NEW VOICES In And Around
Featuring Maeve Dunphy, Bruce Joseph, Michael Kerr
& Ruth Trimble
Four of the brightest new songwriting artists in Northern
Ireland performing In The Round. Four voices,
three guitars, one keyboard and four very different
but complimentary talents.
Omagh-based songwriter Maeve Dunphy has recently released
her first album Scarlet. The twelve tracks
include ten which have become favourites of audiences
at her live performances over the last few years.
Maeves songs are a mixture of innocence and experience,
yearning and resignation showing her own particular
ability to add an edge to the everyday. She can sing
an old-style blues in a way that is as fresh as paint,
stoke up guitar-led salsa rhythms and linger over every
nuance of a folk tune.
In April 2010 Bruce Joseph launched his debut album,
Look Out, with a sell-out show in the Black
Box. The album was well received and secured excellent
coverage and reviews in the local press including Hot
In support of that release Bruce played many more shows
across Northern Ireland, including another great night
at The Spring & Airbrake as special guest to Steve
Harley & Cockney Rebel. Another very special
show was at the May Street Church with Cerys Matthews.
This, alongside other performances that week, was part
of the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.
Kerr is a singer songwriter from Belfast. Having always
written songs as a pastime and playing in several bands
he has now decided to pursue a solo career. Influenced
by the likes of Lou Reed, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens,
Paul Simon, John Martyn, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,
his songwriting has evolved to form melody driven songs
on a foundation of swelling guitars and heartfelt lyrics.
"This guy is starting to make the right tongues
wag" Hotpress 2012
Michael's new EP 'The Australia Fund' has just been
Ruth Trimble is a singer songwriter from Belfast.
Having previously considered music as just a hobby,
she trained and worked as a pharmacist for seven years...
but after developing an interest in writing and recording
her own songs, Ruth decided to take a break from pharmacy
and concentrate on music full time.
Ruth, who plays a wide variety of instruments, has recently
completed UK tours with both Beth Nielsen Chapman and
Kevin Montgomery, playing in their bands and also supporting
Kevin. She also developed her skills in the studio to
enable her to produce her own debut album 'Things I
Want To Say', on which she plays every instrument on
all but two tracks.