An­other of Mary Black’s tal­ented chil­dren

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - NEWS -

Mu­sic is in her blood. She didn’t stand a chance, re­ally. As the 24-year-old daugh­ter of none other than the leg­endary Mary Black and sis­ter of Danny O’Reilly, the lead singer of The Coronas, mu­sic was a nat­u­ral ca­reer choice. “I’ve al­ways loved to sing for as long as I can re­mem­ber,” she tells me. “It was this re­ally ob­vi­ous con­clu­sion.”

The mu­sic in­dus­try is tough, but Roisin is tougher. “It is very dif­fi­cult,” she an­nounces with an air of op­ti­mism, “but I tend not to think about it too much. All I can do is play my mu­sic and my songs and, hope­fully, that con­nects with peo­ple and they en­joy it.”

She started gig­ging at 16. From an early age, Roisin has been work­ing hard to forge her own niche in the mu­sic in­dus­try. “As a solo fe­male artist, I do get com­pared to my mam,” she ad­mits, “so it is dif­fi­cult, in a way, to carve my own path but, at the same time, I’m very proud of my mam and my brother. It’s great to have this foun­tain of knowl­edge from peo­ple who re­ally care about me.”

She’s hop­ing to crack Amer­ica. “The Coronas were over re­cently. They did two gigs in New York and I did sup­port for them. I’ve just fin­ished a huge run of dates all over the States,” says Roisin. “As much as I love Ire­land, to get out to other mar­kets would be great.”

She’s a GAA girl. “I play Gaelic foot­ball and hockey,” says Roisin. “My fam­ily are all re­ally big foot­ball heads. I play for the same club as my dad and my brother — Tem­pleogue Synge Street GFC. Last year, I had a big fi­nal and a gig that I was do­ing in Whe­lan’s the same day, so I lit­er­ally went to sound­checks, then ran out to the game, then left at half-time and ran back to the gig.”

She sings from the heart. For Roisin, song­writ­ing is a form of ther­apy. “I write from my own ex­pe­ri­ences,” she ex­plains. “Most of it is to do with love and loss, and a lot of the things that I have gone through in my life, as well as my own short­com­ings. I find it quite ther­a­peu­tic.”

Roisin O will per­form her head­line home­town show on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 18, at Whe­lan’s, Wex­ford St, D2. For tick­ets, see tick­et­mas­

Her mum’s a mu­si­cal le­gend and her brother’s a rock god, says Joanna Kier­nan, and this singer has the US firmly in her sights. Pho­to­graph by Gavin Lane

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