Limerick based mostly musician impressed by folklore for album about trendy girls
A LIMERICK-based musician delves into the feminist themes of her second album which ought to wow ears on Worldwide Girls’s Day.
Artist in residence at John’s Sq. right here in Limerick, Edel Meade has been on the scene as a jazz musician for a number of years, however now she is drawing inspiration from Irish historical past and folklore to discuss girls in her album Brigids and Patricias .
“I actually needed to discover what it means to be an Irish lady in 2021,” she informed the frontman.
This concept may be very palpable in Edel’s new music. Her first tune from the album, A Track for Bridget Cleary, tells the story of a Clonmel lady who was killed by her husband in 1895 as a result of he thought she was a changeling.
Edel’s tune captures the eerie really feel of this haunting story along with his voice seeping by the notes.
Edel thinks there are loads of feminist themes in Irish folklore, “Irish folklore is stuffed with feminist concepts however they’ve typically been neglected”. Edel is impressed by these themes in his album and places them ahead.
The opposite songs on the album discover moments in historical past like Oliver Cromwell’s displacement from the Irish individuals, but it surely additionally advances in time to speak concerning the cervical management scandal.
Edel additionally depends on one among Limerick’s most well-known women. Edel’s tune Woman Icarus is concerning the spectacular Woman Mary Heath from Newcastle West. Woman Mary Heath was the primary individual to fly from Cape City to London. She was extraordinarily well-known within the Nineteen Twenties, as she bought planes to Amelia Earhart and educated pilots who would ultimately fly for Aer Lingus. Edel’s tune does not inform her story a lot because it “celebrates her and girls like her who take their energy and do wonderful issues”.
Born in Clonmel, Edel was well-known for jazz music throughout her time in Dublin. Nevertheless, she felt it was time for a change,
“It did not make sense to me to know a lot about an artwork type of overseas music, however nothing about Irish music.”
When the Masters in Songwriting opened right here on the College of Limerick, Edel determined to take the leap and moved to Limerick to take a spot within the course. It was on the Irish World Academy, the place Trad flowed by the halls, that Edel felt she was reconnecting together with her roots.
“There’s a lot happening there if you wish to immerse your self in Irish music.”
From there Brigids and Patricias have been born.
The album shall be launched on Worldwide Girls’s Day, March 8, and will be discovered at edelmeade.com or on Bandcamp. You can too hearken to A Track for Bridget Cleary on Youtube, Spotify and SoundCloud.