How would you describe your sound?

I would describe my sound as lively acoustic music.

What genre/genres do you consider your music to be?

I play a variety of genres for gigs such as pop, country, rock, folk, indie and traditional. My original music I would say is acoustic pop.

How long have you been performing?

I have been performing since I was 16 so six years now.

Where do you perform?

I play mostly in bars and live music venues around Northern Ireland and Liverpool. I also perform at weddings and busk around Northern Ireland and England.

What is your favourite song to play and why?

'Sweet Caroline' is always a favourite of mine to play because no matter where you are the response is always amazing for that song and it always gets the crowd going.

What has been your biggest gig to date?

My biggest gig to date is playing to 1,000 people.

Any funny gig/rehearsal stories?

I was once performing and there was a random guy who for some reason thought it would be a good idea to come onto the stage and try a stage dive off into a crowd (who did not want to catch him), he dived in and landed on the ground but got straight back up on his feet. He wasn't injured at all and everything just continued as normal, it was like the event never happened. That was definitely one of the most surreal and funny moments I have had gigging.

Who are your major influences?

My influences include Gavin James, Picture This, Lewis Capaldi, Ed Sheeran, Gerry Cinnamon and Snow Patrol.

Do you write your own songs? What inspires your songwriting?

I do write my own songs I am currently in the process of recording four of them to release as an EP. What inspires my songwriting are the times I feel my emotions most, so the highs and lows inspire me to write. I like to use songwriting as my tool to deal with hard emotions. Life experiences inspire my songwriting as well, I love to travel and experience as much as I can which often ends up giving me material for writing.

What would be your dream gig?

My dream gig would be playing my original material to a large audience and having it sung back to me.

Best moment as a musician so far?

The best moment as a musician so far was finishing writing the songs for my EP and being happy with the songs to move forward and start the recording process.

What is the most unusual venue you have played?

I have once played out of the back of a horse trailer, that was an interesting experience.

What is your ‘go-to’ encore song?

My go to encore song is definitely 'Mr. Brightside' or 'Mamma Mia'.

What's the best thing about performing?

The best thing about performing for me is being able to do something that brings joy to people's lives and gives them energy.

Do you always perform solo or do you also play with a band?

I have played in a duo and a band in the past but at the minute I perform solo, I am still open to joining or forming a band in the future though. I do perform sometimes with my sister Elana Mulligan when I get the chance.

What does 2020 hold for you?

I am excited for 2020 as I have lined up lots of gigs both in Northern Ireland, Liverpool and further afield. 2020 will see the release of my first EP which is very exciting for me to think about.

Any last words?

To keep updated with my gigs and music please follow my music pages on social media. You can find me on both Facebook and Instagram at paddymulliganmusic.