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Q&A: Co Down singer Joshua Burnside hears Moira Calling

Singer/songwriter Joshua Burnside will be part of the line-up for this year's Moira Calling festival.

The annual music event will take place in the town from September 7-8.

Ahead of his appearance at the festival, Comber singer Joshua spoke to the Belfast Telegraph.

1. What are you most looking forward to about performing at Moira Calling?

I've just released a new EP so I'm looking forward to playing the new songs with the full band. I'm also excited to see some of my favourite locals acts like Runabay and Beauty Sleep perform at the festival.

2. Have you been to Moira Calling previously and if so, what did you enjoy about the event?

This will be my first time there - I heard last year was brilliant.

3. Tell us a little about your sound?

One way to describe it is an Irish-folk/Americana/world music fusion with elements of electronica and sound-collage. My voice was compared to Paul Brady's recently, which I was pleased with.

4. What is the best thing about what you do?

I get to do what I love for a living, and there is a certain freedom in that, although it is not always an easy path.

5. What was the best gig you have ever been to?

I saw The Books play in Manchester in 2010, they were fantastic.

More recently I saw Paul Simon in Glasgow on his Farewell Tour which was really special as I have been a life-long fan, with his albums being on in the car growing up.

6. Which of your own gigs have been the most memorable and why?

Performing at SXSW this year has to be up there. We played in the oldest hotel in Austin, which is a pretty amazing building, and we had a great audience that night.

7. What song is your biggest guilty pleasure?

I have many. Do cigarettes and whiskey count?

8. Who would you not mind getting stuck in a lift with for ten hours?

My girlfriend Emily.

9. Who would you definitely mind getting stuck in a lift with for 10 hours?

My first thought was Arlene Foster but then at least we could debate and argue about things which would kill a few hours, I'm not sure I could change her mind about anything but you never know.

10. What is your karaoke song of choice?

American Pie.

11. What words of wisdom would you bestow on the next generation?

Don't let them fool ya, or even try to school ya.

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