Ardara singer songwriter Emily Whelan is set to launch her new CD this week. Her debut release “Life” was launched in June 2011 and remained on the national radio playlists right through until October – including being picked as Single Of The Week on BBC Radio Ulster, and getting airplay on Today FM, RTÉ and many other stations.
The new four track EP will contain a variety of Emily’s songwriting capabilities, from the quirky new single “Fred” - already familiar to those who have caught Emily’s live set – to the hauntingly intimate “Games”. The launch date is set for Saturday, 21st Jan in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara at 10pm.
Over the last few months Emily has been working her way into the Dublin music scene, playing many well known venues, including Whelan’s. She has also been supporting some well established names in gigs throughout the country, including The Henry Girls and Aslan.
Emily has spent the last couple of years building up her own home studio, and learning the art of recording. When asked why do it this way, Emily says:
“We tried recording the album the conventional way - using commercial recording studios - but I found the lack of control over the finished product quite frustrating. In a way, it was that that forced the decision for me to invest the money I would have spent recording, in setting up my own facility.
“That allowed me to craft the songs the way I first imagined, and set up a more relaxed and creative environment in which to collaborate with the other musicians on the project. This meant we effectively had to go back to square one, starting the whole process all over again, but I have always looked on the positive side of things, and that learning process - although not the easiest route - ultimately allows me to give the songs the treatment they deserve.”
On the launch night Emily will also be supported by “The Johnny Cash Experience” a local band growing in popularity and a fantastic show to watch. Singer-songwriter Kate O’Callaghan originally from Dublin, now living in Carndonagh will be performing an acoustic set of jazzy folk that she combines with her down to earth humour and wit. Riaghan O’Callaghan from Glenties will also perform an acoustic set on the night, a budding young singer-songwriter with blends of thoughtful and heartfelt melodies to be enjoyed.