"Rosena's musical odyssey continues apace; from classical pianist to singer of Irish songs, but above all a talented singer songwriter. Catch a Rosena Horan live performance while you can."

(Mick Walsh, Irish Music Magazine, June 2003)

 

 


        A native of Dublin I don't really remember when I started singing, but by the age of eight I was strumming on the ukulele and warbling "Old Faithful" and "The Black Hills of Dakota" taught by my mother. While studying piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music I continued to sing and play the guitar, entering various talent contests and performing regularly in the Sligo Feis where I won a few prizes for piano and singing, both in the solo and group sections with my Sligo cousins. That was the heyday of the maxi-skirts, glittery tank-tops and shiny blue eye shadow when we thought we were the bees knees.

        Shortly after I began to discover the world of the Dublin folk club scene, brimming with bearded, long-haired singer/songwriters who had more immediate appeal than Mozart or Chopin who had been dead quite a while at that stage. I stopped applying the shiny blue eye shadow and applied myself instead to open tunings and songwriting, strongly influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Maddy Prior and June Tabor.

        In 1982 I sang and played keyboards/synthesizer with the Irish music band "The Other Scythe" who performed regularly on stage and also on television. Then there were various trips abroad to play in Germany, Portugal, the U.K., Czech Republic, Denmark and France where I now live.The last three years I have been busy performing throughout France for the organisation "Jeunesses Musicales de France" with the show "Mélodie d'Irlande" a musical story comprising songs, tunes and Irish legends for children. I perform both solo and with various musicians who accompany me on bouzouki, fiddle, whistle, flute, harp, bodhran or piano, depending on the context - theatres, libraries, cultural centres where I propose a mix of traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American songs and more contemporary material and compositions.

"The singing and songwriting of Rosena Horan are a joy; the strength of her creation is in the lyrics, which deserve to be heard by a wider audience" (Irish Eyes Magazine Paris March 2003)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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