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Winners' Music: Daniel Patrick Quinn's Favourite Albums
Luke Turner , May 21st, 2015 09:11

Island-dwelling outsider musician and One More Grain brain Daniel Patrick Quinn tells us about his 13 favourite albums from Suede to Fela Kuti, Nico to Robert Wyatt and Gamelan to ELO, plus the sound of a snipe drumming, and wonders whether he'd have sexual feelings for Jeff Lynne were he a woman.

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Who knows where Daniel Patrick Quinn is right now? Collecting seaweed on the Isle Of Lewis to use as fertiliser in his windswept garden next to the runway of Stornoway Airport, perhaps? Inside that small house, listening to demijons bubbling with home-made raisin wine and plotting more strange music. Or has he once again given up on making music, and headed off along the lines of latitude in search of gamelan and volcanos to climb in Indonesia?

There's an intensity to Quinn's new album as One More Grain, Grain Fever that's quite unlike anything you're likely to hear this year. 'Leg Stomper', described by Quinn as "totalitarian Celidh" featuring shouts of "dosey do" and demanding "complete subservience" is an odd and updated take on Fairport Convention rolling down a hill in a full barrel of cider. It's a weird record, with rhythms made up of rattles and bangs on Quinn's kitchen walls, Dr Andrew Blick's treated trumpet parps and waits, drones that leave and become melodies like sun glinting off cold waters... is that the Ullapool ferry, or a mirage of a low-flying UFO?

With three One More Grain albums under his belts, an EP of covers of traditional songs from 'Scarborough Fair' to 'Giriama Wedding' and numerous solo records and collaborations, it seems strange that Quinn is still a marginalised figure. Some of that frustration seeps into Grain Fever as, in lolloping meditation on mortality 'The Scent Of The Gorse Flowers', he asks if this record will finally be a success.

If Quinn sticks at it I can imagine him suddenly emerging, like Richard Dawson recently has, with a wonderful body of work and everyone rubbing their eyes, wondering how they missed him. For now, here's a look at Quinn's inspirations in his Baker's Dozen feature. Three of these albums, Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom and Mike Oldfield's Hergest Ridge and Nico's I actually discovered interviewing Quinn around the release of their second album Isle Of Grain - they've become firm favourites. Now it seems I need to find a snipe, and hear it drum. Click the picture of Quinn with flowers up his nose to start going through the list.


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Paul Simic
May 21, 2015 12:27pm

A piece as brilliant as it was short. Very funny and absolutely accurate, including in what it inferred: the 'Strange Magic' (no more title references, please - Ed) that is JL's music. It is real therapy for me to be able to come out and say I love Jeff Lynne (well, his music, really). It was was evident in the stumbling, shambling, figure at Hyde Park last September - a day that should be bottled and sold as '100% pure happiness' - that there is some sort of magic in why this figure should pack 50,000 into a tight space and they didn't wander off and wanted yet more at the end. Jeff Lynne is the centre of my universe, I sadly acknowledge, and has been so since he was with the Idle Race (showing my age) and Kenny Everett was playing "The skeleton (pronounced 'skellington') and the roundabout". On my computer I hide my browsing history because I clog it up with Jeff Lynne and ELO links. My wife discovered this incognito window use one day when she, late in life, discovered what a browser history was and thought I was hiding a porn habit. I had to admit, shamefacedly, that I was trawling Youtube and everywhere else to get my regular fix of trivia about, and clips of, Jeff Lynne, the Idle Race, ELO, the mis-spelt Traveling Wilburys and the, seemingly, hundreds of people he's worked with and produced (and made sound rather like him). I can't really imagine a world without Jeff Lynne (and everything Beatles from Revolver onwards, although 'God Only Knows' is the pop zenith). I think it might be like the North Pole or Mars. Like DPQ's, my parents also left me when they went on holiday to Greece when I was 16. I drank a flagon of cider (I do not remember why there was a flagon of cider in my parents' kitchen as nobody drank the stuff) and all my mother's Xmas Cherry Brandy. I think I was drunk and barely conscious for two days. Anyway, now I'm liberated (and sober). I don't need to hide it anymore. You can say in public, loud and proud, 'I love ELO' and all things JL. And I do.

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May 21, 2015 8:49pm

Fascinating. One of the best lists you've done in a long time. Never heard of this fella before but will go out and get me some One More Grain.

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May 22, 2015 1:36am

Wearing a T-shit and tie? Nasty.

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Jun 14, 2015 10:24pm

Gorse flowers up the nostrils; ah, the joys of country living! We've all been there... or is it just me then?

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