Singer Róisín Murphy has described her appearance on The Tommy Tiernan Show last year as “strange” after being left bemused by the comedian’s line of questioning.
Speaking on this week’s Adam Buxton Podcast, the flamboyant star, who is best known for her time in 90s dance act Moloko, said she got the impression that Tommy didn’t know who she was.
“He just kept saying to me, ‘Róisín, you’re so confident, aren’t you?'” she said.
“I’d start talking about something else, and then he’d go, ‘Aren’t you so confident, though? I mean, you really are confident!’.
“You know, it took me aback, and I didn’t say – probably for good reason – ‘Why shouldn’t I be confident?’. I kind of went, ‘Yeah, I am – my father and my mother made me feel confident’.
“But that should be a baseline – take confidence away from people, they can’t function. You have to have some confidence.”
The Tommy Tiernan Show is unusual in that the guests’ identities are kept secret from the host and the audience until they appear in front of the cameras.
Róisín said: “It’s a good concept – you just jump out there. But it’s very hard for the guest as well.
“It’s a bit more like therapy than a talk show. It’s strange.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Róisín discussed her upbringing in Arklow, County Wicklow during the 1970s, and how it set her on her way to a life in music.
“It was very prosperous when I was growing up, because it had very high employment,” she said.
“Everybody had a job, and everybody had a great time at the weekend. They were known for having a four-day weekend in the 70s – start on Friday and end on Monday night.
“It’s been hard to top – my parents are the most rock and roll people I’ve known, for good and for bad.
“Music was just everywhere. Everyone sang something when they had a few drinks, whether they had accompaniment or not – whether it was appropriate or not, even.
“And without having to think about being a songwriter or into music, I fell into it. It was in me because of that.”
The full interview is available to listen to at Adam Buxton’s website.
Source: Celebrity News Ireland