Already a household name in Ireland, Paddy Casey returns with his fifth album next month and he's gifting us a double album to make up for all the time it took.

"The double album took a few years longer than I thought but life has a way of getting in the way of your plans so I didn’t mind, anyway it’s better to let things come in their own time," Casey says.

"I think it’s the best album I’ve made so far, there are a few magic moments throughout it that I’m pretty proud of and some bits that I just let happen and took me by surprise. One side is kind of folk vibes while the other is more upbeat and full of my favourite toys and noises. There’s even a third side but I thought that might be pushing my luck!"

We caught up with Casey to find out more about ahead of his album's release.

1. What's the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
I still listen to most of it, Prince, Kate Bush, Parliament, Nina Simone etc only now it’s with a little bit of extra nostalgia thrown in.

2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage.
Where’s the toilet?

3. How do you wind down after a gig?
I yap with everyone that was at the gig usually and probably end up playing a few songs in a bar or a house somewhere. 

4. What’s the one song you wish you’d written first?
I wish I’d written Stevie Wonder's 'For Once In My Life' (although I’m not sure if he even got there first).

5. What’s the last thing you watched on TV?
'Rick and Morty', I only discovered it. I’m a bit late to the party.

6. Name one record and one film that everyone should hear/see.
Record, John Coltrane ‘A Love Supreme’, and film, ‘The Cinderella Man’

7. What's your biggest pet peeve?
I don’t like putting my clothes on when I’m wet. 

8. Who's the most famous person saved to your phone contacts?
Paul the barman from Egans in Moate.

9. You’re ordering takeaway, what do you get?
Thai Green Curry or Aloo Ghobi.

10. Describe your perfect day off.
My whole life is a holiday, who needs days off. I do like just wandering around in places where I can’t speak the language and trying to guess what the menu says.

BONUS QUESTION: Recommend a podcast and tell us why we should subscribe to it.
I listened to one with my daughter about the weirdest deaths once, that was good. Other than that I haven’t gotten into podcasts yet. 

Paddy Casey's 'Turn This Ship Around' is released on August 6th and its first single 'Won't Take Much' is available to stream on digital platforms now.