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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Rik RedbrainRIK Redbrain, 33, is one of the musicians who will perform at the Island Arts Centre on Friday May 12 as the Lisburn Songwriters Circle presents an evening themed, `Lagan Island Blues'. Rik has two children and lives in Lisburn. He's been playing music for a few years, but has only recently ventured out as a solo artist. He calls himself a folk troubadour.

What do you like doing on your day off?
I very rarely get a day off, but in quieter times I spend it doing something with my family

If you were to choose your favourite meal what would it be, where and why?
I enjoy Chinese food and prefer somewhere quiet. There are a couple of good places in Belfast that I go to. I love spicy food, the spicier the better.

What has been your proudest moment?
Naturally being at the birth of my two kids was huge. but musically I feel proudest when I get up and play a new song that no one has heard at a gig and I get a really good response from the audience

What was the most frightening moment of your life?

Waking up in hospital � covered in chicken pox and having anti-virals pumped into my body - overhearing the doctor saying "if this doesn't work he's going to die", although it could also be the proudest moment because I'm the only person I know

How would you describe your taste in clothes? What's the most you ever spent on a single item?
Black - everything I wear is black. I spent around �100 on a jacket recently but I have to say that clothes don't interest me.

What would you do if you won a million pounds?
Buy the complete series of Doctor Who, a 2L bottle of Diet Coke and a packet of crisps, then give the rest away.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Right now - answering these questions.

What music do you like?
Depending on my mood I like folk, punk or rock. At the moment I find myself listening to Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and The Zutons

What sports person do you most admire?
I'm not a big sports man but I'm very jealous of what Tony Hawks can do on a skateboard

Describe your best ever holiday. What would your dream holiday be?
Camping in Dublin when I went to see Oasis and REM in concert with a group of friends and we spent the whole weekend attacking random people with water pistols. My dream holiday would be playing in Memphis and visiting Graceland, Las Vegas and Highway 61.

If you were on a desert island what three things would you like to take with you?
My guitar, a lifetimes supply of Diet Coke and a boat.

If you could spend a day with a celebrity whom would you choose?
If he was still alive, it would have been Johnny Cash, but I'd settle for David Lee Roth, I reckon that would be a laugh.


Car VW Beetle
Film Brazil
Book  'This Land' by Woody Guthrie, or 'Excession' by Ian Banks
Actor   Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actress Angelina Jolie
Drink Gin and tonic

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