Soul Saoirse

Ahead of Friday’s showcase alongside Strange Boy and Jacob Koopman, SAOIRSE CASEY charts her musical roots…

I grew up in a musical family – our house was full of instruments.

As a child, I created plays, short films and stories and then, as a teenager, I thought myself piano and guitar, and started writing songs. My first concert was supporting Declan O’Rourke at the INEC in Killarney, and since then, I have played in many of Ireland’s most-loved venues, both solo and supporting the likes of Tiny Ruins, Kila, Mundy, Cathy Davey and that Paddy Casey lad.

I also got to perform on Una Healy’s New Year’s Eve Party on RTÉ, alongside artists such as Lemoncello, The Waterboys and Wallis Bird, which was a thrill.

My first recording was the handmade EP Carousel, each song sewn and written out one-by-one over one night in 2017. It was a minimal EP about a world that is ending and a love story between a boy and girl, featuring just guitar and vocals.

In 2019, I released my debut album, Lunaria (meaning Moon-song), which aimed to be both surreal and familiar, featuring a lot of instrumentation, as it moved between the worlds of folk, rock & classical sound.

In 2020, I toured the album in Europe, Ireland, and Japan with my violinist friend Yuri Atowa. This was the year that Lunaria was released as a Japanese edition, on the independent Eala label, with songs from the album featuring on TV and radio there.

I’m currently working on my second album, whilst learning dance too, living the quiet life in the countryside with my faithful rabbit, Pipkin.

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