Born in Dublin in 1964, Liam grew up in Clonskeagh and was educated through the indigenous culture of Ireland. Most summers spent in the Gaeltacht of Kerry immersed in the elemental nature of the people there.
‘There is nothing like it. The land appears to resonate with the language and the music. The culture. You feel like you are living in a song when you are there among a people whose psyche survived the forced removal of language. It is magical. I feel my heart sing when I hear the language flow between us.’
At 14, he was passionate about the punk movement that was being born at the time. ‘There was a deep mutual respect between the Afro centric cultures that came from Jamaica and the social force that came with the anger of the punks. I loved the musical contrasts. Being around the punk movement opened me up to movements from other times and keeps me alert still to what may come.’
Having spent 30 years as a lead singer with Hothouse Flowers he always is drawn to his roots’ music and the roots music of anywhere else. ‘It is a language that is free of literal meaning. I can sing one of our old, old songs and know that my ancestral feelings are present beyond my control. I love this. There is an understanding that is vital and deeply fruitful here.’
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