“Tyrrell’s incredible journey is one you’d be well advised to follow… A purveyor of elegant yet seductively psychedelic folk songs….” – Iain Shedden (The Australian)
Australia’s favourite adopted Irish sister, Áine Tyrrell is a modern day Pirate Queen, except instead of ships, she captures audiences, one heart at a time with her seductive, mournful voice, atop a stirring Celtic soul romp and unique musicianship and equally deft touch with a killer hook or a heartrending lament.
“I am Irish, but there is a real sense of place in Australia in my music. It’s not strictly Irish and it’s not Australian. I am so proud of the musical heritage I come from. The sense of tradition musically is grounding, but tradition in its essence has boundaries, expectations, and ingrained rules. Leaving home made me push my music and myself out of that box. It has given me permission to break the rules, I have learned to draw from that deep well, but I value the freedom I have to express it in my way.”
Áine’s single ‘Don’t Be Left Crying’ climbed to Number One on Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE’s Independent Music Charts on her first ever release in Ireland, and her extraordinary journey continues to unfold. The gypsy spirit runs strong with her first album Queen of Swords recorded aboard her 1966 Bedford Bus touring through the South Australian desert and into the caves of the mining town of Coober Pedy. She spent 2017 and 2019 on back to back musical odysseys across Europe, Ireland and Australia packed with guitars, banjos, tin whistles, and three kids.
Tyrrell recorded Return To The Sea as a musical journey across her homeland collaborating with Mark Stanley and Karl Odlum (The Mary Janes), Liam O’Maonlaí (Hot House Flowers), Joe Doyle and Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames), and Declan O’Rourke. Return To The Sea is alive with contemporary narratives rising from a solid respect for tradition. Critics worldwide laud Tyrrell as a force of nature and her latest album is full of anthems for humanity. Return To The Sea is a call to arms, a sirens wisdoms and warnings, and most importantly the soundtrack of a woman who walks to her own beat.