60 second interview with: Sue Rynhart

Each week we will be posting exclusive 60 second interviews with our 2018 Festival bands and artists. This week we are in conversation with Sue Rynhart, to find out when Sue Rynhart is playing mjf 2018 click here. 

Name: Sue Rynhart

Where are you/the band from? I’m from Dublin, Dan Bodwell (Double Bass) is from USA and Francesco Turrisi (Piano & Percussion) is from Italy. We are all living in Ireland.


How did you get into music?

There is a great live Music scene in Ireland. I have always loved music and I’ve been singing since before I can remember so I suppose I have never not been into music.

*Why did you form the band?

I formed a band to enjoy singing my songs with excellent musicians.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of being a musician?

I feel honoured when people come and chat with me about my songs and tell me how they relate to their own lives. There are countless moments that I remember being onstage with other musicians and just having a great time. I think music can unite people.

What is the least enjoyable part of being a musician?

There’s nothing! Any practical difficulties or obstacles are outweighed by my enjoyment of the sound world.

Who is your favourite band or artist?

There are so many.  At the moment I’m enjoying Beethoven’s Late String Quartets, the Tom Tom Club, Autechre, Meredith Monk, John Cage, Hermeto Pascoal. I’m particularly interested in environmental sounds; for instance the sound of wind in Bamboo leaves – outdoor sounds, especially on a hot day.

What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?

I have learned so much from many generous teachers, friends, family and colleagues.  Someone once told me that you should know the rules before you break them.

What does it mean to you to play at Manchester jazz festival?

I’m thrilled! I love this Festival.

What advice would you give to the new generation of musicians that would like to follow in your steps?

I would advise them to have fun and to improvise!

What has been the most notable highlight of your career so far?

Recently, at a gig in ‘The Sofa Sessions’ in Billy Byrne’s Bar in Kilkenny, Ireland, the audience joined in with us for one of my songs, that felt and sounded really special.

Other than yourself, who are you looking forward to seeing at mjf 2018?

The programme look fantastic, it would be great to hear all the acts.  If I had to choose two, it would be Norma Winstone/Klaus Gesing/Glauco Venier/Abel Selaocoe and Cross Currents Trio featuring Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter

For the full Festival Programme click here.