In a year where identity and the questioning of cultural history has never been more important, Irish singer-songwriter, Áine Tyrrell, now based in Australia, adds to the rich tapestry of the International debate with her new single ‘We Call You Now’, looking at our responsibility as a nation to our Native and Indigenous peoples through the lens of her own ancestry and lived experience in Ireland and Australia.
A seven-and-a-half minute spoken word tome which brings passion and nuance, anger and love, ‘We Call You Now’ features the vocals of Groote Eylandt singer Emily Wurramara, with the two artists coming together virtually to create this powerful statement in music and prose.
“I am an Irish woman who has been shaped by my own colonised history,” said Tyrrell. “There are things that jarred me from my first day living in ‘so-called Australia’ in trying to understand the Australian identity and as I dug deeper I found a cesspool of disturbing colonised narratives around Indigenous culture. In emigrating here, I experienced racism implicit and explicit about my Irishness that is so ingrained in the Australian psyche that it goes unnoticed by many, but I recognise it. It is colonisation.”
Invited to be part of the conversation more publicly in the Black Lives Matter protest on Bundjalung Country, Tyrrell received a backlash from many Australians who also claim Irish heritage. A narrative amongst them uses Ireland’s own colonial past to derail the important conversation being had around the rights and treatment of Australia’s First Nations people.
“I refuse to be quiet about people using my Irish identity in this way,” said Tyrrell. “I felt it was my duty as an Irish woman living in Australia to demand that no one uses their Irish identity as a way of perpetuating racism.”
The experience pushed Tyrrell to a creative place she had not visited before, turning to spoken word and prose for the first time. Writing with fury and truth, she was urged by First Nations collaborators to release it immediately as a call to Irish Australians to gather around the fire and listen to their lived experience.
Over her ten years in Australia, Áine Tyrrell has added much to Australia’s music scene, becoming a regular at the likes of the Woodford Folk Festival, a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, undertaking a national tour ‘Exile: The Irish Australian Story’ in 2017 and most recently a sold-out tour of ‘Country Witches Association’, a feminist reimagining of a CWA meeting which was set to launch internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year until the onset of COVID-19.
The power and energy of Tyrrell’s live performances are matched with her recorded output, with ‘We Call You Now’ adding a powerful chapter in a career book being written on her own terms, with a legacy that will live on in Australia’s national conversation.
Irish chanteuse and wandering troubadour Aine Tyrrell, returns to her beloved Ireland for a Nationwide tour in August & Sept where she will perform at Electric Picnic and more dates around the country.
Along the touring route she will be performing tracks from her albums ‘Return to the Sea’ and ‘Queen of Swords’, both a treasure-trove of contemporary narratives and musical sojourns with a solid respect for tradition, collectively fused with a passion for adventure and travelling to new lands, both real, and musical.
Certainly, the traditional Irish folk is in her blood, but so too are elements of soul and rock ‘n’ roll, entwined within her lyrical testaments. Her unwavering passion for justice and integrity has led to her supporting current Women’s Rights and Indigenous Rights issues through performances, social media campaigning, song writing and public speaking engagements.
A force of energy live on stage, her shows are not to be missed.
Tour dates 2019:
24th August Shrewsbury Folk Festival
25th August Ram Jam Studios, London
28th August The Swallows, Wales
31 August Electric Picnic
4th September The Loft Bar, Shannon Golf Club
5th September Macalla Farm, Clare Island with Emily Wurramara
6th September Westport House Concert Mayo, with Emily Wurramara
7th September Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oirr with Emily Wurramara
8th September Black Gate, Galway with Emily Wurramara
10th September Ruby Sessions, Dublin with Emily Wurramara
11th September The American Bar, Belfast with Emily Wurramara
12th September Drop Dead Twice, Dublin with Emily Wurramara
14th September Levis, Ballydehob Cork with Emily Wurramara
15th September, The Jolly Roger, Sherkin Island with Emily Wurramara
An ode to the troubadours journey of creative expression and the trials and tribulations that follow.
‘Hope Will See Me Through’ – OUT March 8th 2019
She may be one of our most prolific artists, but Australian-based Irish singer Áine Tyrrell is showing no signs of letting up, on her special announcement of her new album ‘Return to the Sea’ (See here for album pr notes: http://wp.me/pfSbW-1vf) and single ‘Hope Will See Me Through’.
From the West Coast of Ireland hails one of Australia’s favourite adopted sisters, who readies herself to release her unwavering and purely honest second album, March 8th in Ireland, to accompany the release, a truly stunning, honest song…
Says Áine of her new single“What you see on social media or at gigs rarely reflects what independent artists are doing day in and day out. It is a massive battle to bring any piece of art into the noisy world we live in independently. What I have found helps, is those cups of tea with friends who are doing the same thing, the little messages here and there, or a little word of encouragement from a stranger along the way.
Another song writing friend had told me in one of these exchanges to hang on for good news through the ups and downs of it all and this little piece of advice, I always come back to. A little thought of hope and holding on is never far from my mind so it is quite natural “Hope Will See Me Through” would find its way out of me. It is one of those rare songs that came through as a little mantra and is in tact in the same way as it was at that time I needed to say it to myself.
Creative living is just a reflection of being human, so this little song has come in handy in more than just my career. This little light of hope in a song has helped me through the passing of a dear friend, motherhood, and homesickness. To be human is to need hope. I hope this song becomes a little hug to anyone going through something tough or for anyone trying to bring their creative thing out into the world too. We need you and your art”.
She may be one of our most prolific artists, but Australian-based Irish singer Áine Tyrrell is showing no signs of letting up, on her special announcement of her new album. From the West Coast of Ireland hails one of Australia’s favourite adopted sisters, who readies herself to release her unwavering and purely honest second album, ‘Return to the Sea’ on March 8th in Ireland.
‘Return to the Sea’ is a treasure-trove of contemporary narratives and musical sojourns with a solid respect for tradition, collectively fused with a passion for adventure and travelling to new lands, both real, and musical. In true Tyrrell style, recording her second album was anything but usual. In 2017 Tyrrell returned to her homeland of Ireland, to the places and the people that made her the woman she is today.
Harnessing the energy and emotion of her travels, Tyrrell joined forces with long-time producer Mark Stanley once again and explored lounge rooms, front bars, old churches, and remote islands across her Irish homeland recording and mastering in all of the nooks and crannies’ that would adapt to her portable recording studio. While recorded in Ireland, this 10-track album still carries the sand of Tyrrell’s adopted home as it was mastered and crowdfunded with one boot in the Australian red dirt.
‘Return to the Sea’ is a passionate journey as it draws from a number of styles and influences. Certainly, the traditional Irish folk is in her blood, but so too are elements of soul and rock ‘n’ roll, entwined within her lyrical testaments. Her unwavering passion for justice and integrity has led to her supporting current Women’s Rights and Indigenous Rights issues through performances, social media campaigning, song writing and public speaking engagements.
“‘Return to The Sea’ is about standing in power, owning your own skin and making sense of the shared responsibility we have as humans. The album embraces stories that have inspired me to do more than just sit and hope for change.” Said Tyrrell of the album.
“It is my call to arms. Many observations between Australia and Ireland are scattered through the tracks, but the one common thread is that together we rise in strength when one human experience can mirror and then shape our collective understanding and action.”
While the new music retains a connection with her traditional folk roots, it also finds Áine branching out – finding new sounds and a new way to tell her stories. Never one to shy away from spilling blood onto paper, her long time creative partner in crime, producer, Mark Stanley is at the production helms here, both a united force of nature on the album.
“Hope will see me Through’ is the lead single from the new album.
She may be one of our most prolific artists, but Australian-based Irish singer Áine Tyrrell is showing no signs of letting up, announcing the release of a new EP, another tour and a special collaboration with internationally acclaimed songwriter Glen Hansard.
Having only just finished touring off the back of her debut Queen of Swords album, Áine is gearing up for the August release of her latest EP Fledgling Fall, featuring first single ‘Don’t Be Left Crying’ which will be out July 28th. While the new music retains a connection with her traditional folk roots, it also finds Áine branching out – finding new sounds and a new way to tell her stories.
Part of that growth has been her recent collaboration with the multi-award winning Hansard, who met Áine on his sell out Australian tour in 2016. Not only have the two worked together on this batch of songs, but also Áine will travel to Ireland later this year to record with Hansard and members of his much-loved band The Frames.
“It has been such an amazing opportunity for me to work with one of my songwriting heroes,” Áine says. “He is a warrior of poetry and people. I feel blessed to have made such an inspiring friend and kindred spirit musically and being able to bounce ideas and share songs with him has been phenomenal for my songwriting and my soul.”
Never one to shy away from spilling blood onto paper, Áine had intended that Don’t Be Left Crying, an elegant yet seductively psychedelic folk song, to be one of those little mantras she had written just for herself. But her long time creative partner in crime, producer, Mark Stanley and Hansard thought the song was destined for more.
“While most songs start off as personal, as this one did with my own heartbreak after a break-up, what makes a song powerful is when you can make the personal universal,” says Áine. “This is where Glen and I agreed to serve the song. He added in some words that could have come straight from my heart or anyone. That is the beauty of song crafting.”
Check out the Exclusive ‘One take’ Video for “Don’t Be Left Crying”:
Says Áine of the song and video: “At the heart of Don’t Be Left crying is a story of addiction. I have lost many loved ones along the way and seen and personally felt the destruction of relationships due to life’s little vices. Whilst the song is a song of heartbreak for me personally it is also the tale of the degradation of a relationship over time. At the heart of what I was writing was how the various addictions we have in life take us all away from truly being present to ourselves and the people around us. They are a silent wall. And we are all really only one drink, one hit, one smoke away from being trapped inside our own walls and destroying what we love so dearly”.