(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #79: Mark McCausland of The Lost Brothers

By on Monday, 15th December 2014 at 11:00 am

Irish singer/songwriter duo The Lost Brothers put out a great album this year (‘New Songs of Dawn and Dust’), so naturally we wanted to get into their brains so they would tell us about their musical upbringing. In case you’ve been living under a rock, last week we ran a two-part interview with Oisin Leech of the duo, which you can catch up reading here and here. However, the epically bearded half of the trio Mark McCausland wanted in on this too, having kindly answered our TGTF Quickfire Questions. He tells us about his first and sadly ill-fated love, and the fond memories of a song that he and Leech cover at live shows. Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Sitting on my grandfather’s knee and him singing hundreds of Irish songs, blowing a harmonica that he kept on a string around his neck.

What was your favourite song as a child?
My mother and my uncle used to sing ‘Dream Dream Dream’ by the Everly Brothers. It’s probably the first song I ever knew how to sing. We cover it now at Lost Brothers shows.

What song makes you laugh?
Garth Hudson’s organ solo in ‘Apple Suckling Tree’ on the Basement Tapes (Bob Dylan) is pure joy and always conjures [up] a smile.

What song makes you cry?
‘I’m So Lonesome I Could cry’, Hank Williams.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, the Righteous Brothers.

It’s the first song I ever danced to with a girl. I was a squirt, weighing in at 12 years and 4 feet. She was 4 years older than me and mountains taller.

It didn’t last.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘What a Wonderful World’. [It’s probably not what you’re supposed to think when you hear this song, but I can’t help but be wistful about the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy BBC miniseries. – Ed.]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
For books…John Fante. Willy Vlautin. John Steinbeck. William Kennedy. And Nick Cave’s two novels are brilliant.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’m pretty much unemployable.

Cheers to Mark for answering our questions and also to Terry, who arranged for all of these Lost Brothers interview bits for us.

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