“Soul, intelligence, wit and wisdom, history and mystery and a voice that brings it all together – Don’t miss her, for fear that you might miss the very thing you need.” Shane Howard
In early 2015 Irish born singer songwriter Áine Tyrrell took the pieces of her life and songs into the desert on a musical and spiritual journey. Recording outdoors beneath the stars and in abandoned mines amongst the red dust of the Australian outback, the fragments took form, resulting in the release of her stunning debut album Queen of Swords.
Áine’s music cradles the spirit of her native homeland, and tips the cap to a notable family history of Irish music tradition. Ache, honesty, elated melodies and garnishing rhythms which a thousand years of ancestry have slammed foot to floorboards to for both celebration and protest.
Áine’s music has grown from those traditional Irish roots into a truly contemporary sound. Her music is tribal and wild, but also fragile and heartbreaking and most of all immaculately crafted.
From winning Queenscliff Music festival’s ‘Emerging Talent 2014’ award, through the mentorship from Clare Bowditch and Shane Howard, and in the success of her own extensive tour in support of Queen of Swords Áine’s audience has grown, captivated by this unique talent who has infiltrated hearts and minds with her voice, stories and ability to motivate even the most reluctant of audiences into raucous sing-alongs.
2016 is set to be a stellar year for Áine Tyrrell. In addition to her own growing schedule, Áine joined Paul Kelly, Shane Howard, Pauline Scanlon, Declan O’Rourke, John Spillane and her father Seán Tyrrell on the national concert tour for Exile, an exclusive line-up of outstanding Irish and Australian artists who come together for a celebration of Irish influence in Australia, creating a rich tapestry of stories, imagery and music in honour of the Irish exiles.
As her debut album Queen Of Swords continues to garnish support and critical claim in Australia and with more and more festival appearances – most recently – Port Fairy and Queenscliffe – Áine is looking to spread her wings both here and abroad in 2016, to see where this musical path might take her. Áine Tyrrell’s journey is one you’d be well advised to follow.
“Tyrrell’s irrepressible personality and indefatigable nature pervades Queen of Swords” – Rhythms Magazine Jan 2016
“Tyrrell’s songwriting talent is evident in the crafting of the lyrics in this vigorous, barely tamed LP (Queen of Swords).” – BMA Magazine
“Her voice is unmistakably Irish, in a way few singers are any more.” Irish Echo 2015
“Soul, intelligence, wit and wisdom, history and mystery and a voice that brings it all together. Don’t miss her, for fear that you might miss the very thing you need.” Shane Howard 2015
“Áine connects deeply with her music…emotionally stirring and uplifting.” National Celtic Festival