Étáin began writing at an early age, inspired by her childhood spent by the Lake Isle of Inisfree. She quickly developed a distinctive songwriting style that delivers cinematic imagery in an intimate and conversational tone. Étáin’s ethereal vocal melodies, interwoven with mystical guitar sounds, ground her work in the place from which she hails while maintaining a universal and international appeal.
Following the release of her award-winning debut EP Sacred Renditions in 2017, Étáin released In The Kitchen; a beautiful collection of songs reworking Irish traditional music into the contemporary indie-folk genre. Étáin’s debut single At Least One has seen her tipped to join the ranks of the new guard of folk/pop musicians who have enjoyed global success (When the Horn Blows).
More recently, she has composed, produced, and mixed an extended audio piece for moving image entitled Cá a nDeachaigh Mé? (transl. Where have I gone?). As Audio Director and Co-Creator, she developed the piece from conception with multi-disciplinary production company, Dumbworld Productions, exploring the historical phenomenon of Irish emigration.
“Étáin formed such a steadfast musical ethos, centred in storytelling and a disarming flow of vulnerability”
“In many ways similar to artists such as Birdy, but with a distinctly Gaelic undertone, along with a distinct mix of originality and poetic lyricism”
The University Times