. Hope
life is good?
forward to hearing you play sometime in the near future. Any plans
to play here in the North of England? Any small venues on offer? Still
carrying that torch!!!! Forever Connected. Jan.
Hello there Jan, Tea and biscuits always go
down well with me and the band so thanks again for that......Keep
watching the Website for gig news......BK
Rose Inman , USA
I recently saw you in a movie titled "This Is The Sea" (excellent
sang a song called A Man In Love, is the track on anything you've
and can I get it here in the U.S ? How? I recently bought "A
Better Man" it's great but that's all that's available, I want
to hear more of your beautiful voice, any suggestions? Keep truckin',
So you saw My screen Debut....My recording of
those Mike Scott songs aren't available yet, There was talk of a CD
soundtrack but The movie took a long time to come out and I think
those plans were shelved. We recorded them live that morning in a
place called "The Kitchen" in Dublin owned by U2 I think
and then we spent the days being filmed. The master tapes do exist
but I'm not sure where......One of these days though They will hopefully
see the light of day.........The other CDs are available through Van's
website as far as I hear or you could try someone in Ireland........Thanks
so much for your interest in my music. BK
Shirley Harper, UK
I, like all your other loyal fans, would like to thank you for the
constant pleasure that you bring to our lives! You mentioned one time
in concert that you have asthma I just wanted to know if it affects
your singing or your life in any way & have you ever tried any
alternative therapies. I ask this question as I work as a reiki therapist
as well as a nurse but now tend to rely more on alternative therapies.
I also send you healing sometimes I hope you receive it!!!
Looking forward to hearing your wonderful voice soon & hope that
you will have a gig in Edinburgh! At your last gig here at La Belle
Angele I gave you a scarf & couldn't believe it when you came
on stage wearing it - thanks for that! Take care Shirley xxxxxxxx
Hello there Shirley, Well the asthma has been
a bit of a challenge throughout my life but I've managed to keep it
under control whenever possible.....New York was actually great for
it and it all but disappeared the whole time I was there.....I have
to be careful of stuff like too much red wine unfortunately..and the
non diary approach works although Sheeps cheese doesn't seem to bother
me too much..........The best thing is exercise of course in the fresh
air, carefully at first though and I don't go anywhere now without
my inhaler as I got into trouble a few times and ended up in the emergency
room but that was own stupidity.......Can't wait to get back to Edinburgh....Thanks
for all your positive thoughts........BK
Chris Drake, UK
Hi Brian, I'm looking forward to seeing you at Cambridge in July.
It's ages since my friend and I travelled to Dublin especially to
see you at the Point. It was the first time I'd seen you live and
you were everything and more than I'd hoped for. You come across as
having a good sense of humour. What or who makes you laugh and what's
the funniest thing that's ever happened to you? Good luck with the
new album and please, please, please release it in England. Kindest
Hey there Chris, I love good comedy and I think
it must be the hardest thing to get up and transform an audience into
fits of laughter......One of the first comedians I saw was Julian
Clary at the Hackney Empire and I loved him. I was also fortunate
to see Eddie Izzard in a wee pub in Islington before he started filling
huge theatres and that was something else.......There is a comedian
who is dead now called James Young from Belfast and he was a genius
always go back to his videos and although his humour is colloquial
I still think he's My favourite......I recently got the chance to
go to the opening of "STONES IN HIS POCKETS" and that was
fantastic. The actors were incredible [Conleth HIll and Sean Campion]
and Marie Jones' writing was inspired.......Hope youse get a chance
top see it......BK
Rosie Delmaestro, UK
Hi Brian, You've probably heard/read it a thousand times or more but
your music is unique and so special. You have a voice of an angel
and you are so entertaining on stage - when you perform your concerts
you give the feeling that you performing on a one-2-one basis and
that's why your concerts are so fantastic.
that wasn't my main question...my question to you is why is it so
difficult to get hold of your material in England? I have had to make
friends with a chap that works in a record shop in Belfast who then
forwards your CDs as soon as they are released to a shop in London
for me.......such a sweetie I know .... but somehow I a release of
yours slipped thru the net! I'm still trying my best to find it -
it's the one you appear on Ronan Keating's album.
song on Ronan's Album is called "When the world was mine"
singing some harmonies with myself as well as Him...It's on his album
so check the Discography section of my website and you'll be able
to get all the details courtesy of Jane and Lynne's hard work.......A
video would be great one of these days too......Keep the faith. BK
Brian, I know from some of your past interviews that you are a big
book lover. I share that same passion. Are there any books you would
recommend that have made an impression on you, especially books for
the inner spirit? Kate
Well Kate I think that any good literature feeds
the spirit....I loved "THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED" when it
first came out. I go in phases with Authors, I mean if I find one
I like then I tend to read everything by them like Anne Rice for example
who wrote the Vampire Chronicles, That partly inspired my song "For
one Kiss." I Love the Irish Authors Like Colm Toibin and Pat
Mc Cabe and I especially like Good short stories as It suits my pace
when I'm travelling........Can you recommend any gooduns? BK
Jake Clayton, UK
Hi Brian, Is your hair long again? I think it always looks better
like that, kind of Irish. I just wanted to say that A Better Man was
probably the best album I have heard in a very long time, maybe in
my life, to me it's up there with the greatest like Kate Bush and
James Taylor, but did you think it was over produced??
I really enjoyed the gliding and swooping of your voice as it mixed
with the clean and precise instruments and backing vocals. I mean,
I really thought it mixed well with the background, especially on
The Oldest Dream In The World, very poignant. I enjoyed the follow
up just as much, but was it sparser, or maybe more open sounding,
with less fullness. I am really looking forward to the new album,
are there any release dates yet? And will it sound looser like the
last album?? Many Thanks Jake
Hello Jake. The new Album is nearly finished
which is why I haven't a had a chance to reply to your questions until
now.....My hair is indeed long again and I'm glad you think it suits
me better that way, although I've had the opposite response too......If
you've got it grow it! That's what I say....
take your criticism about the last two albums.......This one is looser
and more Live in Parts and I've collaborated less on the writing this
is the first time since my debut album that that has happened......I'm
very excited about it I must say and I'm off to NYC to hear some of
the mixes next week that Kevin Killen has been working on.....I'm
very honoured to be in the same company as Kate Bush and James Taylor
in your collection...A man with good taste obviously.......We think
the release date is the autumn so watch the web........BK
Joni McRae, USA
Hi Brian, I've got to first congratulate you, your music is very special
to me and I truely hope things just keep getting better and better
for you. Music means everything to me and I'm particularly interested
in lyrics, I was just wondering who you admire lyrically and when
you write music, do the lyrics come first or do you try and fit them
around the music? Do you draw from
personal experience or are they usually fairly objective? Enjoy the
rest of your NYC experience but don't leave us for too long!!! Love,
Hello there Joni, Well one of the first Lyrics
I remember having a lasting impression on me was "Four Green
Fields" by The Flying Column....Then I heard "The man with
the child in His eyes" By Kate Bush which Hypnotised me in My
friends brothers back room, Mind you it was the delivery of those
words too by Kate that was so moving. I adore how Joni Mitchell expresses
herself and am constantly inspired by her albums. Van Morrison and
Bob Dylan are also people I admire Lyrically. Chris Difford from Squeeze
and Mark Nevin too. I think Morrissey is a wonderful wordsmith [pun
intended] and Kirsty MacColl too.......
I'm writing I don't always have words in Mind and in fact if I have
a title only then that's a good start but words suggest themselves
as I chip away or at least the sound of the words suggest themselves,
so I just keep going until they emerge.....I do love to collaborate
too with other people and they can often bring an attitude to a lyric
that I wouldn't have thought of.......BK
Carmel Kearns (originally from Dublin) , U.S.A (originally from Dublin)
U.S.A Hello Brian, It's great to get a chance to ask you some questions!
Are you still here in the U.S. recording your album or are you back
in Ireland? I am a huge fan of your music but have not had the pleasure
of seeing you perform your own music live. I saw you in Riverdance
on Broadway last November and what a thrill that was! I am looking
forward to the release of this new album and I want to know if you
will be doing some gigs elsewhere in the U.S. after it's release to
promote it. " Please come to Boston" with your band and
you will be assured of a great welcome from your fans here in New
I know it may not be possible to see you here and we are planning
to go to Ireland in March 2001 so maybe we can get lucky and see you
at a gig at home! For the fans who are having trouble getting hold
of your music, visit the CD Ireland website where I bought all the
recent cd's and also the Gael Force video. It takes a few weeks to
get the material but for the fans it's WELL WORTH THE WAIT ! God bless
you on your travels and best of luck with the new album. Slan go foill.
There Carmel, I'm typing to you from London but I'm getting ready
to go back to NYC next week for the first mixing session of some of
the new album. Thanks for all your enthusiasm and I hope to get back
to Boston when The time is right so keep spreading the word.....slan
Dean Groom, UK
I am from the south of England and would like to know why your newest
album "Now that I Know What You Want" and all of the singles
from that album were not released here in England? A fan like myself
is now unable to get hold of your work. Will the next album you release
be available here?
I would just like to say that I truly think that you are one of the
most talented singers around today and wish you the best of luck for
Oh Dean, Thanks so much for your thoughts and
apparently if you visit the CD Ireland website then the CDs are available
according to Carmel who asked the question before you....It's a constant
source of anguish to me that someone cannot walk in off the street
and buy one of my CDs so I'm sorry that you're having so much trouble..........I
do appreciate your kind words and enthusiasm and look forward to the
day when The CDs are more readily available......So far I have record
deal for Ireland and no home as yet for the new one in England so
fingers crossed eh. BK
Angela Burnett, UK
I have seen you live several times, each time being better than the
I couldn't believe my luck when I found out you were accompanying
the Corrs in NY in March as this coincided with my visit there, but
you can imagine how disappointed I was when I couldn't get a ticket
for love nor money. I could actually see Radio City from my hotel
window, so near and yet so far away!! I know you have played a few
gigs in Arlene's recently, but I wanted to know if you have any plans
to play later in the year, say Sep/Oct, when I hope to be back in
NY? Angela. P.S. Looking forward to the new CD"
Hello there Angela, sorry to hear you were unable
to get to Radio City and it was all a bit last minute for me too......I
don't have immediate plans to play the US but if you keep watching
the web then you'll be the first to know when I am...Thanks again
for all the support..........I'm looking forward to the album too!
Hi Brian, are you going to do any more collaborations with Ronan Keating
or is that friendship now finished?
Well Now, I just saw Ronan's show in Belfast and I thought it was
great, Good band too!! We may well collaborate in the future when
the time is right and Our Friendship is as strong as ever Thanks...........BK
Lynn Irwin Stewart USA
From everything I've read, music is your life but is there anything
you might have enjoyed doing as a career - that has absolutely nothing
to do with music? After your appearance in "This is the Sea"
and "Riverdance", would you consider acting in movies or
doing another type of Broadway show (musical or non-musical)? I was
privileged to see you in "Riverdance on Broadway" but would
love to see you in concert, performing your own songs - since it's
not likely that I will get back to NYC anytime soon, what are the
chances of you ever performing in small venues around the US? Atlanta
(which I could get to easily - yes, that's a scary thought, isn't
it? I promise I'll behave!!) has several Irish pubs that feature performers.
It would be a great way to give your many fans outside of NYC a chance
to see you and for you to make new fans, as well.
but not least, I had read somewhere that you had (or were going to)
record some songs in various churches and/or cathedrals - is this
something that will happen and, if so, would this be released as a
CD? I think it would be absolutely beautiful if you did this. Thanks,
Brian, for making me smile.
Well I would consider a movie if I thought the
part was interesting and the script was good......Whether I'd be any
good or not is anybody's guess but I'm a trier if nothing else. My
main passion is music though. Watch the web for American gigs and
I would dearly love to visit Your Hometown and play so you never know.
made some recordings in churches which may see the light of day sooner
than you think.......Like I said Watch the web for details.......BK
Brian, first of all I have to say I love what you do and I'm waiting
for the new album with baited breath! I was actually introduced to
your music after I saw your brother Bap play at Filthy Macnasties
in London. I'm a huge fan of both you and Bap even though your music
is very different, I was wondering if you've ever considered collaborating
or do you think your styles are too separate? Hoping to catch you
at the Cambridge folk festival. Enjoy the rest of your time in NYC
and cheers for the music! Lorna
Lorna Crawford, UK. Well now Lorna, I hope you
like the new album when
It comes out, I'm very excited about it I must say. I was in Baps'
many years ago but we've never really collaborated beyond a recording
of a Van song for a Peace project that got shelved........Like you
say I think
our styles are at odds with each other. I'm looking forward to Cambridge
The American Academy of Neurology has recently completed a study concerning
musicians and whether they are born with musical ability, or if it
is a 'learned' skill. You have often said that music chose you - not
the other way around. Obviously, you have innate musical talent, but
do you believe it is possible to be a successful musician without
that inborn musical 'gene'? At what point did your parents actually
realise you could really sing? And when did you first take up a musical
instrument? Better still - and I ask this from the perspective of
a parent who recklessly provided one child with a piano, and the other
with a set of drums - how did your Mother's nerves survive having
not just you, but also your older brother practicing/learning/rehearsing
in the house?!
Good luck at the Cambridge Folk Festival - I'd love to be there, but
enough Cornelia I didn't do music very much in the house as I was
growing up but I did hum to myself a lot, even while eating.....Can
you imagine? Natural Musical ability is a real Mystery. There is no
reason why I should open my mouth and make the sound that I do but
of course I have worked at it too and tried not to abuse the instrument
by Smoking or something......It's a good question though. I think
the best that anyone can do is make music available through whatever
means they have and if Kids are drawn to it then it will happen. In
My case it happened against very many odds and I'm grateful beyond
words.....It's interesting that some kids seem to have "IT"
whatever that means....Good luck with your two and thanks for the
Brian, First of all, you were amazing in Riverdance. Your singing
was fantastic. Now that you have had a real taste of NY, you know
first hand of it's diversity. All you need to do is walk up Broadway
for a few blocks to get a taste of the mix that lives in NY. There
is one extreme to the other and everything in between. Every culture
is represented in such a small space. Is your new album, the one you
are working on, going to be released in the United States this time?
It is still nearly impossible to find your work in this country. Thank
God for your website and the wonderful connections it gives us to
purchase your CDs. Do you plan to do any kind of a tour here? Are
you also planning on staying in NY for awhile to soak up more of what
it has to offer or are you itching to go back to the UK & Ireland?
I am anxious to hear the NY influence on your upcoming album and wish
you all the best with it. Denise
Well Denise , Had I not lived in Greenwich Village
for as long as I did then I wouldn't have written some of the songs
that appear on the new Record. I'm hoping that we can find a label
in America willing to wade into the tide of all the other new releases
so keep your fingers crossed and yes I agree about the website being
so invaluable to keep the info coming. I'm Going back to NYC shortly
to continue work on the album so I hope to have better news soon about
it's global release schedule.. Thanks again for your interest, BK
Gill Heath, Leeds
You sang a Bonnie Raitt song for me in Birmingham which was wonderful.
Have you performed it since? If not, why not? When can we expect some
songbooks of your music. Hope the Irish shows go well. Look forward
to your new album, and to seeing you in England in the near future.
My deep respect always. Gill Heath
Hello Gill, Thanks for your message - I still watch the Bonnie Raitt
video you gave me - and yes I do sing 'I can't make you love me' from
time to time but I'm concentrating on new songs and the album is nearing
completion - Thanks for all your support - The Irish tour was pure
joy - see you at the next one. Love B.K.
Dave, Oregon, USA
On the recent West Coast tour, we were at the second night's show
at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Although I enjoy your backup singing with
Van, I was very disappointed that you did not get to sing solo during
Van's set (as it seems you did at almost every other venue on that
tour!) Why didn't you? Was it just a bad night? Joni Mitchell's music
got me thru high school (!!) -- how was touring with her--did you
get to hang out with her much, sing with her? She seems very friendly
I don't always get to sing solo on Van shows, sometimes there are
time restrictions - sometimes Van feels like going straight on - it's
a very changeable easy going thing - we do what feels right on the
Mitchell is an incredibly generous spirited person, meeting her only
increased my admiration for her gifts - a lovely warm woman with time
for everyone - she gave me a beautiful compliment and an amazing print
of her new album cover - we all nearly performed together but it didn't
pan out - she asked me to sing on 'I shall be released' - the Dylan
song - It really was an unforgettable tour. Thanks B.K.
Brian, while you've been touring the far corners of the globe, have
you ever met any fascinating, intelligent, wonderful individuals
who have really made an impression on you?
Apart from the great Australian people including
Bob Downe, I had tea twice with Quentin Crisp in New York. Thanks
Kenny Bendair, USA
You've toured all over the world, both with Van and in your own
right. Artistic experiences aside, what part of the world has appealed
to you the most and why?
That's a hard one to answer, I loved New Zealand
& Australia - America has always been special to me because
of it's vast culture and your love of music - I was very taken with
The Gambia, West Africa - the people there were so trusting and
friendly, which I found very humbling because of the devastation
visited on them by generations of 'HONKYS' as you might say. Thanks
Beth Ann, USA
What is your favourite book .... and why?
I'm a big Anne Rice fan - I was spellbound
by Pat McCabes' 'The Butcher Boy' & 'Perfume' by Patrick Suskind.
Rosemary, California, USA
Hi Brian, I have only within the last few months become acquainted
with your music, and am enjoying it very much. I think you have
a wonderful voice! I know you recently appeared with Van Morrison
in his West Coast USA tour, but I wanted to ask if you and your
band are planning a return visit to Southern California sometime?
We get Irish performers here quite often, in fact, Mary Black is
coming to San Diego in October. We would really enjoy seeing you
here, too. I am anxiously awaiting your new album and hope your
tour goes well. Best always, Rosemary
Thanks for your interest - I just sang with
Mary Black last night at my home town in Belfast - my new album
is about 3/4 finished, so look out for tour/release news in the
new year. Thanks B.K.
How about coming to Iceland? In the summer time the sky change in
the evening is incredibly beautiful and that is something you like,
am I right? I am not sure how many fans you have here in Iceland,
I discovered you only recently when I saw your picture on the front
of Trans World Education, found this page on the net and bought
your CD A Better Man (which was sold out in the first store I went
to by the way), but I am now spreading the word. p.s. the water
here is the best in the world.
Thanks for the invitation - I'd love to come
to your Country - please contact my assistant Sharon Thompson on
0171 738 1919 if you or someone could organise a gig - we are very
flexible - Iris's are also among my favourite flowers. Thanks B.K.
Your publicity always seems to emphasise your devoted and adoring
female following and I notice the interview "A Better Man"
published in The Irish Times was edited by this website. How do
you feel about this?
I am very flattered by the female attention
and grateful for any really - It's great to be appreciated and I
like to make sure I give my best to every detail. Thanks B.K.
Brian, you are so busy with your career, you must need a refreshing
vacation from the music business at some point. Would you like to
learn how to snowboard?
I was a keen roller skater and I run a lot now - snowboarding? why
not! Thanks B.K.
Chris Drake, Branston, Nr Lincoln, England
You have spoken about some of your childhood memories that were
not altogether pleasant. My question is:- "What is your happiest
childhood memory?" I hope the tour goes well and I'm looking
forward to the new album. All the Best
Chris, One of my happiest childhood memories
is one of being a toddler and sitting in a stream all day with the
sun shining. Thanks for your support. Thanks B.K.
Angela McKay, Liverpool, England
Myself and my partner plan to come to the Dublin concerts,
at least one anyway. Seeing as we were "barred" from seeing
you at the Lomax in Liverpool by a couple of over exhauberant "bouncers"
(even though we had tickets) we did see you at the Royal Court which
was fantastic. How's about a couple of tickets :-) cheers Angela
Hello there Angela and Frank.. I can't believe
you were banned from my concert even though you had tickets. What
is the world coming to.. By now you may well have been to Dublin
several times over, this has been a busy year and I appreciate your
efforts in coming to see me.. Please get in touch with my assistant
Sharon (via the web-site) and she might be able to sort something
out next time we come to a town near you.... thanks again B.K.
Darren O'Beirne, Ireland
Been a fan for years etc. Could never understand how success had
proven allusive through much of your career. My question and indeed
concern is this. In recent years I feel that your releases suffer
from over production which detracts from your voice. Would you not
benefit more from adopting a more Van type approach to achieving
a looser feeling on records? I find more recent recordings perhaps
being too sanitised and synthetic. I would love to hear your great
natural voice next to more natural sounding music.
Funny you should mention it because we have
just recorded 10 songs live in the studio with more emphasis on
that way of recording - I sort of agree with you but it's hard not
to flirt with modern production as well - I don't think it's that
wise to be closed off to trying - but I take your opinion on the
chin - Thanks for your interest. B.K.
Brian....When you were in New York City....Did you get a chance
to see the city...If so, where did you go?????
Hello there, well typically I went to the
village - and I was fortunate enough to take tea with Quentin Crisp
- a fine city - so good they named it twice...... Thanks B.K.
Margaret Murphy, Ireland I've been a fan of yours for years now
and I'd love to know if you have plans to release a video collection
of your songs anytime soon - a live video release would be excellent
as you excel live!! With best wishes - Margaret.
The Eternal Question - the live video debate
rages on - personally I would love it - The 'Kelly' special for
example - but right now the priority is the new album - Thanks for
all your support. B.K.
Cornelia Frost, Ely, Cambs./Oil City, Pennsylvania
You have said in previous interviews that you suffer from asthma,
so how do you avoid being affected (or are you affected?) by the
smoke in some of the smaller sized venues? The Mean Fiddler is a
good example. Bearing in mind that from a financial point of view
many clubs would not wish to promote a no smoking policy, is there
anything you would like to see done to improve the situation for
yourself and the audience?
And have you bought an up to date map yet that tells you how to
get from Liverpool to Cambridge without going through Bradford?!
Hello There - Yes I can definitely find Cambridge
now - just don't ask Thomas Lang... The asthma is behaving itself
because I run so much - We always make a polite announcement before
the show - I'm not a big fan of banning things because obviously
it would make it more attractive - better ventilation in the roof
- any ideas? People seem very accommodating when approached correctly
- although I have had exceptions - I always think of poor Roy Castle
at times like these. Thanks BK
Lynn McEwan, Scotland
Brian, I love your new songs, and I think your work is getting better
and better. I think though that your songs always sound much better
live, it's as if the recordings don't do them justice! My question
is, would you consider in the future, (as I know you're concentrating
on your new material) releasing a live album, and also in the future,
releasing an album of some of the cover versions you do in your
shows which you have not (well, not that I know of!!) recorded anywhere
yet? I'm thinking particularly of 'Everybody Hurts' and 'The First
Time Ever I Saw Your Face', which was absolutely magical when I
heard it at King Tut's.. It moved me to tears! All the very best
with the new album. Take care...hope to see you back in Scotland
Hello there and thanks for your recent questions.
I would love to make a live album and Believe me we have come close
a couple of times but it was not to be.... one of these days though.
The songs you mention like "First time ever" are of course
songs I care about very much... there are no immediate plans to
record them but again I will do it as soon as it is appropriate...
Calum agrees.... The new album is shaping up nicely... King Tuts
is one of our favourite places to play... Thanks B.K.
Have you ever read "Astonishing the Gods" by Ben Okri?
Well Kay, I have not even read "The Famished
Road" by the same author.... Do you think that I should read
"Astonishing the Gods"? My book pile is always high but
touring is a good place to read.... Thanks for your interest B.K.
Cathy, Florida, U.S.A.
Do you have any plans to pursue your career in the US aside from
your work here with Van Morrison? I've thoroughly enjoyed your live
performances and thanks to modern technology have been able to obtain
your recordings from the UK, but would love to hear more of you
in the US.
Hello there Cathy, I've been doing a lot less
work with the wonderful Van and been concentrating on my next solo
moves which include a new album and my manager was talking about
organising a trip to America in late January to start spreading
the word there, so do look out for me in a venue near you and this
wonderful web-site is the best way to find the most up to date information
on my travels. Thanks for your interest. B.K.
Anthony Lawrence, Australia
When was it that you first decided to turn mimicry into an art form
and echo everything Van sings?
Well Anthony, I don't think I echo everything
Van says. It was just something that we got into for a while....
on the last album of his and subsequent stuff we recorded, I am
harmonising more with him rather than after him. Thanks for your
interest in this web site. B.K.
How does Van Morrison like the intro and outtro you are giving him
at his concerts. Like he is a God or something (Is he?). Maybe he
has told you to do so? Will you sing on Van's next album? Both you
and Katie Kissoon has given Van's music a special touch! Thank you!
Hello There, I think the intros befit the
man and the same goes for the outros... respect where it's due and
all that. Also the show is a revue style show and that is what happens
when you see someone else like James Brown whom we had the honour
of touring with a couple of years ago.... I have contributed to
some recent recordings with Van.... Whether they come out as his
new Album is as always his decision but if they are anything like
the songs I sang on then you are in for one hell of an album. I
love singing with Katie Kassoon and I'm glad you appreciated what
we were doing. Thanks for the interest B.K.
Sian Gibby, U.S.A.
Are you interested in Irish folklore, like the supernatural kinds
of studies Yeats was into at the beginning of the century? I was
in Galway a couple of years ago, and I guess I thought more Irish
people still thought the idea of things like fairies was not *so*
outlandish, but that didn't seem to be be the case. It just seems
that a singer who was Irish might be interested in that kind of
a historical and folkloric tradition, since it's so bound up in
the singer and the song. Thanks very much!
Hello Sian, I think what you are talking about
is easily misunderstood. I am interested in the things you mention
because as you rightly say they are in some way connected to the
singing tradition in terms of keeping the medium alive... It was
once the only way of preserving information when the Irish language
was in danger of being extinguished... There is a beautiful book
that a friend gave me called "ANAM CARA" which is Gaelic
for soul mate and it's written by a man called John O'Donohue....
The subtitle is "Spiritual wisdom from the Celtic world"
and I recommended it highly.. Thanks for your interest....B.K.
Adrielle Justin, Ireland
Brian, with you travelling as much as you do, it must be really
hard to maintain friendships/relationships. Do you have anybody
'special' in your life at the moment?
Hello there, yes, friendships are hard to
maintain so I have to constantly work at it - I'm lucky in that
some of my friends have been in my life since I was a boy and so
they are very understanding ~ There are a few "special"
people in my life I'm glad to say. Thanks B.K.
UK Do you have any plans to record your version of "The First
Time Ever I Saw Your Face?
Yes I do have plans to record 'first time
ever' - the right time will present itself I feel - maybe a live
record? who knows - I'm glad you like our version. Thanks B.K.
Maria O Neill, Dublin
After the Concerts in August in Dublin, when will you be playing
Dublin again?. I'll miss these concerts unfortunately.
Hello there, I've just been confirmed as one
of 'The Bee Gees' guests when they come to the RDS on Aug 29th -
other than that, the new album release will dictate the next major
tour. Thanks B.K.
When will we see you next in Australia?
Oh Marilyn, I want to come to Australia so
much - what a lucky person you are to live there - keep surfing
the web for info - Thanks B.K.
Fiona Miller, London
What makes you laugh?
'Roseanne' makes me laugh - 'Frasier' - The
Simpsons - and of course a good filthy joke - my new hair cut first
thing in the morning! - Thanks B.K.