Felip

The picture sums it up really.

This is Felip in his natural habitat. Look how relaxed he looks, how happy. He is a born performer – one of the best I know at connecting with an audience – both before a song with his storytelling ability and during it with the emotion that emerges from him.

Language is never a barrier – he mostly sings in his native Catalan but despite this none of us who listen to his music are ever left in any doubt as to what his songs are about. He pours his heart and soul into every performance and the audience are never left wanting.

He is a great songwriter also. It was such a treat to perform his beautiful song Entre Tu i Jo with him and Anna Houston on my first album back in 2013. And here is a performance of his lament Ai, mu mare from his album launch in Palma in 2015.

He has also been a favourite on the theme nights since the beginning – here and here are two of my favourite performances of his over the years…

He is our guest on Episode 4 of In the Lamplight this week. His story is fascinating – from being chased by the local police from a gig when he was 10 to how he ended up living in Strandhill. We dedicated the last song on the show to his late friend Toni Reynes – you can see Felip’s tribute to Toni here, including a cameo by many local musicians readers will recognise.

And apart from the music, he is a gem of a man. No-one who knows him will tell you otherwise, and it was such a pleasure to chat and play with him for an hour when we recorded the show.

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.