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Q&A: 9 questions for Derry singer Sarah McGuinness ahead of International Women's Day show

Derry-born singer Sarah McGuinness will be performing a free gig online in celebration of International Women's Day on Thursday.

As she prepares to release her debut album Unbroken, the Emmy nominated musician will host a live global webcast on Thursday at 8pm.

Ahead of the show, we asked the singer to answer a number of quickfire questions:

1. What's the best or worst thing that's ever happened to you on stage?

The worst would be a string breaking and whacking me in the eye which caused my (heavy) eye makeup to run so badly I couldn’t see and had to be guided offstage after an entire performance with my eyes shut and makeup running down my face. No more stringed interments for me onstage (without a handler anyway).

2. Who is your music idol and have you ever met them?

David Bowie - yes, I met him backstage at a friend’s gig and it was the only time in my life where I was literally lost for words - and to my everlasting shame, I just ran away!

It was all too much…never meet your heroes.

3. Can your music be described in one word?


4. Can your music be described in five words?

Cinematic, truthful, emotional, wistful and feisty (yes both!)

5. What can audiences expect from your upcoming show?

A journey through the stages of life, uplifting, emotional, catchy, and sometimes even funny.

6. What song is your biggest guilty pleasure?

I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor.

7. Do you know what an Ulster Fry is?

Omg yes! Something I have to avoid, unfortunately, as does anyone over 25 - now that really is a guilty pleasure.

8. Who would you love to perform a duet with?

Van Morrison, Neil Tennant, Tom Chaplin from Keane or Guy Garvey from Elbow…any of these.

9. If you had to listen to one song on repeat for 24 hours, what would it be?

Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie (actually a guilty pleasure, but then Cathy Dennis is a genius writer, it’s got a bit of Sparks going on there).

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