Fans of soul rejoice! Irish rocker Andrew Strong of ‘The Commitments’ is heading to Twin Towns this Friday night for the 25th anniversary of the iconic music film, and is playing the full soundtrack with a seven piece band. Excited yet? We hung five with the incredible vocalist before his GC appearance.
You’ve got one of the most iconic soul music voices in modern times, is there anyone that you would like to work with that you haven’t already?
Yes of course there are a lot of great artists I would love to work with: Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox. I really like a Danish singer called Pernilla Rosendale she’s a great singer. I would have loved to work with Chris Cornell who unfortunately has passed away. It’s a tough question, there are a lot of great artists out there but these are a few that come to mind.
It’s the 25th anniversary of ‘The Commitments’, do you have fond memories of working on the film and do you still keep in contact with any fellow cast members?
Yes it was a great time I was 16 when I made the movie I remember it was a lot of hard and fun times. No I do not keep in touch with many of the cast members I may bump into some of them from time to time in the airport or at an event.
If someone has never been to one of your shows before, how would you entice them to come along and what can they expect?
I will tell them when they come to one of my shows they will have a great time and will feel part of the show. What to expect… I guess you could categorise it a soul rock. Real balls to the wall, full of passion and me showing my appreciation and gratitude for the support people have given me over the years.
Mustang Sally is one of the songs most people associate with your voice, would that have been your choice as the song to release as the first single?
That’s kind of a hard question to answer because I was involved in a movie which really I had very little say in the creative decisions what took place, but as song I think it’s stood the test of time and it is something I’m very proud to be associated with.
Music, especially soul music, has the ability to inspire, to change someone’s mood and especially help people to heal, are there any stories that you have heard from fans that have really made an impression on you?
Yes there are many but one what comes to mind I remember touring in Australia first time back in 1991 and I met these parents who had a daughter who has leukaemia and she used to listen to my music they told me it helped her get through her tough times. Fast forward 20 years later I was having a beer in a local bar back in Ireland in the countryside and I got a tap on the shoulder and this guy said to me you probably won’t remember me but we met 20 odd years ago in Sydney and I told you about my daughter who has leukemia. He said she is alive and well and has her own family thanks to the power of your music that gave her the strength to pull through here sickness. This was a very touching moment for me and this proves that music is universal and can help people through trying times.
Catch Andrew and his seven piece band at Twin Towns on Friday 9 March 2018. Tickets here.