Síomha at the Whale

Before her Whale concert on Saturday 1st April, singer-songwriter Síomha reveals where the music came from.

“I grew up in a house full of music. It was everywhere and so I don’t think it was ever a conscious choice to be in.

I learned piano and fiddle growing up and I took up the flute in 1st class. I was always drawn toward groove based music. My dad is a traditional Irish musician but he has a love for all kinds of music.

We were introduced from a young age to the music of people like Bill Evans, John McCormack, Ella Fitzgerald and Django Reinhardt. Our long car drives were usually filled with gospel music. I was really deeply hooked from an early age.

My first ever concert was seeing The Coors come to Ennis when I was 9. Soon after, that I saw Michael Jackson in the RDS. I was such a huge fan of his music. Then, I began my Beatles phase, which got me into playing guitar. I tried to learn as many of their songs as I could.

I was about 13 when I started to write my own songs. I remember lying about my age so I could perform at the Acoustic Nights run in Clare Youth Service (you had to be over 15). It was an amazing facility to have for young people in the town.

Looking back on my early years and music, I really don’t think it was ever going to turn out any other way for me.”

Saturday 1st April 2023 | 8pm | €22


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