THE NEW FOLK
Celebrating emerging female folk
Influenced by the likes of Liane La Havas, Fiona Apple and Hundred Waters, Ailbhe continues to impress with a sublime EP built on solid song writing, intricate melodies and radio friendly hooks. Ailbhe has been making huge waves in her native Ireland ever since a homemade demo of her song ‘Cover Me’ was used in a Today FM radio advert in 2014. Later that year her first single, ‘Flesh & Blood’ garnered excellent reviews and was featured as Song of the Day on Folk Radio UK. She went on to feature on almost every major Irish festival line up in 2016 including Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Hard Working Class Heroes, Knockanstockan and others. Those who have seen her stunning set for Irish TV show Other Voices in Dingle will know that her TradFest performance will be amongst our hottest tickets for 2018!
Dublin singer-songwriter Ciara Sidine’s sound has been described as ‘Americana with an unmistakably Celtic feel to its poetic lyrics and confident vocals’ (UNCUT). Her new album Unbroken Line (autumn 2017) is garnering glowing reviews across the board, following on from her successful, acclaimed debut Shadow Road Shining. Exploring themes from Ireland’s shadowy past, Unbroken Line is a love song to lost voices – from the mothers who survived incarceration in Ireland’s mother and baby homes and Magdalene Laundries, whose babies were taken from them against their will (Finest Flower), to those weighed down by the actions of a Catholic church more intent on self-preservation than truth (Let the Rain Fall), to Ireland’s exiled women in the fight for reproductive rights (Trouble Come Find Me). The tracks on the new album, with their taut, poetic lyrics, draw from a wide spectrum of blues, country and folk, and combine a rich lyrical quality with an utterly unique vocal that lends itself equally to intimate acoustic expression or full throttle rock-out with a band. Ciara’s young daughters Romy and Ava will join her for their stage singing debut at TradFest.
Currently working on her third album with guitarist and producer Jimmy Smyth, Karrie was something of a latecomer to the music industry, waiting until the grand old age of thirty four to write her first song, ‘Stay Away’. Karrie trained horses for 15 years plus in her home Co Kerry, and during the years she spent breaking & schooling young horses, music was a vital companion. When recession hit and closed the business she looked inward to find her muse. The youngest of nine in a music loving family, Karrie was exposed to the music tastes of her older siblings including Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Waits and more. She was in good company. One to watch!
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