Take Me Out For... Frances Black

From Glasgow Evening Herald

My father comes from Rathlin Island, off the Northern Irish coast, and although most of the family have passed on, I love going back there. I enjoy eating at the Manor House Guest House because when I'm there I'm at my most relaxed.

My first choice would be James Taylor – he's amazing. I'd also like to see Dougie MacLean as I have all his albums but I've never yet seen him live. I used one of his songs, This Love Will Carry, as the title track on my album.

I haven't been to see a film recently, but my favourite of all time is The Shawshank Redemption, followed by It's a Wonderful Life.

The Olympia in Dublin is very handy for me. Sometimes I look to see what's on that night and go. It's a beautiful, ornate building with a really magical atmosphere. I look forward to playing there.

This New Year's Eve was the best ever. I was on Rathlin at my cousin's party. Musicians came over for a fantastic ceilidh.

I'd like to chat with Nelson Mandela, Marilyn Monroe and James Taylor, who I met once and who made me speechless.

There are caves in Lanzarote with a restaurant overlooking a lake. I spent the most romantic night ever with my husband Brian there.

Singer Frances Black is at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on January 23. Visit www.celticconnections.com or call 0141 353 8000