“I hadn’t been taking music 100 percent seriously because I’d been in college until 2011 and I left college and decided this is what I want to do and now’s the time to do it,” she explained.
“I was playing with a band for about a year, two guys and a girl, I wrote a lot of music with them. We became really close and worked really hard and we got a great opportunity to go over and record with David Odlum over in France in studio Black Box.”
The man behind Gemma Hayes’ albums and Mic Christopher’s amazing “Skylarkin,’” they jumped at the chance to work with him on her first album “The Secret Life of Blue.”
“We went over to France for a couple of weeks and we just stayed over there, he has an amazing converted barn and studio and we just had a lot of food and red wine and made the album,” Roisin recalled.
“It was a really lovely process in a beautiful place. I was really close with everyone who wrote the album with me so it was an amazing experience.”
Their album, warmly received in Ireland and entering the charts at 21, was just the beginning of what’s been a whirlwind series of events. None more surreal or exciting than performing at President Michael D Higgins’ event for St. Patrick’s Day 2013. Marking The Gathering and reaching out to the many recent emigrants and Diaspora around the world, Higgins held “Glaoch (The President’s Call)” which was streamed live and aired on Irish TV.
“I couldn’t believed that I got asked to do it,” said Roisin. “The lineup for the Glaoch was just filled with amazing artists - Lisa Hannigan, Christy Moore, Bono and the Script - and I’m there among all these big names. This unknown artist!
“Doing it was so much fun. Getting to go the Áras an Uachtaráin [the president’s residence] and play the song for the President and his wife which was really lovely. The response I got from everybody was huge.”
Roisin O’s audience is continuing to grow. After New York she’ll join the excellent Ryan Sheridan on the road in Germany where she’ll further tape in to her audience abroad.
Here Roisin O performs for Michael D Higgins for “Glaoch (The President’s Call)”:
Roisin O’s famous “Tea Song” with a video representing Ireland’s emigrants: