Nine Questions with Jeremy Sibson

Name: Jeremy Sibson

Birthplace: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Currently residing: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence: I started playing drums professionally in 1980 when I was 12 years old in theatre musicals and when I was 17 joined the Australian Army as a musician where I stayed for 8 ½ years and when I got out I started playing in an original Prog Rock band and then a succession of jazz, funk, and big bands all the while keeping on playing in pit orchestras and highland pipe bands until in 1999 I discovered my love of the Bodhrán which I have been playing in various Irish groups since and in 2008 I went back to University to gain my Bachelor of Music and Teaching.

Website: http://jeremysibson.com

1. Who are some of your favourite composers, musicians and bands from the past and present?

Phillip Glass, Duke Ellington, Bill Whelan, Danny Elfman, Dr. John, Flook, Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Genesis, Solas, John Joe Kelly, Cormac Byrne, Martin O’Neill, Beethoven,

2. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

“Bridge Attack” by Bill Whelan from the film “Some Mother’s Son”.

3. How would you describe your perfect day?

Waking up to my son and wife and then going and playing a session at the pub with good mates.

4. What would your friends say they appreciate the most about you?

My musical knowledge and accompanying skills.

5. What is your most valued material possession?

A toss-up between my wedding ring and my collection of family photos going back 7 generations.

6. Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?

I was nervous meeting Dave Weckl for the first time.

7. If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now, where would that place be?

Inis Oirr at Craiceann.

8. Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?

Go to and play at festivals in Ireland.

9. Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?

With my family living in Ireland (where my wife is from).

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