Credit: MIRiam COOKE
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Credit: MIRiam COOKE
Tell us a bit about yourself? I've had a bit of a a gypsy life so far, travelling continent to continent as a musician , recording and singing; and working as a fashion Model and later an Actress, Archaeologist and Broadcaster for the BBC, C4 , five , Discovery, National Geographic. The whimsical, often ethereal, acoustic pop flavour of my music draws from my travels, my youth in Ireland, my work in archaeology and fascination with history and ancient traditions and rituals, and the diverse genres of music I have listened to over the years from west end musicals to Irish trad, to 70's californian sound and folk.
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? I guess I would like to think that harmonies and melodies are my forte and if that's your bag, combined with a pretty pure voice with sincerity and soul; it may mean that my music could be something you enjoy... also I'm recording a music series 'Symphony of the Stones' about Sound in Prehistory for the BBC World Service.
What’s your back-story? I grew up in Ireland, and music was always important in our house and indeed within our very extended large Flanagan family. My parents both had great voices and were very musical. Singsongs were a big part of social gatherings. Everybody had a' song'. We sang and listened to music everywhere, in the car, at home, in bed, in the bath. Singing along to LP's of show tunes was something I did as a child, in secret, in the lounge, I would repeatedly play the records over and over till I knew all the words, melodies and harmonies. I wrote my fist song in my late teens. It was a massive turning point for me, to realise that I could actually write music, songs that people enjoyed and that I could take great pleasure in playing.
What are you working on at the moment? A new album, 'Free Falling' produced by among others, Nick Pynn, multi-instrumentalist producer extraordinaire!
What's the first song you remember hearing? Kate Bush, Wuthering Heights
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? Ride on - Christy Moore
What was the first gig you went to? David Bowie- Glass Spider tour
Which song do you wish you'd written? More Fool me - Genesis ( old Genesis...)
Which song changed your life? Old man, Neil Young
Which song would you like played at your funeral? Sesame Street
What song is stuck in your head right now?Feels - Calvin Harris
What was the first Album you bought? Aha- Hunting High and Low
Which song made you want to play music? Arthur McBride - Paul Brady
What people are saying:
“Mir Cooke's music combines the sweetness and accessibility of acoustic pop with indie quirkiness, falling within the realms of contemporary folk whilst touching on its more traditional roots. Her clear voice, is reminiscent of Sandy Denny, Canadian Joni Mitchell, and the great Kate Bush. Perfection.”
“This wonderful songstress is the perfect candidate. Accompanied by flute, violin, double bass and of course her own guitar and voice she combines wonderful stories and delicate melodies.”