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Veteran singer Gilbert O'Sullivan sticks to his old ways, here for Mosaic festival

Published on Feb 26, 2013 11:44 AM
 
Irish-English singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan, who had a string of chart-topping ballads in the 1970s and 1980s, will perform his first concert in Singapore as part of the Esplanade's annual Mosaic Music Festival next month. -- FILE PHOTO: JAY DEAN

Irish-English singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan, who had a string of chart-topping ballads in the 1970s and 1980s, is old-fashioned when it comes to writing songs.

Believe it or not, the 66-year-old musician still uses old-school devices such as 1970s boomboxes and cassette tapes to record his music, much like his approach to songwriting, which has not changed at all in the past 40-odd years.

O'Sullivan, who plays his first concert here as part of the Esplanade's annual Mosaic Music Festival next month, says: "The only thing that's changed in all those years is that I just have a more expensive piano than I did in the 1970s. It's comforting to me because it means technology doesn't affect the purpose of what I do. As a songwriter, what do you do? Come up with a good melody and lyrics. End of story."

One can expect nothing less from O'Sullivan, whose personality is as individualistic as his approach to music. After all, he is often remembered for bucking fashion trends in the 1960s and 1970s, donning a pudding-bowl haircut, cap and short trousers when everyone else around him was sporting long hair and bell-bottomed pants.

 
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