Hailing from Derry, singer-songwriter Paddy Nash is renowned on the live music circuit as a solo performer and as front man of The Happy Enchiladas.
Nash has some enviable career milestones under his belt, including appearances on the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury and a support slot on Billy Bragg’s 2017 European tour.
With lyrics that are at once sardonic, self-deprecating and full of humour, he has earned a reputation as a charismatic performer. Not only that, but with a number of records in his back catalogue including his latest album Gate Fever released in June of last year, he is also an accomplished recording artist. Get to Know Paddy Nash.
Name: Paddy Nash
Where you’re from: Creggan, Derry
Describe your style in 5 words or fewer: A poor man’s Bruce Springsteen
Digital music, CDs or vinyl: CDs, it’s hard to strap a turntable to the dashboard
Biggest musical influence: John Prine, Christy Moore and Billy Bragg
What you’re listening to right now: Jason Isbell, Sam Baker, Jerry Hannan, Malojian
Favourite venue: The Black Box
Favourite local band/artist of the moment: As much as I love loads of them, The Wood Burning Savages have my heart
Last gig you attended: The Texas Gentlemen in Oslo, Hackney. They played a full set of songs by The Band. Yola Carter joined them on-stage for The Weight. It was unbelievable
Best gig you ever attended: Springsteen, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, 2013. I felt like I was floating for the entire show
Favourite album of all time: John Prine, John Prine
Musician you’d love to collaborate with: John McCusker
Last thing you do before you go on-stage: Tell myself I’m a worthless piece of shite and tonight’s the night that I’m going to get found out for the fraud that I am. Followed by brief crippling panic, a deep breath and then I catch myself on and carry on regardless
Dream festival line-up: Springsteen, Billy Bragg, John Prine, Christy Moore, The Band, Caitlin Rose, Creedence, Stealers Wheel, Jayhawks, Jackson Browne, Status Quo (pre-1982), Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Rory Gallagher, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Elvis (any era), The Travelling Wilburys (plus a solo set from each member), Jason Isbell, Fountains of Wayne, The Wood Burning Savages, The Stones, The Beatles, The Replacements, Buddy Holly, The Ramones, Bob Marley, The Specials, CSNY, Danny and the Champs, Dexy’s, Emmylou Harris, Etta James, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Pete Atkin, Henry McCullough, Mad Hannans, Otis Redding, Thin Lizzy, Mavis Staples
You only have £10 left in the world, what do you buy?: Bread, milk, butter and spuds. If there’s any change, Brandy Balls
Check out details of Paddy Nash and the Enchiladas music to buy in CD or download here.