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Fast Five: Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

Through a series of random connections on the Glasgow music scene: in various pubs and gigs across the city, we met and discovered a shared love of the same music and ideals. I started as a solo artist, and “The Lonesome Fire” came from a news article I read about a small bush fire in Australia that grew stronger and more fierce with every day. It seemed a good metaphor for a fledgling band.

How would you describe your music?

I would hope it’s something with integrity and soul. I think it’s an eclectic wash of sounds. We have such a diverse array of influences when it comes to the music we all listen to, but the interesting thing for me is how it joins in the middle.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

Busy rehearsing for a show we curate at Celtic Connections each year called The Roaming Roots Revue: it’s a big collaborative event featuring loads of our favourite bands singing their own songs and some choice covers. Then we have our own shows to think about, making sure we get out and let people hear the album live as much as possible in 2017. Starting work on another record is on the cards too.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

We all love Tom Waits for the individuality he brings to his music. Plus, he’d be a whole load of fun in the pub after the show.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

The National’s “Alligator”. I never ever tire of the genius songwriting on display.