"Experiment" a new single from Abby Butler

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.

Listen to “Experiment” on YouTube or Spotify, and follow Abby on Facebook.

RootStrings First Showcase

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.

Abby Butler performs at the first RootStrings Artist Showcase

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.

Abigael Simon, Kara O’Brien, Claire Watts and Shauna Duffy after the showcase.

Artist of the Month: Claire Watts

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!

RootStrings Artist of the Month: March 2019

 We are delighted to welcome AbiGael as our very first RootStrings Featured Artist of the Month. AbiGael is a fierce new talent, a powerful vocalist and engaging songwriter. Just at the beginning stage of her career, her work is beginning to take shape: a unique new voice with the potential to transform the Irish music scene. Her rich, soulful voice instantly sets her apart, and her songs are infectious and insightful. 

Currently in her third year of an undergrad degree in Voice and Dance at the Irish World Academy in Limerick, AbiGael is working on her first EP, and beginning to perform around the Limerick area. 

Every Monday in March we’ll be featuring special new content from AbiGael, and in the meantime you can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

RootStrings Official Launch!

Although we’ve been working off and on for several years now, this week we are officially launching our new website and artist program. Keep an eye out for new artist content, industry news, career tips, and more! We are so thrilled to be welcoming a wonderful roster of artists and a fantastic team to the company, and we so excited for the future!

Whether you’re an artist, an industry professional, or an arts lover: welcome to RootStrings. We are here to offer support and community, and we’d love to hear from you! Send us an email and follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram.