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Fiona O’ Connell is an independent singer-songwriter based in Clare. Her ethereal folk music balances upon both her intricate vocal melodies and delicate approach to songwriting. Influenced by the likes of Bon Iver and Adrianne Lenker, she combines the simplicity of more traditional folk melodies with pop, ambient and electronic elements to weave a lane of her own. During her time at University College Cork, Fiona developed her recording abilities, building a love for the vocal layering and harmonies that sit at the core of her songs today. Performing regularly on the local circuit in Cork prior to the pandemic, she took the opportunity to reassess her craft offered by the time away, continuing to build upon her sound through a new approach to recording and production. Last year Fiona took part in an artistic mentorship under fellow Clare songwriter Síomha funded by Glór.
She was awarded the Agility Award by the Arts Council allowing her to take part in a music production mentorship with acclaimed producer Gary Keane. In November 2021, she supported Síomha on her national ‘Infinite Space’ tour which saw her take to the stage in Dolans, Glór, Whelans and Cyprus Avenue.
Over the last number of months she has opened for Caoilian Sherlock and Laura Duff while most recently completing a second tour leg as support act for Síomha playing slots in Coughlans, Ballycotton Sea Church and the Galway Mechanic’s Institute. In July Fiona will play The Folly festival in Laois alongside acts including Róisín O, Hermitage Greene, and Moncrieff.
Fiona is currently in the process of mixing her debut EP which is due for release in the Autumn.