SOUL SURMISE PODCASTS

EILIDH PATTERSON ON SOUL SURMISE PODCAST

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Eilidh Patterson didn’t take songwriting seriously until she was in her mid twenties and 15 years on she continues to hone or craft, learning much about life along the way.

With her pure voice, imaginative lyrics and tasty guitar playing Eilidh is as comfortable in the bar or the church just sharing her life story in songs. 

Her personal battle with anxiety a few years ago had her use her songs as a way through. That song cycle can be a real help to listeners and she did a mental health morning in Fitzroy recently that was very much appreciated.

Eilidh is supporting Lumiere the collaboration of Pauline Scanlon & Eilis Kennedy in Derry soon as well as singing at the closing event of 4 Corners Festival 2024. 

In the Soul Surmise Podcast I took the opportunity to ask Eilidh about her influences across the act of her career, being sensitive to deferent audiences and that song cycle through anxiety among other aspects of music and faith.

 

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ZACH TROUTON FROM TRÚ ON SOUL SURMISE PODCAST

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The final Podcast of our Autumn/Winter 2023 Series is with Zac Trouton from the Irish trad band Trú. 

The trú was a mythological trio of poet-musicians in ancient Ulster. They were revered throughout the Celtic world, some believing their songs and stories came to them from the future. Others maintained that the trú were possessed by spirits during performance. As such, they were considered gatekeepers to the Otherworld.

Zachary Trouton,  Michael Mormecha and Dónal Kearney call themselves Trú. They grew up with different musical palettes, but also came from distinct cultural identities as children of the Peace Agreement in Northern Ireland. The trio has mixed heritage (British-Ukrainian and Irish Nationalist). They give their own and traditional songs a Crosby Stills and Nash harmonic blend to their trad. 

I spoke to Zach from the band about their origins and what they are intending to do with their sound and music. 

This is particularly exciting as Trú are the guests at 2024's In Conversation event where I and, new this year Milie Winger Brennan will be asking the band their own personal story and then the stories in their songs

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STOCKI IN CONVERSATION WITH DANA MASTERS Pt 4 - SOUL SURMISE PODCAST

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The fourth and final part of my 4 Corners Festival 2023 In Conversation with Dana Masters is now available at Soul Surmise Podcasts. 

It was an amazing evening with Dana sharing about her life growing up in the Southern States of the USA and how she ended up in Dromara. 

Indeed part 4 is for sure the climax of the whole evening. It begins with Dana taking a northern Irish boy home for his first southern Christmas and what her aunt who didn't allow white boyfriends says. 

From romance we find faith and hope and dreams as Dana send the evening in a near sung epilogue of what she hopes over us in our wee place that she now calls home. 

It is powerful stuff.

 

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NORTHERN IRELAND v REP OF IRELAND - WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL

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Even in 2023 it’s a tension filled image. Northern Ireland and a Union flag alongside Rep Of Ireland. 

Then a tension filled sound. The Irish National Anthem at Windsor Park, The Northern Irish National Stadium before a God Save The King. I can only imagine the negative aggression if this was a men’s game.

BUT it wasn’t and the respect from players and crowd was meticulous. Where we sitting we could even hear the Republic team belting it out.

There are a lot of good things about Women’s Football. So many. That there are so many children attending says loads about the atmosphere and attitude of players and crowd. These children bring an energy, innocence and a great deal of hope for the sport’s future.

The players it has to be said play their part. After the game there was a sea of children flocking down to the front of the stands to get a selfie or maybe even a shirt. The players were in absolutely no rush to leave the pitch. Even Northern Ireland players who had just been trounced 6-1 stayed out smiling for every photo. 

It is inspirational. 

It allowed Jasmine and I to cheer both Northern Ireland and Republic star player Katie McCabe without anyone ion the crowd giving us grief.

McCabe is a superstar. A Ballon D’Or nominee for goodness sake. I had watched her in the Dublin fixture in September utterly marvelled at her comfort with a football. Her touch. Her speed of pass, short or long. The accuracy of her pass. World class.

At Windsor Park she stepped up a gear. A beautiful assist was lovely  but then… 

Earlier in the game I had sensed that she was only comfortable on her left foot. I suggested to my daughter Jasmine that she made had a chink of weakness but then…

She picks it up on the touchline that she hugs so close when playing for the Republic. She cuts inside and starts running. Twenty five yards out she hits it and curls it around a defender and into   the top corner… and you guessed it, on her right foot. It is a wow moment!

As the one superstar on the pitch we watched her every move and I have to say that every time a lovely wee ball girl gave her the ball she said ‘Thank you’. Class.

Now, I am not saying that everything in the stadium was lovely. There were odd moments where the different Ireland’s sneaked out. What I am saying is that if the island dealt with our differences the way two very competitive set of women footballers and their crowds did in this match, we’d be a better island.

I for one have been won over to the Women’s game. A breath of fresh air in every way. 


SOUL SURMISE PODCAST - THE DUKE SPECIAL INTERVIEW

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photo: Peter Greer

 

In this Soul Surmise Podcast I sit down with Duke Special to talk about his fantastic new record Blood For Ghosts.

It takes in the last chunk of Duke's fascinating career from touring to teaching to a PhD and collaborations with trad band Iliad and legendary Belfast poet Michael Longley.

So we end up talking about the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. Duke has never been but it was music sheets from here that he was given access to that led to the songs we here on Blood For Ghosts.

Duke is wonderfully conversational and I hope our long friendship and then 4 Corners Festival In Conversation in 2020 has makes me better when Duke is in the interview chair.

 

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DANA MASTERS Pt 3 - THE SOUL SURMISE PODCAST

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When I was a teenager I wanted to be a journalist. I wanted to commentate on the World Cup Final or be Michael Parkinson.

One of the many blessings that the 4 Corners Festival has given me is to allow me to be Parkinson for one night a year. I've loved every one of those evenings but 2023's In Conversation with Dana Masters has to be my finest journalistic moment!

We have been replaying it in 4 parts as part of the Autumn Season of Soul Surmise Podcasts.

Part 3 is now available. In this section Dana speaks of being brought up in the southern States where she said,  "blackness is bad and ugly and ignorant". Dana goes on to talk about how family, faith and music helped her to deal with the racism that wasn't so much about the colour of her skin as never feeling pretty. 

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SOUL SURMISE PODCAST WITH FERNA

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Songwriter Ferna is next in the Autumn Series of Soul Surmise Podcasts.

It is an exciting time to be chatting to Ferna. 2023 saw her scoop up best single of the year in the NI Music Prize Awards for her song Wasting. Wasting is now part of her debut album understudy which in itself is short listed for Album of the Year in the NI Music Prize (you can still vote) which has its big night of reveal on November 15th. 

Steve asks Ferna about her entire career, her time in Michigan, the literary reservoir to her songs and how this unique little gem of a record came about. 

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SOUL SURMISE PODCAST with DANA MASTERS Pt 2 of 4

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The Soul Surmise Podcast Autumn 23 series carries on with part 2 of the Dana Masters' interview at this year's 4 Corners Festival. Those who filled Fitzroy that night will remember an amazing evening of conversation about music and faith and social justice. For me it was a riveting conversation with someone who was gifted artistically but also insightful and articulate. 

Here in Part 2 (of 4) we look at how singing is pastoral or "almost like intercession"... singing with Kanye...singing with Van Morrison

 

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SOUL SURMISE PODCAST - STEVE TALKS TO CLAIRE MITCHELL

Stocki and Claire Mitchell

Thrilled that our second podcast of the Autumn Session on Soul Surmise is Claire Mitchell. 

Claire has just published a book Ghost Limb about the spirit of the United Irishmen being alive and well among Protestants in 2022. I said of in my review:  "I could see a swathe of her generation who would find communal benefits in her thinking and listening." 

In this podcast we ask about where the first feelings stirred, how it became a book and the response to it being published. 

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SOUL SURMISE PODCAST - THE AUTUMN 23 SERIES - DANA MASTERS PT 1

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I am excited to share the news that the Soul Surmise Podcast is back. We started these last year with some wonderful conversations with musicians and novelists. 

We are back with some fascinating conversations with author of The Ghost Limb, Claire Mitchell, award winning songwriter Ferna and a 4 part series with Dana Masters, that latter conversations from the intriguing, insightful and gripping evening at there 4 Corners Festival 2022.

We restart with Dana Masters Part 1... 

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