After years spent perfecting his craft, this Summer sees Cork-based Irish folk singer-songwriter, Paddy Dennehy release his soul-searching debut album, Little Light. His new single, Feed the Full has already dropped getting the desired respone. Paddy spoke with The Fountain about where he gets his musical and lyricial influences.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Feed The Full?

I’m feeling terribly lucky that it has been picked up by our national radio station here in Ireland (RTE Radio). That’s massive for me – both personally and professionally. It’s validating. Arguably you shouldn’t need external validation but I suppose anyone that says that hasn’t needed to pitch their song to radio! I’m also quite taken aback that it’s reaching Scotland with you guys! It’s wonderful really. 

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?

An attempt at a humanist anthem, where the protagonist puts all his faith in the one he loves rather than any god/another whiny folk-rock song. Depends on whether you like the track I suppose!

TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences? 

I get a lot out of Irish novelists Sebastian Barry and Colm McCann where lyrics are concerned. Musically, I love the big heavy hitting tracks Big Thief are putting out right now. Mick Flannery will always be a huge influence too. Randy Newman is the only artist that made me tear up a bit upon seeing him live so he’s definitely doing something for me!

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, can we look forward to an EP, LP?

There will be another single on the 29th of May and my debut album on the 12th of June. The advanced copies have gotten great reviews so far which is an almost feint-inducing level of relief; it took me five years to record this. I had a debut album nearly ready to go a few years ago and scrapped it in the final stages as it slowly dawned on me that it was crap. I’m genuinely proud of this album and look forward to a UK tour once we’re allowed out past the gate here in Ireland!

Little Light is due out on 12th June