Conor crooning in Daghda Space, LimerickPhoto: Brid O'Donovan

I thought that I had finished with Villagers. Fresh from being pipped at the post (I presume) for the Choice Music Prize in Dublin last Thursday by Two Door Cinema Club, Conor hopped on a plane and was straight back playing music. He was on Jo Whiley’s Radio 1 show over the weekend where he played ‘Becoming A Jackal’ and a cover of Take That’s ‘Want You Back’. Yes, Take That. Conor didn’t really reveal much that we didn’t already know. He doesn’t have a TV (which Jo found rather boring) he revealed that he was hoping to give up alcohol after consuming so much last year and they talked about clothes. Hardly the stuff you want to hear from one of the best songwriters to come out of Dublin in ages. “I have to live in order to write,” he said, talking about ideas for a second Villagers album. And then it was a solo performance of lead single from the album of the same name, ‘Becoming A Jackal’, which still sounds as epic as it did when he played it for Jools Holland almost a year ago. You can listen to the whole interview (good luck putting up with the ever interrupting Jo Whiley) plus the two songs. You can download the Take That cover too.

Villagers in the BBC Live Lounge by stripeyjumper

Villagers can’t seem to stay still for long though. They are supporting Elbow in The O2 (and across Britain) this month. And they will own it. Tickets are still available. Elbow have a new album out too. Listen to it at NME.