Friday’s Child - Billy Doherty

Billy Doherty.
Billy Doherty.

This week’s Friday’s Child is Billy Doherty, the drummer with iconic Derry band, “The Undertones.” Billy will be performing with his Billy Doherty Rambling Band and “Voices of the Foyle” Choir next Friday, November 20th in St. Columb’s Cathedral, London Street, Derry at 8.00 p.m.

How would you describe yourself?

Billy Doherty

Billy Doherty


Happiest childhood


My family moved to Enniskillen when I was 5 and we lived in the country. When I look back at that little boy, he was so happy running around the fields playing and having great fun and not a care in the world.

What was your first job?

When I was a young boy and living in Enniskillen, during my summer holidays I worked on a farm. I helped milk the cows first thing in the morning and then in the evening, feeding the chickens before rounding up the cattle. I always wanted to be a farmer.

Favourite book?

A book called ‘My Very First Story Book’ which I got at Christmas in 1966. I was eight at the time and even to this day I have never finished reading it, I treasure it though and I still have it. Also, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

Favourite film?

Walt Disney’s 1937 ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’.

Favourite television programme?

The 2015 BBC ‘Poldark’ series, starring Adrian Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson. Also,‘The Autumn Watch’ series on BBC with Chris Packham.

Favourite expression?

Give it time.

Favourite method of


Having a nice cup of coffee sitting in the sun at Ards monastery, County Donegal.

Favourite holiday


Ards, County Donegal. one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to.

Who would you most like to meet?

Charlie Watts, drummer with the Rolling Stones.

What makes you angry?

Things that hurt people.

What makes you happy?

Things that make me smile.

What human quality do you most admire?

The capacity to love.

What human quality do you least admire?

The capacity to hurt.

What has been the most embarrassing thing to

happen to you?

Having to borrow drum sticks from Stephen Morris, Joy Division and New Order Drummer; Joy Division supported The Undertones way back in 1979. For some reason I had no sticks and he graciously gave me a set of his sticks, which allowed The Undertones to play that night.

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

The death of my mother.

What is your greatest fear?

Being lonely.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

Building a new house.

How would you like to be remembered?


What is your most treasured possession?

My family.

If you won the Lotto what would you do with it?

Divide it equally amongst my family.

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

For peace throughout the world.

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

‘I obviously missed a beat’.