SONGWRITERS RETREAT This October, songwriters from all over the world will flock to a remote island off the West Coast of Ireland to enjoy some peace and quiet and pen some new lyrics
The man himself, Brett Perkins.
rowing up in sun-soaked Southern California during the 60s and 70s it’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to leave. But the suburban life of manicured lawns and white picket fences was not for Brett Perkins who decided to embrace life for all its worth. “When asked to name my greatest or most lasting influences, The Beatles still rank number one, with early Elton John, Jackson Brown, David Bowie and a few others,” he says. Growing up, Perkins enjoyed a huge range in the diversity of music on LA radio that has left lasting impressions with him and has lead him down the creative path of songwriting. He enjoys a successful career as a songwriter, with several of his songs having being recorded
“A large part of attending an event like this is breaking the isolation of the writing process which can often be a lonely process for many writers.” by other artists. “I’ve also been fortunate with extensive live play of co-writes with additional performers of greater international renown,” he adds. The list includes Irish songstress Úna Healy, Faroese artist Teitur and Greenlandic artist Simon Lynge whose profile is rising in the folk scene
here in UK at the moment. Based in Copenhagen, it seems he is the quintessential romantic. It was falling in love with a Danish girl he met in Dublin that brought him to the city back in 1997. That relationship didn’t work out but he’s still there, happily married to a different beautiful Danish woman, Amalie, who
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