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" You might as well acknowledge what came before, because you can never do something wholly new. It's not unoriginal to make your references clear. "
" I had a series of jobs in the small fishing village in West Wales where my family lived when I was a teenager. I worked as a fisherman in the day, and then the skipper and his wife ran a small restaurant - she'd cook the fish he caught. "
" I actually do bits of my writing in sort of incidental spaces - when I'm traveling on the Tube or on a bus. More often than not, it's a reaction to how you feel about something, and if you're sitting down and concentrating on, 'I must write something,' then you can't have a truthful reaction. "
" When I first moved to London, there was talk of a folk revival, with annoying names like nu-folk that made me feel slightly ill. "
" I've always identified as an actor. That's what I set out to do. "
" A lot of the work I've done has involved playing quite sympathetic characters. "
" I'm not really interested in myself in my writing. I can't see myself in the songs, even though I know different parts of me are there. "
" I grew up playing classical violin and a lot of Bach and Mozart and the things that Einstein loved. "
" I first came across Langhorne Slim when I saw him play live, and he's an incredibly infectious performer. The way he works the crowd is mind-blowing. You can listen to his music without really listening to his lyrics, but it pays off if you do. "
" The thing I find really special in performance is that there is this slightly mystical thing that takes over when you're responding to a crowd and engaging in people's imaginations collectively in a room. I've always thought that one of the most incredible things about being alive is going to see some kind of performance like that. "
" Folk music - and what people are now perceiving as being folk music - is music that's quite close to the ground. The songs sound quite old, even if they're new. They sound like they've been sung by different people for years. "
" I guess I started writing poetry and stuff and then decided to set it to music. "
" I'm a huge David Hockney fan. "
" In my mind, there's usually a fairly definitive kind of narrative when I write. But I don't want to enforce that on other people. I think that's why I like using metaphor so much. "
" My guitar is a 1934 National Trojan. They call it a resonator, which is the guitar guys played in the honky-tonks before amplification. It's very loud. It's the type of guitar that Son House and Robert Johnson played. "
" I'm often the one in my gang of friends who's worried about how we're going to get from A to B. I'm the one running around saying, 'Is somebody going to do something about it?' Everyone else is bit more chilled. "
" I think everyone in their 30s looks back at their 20s and thinks, 'Oh God, if I'd just done this and this, and not done that.' "
" We had no money, my dad was out of work a lot, and we never owned a house. It was very hand-to-mouth. "
" I take them both seriously - I don't particularly want to be an 'actor-musician.' I want to play the great challenging parts, to be right for the part, rather than just, 'Oh, he can play the fiddle.' "
" My only incentive is to write music that changes me, where the process of making it is a discovery and is true in some way, at that moment. "
" I like really bad puns - proper, red-top, nasty puns - I find them funny. "
" All the adults in my family were actors, so there wasn't much else in terms of role models. I fell in love with that world, being backstage at the theatre. "
" Westminster politics is very unattractive, and people are channelling political energy into more inward questioning - there are a lot of musicians whose songs are all about feeling, and it's almost like that's the only safe place to express yourself. "
" Certain films should only be watched at 40,000 feet. Like, certain comedies and certain, uh, emotionally charged movies. "
" Weirdly, my dad didn't want me to become an actor, he was always quite resistant to it. He told me as much many times. That just made it more attractive to me. "
" I've been cast in a lot of comedies. I've done things like multi-cam sitcoms: you know, 'Seinfeld' type... not as good as 'Seinfeld,' but that kind of thing. I love that stuff. "
" I sometimes self-edit when it comes to auditions and go, 'They're not going to cast me, so I'm not going to do it.' "
" My dad was an actor, and he always said that work was work; you can't turn your nose up at it. We didn't have much money when I was growing up, and he had this real work ethic, which I inherited. "
" Not listening is the reason for so many misunderstandings and conflicts. "
" I just said, casually, 'You know, I passed up on auditioning for Einstein.' And my friend was like, 'You idiot, you have to do it!' She made me do it. I sent the tapes off assuming that somebody would say, 'Ha ha, very funny.' "
" I definitely asked too many questions of my teachers and was probably a bit facetious at times. "