Posts Tagged ‘scotland’


July 2, 2014

I’ve been trying to be a wee bit more active on YouTube recently, so here’s my latest video from my most recent gig at Bar de Courcelle earlier this month.

It’s a wee collection of a few different tunes that you can listen to/fall in love with/share with all your pals, what ever you fancy! :)

And while you’re checking out this video, you can click here to be directed to my channel to find even more videos!!


Weekend de Course de la Petite Italie

June 8, 2014

My final gig in Montreal was playing in this lovely gazebo in Little Italy as part of the city wide extravaganza for the Grand Prix! A huge shout out to goes to my friend Cath.A.Strophic for hooking me up with a slot. Here are some photos!

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Le Loft

June 4, 2014

Last week I played in a secret loft in montreal, as it was a secret I can’t really give you many details, but I do have some photos to share with you! :)

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Finally, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to my friend María for these beautiful photos and also for inviting me into her home and letting me share my music with her and her amazing friends!

Ma première année à Montréal…

May 7, 2014

I feel that if this post were only a few weeks late then I could apologise for not having written in a while. But as it’s over a year since my last post it’s probably going to be easier to catch everyone up than to apologise about it!

Over the last year I’ve been up to a myriad of exciting musical endeavours and I’m hoping that come 2015 I’ll have an album for you all.

Around June/July I was really lucky to meet Barry Walsh and Tasso Argyrakos while I was working next door to their tattoo studio, Ink City North. At the time they were organising lots of in-store events and after hearing me practice they asked if I wanted to play a few tunes at their next soirée. I jumped at the opportunity as  I was growing weary of open mic night shenanigans, and so my first proper gig in Montreal was a show at Ink City North supporting reggae legend Vernon Maytone

995188_245401232280926_981327251_nA huge and heartfelt thanks has to also go out to Facteur Malice for the stunning photos she took of me at the show, it’s been nice to have some photographic evidence of me playing solo! ;)

Around the time I met the boys at Ink City North, I also began saving my tips from work and taking some guitar lessons with Mr Tim Dobby. This really helped improve my confidence and it was lovely to have someone other than a YouTube tutorial to direct all my musical questions at! I’m really hoping that you’ll all be able to hear my playing in my upcoming recordings and we’ll agree that my time with Tim was money well spent! ;) You can also listen to Tim’s delightfully pretentious band, Lakes of Canada, by hitting their name.

Between October and Christmas, most of my time was eaten up with my guitar lessons and with work. I dabbled in comedy for a brief time but I managed to get caught in some drama that made the whole thing infinitely less appealing and I refocused on making music my full time gig. However, during my brief flirt with comedy we were lucky enough to make a few good friends, one of them being the talented Kate Connor. After going to support Kate when she performed at The Wiggle Room for their weekly variety show Voix de Ville, I asked producer/co-host/all round comedic individual Paul Ash for a slot on the next show.

1524923_798212373529693_930283759_nVoix de Ville is a variety show with a “monarch of the mountain”  element thrown in for fun! At each show, all the acts are competing for crowd votes in order to win the grand prize of $100 and the honour to return the following week to defend their title. Guys, I won 4 weeks in a row! I really can’t express what a confidence boost that whole Wiggle Room experience was but I had a blast and I met some super awesome people, including everybody’s favourite republican Kitty Vanderbuilt & artist Salgood Sam who drew this awesome sketch of me performing! 1509207_279365172217865_1196964745_n

Still on a high from my run at The Wiggle Room I decided to pursue paid gigs more seriously in and around the city and to peace out open mics for a little while! The first of these was a slot at Bar de Courcelle, allbeit it was the middle of the Canadian winter and it wasn’t the busiest show I’ve ever played, it was a nice foot in the door and a nice reminder that I’ve still got it! ;) Since then I’ve had a couple of slots at Mad Hatters and I have more coming up later this month. (I’ll include a full list of upcoming shows in the side bar).

ALSO! I’m 996700_273240956163620_880675940_nashamed of myself for forgetting, Kayla and I got engaged on Christmas Eve, I suprised her with a beautiful ring made by Meshu which is essentially a map of where we met and all the places we went on our first date. I think she was suitably surprised and as it turned out she was also working on a surprise for me! I’m the proud owner of a Taylor 214-ce and he sounds beautiful and he looks nice and he’s full size. Perfect! If you’d like to see a video of Kayla surprising me you can click here.1013879_322586747895707_3990364219904216166_n

Anyway, back to the chronological order of things! I’ve had a really exciting year, and I feel like I’ve managed to build a wee Canadian fanbase for myself. I was delighted with my recent placing in the Cult MTL Best of Montreal readers poll this month which I feel also proves that I’ve been adopted as an honorary Montrealer by everyone here! ;) I couldn’t ask for a better result than coming 3rd place to Leonard Cohen!

I think that brings us up to date! A year is a long time though, and surely I’ve forgotten to mention some stuff/people along the way! If you feel that you’ve been overlooked lemme know and I’ll apologise profusely!

Free Download!

May 7, 2013

I’ve arrived in Montreal! :) The weather is spectacular, and I’m hopefully going to manage to do some songwriting this week… Scotland was pretty hectic and didn’t really leave me much time for creativity.

Anyway! I’m in such a good mood that I’ve decided to give away a free download to celebrate!

Lewis, who we all know now, took the time out to make this awesome remix of my latest single, Tin Man. If you’d like to own this song (for free!) all you need to do is like & share my facebook page with your friends! :)

Bon Voyage Edinburgh!

April 27, 2013

This weekend has been insane- to say the least! I launched my brand new single on Friday at Hula, then I raced across town to a house concert run by Donna Maciocia (who you may remember from my EP Launch). The whole thing was being arranged as a fundraiser for The Samaritans (if you click this link you can donate to their very worthy cause), and Donna grabbed me last minute to step in and fill a slot. I must say, I’m delighted I was involved. I’ve never played a gig that was so intimate and I can’t express how much of a confidence boost it was to be so well received when it was one of the few times I’ve ever played completely solo!

To top off a brilliant weekend (with a great many appreciated CD sales!) Red Dog Music just gave my EP a top notch review! I’m beyond chuffed!

Read the review here!

Thank you everyone who contributed to make my last weekend in Edinburgh so spectacular. I leave here feeling positive and loved and above all – so very confident.

Thank you.

New Single & B Side

April 7, 2013

Hello friends,

I’m delighted to announce that my new single (Tin Man) and B Side (14) are both finished, mixed, mastered and sounding fabulous!!

I haven’t set a release date in stone yet, however, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the process.

Both tracks were recorded at The Depot with Garry Boyle of CP Productions. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Garry before, but it’s always a pleasure and we had a fantastic couple of days arranging these two tunes.

As ever Lewis Rumney was present, filling in as my long suffering one man band! I fear I spend too much time on this blog thanking Lewis for his numerous musical performances, but on this occasion I really feel he has out done himself and it’s worthy of a mention. ;)

Kayla has produced more incredible art work for this release, and I can’t wait for you all to see it! Look out for it littering your facebook and twitter feeds within the next few days! ;)

I was also lucky enough to record these songs as part of Creative Scotland‘s Cash Back for Creativity initiative. This basically means that young artists aged between 18-24 (like me!) are able to record in a professional environment and with a professional sound engineer. I know Lewis and I both enjoyed the change of pace after recording my entire EP in a bedroom! ;)

So thanks again to Garry for the opportunity, and I hope you’re all as keen for this release as I am!


March 28, 2013

Here’s a clip of Lewis and I playing my tune ’14’ at The Roxy 171 in Glasgow.

Thank you.

March 10, 2013

I launched my debut EP in The Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh last Thursday. I was so overwhelmed by the turn out and support that I felt I wanted to write thank you cards or something – Kayla told me this wasn’t the done thing and would probably be a bit expensive/difficult considering the amount of people who were there! So instead I’m going to try and thank everyone via a wee blog post.

Firstly, I’d like to thank Tom Wilding who helped me book the venue when I was in Canada and struggling to do so myself long distance! He was an absolute life saver and pushed the event numerous times via his promotions page SC Music. A total professional with a genuine interest in the Edinburgh music scene I’d urge everyone to go and like his page!

Next I’d like to thank my tremendous support acts, David Ritchie, Hannah O’Reilly and Donna Maciocia. David unfortunately didn’t end up playing because he was bowled over by tonsillitis but I can hand on heart promise that you all missed out as he’s one of the most talented young musicians I have the pleasure of knowing. If you click on his name it’ll take you to the facebook page for his band Scotia, who I luckily saw doing their thing a couple of weeks ago! Hannah and Donna were given apt introductions on the night of my EP launch, so all I’ll say here is that both are genuinely influences of mine, so if you like my tunes you should look them up!

I owe my band a huge debt of gratitude for giving up their time to practice with me, learn all the parts, and in some instances write their parts! Steve Fivey stepped up to the plate as my Percussionist, Scott Galbraith was on fiddle, and Lewis Rumney played guitar and sang. I’ll talk more about Lewis later as I owe him sincere thanks for about a million things, but I’d like to use this space to document what an incredible experience it was playing with this line up and how immensely proud I am of everything we achieved in such a short space of time. Videos will no doubt start popping up over the next week and you’ll all be able to see for yourselves the hard work we put in and how much it paid off on the night of the gig! I had a ball with these dudes!

My partner Kayla came all the way from Canada to sit at the front snapping photos and singing along. She’s seen this EP come together behind the scenes for over a year, and she’s put up with all my self doubt (and, in contrast, some unflattering bouts of ego!). The fact that she still sings along to tunes I’m borderline fed up of hearing reminds me that she’s not only my partner but my biggest fan. Thank you for all your support and your faith in me.

My family. My Dad bought 10 tickets to my gig which were all snapped up by members of my immediate and extended family! So many of my cousins came and brought their friends, and my Mum stood at the front for my entire set! As we’re not a particularly musical family I really appreciate that you all came and that you seemed to enjoy yourselves. Thank you!!

The Rumneys! If Lewis hadn’t have contacted me out the blue over a year ago to tell me he liked my songs then I would still be recording voice memos on my iphone and leaving everything half finished. I’ve been privileged to work with a multi-instrumentalist/producer as talented as he is, and he has become one of my best friends. I’d also like to thank his family for their hospitality and support over the past year. Elaine has fed me, and I’ve probably had my weight in cups of tea – as well as seeming to genuinely enjoy my music! Moray has offered much needed second opinions and was kind enough to film/record the gig on Thursday night. Thank you all for opening up your home and making me feel so welcome.

There were so many people in the audience I fear I might get myself into trouble if I start trying to individually thank you all- in case I accidentally omit anyone! Please know that I tried my absolute best to speak to each and every one of you, and I’m sorry no one got much of my attention. I know that so many of you came from further a field than just Edinburgh, a couple of you even came from outside Scotland! I can’t express how overwhelmed I felt on Thursday evening sharing my music with so many of my friends and family. I hope that you all enjoyed yourselves, you certainly made sure I did! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming, and singing, and being so phenomenally supportive!

Róisín x

PS. A few people missed Thursday, but we won’t dwell on that! All I’ll say is, my EP is available to buy here! ;)

I Lie About My Age

March 9, 2013

My EP launch was unreal! I had such a good night! I’m going to write a proper blog about it some time this coming week and thank everyone who was involved and who attended!

In the meantime I wanted to let you all know that I’ve put my EP on bandcamp, thus it’s available for download! Hurrah!

I Lie About My Age

Please listen, download and share!