Kara O’Brien was born and raised Colorado, USA. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a double-major in Vocal Performance & Music Business and a minor in English. She then moved to Limerick Ireland to pursue her M.A. in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy (IWA). Upon completion of her M.A., she returned to the IWA where she is currently undertaking a Ph.D. studying folk belief and figurative language in Irish traditional hunting songs. In her spare time, she sings, reads, and drinks enormous quantities of tea.
RootStrings co-op member extraordinaire and rising Limerick star, Abby Butler, has released her first single, and we think it’s pretty awesome.
“Experiment” is an original song exploring the pain of lost love. “This song is not aimed at anyone specifically,” says Abby, “But it definitely came from a place that most people probably have been in at some stage, that they feel they might have been lead on by a love interest and then dropped like a hot potato.”
Recorded at Open Door Studios in Limerick, Ireland with the expert assistance of Joe Mulcahy, “Experiment” is a catchy, heart-break song with elements of pop, jazz, and a particular snarky sadness that is all Abby’s own.
On Thursday, November 22nd 2019 RootStrings ran our very first Artist Showcase! Held at The Old Quarter in Limerick, Ireland, the night featured Claire Watts and Mary McLaughlin. Special guests included Abigael Simon, Pádraig Di Fusco, Abby Butler, Macha Molloy, Sinead Toomey, Kevin Donohoe, and Kara O’Brien.
The night was a major success, and will be followed up by many more showcases in the near future! RootStrings would like to thank the Old Quarter for hosting, all the amazing performers who made the night so special, and the fantastic audience who came out and listened.
Somehow it’s April already! We’re thrilled to announce the wonderful Claire Watts as our featured Artist of the Month. Claire is a shining talent based in beautiful Milltown Malbay on Ireland’s west coast.
Claire’s music is reminiscent of the landscape from which it comes. Her intense, emotional lyrics are cradled by lilting melodies and lush music. Her songs teeter between sweetness and nostalgia, familiarity and wildness.
Built on a foundation of traditional Irish music and a wide variety of musical training and influences throughout her career, Claire’s music is at once fresh and experienced. It is infused with a deep emotional undercurrent, which caused renowned Cork Singer-songwriter, John Spillane to remark that, “You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by these songs.”
Her latest album, Landmark,was released in June 2018, and she is currently working on a new release for next year. Learn more about Claire on her website, and follow her on Facebook,Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
Take a listen to the title track of Claire’s latest album, and keep an eye out for more!
Our first Artist of the Month is the stunning AbiGael. Born in Nigeria and raised in Waterford, Abigael is poised to take on the world. Here’s a little bit more about her, in her own words…
I am excited to be a part of Rootstrings Management, as both an artist and a manager. I’m excited to be surrounded by a brilliant team of supportive hardworking and talented individuals!
Last week I launched my first official cover recording as part of RootStrings’ ShannonSideSessions, which you can watch here. It’s my version of the Vance Joy song ‘Georgia,’ but with a little extra influence from ‘Georgia on My Mind.’
I chose to sing ‘Georgia’ because it’s a story telling song and I love the way it’s written. It’s a simple song yet the melody captures the listeners ear and gives a nostalgic feeling. The song always takes me to another world when I listen to it and that’s why I chose to sing this song as I would love people to get the same feeling when they hear my own songs also! It’s joyful and sad at the same time, and mostly it just makes you feel good when you hear it, and that’s always what I want for my own music to do.
My favorite part about working with Rootstrings is the feeling of community and connection. You can tell how passionate everyone is about working in Rootstrings and everyone is extremely supportive of each other. I feel like my vision and opinion are always valued by the team, and they’re always there to answer questions and bounce ideas off!
As a manager, I think that I can help other artists in Rootstrings by being the support they need. I think that I can encourage artist and help them to bring out the best in themselves and to be confident enough to put themselves out there and to be proud of their art. I love working with artists to build their brand and image and helping to bring the artist’s vision to life.
Next week I’m releasing my very first original song (!!!), and I’m so excited for people to hear it! I’m so thrilled to be beginning career journey with Rootstrings’ support and I’m looking forward to lots of exciting things to come!