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Áine and her ‘Return to the Sea’

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In Australia for seven years, Mullum for 18 months and a muso since she was ‘little’, Áine Tyrrell is one gutsy lady who spends her days forging ever forward.

A troubadour in the real sense of the word, Áine (sounds a bit like ‘onya’, which probably helped with her Australian citizenship), literally travels across her adopted wide-brown-land in a ’66 Bedford bus from which she records and visits venues.

Áine has pretty much always been a musician and in the last few years it has become her job. ’My dad’s a musician [Seán Tyrrell] so I’ve always had music in the house. I started songwriting in my 20s, then I dropped it for a while, then picked it back up and i’ve been doing it full-time now for about four years.’

Aine Tyrrell. Photo Tree Faerie

Tyrrell has settled in Mullum where she is bringing up her there kids and her music is has taken her back to the studio to record Return to the Sea. ‘This is my second album. On my first we took the bus out on an epic road trip and recorded in the desert for two weeks. I wanted to do the same thing for this one but not in Australia. So, we went back to Ireland and did a road trip there to record the album.

Tyrrell says she took the songs to remote islands and Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking parts of the country). ‘We went through the doors of old cottages, we sang them around old churches, walked with them through 13th-century graveyards, let them breathe in the house I was born into, and had cups of tea with them at our musical friend’s houses. Some doors opened, some doors shut, some ideas survived and others vanished.’

Áine says the recording is done but now she needs funds to get it over the line. ‘We need about $18,000 to master, print, publicise, get graphic design and photography and all the other extras needed to get the album finished,’ she says. Cue crowdfunding.

Tyrrell and her crew are hoping a Pozible campaign will help them out. ‘We are dying to share these songs, this album, the video footage with the world. The list of legends who have helped so far has been huge. We would love to add more names to that list of legends and bring you into the Sea with us.

If you would like more info, or to help Áine finish her project, with rewards from digital copies of the recording to house concerts, visit: pozible.com/project/aine-tyrrell-return-to-the-sea-2

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