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
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
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
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
Land' by Woody Guthrie, or 'Excession' by Ian
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