Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
If you had to live in another country, where would you choose?
- If I had to, I think it would be Ireland. (1984, KBC 17)
What's your reaction to ireland?
- It's beautiful, totally beautiful. There are so many different kinds
of landscapes and beauty. It's so wonderful just hanging around the coast and
watching it change. It's always dramatic, stepping back into the last century.
It has a real sense of magic. And the people are so fantastic, so warm, so
wistful. I really do like Ireland a lot. It's one of the few places apart from
England where I'd ever think of living.
Were you ever north of the border?
- No, never.
Would you like to go?
- Yes, I would.
You've no reservations about it?
- I think everybody that's English has hesitations. You can't help but
be conditioned. It happens everywhere, and I would very much like to go over,
and certainly without having experienced - to understand the reality of it and
not the illusion that's created by people.
Was your mother republican in her attitudes?
- I don't think that's something I want to talk about. You should ask
my mother that.
I just wondered what kind of an impression of the relationship
between the north and the south, the english and the irish you'd been given.
- Totally by media, and by the IRA - that's what the English person
thinks of as soon as you mention Northern Ireland. Definitely, people being
bombed and shot, and a very military kind of scene with lots of repression and
perhaps the English not being too welcome there. This is the impression that we
As a child, were you aware of the border? Were you aware of the
tensions that existed between the english and the irish historically?
- My mother's picture of Ireland was of her home, and no further than
that - literally. And that is where her heart is. And all her memories and the
things she says of home are just beautiful. I think it has definitely affected
my attitude toward Ireland. That's why I feel so at home, why I love it so
much. I can feel my mother everywhere there. (1985, Hot Press)
I read somewhere before that you were into irish music. Is it
traditional stuff, or what?
- Yes, it is that. I just love Irish music. It's so emotional, and
passionate. It's very, very happy, and it can be very, very sad. It just does
something to me. I guess it's because it's in my blood, as well. My mother's
Irish, and as soon as I hear the pipes, you know, I feel my blood surging
through my veins. And I think the Bulgarian music has... it moves you. The
sense of melody and everything. It feels like very old music, stuff we're not
in touch with any more. Probably when music was music, and men were men
[Laughing], and the women were very lonely! (1989, Greater London)
Traditional irish instruments are featured throughout the album,
giving it a more pronounced celtic flavor - more so than any previous kate bush
record. Kate attributes this influence to her family.
- I guess I've always been very intrigued by Irish music. Since I was
a little girl it's always been played in our house. My mother's Irish, and my
family are very musical. And I think
that's probably been the strongest musical influence on me for a start. I love
Irish music, and although I think it was never really obvious until the third,
fourth album, it's kind of always been in my blood.
It was in the background, but now it seems more in the foreground.
Yeah. And we love to actually go to ireland
when we can, to record them there, because obviously, it's just so much fun
being in the country with those people. We love the irish.
It has to add to the atmosphere, too.
- I think so, yes, absolutely. (1989, KFNX)
- Irish music holds so much potential for feeling and I really like it
the more I get into recording the stuff. The idea of using space is interesting
to me. Space and silence, because that's what makes sounds work. (????, AVD)
- With my mother being Irish, Irish music has a real hold on me. Since
I was very little, there was always that type of music being played, so it had
a big influence on me. When I was tiny both my brothers used to be playing it
all the time at home. When I go to Ireland I feel the blood surge through my
veins! We go there quite alot and work with musicians there, so I think the
Irish connection is probably the strongest influence. But the other colors come
very much from the instruments my brother has, or something heard that was
played to me. (1990, Option)
Cloudbusting / Subjects / Ireland