Fleetwood Mac Gypsy
Kate Bush Cloudbusting
The La’s There She Goes
Nick Drake Place To Be
Sparklehorse Most Beautiful Widow In Town
aving hit the ground gunning back in 2002 with her award-winning debut album Night On My Side, by rights, Gemma Hayes should be a gold-plated, top-of-the-poppermost star today.
Living in LA back in 2010, GG interviewed the girl from Ballyporeen before an El Rey Theatre gig, and it felt like only a matter of time before the US succumbed to this disarmingly charming if intensely private singer-songwriter.
It was not to be though, and Hayes carved out her own path, akin to Liz Phair’s Tyler Durden, falling in and out of love with the music industry along the way. Getting married in 2015 to millionaire Stuart Musgrave Jr – heir to the Cash & Carry chain – having become parents to Max the year before, in truth, Hayes doesn’t exactly need to gig 8 days a week to pay the rent.
With a fifth studio album due this summer, Hayes makes her Wicklow debut at The Whale this coming Saturday, June 25th, one of only four live dates this year.
To mark the occasion, we asked the tripper from Tipp for her desert island discs, and a few words on where and when the Elvis bug bit…
I was the youngest of eight children and found myself as a kid in a house full of teenagers with varying tastes in music.