“I’m so excited to have this EP out, as I’ve been working on it for a while now getting it right. I’ve met so many incredible musicians along the way that I’m lucky to have worked with on my music. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result! From hearing them in my head as an idea, to watching them grow was magic and so exciting. I hope ‘Ocean of Stars EP’ can bring some happiness and calm to people in such a challenging time.” – BRÍDÍN
West Co. Sligo native, BRÍDÍN, carries on the traditions of unique skills and talents passed down through her family. She is fourth generation of her family to play Irish music and plays harp, flute, piano, and dances sean nós. And by day, BRÍDÍN, works as a full time funeral director and embalmer, taking after her father David McGowan, of RTE documentary fame.
“I’ve always been involved in funerals, working full time in it, it has completely changed my outlook on life. I see sadness every day and people going through the most horrible time. There are tragic funerals and you have to stay strong, and hold it together. When the funerals over and I go home that night I erupt. I gravitate towards my harp and write my music, which I find is a huge relief and escape” BRÍDÍN says.
BRÍDÍN has developed her own style influenced by her natural surroundings and rooted in her background in traditional Irish music. Her contemporary folk EP titled ‘Ocean of Stars’ is out now on all digital platforms. It is a collection of five tracks, ‘Wysteria’, ‘Floating’, ‘North West’, ‘Ocean of Stars’ and ‘The Salmon’s Tale, featuring Colm Mac Con Iomaire’.
Also featured on the EP are the boundless talents of band members: Clare Sands, Jake Curran, Paul Leonard, Brian Dillon (Meltybrains?), and Jack Selby-Smith.
Speaking about the songs featured Brídín says “’Wysteria’ is one of my favourite tracks, it opens up your imagination instantly and can bring you on a vivid journey. ‘Wysteria’ is an instrumental piece which you can find a beautiful music video we made for it on Youtube and Facebook of me and some colourful smoke bombs down lough Easkey bog, Co. Sligo. ‘Wysteria’ is calming and blissful.“
“‘Floating’ is my fun/dancy track which hypnotically sucks you into the groove. I wrote this song on the beach one holiday, it reminds me to stop and take a minute for myself.
The title track, ‘Ocean of Stars’, is really special to me, it reminds me of a time when I realised how important nature is to me. I can really hear the sound of waves in this.“
“‘North-West’ is a really calming instrumental piece I wrote which is inspired by the beginning and creation of life in nature, which also brings you on a vivid journey. When I listen to North-West, I can imagine a little seed growing into a big tree. In Sligo, we’re surrounded by nature, no matter what way you turn, so I decided the perfect name for this piece would be our location, the north-west coast of Ireland.
‘The Salmon’s Tale’ is the first contemporary tune I wrote, and arranging this tune inspired me to experiment more with my pieces. I think the tune itself is quite cool and the arrangement is bold, but then it breaks down into an unexpected outro, which is very calming and was a perfect way to end the EP, as I feel like it ties it all together.”
Once covid restrictions allow, BRÍDÍN plans to celebrate the launch of her EP with a live show from the cockpit of a decommissioned Boeing 767 plane, located at their “Quirky Nights Glamping Village” in Enniscrone Co. Sligo.
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