There is a really special night of female singer/songwriters at IMRO supported ‘The Acoustic Yard’ on Wednesday 29th of October in Matt Molloy’s. Three great artists with their own original twist on songwriting playing such diverse instruments from the Marimba to the Harp.
Co. Down singer-songwriter Brigid O’Neill is riding the crest of a wave following the launch of her new EP of original songs ‘Arrivals and Departures’. It has already received an enthusiastic reception with Cherrie McIlwaine on BBC Radio Ulster summing it up: “Gorgeous songs, gorgeous arrangements”.
The CD is a follow-up to Brigid’s acclaimed album ‘Inland Sailor’, which still gets regular airplay. It is a mix of country blues, folk and a dash of jazz for her distinctive voice with the quality of her songwriting attracting attention.
Brigid is a regular on the Irish festival scene and has appeared at Cathedral Quarter Out to Lunch, Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, the Bluegrass Festival at the Ulster-American Folk Park near Omagh, Celtic Fusion Festival, Shannonside Music Festival and Fiddlers Green Festival.
Mairéad Duffy is a fresh, contemporary artist on the music scene. She performs playing piano and the harp which gives a unique cutting edge to her music. Originally from Tuam, Co.Galway, the singer/songwriter released her debut single ‘Little Bridge’ in November 2013 and has featured recently on BBC Radio Ulster and Galway Bay FM. Comparisons have been drawn with Kate Bush and Tori Amos. She is currently recording her debut EP to be released at the end of autumn.
Paula Ryan is a compelling Singer/Songwriter from near Ardfinnan in Co. Tipperary. Paula’s insightful songs are inspired by the lyricism and musical passion of her Tipperary roots & driven by the rhythmic influences and of music from other cultures. She has literally travelled all over the world and become a popular figure at major folk festivals. Paula’s original peace anthem “Raise Our Voice” was the Winner of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Peace Song Competition and Finalist in the Tipperary Song Of Peace. She accompanies her songs on Marimba, Guitar, Bazouki, and a range of percussion instruments including Djembe & Bodhran. In performance Paula provides an entertaining mix of original songs, some of which are in Irish and presented with a deal of good humour.