Tastemaker: Musician Steve Wickham on his dream dinner party guests and most prized possession

Multi-talented musician on work, ambition, banana sandwiches and his favourite blue socks

“Ambition is useful but dangerous; it will spur your horse on and poison him to hatred.” Picture: James Connolly

Steve Wickham is a multi-talented, multi-playing Irish musician. As founding member of In Tua Nua, he played violin with U2, and has accompanied Elvis Costello, the Hothouse Flowers and Sinead O’Connor, and he is a long-standing member of The Waterboys.

Wickham plays both rock and roll and traditional Irish music, and is going on the road again but this time with play called The Hare, written by Bob Kelly and Clare Monnelly, for which he created all the ...