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Get to Know: Eilidh Patterson

Eilidh (pronounced I-Lee) Patterson is a singer/songwriter from Derry, N. Ireland.  In recent years, she has performed in the States, the UK and in Europe, captivating audiences with her voice and songs.  Eilidh’s relaxed stage presence invites the listener to sit back and enjoy her unique take on life and love.

She has released two albums (When The Time Comes  & This Is Now) and most recently, an EP called Grown-ups Need Lullabies Too. Get to Know Eilidh Patterson.

Name: Eilidh Patterson

Where you’re from: Derry / Londonderry

Describe your style in 5 words or fewer: Classic, contemporary, country, chic, cool

Best thing about Northern Ireland: The craic

Digital music, CDs or vinyl: CDs

Biggest musical influence: Alison Krauss, Steve Earl

What you’re listening to right now: Gregory Porter

Favourite venue: Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry

Favourite local band of the moment: Ports

Last gig you attended: Beth Nielsen Chapman at The Waterfront – her songs just keep getting better (if that’s possible)

Best gig you have ever attended: Alison Krauss and Union Station at The Olympia, Dublin

Favourite album of all time: That’s a tough one. Lonely Runs Both Ways (Alison Krauss & Union Station)

Musician you’d love to collaborate with: Wayne Kirkpatrick

Last thing you do before going onstage: Take a deep breath

Dream festival line-up: The Eagles, Alison Krauss, Steve Earle, The Blue Nile, The Weepies, Declan O’Rourke, Jimmy Webb, John Spillane, Taylor Swift, Gregory Porter and myself of course!

The last gift you gave to someone: Beautiful, original artwork by Desalee Textile Art. Bought at “Walled City Crafters” – my favourite craft shop

You only have £10 left in the world, what do you buy? Ten necessities at Poundland!

For more information on Eilidh, including upcoming live dates, see here.

Writer for Gigging NI. My tastes are varied; began listening to the folksy standards of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and indie favourites like The Cure and The Smiths, all of which permeated my formative years in the 80s. My first gig was Prince in Cork in 1990. The 90’s also included The Trip to Tip in ’91 & ’92, and gigs by Van Morrison, David Byrne, The Verve, Counting Crows, John Prine, Morrissey, Chris Smither and many more. The noughties brought James Taylor, Squeeze, New York Dolls, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie amongst others; though a highlight was an opportunity to see lifelong hero David Bowie on his final tour, Reality in 2003. This decade I’ve had the chance to see everything from Erasure, Johnny Marr and They Might be Giants to Thirty Seconds to Mars, Aslan, Crosby and Nash, Georgie Fame, Paolo Nutini, John Grant. Latterly there's been a pretty serious obsession with Rufus Wainwright, and the Wainwrights in general to be honest. In the last few years, I’ve also been enjoying a lot more of our home grown talent, with the likes of Duke Special, Brian Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, The Bonnevilles, Tony Villiers and the Villains, The Hardchargers, and The Four of Us – so I guess you could say no common thread to speak of!