Sinéad studied Classical Guitar under guitarist Jonathan Preiss and Clive Carroll from the age of 8. She gradually became intrigued and inspired by artists she heard from her mother's vinyl, tape and CD collection, ranging from Soul, Funk and R&B to Country & Irish music and singer-songwriters such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sade, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman. From then on, she began to explore singing and writing which stemmed from writing poetry, nurtured by the sensitive musicality of her late muse and close friend Kieran Mulkere alongside fine fellow family musicians. She continued her studies in Music specialising in Contemporary Guitar, particularly Jazz, Blues and Soul. One of her tutors included Jazz guitarist Ed Speight. 

Grammy award winning songwriter and Country music artist Beth Nielsen Chapman (singer-songwriters she's worked with include Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Michael McDonald) invited Sinéad to participate in her one to one exclusive masterclass after hearing two tracks from Sinéad's debut album. Sinéad has since accompanied and supported various artists such as Declan Sinnott, Damien Dempsey, Kate Nash, Eleanor McEvoy, Frances Black, Dolores Keane, Mary Coughlan, Julie Fowlis, The Furey Brothers, Finbar Furey, Tommy Peoples and Richie Dwyer. Most recently she’s worked on a song with Boy George and also performed and recorded with both him and George Clinton (Parliament, Funkadelic) on an album also featuring Sinéad O’Connor.

Retaining a family tradition of Irish traditional music, Folk and Country and writing songs within that genre, she also incorporates hints of Soul, Jazz and the Blues seamlessly to arrive at a unique blend that we associate with her today. Her instrumental ability on guitar, bodhran, piano, banjo, mandolin and accordion, as well as other instruments, allows her freedom to incorporate a plethora of sounds in her music.

Selected Performances include Bush Hall (Shepherds Bush), Metropolis Studios (London), Royal Festival Hall, Union Chapel, The Green Note (Camden), Monroes (Galway), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Troubadour, Bluebird Café Nashville, Ryman Studios Nashville, University of Limerick (World Music Centre), Glór (Ireland), City Hall (London), Trafalgar square and many more.

 

Television, Radio and Film:  MTV, BBC, BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio London, Clare FM (Ireland), TG4, RTE, RTE RnaG, Royal Academy of Art Studios, Royal College of Art (Katherine Ferguson fashion/art piece for the BFI film festival with Sinéad O'Connor).

 

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