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Me and my health: Singer Kiel Cathers on his lifestyle


By Helen Carson

The 30-year-old from Castlederg is lead singer with folk rock band The Logues who are headlining the finale night of DergFest in Castlederg on Sunday, July 30. He lives with his band mate and best friend Logan (Logie) McCool.

Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?

A: I play five a side football once a week and thoroughly enjoy being out in the fresh air and, of course, getting a bit of exercise in a fun environment. I used to go to circuit training once a week too, but have recently lapsed, so this interview is a reminder to get back at it. As well as football I run a few miles on my running machine before a gig to get my blood flowing and start the adrenalin rush before I go on stage.

Q: What is the worst illness you've had?

A: I've been pretty lucky thank God, apart from the odd 'man flu' and breaking my arm a few years ago. Breaking my arm has probably been the worst thing health-wise. I was in nets during a football match and a guy, much stronger than me, kicked the ball and as I tried to catch it I broke my arm in a few places. It didn't stop me from gigging though, I just got Logie to play the guitar. As they say 'the show must go on.' While we were in Galway we bumped into comedian Tommy Tiernan (below) on the street and I asked him to sign my cast.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: During the week, I do enjoy cooking for myself and eat quick and easy recipes which are healthy enough such as pasta, burritos and enchiladas, with loads of salad. I love strawberries too and eat them most days. As I also go to my mum's house most Sundays, I'm always guaranteed a good feed of meat, veg and spuds. Fridays and Saturday nights aren't as healthy though and I usually eat takeaways and I've been known to return home from a gig in the early hours of the morning and eat the leftovers.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: I quit smoking 18 months ago and I feel much better for it. Eating late at night after gigs is something I need to change. Another vice is my addiction to Tunnock's wafers.

Q: Do you drink and/or smoke if so how much?

A: I'm very proud to have given up smoking, but I do drink on a Monday and Tuesday night in my local, The Townhouse Bar, as this is my weekend as I'm usually out gigging Friday through to Sunday. I would have a couple of pints at the weekend, but the geographical location of my home in Castlederg means that every gig is far away and we take turns driving the van back, apart from our concert at DergFest which is on my doorstep. My tipple is Guinness and the odd glass of wine if I'm eating out in a restaurant or cooking a nice meal at home. On average I'd have five or six pints twice a week. If we're touring during the week though it's hard to resist a wee drink after a gig.

Q: Do you take and health supplements?

A: I suffered with a bit of eczema last year and bought zinc tablets, as recommended in medical journals, but they didn't seem to do anything to help cure it. I've realised that if you have a healthy mind and aren't stressed out this can be the best remedy for a lot of illnesses.

Q: Do you take time out?

A: I chill out by playing my guitar, as it helps me to unwind. I also like watching movies and documentaries. I'm currently watching The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. I enjoy reading too, especially non-fiction, history and political books. I'm currently reading A People's History of The United States by Howard Zinn which is intriguing.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I don't have a great sleep routine to be honest. Too many late nights, then not getting up until noon the next day.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: Yes. Having recently turned 30 which is a massive milestone. Now I'm too old to be young and too young to be old. I wouldn't be so worried growing old though if I was in good health both mentally and physically and, of course, still being able to play the guitar and have good hearing. If I couldn't listen to music, I would be gutted.

Q: What is your go-to product or habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: I do drink lots of water which cleanses you from the inside out and I always have a packet of Nicorette chewing gum close at hand, in case I feel the urge to smoke.

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