CMAT interview: ‘The character is a coping mechanism. If I didn’t have that, I’d lose my mind’

Ciara Marie Alice Thompson, the self-styled ‘Global Celebrity Teen Pop Sensation’, is making waves with her unusual but catchy hybrid of pop and country

7th February, 2021
CMAT interview: ‘The character is a coping mechanism. If I didn’t have that, I’d lose my mind’
Ciara Marie Alice Thompson, or CMAT: ‘Cowboys, KFC: all of these references are tools that I use to bring the circus to town.’ Photo: Sarah Doyle

When chatting to Ciara Marie Alice Thompson, it can be difficult to know where Thompson ends and CMAT begins.

CMAT is Thompson’s gobby, funny and sometimes tragic musical incarnation, who sings country-tinged pop music that cuts to the heart. CMAT is the artist who describes herself on Twitter as a “Global Celebrity Teen Pop Sensation From Ireland” – capital letters very much intended. Thompson, meanwhile, is the mastermind behind it all: the 24-year-old, Dublin-based singer-songwriter...

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