SXSW 2017 Interview: Ciaran Lavery, Jealous of the Birds, and Ryan Vail

By on Monday, 27th March 2017 at 1:00 pm
 

On the Tuesday morning of SXSW 2017, Output Belfast and Generator NI, along with the Belfast City Council, the Northern Ireland Department of Communities and Invest Northern Ireland, hosted The Boat Party 2017, a riverboat cruise and artist showcase set on Austin’s scenic Colorado River. The Northern Irish riverboat party has become something of an annual tradition since it began back at SXSW 2015, with two such shows in the same week. (If you missed it, you can read TGTF’s coverage of those events here and here.)

This year’s riverboat showcase featured brief live sets from three Northern Irish artists, singer/songwriter Ciaran Lavery, folk rocker Jealous of the Birds (aka Naomi Hamilton) and electronic musician and composer Ryan Vail. After the sunny riverboat cruise was complete, I took the opportunity to sit on the shady back patio of the Hyatt Regency Austin with all three artists to have a chat about the diversity of music coming out of Northern Ireland, the varying trajectories of their individual careers, and their experiences in Austin at SXSW. I’d never done an interview quite like this one, with several musicians all at once. But as you can hear below, the discussion moved along freely and easily, not at all unlike the placid flow of the Colorado River in the background behind us.

Many thanks to Ciaran, Naomi, and Ryan for agreeing to this impromptu roundtable discussion. Stay tuned to TGTF for further coverage of each of these artists at SXSW 2017.

Ryan Vail at Output Belfast Boat Party 2017

Jealous of the Birds at Output Belfast Boat Party 2017

Ciaran Lavery at Output Belfast Boat Party 2017

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