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RGM Introducing – Nomad Dooley

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

So tell me a little bit about you and what you like doing for fun?

I like positive people, I dislike destruction. I love nature and the open air, I hate the destruction of the rain forest and natural habitats. I love good neighbours and caring communities, I hate prejudice and injustice. I love to see success from hard work, I hate to see the abuse of power. For fun, I write songs about it all.

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

Who are your influencers – I can never answer that question without listing a myriad of songwriters/bands from Woody Guthrie to New Model Army and Kris Kristofferson to The Clash, oh and there’s at least another 20 that I haven’t mentioned…

I’ve always written lyrics about things that I feel passionate about in life – as a kid I started to play the guitar so that I could put music to those lyrics. Obviously, the next step is then finding people that 1/want to hear those songs and 2/ feel as passionately about the subject matter as I do. So, I keep writing songs and I play my music to anyone who will listen.

Introduce us all to the members?

On the album we have – Hazel Flannigan on violin, Lady D on bodhran and backing vocals, David Smaylen on Cajon, Anthony Cope on acoustic guitar.

The band members have been friends for many years playing in variousbands around the Midlands and UK

Which one is the biggest pain in the arse? (Lateness, forgets stuff etc.)

I want to say Lady D, but I have to live with her so I probably shouldn’t do that.

What is the unsigned scene in Stratford like at the minute?

There’s a lot of talent around the area in a lot of musical genres and there’s a lot of good venues that promote live music – there’s a really positive vibe around the town musically. 

What good bands are coming out of Stratford at the minute? 

There’s some real talent playing in and around the town, the best band I’ve seen recently are the ‘Kings of the Quarter Mile’ very rootsy Americana and put on a great show.

What’s your favourite song right now from another band?

‘Our New Day’ from the new Levellers album ‘Peace’ – brilliant lyrics and musicianship as always from a truly top band.

What support is out there for new artists in Stratford ?

With Shakespeare, the theatre and all the history, it’s a very artistic town so there’s always a great deal of enthusiasm for performing and creativity of all kinds. There’s also plenty of events going on for artists to get involved in.

How easy or difficult do you find picking up new fans to come to your gigs?

We tend to direct people to follow us at our website www.nomaddooley.com and do a lot of giveaways, online gigs etc for members – I did a one man show during lockdown that went down well. Members seem to be spreading the word and hopefully that will continue to gather fans at our live shows.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

We played at a wedding at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. We had a different drummer at the time, he was a friend of the groom and an usher on the day. By the time the rest of the band arrived he was rather well lubricated and exuberant which got us all buzzing for the gig. We played our set and the guests got so involved that we played another hour of requests and covers – we had a lot of laughs that night.

What was the worst experience on stage?

That was a gig we played in a social club with a real miserable jobsworth of a manager in Redditch. At the soundcheck, he pointed out the noise monitor on the wall and told us that we couldn’t be above a certain level. We padded out the drum kit so much that it looked like an advert for DFS and got on with the show. The crowd were with us from the off, dancing and singing along – after every song the manager came up to us, pointing at the monitor and telling us we had to turn it down again. He wasn’t prepared to compromise at all and had no feel for what the people who were spending money at his bar wanted. It could have been a great night but was ruined by his moaning and lack of understanding!

Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about? 

Lady D writes children’s books.

Hazel used to play with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra

Anthony has a secret passion for reupholstery

And….David is an accountant!

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

Be true to yourself. If you’re a musician the music is always in you, so do it the very best you can and the way you truly want it to be.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Play, laugh and enjoy life.

What tips do you have booking tours and managing the travel?

Plan at least 5-6 months in advance if you can, and always have a back up plan for those late changes and cancellations!

What’s your biggest achievement as a band?

Being friends and enjoying music together – does anything else count?

What makes you stand out as a band?

I was told by a local radio interviewer recently that we stand out because of the passion and compassion in the lyrics of our songs – I was happy with that.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

Corrupt and uncaring governments.

Tell us about a time when you had a proper reyt laugh while you were all together?

The Bude & Stratton Folk Festival, we went down for a bit of a break not a gig. The weather was great so we spent most of the time outside sitting on the cliffs, beach or canal side with a few beers, singing and playing – passers by would stop and join in, we ended up having a great week laughing and making music in the sunshine and writing a song about it. ‘A Cornish Memory’ is on the album.

What’s your favourite song to play live?

Our song ‘Stars in Your Life’ always goes down brilliantly live but we do a version of a Guy Carawan song ‘Sinner Man’ that probably tops it as a favourite for me.

Tell me about your new single and how it came about?

‘If Life Was’ was written for some friends who were having a bit of trouble with mindset and were stuck in a bit of a rut. The song is meant to encourage people to get out there and enjoy their lives and chase their dreams.

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

Yeah, we are about to head back in the studio to record a new song called ‘Anarchist’ which won’t be popular with fascists or cruel and unethical leaders of countries.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

As the lyrics of our single ‘If Life Was’ say:

Don’t sit in the shade, you could be shiningDon’t stand on the ground when you could flyDon’t live your life forever thinking ‘what if?’Don’t take your dying breath wondering ‘why?’ 

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.