Establishing her unique sound early on in Ireland cutting her teeth on the folk circuit, she returned to the UK and met her long-term collaborator Martyn Barker (Shriekback, Goldfrapp, Robert Plant) and caught the attention of Chris Difford (Squeeze) who sang on her debut EP Blue.
With beautifully crafted songs, enrapturing emotional performances and cinematic sounds, R I S E has reaped incredible support from acclaimed artists including Juldeh Camara (Robert Plant), Henry Thomas (George Michael, Van Morrison), Peter Yates (Fields of the Nephillim), Mike Rowe (Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher), Arnulf Linder (K.T Tunstall).
"I think that classical is the pinacle for music as an art form. What followed is a mish mash of cultural expression, the best or most popular of which went on to define the associated generation!" : pp
I went through a Thomas Hardy Phase, reading 'Jude the Obscure', 'Far from the Madding Crowd and 'Tess of the Durbervilles'. Looking back It's hard to see myself reading those books. I remember feeling distraught as the sheepdog herded the flock of sheep over the cliff in 'Tess', just when things seemed to going right? And the dead baby in the coffin, in 'Far From..' - Such sadness! I've never recovered from both of those fictional accounts of incredible sorrow..
I had a Penguin 'Complete Thomas Hardy' - until I replaced it with 'A Complete Oscar Wilde' and then I was lost with Dorian Gray! - pp