Brigid Mae Power
+Anna Mieke & Brian Mac Gloinn
1 Castle Street
Fri 20 April
8.30pm // €10
tickets from Plugd
Brigid Mae Power is an Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, like Judie Sill, Micky Newburyor Linda Perhacs before her, paints her songs in dreamily expansive strokes, transporting earthly compositions into universal and exultant realms. Her self-titled debut on Tompkins Square is a majestic suite of reverb-swathed laments for voice, guitar, piano, accordion, and harmonium, recorded at the Portland studio of key musical foil Peter Broderick. Themes include transformation, change, motherhood, acceptance, strength, courage and trust. In the words of Power, the album is about “trusting if you lose yourself or your way — you can come back”.
Live, Brigid can encapsulate the timeless magic of her songs either solo or as a duo with Peter. Thus far she has toured throughout Ireland, UK and the US together with artists including Lee Ranaldo, Richard Dawson, Alasdair Roberts, Peter Broderick and Ryley Walker.
‘A masterpiece‘ – Uncut
‘Mantrically strummed guitars, pianos, hovering strings, pump organs alongside a startling voice, at once fluttery and steadfast, that has come out the other side of something, touching transcendence on the way‘ – The Guardian
Anna Mieke is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, hailing from the hills of county Wicklow, Ireland. She performs on guitar and bouzouki, and from time to time, cello and piano, often collaborating with musicians Brían Mac Gloinn (of Ye Vagabonds) and Naomi Murphy. She has spent a lot of her life travelling - from the west of Ireland to Spain to Bangladesh to New Zealand - which creates a backdrop for her overall sound and inspiration for lyrics; an attempt to capture experiences, people and landscapes through song. Over the past few years, Anna Mieke has played at numerous venues, house shows and festivals around the country, including at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Another Love Story, Clonmel Junction Festival and Sofar Sounds, while securing support slots for artists such as Martin hayes, Ye Vagabonds, John Smith, Rozi Plain, Turin Brakes, Rachel Sermanni and and Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire). Anna Mieke is currently recording, with music set to be released in 2018.