SINCE hitting the island music scene just over two years ago, the now established singer/songwriter Miss Irenie Rose is set to take the next step in her musical career with a move to Glasgow and performance with the Celtic Connections festival.
Speaking to the Gazette on her last day before the trip south – a ‘typical’ island day, wet and windy – Miss Irenie admitted she will miss the Western Isles music scene, but is excited about moving on to pastures new.
“It’s time to go,” she said. “I’ll be looking for a job and funding my music that way. It’s a wee adventure and it’ll take me a wee while to get used to it all, but I’ll be okay getting to know folk and the impression I get from meeting and speaking to people is that the Glasgow scene is friendly and helpful, so it should be grand.
“I will miss the island music scene because they’re all friends – it’s very much like a musical family up here, but I’ll be back very often, I’m quite sure.”
With a unique sound and original lyrics, Miss Irenie Rose has worked her way up the Western Isles music echelon, winning the Battle of the Bands 2011 competition; regularly appearing at MacNeill’s Open Mike Night – the spot of her first ever public appearance in October 2010 – performed at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Brew on the Bog Festival, the HebCelt Club, GoNorth music expo and at an island Harris Tweed Showcase; and as has supported visiting acts like Ben Howard, Rachel Sermanni, Karima Francis, Manran, John Smith, Nathaniel Rateliff and Pete Rowe.
“It’s only two years but it feels like a long time,” Irenie said of her musical development. “I’d like to think over the time I’ve got a bit more mature in terms of mu music. I’ve improved and learnt an awful lot and have a lot to learnt still I think.”
Now on the brink of the next chapter in her musical story, Miss Irenie Rose is kicking off her move to Glasgow in great style with a stint at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival, playing at the O2 ABC as part of the festival’s Hazy Recollections series on Sunday, February 3rd.
“I’m quite excited about it! Some people have told me it’s a big venue but I am looking forward to it and it’s a good way to start in Glasgow, great for my CV,” Irenie chuckled, adding: “Moving to Glasgow is the next step and I think I’m going to have to be very persistent and not stop. I’m looking forward to it and I’ll keep going whatever happens.”