I Owe It All To My Sister

Gemma Hayes’ on the childhood gift that just keeps on giving…

I was the youngest of eight children and found myself as a kid in a house full of teenagers with varying tastes in music.

I remember hearing Davey Spillane blaring from one room and Iron Maiden blaring from another. I loved the different feeling each type of music would conjure up in my head and heart.

Once I reached my own disillusioned teen years I would sneak into my sister’s room and play her acoustic guitar. Then place it back exactly as I found it. Eventually she realised what was going on and actually gave me the guitar to keep. That changed my life.

I then began playing every hour I could even in the middle of the night if I couldn’t sleep.

I reckon my sister’s gift at that point is the reason I became a songwriter.

Gemma Hayes plays The Whale on Saturday, June 25th.


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