We Welcome Back Shirley Callaghan To Talk About Her Single Baby Blue, Its Subject Matter And Controversy Both Online And On The Radio
Interview by Duzzy Clayton 


The beautiful and amazing Shirley Callaghan is back with her latest single Baby Blue.  I have reviewed the track before for Fanbase Music Magazine (click here) and because of the track’s subject matter, it has proven to cause a bit of Controversy online and on certain Radio Stations. Without taking sides on the War In Gaza, I feel a song like this needed to be written and needs to be heard worldwide because one thing I think we can all agree on is, that it is civilisation that suffers in the name of a war, a subject which proves to be close to 
Shirley Callghan’s heart


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Hi Shirley, Welcome back to Fanbase Music Magazine. The last time we featured you, you had just bought out two singles, namely Safety Deposit Box and Ice Queen. How did you feel those tracks did online?
Hi Duzzy, thanks for having me back.   I was really surprised at the reaction the songs got, which I really didn’t expect. Both songs did really well online and got quite a lot of radio play in Ireland, the UK, Australia, South Africa and the US.  The support has been really great and also very encouraging.    
Can you remind us where you are from? How would you describe your sound?
I was born in London and returned to Ireland when I was very young. I’m from County Clare and have lived in Ireland most of my life except for London, where I lived for a few years in my early twenties. I loved living in London, it’s an exciting city but I always missed home so I eventually came back.   
The music has been described as dark folk/indie.  Some radio stations and colleagues have made similarities to Sinead O’Connor and Dolores O’Riordan.  I don’t hear that myself but I think it’s more likely an Irish thing, perhaps the Irish accent coming through, but it is both a compliment and of course an honour.  I have always been a big fan of Sinead and Dolores, both of them are such a huge loss to us in Ireland and of course all around the world.  
Okay, let’s talk about the latest single, which is equally doing well online. Can you explain to us what ‘Baby Blue’ is about?
It still feels strange how it has been described as a ‘protest song’ when that wasn’t my intention at all.    
When it comes to wars, genocide, depriving children of food, using hunger as a weapon of war and also narcissistic individuals in power, I find it difficult not to write about it. I just found myself taking notes and getting sparks of inspiration when hearing about this horrific situation in Gaza.  
I know I have spoken about this before but I personally feel very strongly about this kind of behaviour we are unfortunately seeing more of. It’s almost like some kind of sick virus that’s caught on, be it in our own interactions with people or even worse, those in power.  
Concerning promoting it online, I have unfortunately come across a few situations where it has been banned from one radio station for being ‘too political’. It has also been taken down from one streaming platform and I have come across difficulty trying to run ads to promote it.  This is a shame really that when one tries to talk about an important subject that censorship is still very much alive. 
Can you tell us who else worked on the track and how it has been working with that specific producer? 
As with the first two songs, it was a similar process.  I recorded the vocals and piano in my home studio and sent the tracks to my producer, Paul Statham.   Paul then added all those lovely extra voices in the second verse and sprinkled some magic with his production.  He also has his own band called ‘B Movie’ and has worked with some of the greats such as Massive Attack, Simple Minds and Dido, he really has a strong sense of what sounds suit my music, so I am very lucky in that respect. 
When you wrote the track, what was your hope for the track and for people who listen to it?
I wasn’t thinking about any of that while I was writing it.  My main focus was on writing. I think if you start thinking about where you want a song to go, or what you hope it will achieve, it doesn’t work.     If you let that kind of stuff in while writing I don’t think you write good work.    However, in answer to your question, after the track was written and released, my one hope would have been that if it changed the mind of one person who tried to justify the conflict in Gaza, then my work is done.   
Personally, I cannot see how anyone can justify this conflict while also using hunger as a weapon of war and all of the other atrocities attached to it.    So that is my one hope for the song.    
Can you tell us did you came up with the lyrics first or the music when you wrote Baby Blue?
If I remember rightly, the song started with the lyric ‘It’s all on you’, that line just hit a nerve. Immediately afterwards I heard ‘the children beg for bread’.   It is so horrendous.   I knew then that I was going to write this song.    For me, usually, the melody comes along with the lyrics.   I then started writing and taking notes of different information.   After that, it’s a matter of putting it all together.    
Watching and listening to what’s going on in Palestine is so upsetting, that it is difficult not to write about it.
Can you tell us what else you have in the pipeline? Are there any new tracks coming out?
Yes, I have been working on several songs over the past while, and hope to release one of them in the next couple of weeks. I do have one song that I wrote about two years ago called ‘Our Leaders Are Sleeping’.   This could be the next release but we’ll have to wait and see. 
Thank you for doing this interview. Do you have any last messages for your fans?
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and helped me to get the songs out to more listeners.   The radio stations have been so supportive and I have made a lot of friends since I started releasing these songs. Also to everyone on social media for their kind words and comments, it means a lot to get this kind of support, thank you.  

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