Interview: Idlewild singer-songwriter Roddy Woomble

This article is from 2014.

First & Last – Roddy Woomble

The musician talks crying at kids’ films and being starstruck by Morrissey

First record you ever bought
Five Star, ‘Silk & Steel’.

Last extravagant purchase you made
Probably a nice meal somewhere – generally though, extravagance is overrated.

First film you saw that really moved you
Ghostbusters.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Miracle on 34th Street.

Last time you cried
I cry easily, usually at kids’ films.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
I permanently have time off work. I’m in a band.

Last great meal you cooked
I’m decent at the basics, good at breakfasts, but my wife used to be a chef so I tend to clean up rather than cook.

First crush
Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice.

Last book you read
Lunch Poems by Frank O’Hara.

First great piece of advice you were given
Authentic wisdom is a laughing matter.

Last time you were star struck
In 1999 having a chat with Morrissey.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
I’d lower the cost of ferries.

Last meal on earth - what would it be
Red wine, steak, chips.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
Something by Dr Dre.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
Got on the guestlist for a Tom Waits gigs. Still had to pay, mind.

First time you realised you were famous
Getting stopped in Tesco in Fort William and being asked if I was in Teenage Fanclub.

Last time someone criticised your work
I don’t care.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
‘He’s called Roddy.’

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
Mainly albums. I won’t name the bands.

First concert you ever attended
The Pogues at the Edinburgh Playhouse in 1991.

Last time you bought someone flowers
Not for a while, although I pick wildflowers every so often. Does that count?

First object you’d save from your burning home
After people and animals, photo albums.

Last funny thing you saw online
Mitch Hedburg clip on YouTube.

First job
Usher at Dundee Rep theatre.

First word you spoke
‘Hello’.

Last song at your funeral
I don’t care, hopefully something cheery.

First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
George Mackay Brown.

Last thing you recommended to someone
Thus Spake the Corpse – Poetry and Essays volume 1.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Be generous with joy.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
I’m tired.

Roddy plays the Oran Mor, Glasgow, Wed 10 Sep.

Roddy Woomble

Woomble has established a formidable back catalogue of contemporary folk solo work. Now he's performing enchanting songs from his third solo album Listen to Keep. Born in Ayrshire, Roddy came to prominence as lead singer in indie rockers Idlewild – known for albums 100 Broken Windows, The Remote Part and…

Airdrie Town Hall

Fri 27 Oct

£15 / 01698 403120

Birnam Arts & Conference Centre

Mon 16 Oct

£15 / 01350 727674

The Boileroom, Guildford

Wed 6 Sep

£16.50 / 01483 440022

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