Kevin Nolan is a 36 year old musician and poet from Crumlin. He’s been playing music since he was a small boy and there’s practically nothing he can’t play. His album “Frederick and the Golden Dawn” was released exactly 3 years ago and was very well received by critics.
We talk in-depth about Kevin’s approach to learning to play his many instruments, and about his experience of writing his album – which was 8 years in the making.
Partly because of his schizo-affective disorder (a combination of schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder) and partly because of his own artistic approach and standards, it was far from an easy journey. But as he says himself “the process is 90% of the reason to do it”.
We don’t explore Kevin’s experience of his illness too deeply, but he does share with us a very unique and interesting take on mental health in general, which I think will give you a lot of food for thought.
Make sure you stick around to the end of the episode to experience the power of his song “Blood Wedding”.
Links from this episode:
- Listen, subscribe, rate & review on iTunes
- Video for “Drowning”
- “Frederick and the Golden Dawn” on Soundcloud
- Kevin gives the background of each song on the album
- Kevin’s Poetry Books