Featuring: Fehdah, Anna Mieke, Caoi De Barra, Dowry
At no other time has Irish music danced its way through the landscapes of our island more confidently. While at once emerging from the shackles of a more traditional society and negotiating the choppy waters of a complex and changing industry, Ireland’s emerging female artists are arriving assured and fully formed at this moment, as essential and guiding lights in the contemporary music sphere.
Seen & Heard is a showcase of four of the most exciting and vital of these contemporary voices featuring Fehdah, Caoi De Barra (Wyvern Lingo), Anna Mieke and Dowry.
Fehdah is a future-afro soul vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, on the frontline of an emerging Irish hiphop and electronic music scene. An eclectic songwriter who draws on her love of Wassoulou music in forging an entirely new take on electro-soul.
Following the success of her debut EP, “Like No Other”, premiered by Aaron Byrd on LA radio station, KCRW; Fehdah has shared the stage with Grammy nominated artists such as Nai Palm at KOKO in London, Thundercat at Vicar Street in Dublin, Hiatus Kaiyote, Taylor McFerrin, Kamaal Williams with IAMDDB and Tank and the Bangas. She has since delved deeper in the direction of the title track of this EP, producing a pioneering sound that she describes as “Sahelian-Electrosoul”.
Anna Mieke is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter hailing from the hills of County Wicklow, Ireland, who writes folk(ish) songs on guitar,Greek bouzouki and piano, often collaborating with Brían Mac Gloinn (of
Ye Vagabonds; vocals, multi-instrumentalist) and Matthew Jacobson (of AERIE, Ensemble Eiru, Clang Sayne, among others; percussionist). Anna also performs cello in the sometimes-seen-above-ground, experimental improv group, HEX.
She has spent a lot of her life travelling, from the west of Ireland to Spain to Bangladesh to New Zealand, and she looks to these experiences for musical inspiration. Over the last few years, Anna has found herself playing in beautiful venues (including a giant cave and the collapsed ruins of a church) and homes, at many festivals (Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Another LoveStory, Clonmel Junction Festival, Sounds From A Safe Harbour) and shared stages with inspiring musicians such as This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain, Lankum, Loah, Martin Hayes, John Smith, Rachel Sermanni
and Clang Sayne.
Following on from the release of several live performance videos and studio-recorded singles in 2018, Anna will be releasing an album in spring of 2019.
CAOI DE BARRA
Caoi De Barra is best know as the percussionist and key vocalist from outstanding Irish act Wyvern Lingo who have been recently nominated for the Choice Music Prize for their eponymous debut album. However she also performs as a solo artist with a body of brilliantly observed original songs delivered in her richly soulful trademark voice.
Dowry is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and composer Éna Brennan. Since moving to Dublin from Brussels nearly 10 years ago she has obtained an MPhil in Composition from Trinity College Dublin and collaborated with a vast array of artists, be it as a composer, arranger or violinist, weaving in between many of the layers of the Irish music scene. She already has a long list of notable gigs to her name including performances at Other Voices, 12 Points Festival and Sounds From A Safe Harbour. Her show All Things Strings airs monthly on Dublin Digital Radio and she runs an ensemble called Dowry Strings. Upcoming projects include a sold-out tour with Bell X1 around Ireland and plans to follow up her experimental debut release In É.
“One of the most talked about acts in the Irish live scene, Éna Brennan’s Dowry has been slowly percolating and garnering devotees for a few years now. With the aid of her trusted fiddle, Brennan has been routinely fleshing out the sounds of some of the country’s most engaging emerging acts.”
– Danny Wilson (Totally Dublin)