Síomha performs LIVE AT LEVIS as part of her ‘Infinite Space Reimagined’ EP Tour.
8pm Friday 13th October
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Independent Irish singer and guitarist Síomha (pronounced She-vah) dances the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul effortlessly taking audiences on an unexpected and unforgettable journey with her soulful melodies. Her debut album ‘Infinite Space’ – described by The Irish Times as “a seriously accomplished and self-confident debut” – is a collection of songs in both Irish and English. A kind of cosmic, folk-informed, jazz-tinged, post-pop – it was produced by GRAMMY-nominated Tyler Duncan and features an all-star lineup of musicians including Joe Dart (Vulfpeck), Louis Cato (Bobby McFerrin/ Snarky Puppy), Martin Atkinson Borrull (Toucan) and violinist Jeremy Kittel (Bela Fleck/ Chris Thile). Síomha’s voice is full of raw heart-felt experience. When listening to her, audiences are instantly moved to feel on the deepest level and come out more intimately connected to their own worlds.
Coming from a family steeped in music, Síomha grew up on a diet of musical greats with the sounds of jazz, trad, folk and soul creeping in and leaving an indelible mark on her musical tastes and influences. She started playing guitar at age 10 but it was later in her teens while attending high school in the south of France that she first took up jazz guitar after a chance encounter led to her learning from an Italian gypsy who taught her the manouche gypsy jazz style. The chords and sounds of jazz fascinated and inspired Síomha and she began to craft her own songs.
The next few years saw her traveling, with music as her compass, soaking up the sounds of each of the places she traveled and further honing her craft. In late 2016, having traversed America, Canada and Mexico, she felt an innate draw to return to home shores and a phenomenal few years have followed. Síomha toured with Paul Brady, Wyvern Lingo, Moxie, Joey Dosik (Vulfpeck), Notify and has performed at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Celtic Connections (Glasgow) and Fête de la Musique at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. In 2018, she was invited to tour with celebrated contemporary American-Irish group the olllam and instantly formed a bond with founding member
Tyler Duncan. In 2019, Síomha and her long term creative collaborator Martin Atkinson began recording her debut album in Michigan, USA with Tyler as producer.
Síomha is an artist full of heart and her music truly does defy any conventional genres. The influences of her musical background, her travels and musical explorations are audible in the music she creates. Always proud of her Irish heritage, she performs her songs in both the English and Irish languages. The beautiful landscape and rugged nature of her native West of Ireland are a huge source of inspiration for this proud Co. Clare artist leading her to create a soulful and unique style of music that enthralls anyone who hears it.
“Síomha draws on a deep well of soul. This music transcends boundaries in a way I’ve never heard. And every second of every song is rooted in groove.”
– JOE DART (Vulfpeck)
“What an exciting surprise to hear Síomha’s new record ‘Infinite Space’. Complex yet accessible, challenging yet warm and inviting. Vibrant vocals, soulful songs, heartfelt lyrics, mighty players. Music as sophisticated as this is a rarity these days. Music as sophisticated as this is a rarity these days.”
– PAUL BRADY
“Síomha’s debut album Infinite Space is bringing a lot to the table… There’s a lot going on here, in a really gorgeous and impressive way.”
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The West Cork Feel Good Festival, organised by 49 North St and a broad range of community partners takes place every October to coincide with World Mental Health day on the 10th of October. This year, celebrating its 11th anniversary, there are events and workshops across many West Cork towns and villages
“Little shifts can make a big difference to mental health and wellbeing. The sudden realisation that, yes, we ARE creative (even if we’ve been led to believe that this is beyond us) and yes, we ARE valuable in our own right and therefore worthy of connection. The festival is full of experiential workshops that offer moments of exploration, discovery, and connection. Processes that help us grow as individuals and as a community – via tools such as the creative arts, listening, peer support, creativity, mindfulness, the Irish language”