Hailing from Derry City, Northern Ireland – Paul Connolly is the enigmatic frontman of fast paced, punk rock band The Wood Burning Savages.
Having played the BBC Introducing tent at Glastonbury, the band have went on to play riotous sets at festivals throughout Ireland and beyond, performing in Scotland, Poland and Germany. They tore the house down with two shows at Reeperbahn 2017, were selected by Dublin’s Whelan’s to play their yearly One’s To Watch 2018 festival, and have also been hand-picked by Death From Above to support them on the Irish leg of the European tour in March. Get to Know Paul Connolly.
Where you’re from: Derry City, Co. Derry
Favourite venue: Sandinos in Derry or Mike The Pies in Listowel Co. Kerry!
Last gig you attended: Death From Above 1979, Tivoli Theatre in Dublin. My ears are still ringing.
Musician you’d like to collaborate with: Edwyn Collins or PJ Harvey.
Favourite album: Black Sabbath Vol. 4. ‘Supernaut’ just electrocutes me every single time I put it on.
Superstitions: It’s not really a superstition but I was playing at a festival by the sea once and seen a guy look up with his mouth wide open only for seagull to relieve itself massively about twenty feet above him. Since then I always try not to look up with my mouth open. Who knows what the hell might happen.
Biggest musical influence: The poet John Cooper Clarke.
Pre-gig rituals: I tie my boots tight, shake my arms and legs out, have a wee beer if I’m feeling a beer is appropriate and remember that there’s an audience who have paid to be in and deserve a show to remember.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less: Hand wash only, non-refundable.
What would you buy with your last £10: Guitar strings and a packet of Blackjacks.
Worst song you’ve ever heard: It’s not a song but I fucking hate the ‘We Buy Any Car’ jingle, it makes me want to smash whichever TV it’s come from to smithereens with the remote.
Musician you’d love to be stuck in an elevator with: Rory Gallagher.
Song you wish you’d written: ‘Sin City’ – Gram Parsons.
The best thing about Northern Ireland: Our fantastic road and rail network between Derry and Belfast…aye right. Honestly though, the humour.
The Wood Burning Savages will be celebrating the release of their debut album STABILITY in Limelight 2 Belfast, on Bank Holiday Weekend (Sunday 27th May).