Episode 59 – Karrie

I heard Grammy-nominated guitarist Jimmy Smyth was playing up in JJ Smyth’s, the venue on Aungier St, and popped up to see him. I didn’t realise he was playing with the legend Mary Coughlan and his opening act was Karrie. Jimmy dropped me her CD and I listened to it in the car on the way home. I had never heard of Karrie but was immediately mesmerised by her voice and the quality of the songs. For PODAROONEY this week, I met her for a chat and a couple of songs out in Jimmy’s gaff. Karrie is a farmer and horse breaker. She is a reluctant performer but an inspired songwriter and singer. With songs of the quality of Burt Bacharach and a voice reminiscent of Karen Carpenter you find yourself thinking you’re listening some lost classic. Her album Perpetual Motion is out now. I’ve already passed my copy onto someone else so I should probably buy a few more. On the podcast she plays an acoustic version of ‘This Time’ the first single which has been playlisted on RTE and BBC NI.

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