When it comes to writing songs about the Potteries, Merrym’n is the man! With catchy, thoughtful stories mostly based around the 6 Towns, his music will live on as part of our heritage.
We grabbed 15 minutes with Bob to get him to answer 10 questions:
1. What got you into playing music?
Probably goes back to having two grandads into music. One was the quintessential singing and whistling grandad, the other was (and still is) a Sinatra mega-fan.
2. Who was the first singer/band you saw live?
I think it was going to see Greenday at a big outdoor event during my high school grunge period.
3. What was the first record you bought?
Whigfield, Saturday Night on cassette from Bodens in Longton.
4. Who do you think is the best frontman/fromtwoman?
The best I’ve seen in the past few years in Father John Misty. Of all time? Well it’s Freddie Mercury, but that goes without saying (and I’m not much of a fan of Queen).
5. Where was the first gig you played?
The Talbot Hotel in Stoke. Great pub venue, rats under the bins in the room you had to stash your gear.
6. What is the best lyric you have ever heard?
There are so so many. This is just a random pick from many favourites.
‘When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say, “Jeez, I can’t find my knees”’
Visions of Johanna – Bob Dylan
7. Who came up with the name Merrym’n?
Me, kind of. It’s an in-joke from when I went travelling across Eastern Europe with mates.
8. What song do you wish you had written?
Purely for its artistic merit (as you’d pick a Christmas No.1 for the cash!) I’ll go for Black Sheep Boy by Scott Walker. Absolute masterpiece.
9. What venue would you like to perform?
I’d love to play the old, often unused buildings around the city. Like the old theatre in Burslem or Fenton Library. Like special little events where I’d do a few songs, but there’d be art and poetry and booze!
Actually ticked a couple off my bucket list by playing Stoke Town Hall and The Leopard function room last year.
10. What band would you like to support?
The Divine Comedy
Merrym’n’s latest EP ‘WOM’ is available to download from just £1 and the money goes to the Dougie Mac. You can get it here: https://theemerrymn.bandcamp.com
You can hear all of his music on any streaming service, including Spotify, and I have many music videos on YouTube.
The links to all of his socials, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can be found here: https://linktr.ee/merrymn