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Interview with Irish Mythen

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Bluesfest 2019 | Thursday 18 & Friday 19 April 

A volcano of epic vocal proportions

Born in Ireland and now living in Canada, which is vaguely like Ireland but with less Guinness but more Mounties, the multi-award-winning Irish Mythen is making the trek back to Australia for Bluesfest 2019.

The first time I saw Irish was at Bluesfest  2017. I had just arrived on a hot dusty afternoon and all I could hear was this incredible voice pouring out of one of the small tents. All I could see were people pouring into the venue by the hundreds.

Inching my way to the front, I saw a teeny-tiny performer of epic vocal proportions with an audience hanging off every word and cheering on every sip of black gold that cleared those dusty pipes. 

I actually missed the show of a much bigger name to go and see her second appearance that year, and that set was equally awesome – Irish delivers every time.

If you follow Irish on Insta you’ll see a woman self-described as ‘very short in height and probably in temper’, and when you see her, you’d believe it. She has been stalked by a #TinyRyanReynolds and she’s played stages in countries where I didn’t know there were countries – she’s everywhere, all the time – a non-stop dynamo. 

Powerhouse doesn’t quite sum her up. When Irish opens her mouth, words take flight. You can see them. It’s tangible. She’s volcanic – but silky.

It would seem that Irish has fallen in love with Australia. She was back in the country last year and she’s coming again this year because she can’t get enough of Aussie punters. Lucky us, because we can’t get enough of her either. Trust me, you’d be absolutely mad not to see one of her shows at this years Bluesfest!

Tix at www.bluesfest.com.au

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