St. Vincent is set to perform at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival's Big Top. Here are five facts you may not know about the rock guitarist and singer.
1) Her real name is Annie Erin Clark
In a music industry populated with eccentric stage names, Annie Clark has revealed the inspiration for her moniker comes from a Nick Cave song, ‘There She Goes my Beautiful World’, which refers to the hospital in which poet Dylan Thomas died. The reference is to the line - “And Dylan Thomas died drunk in / St. Vincent's hospital".
2) A Grammy winner, St. Vincent won her first Grammy this year
St. Vincent won the ‘Best Alternative Music Album Award’ at the Grammys for her self-titled 2014 album St Vincent. She edged out Indie powerhouses Arcade Fire, Alt-J, Cage the Elephant and Jack White to walk away with the award. We have a feeling this could be the first of many!
3) St. Vincent's music was featured on two of the Twilight movies
She collaborated with the acclaimed Indie folk band Bon Iver on a beautiful track called 'Roslyn' for the second Twilight movie. Her second track, ‘The Antidote’, was written for and appeared on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
4) At age fifteen, her summer job was a tour manager for her uncle's band
Her uncle, a jazz musician named Tuck Andress, invited Clark to tour manage his band, Tuck and Patti. Clark accompanied the band on tours to China, Japan and Russia.
5) She has performed a haunting rendition of cult hit ‘Lithium’ with Nirvana
St. Vincent fronted Nirvana, performing lead vocals on ‘Lithium’ at the 29th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
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