Irish singer-songwriter Áine Tyrrell cradles the spirit of her native homeland slamming foot to floorboards in both celebration and protest as she embarks on her biggest national tour to date.
As part of her East Coast Tour, Áine Tyrell is playing at the Byron Theatre on Sunday 28 August.
With strength and courage, Tyrrell has had to overcome adversary the past two years like so many others, COVID reduced her profession to a slow, slow burn as touring and gigs dried up, and then to add insult to injury, her home was destroyed in the 2022 February Northern Rivers Floods.
Áine Tyrrell has earned herself the reputation of being an unmissable live act and can be found on stages across the world including the UK, Ireland and USA, and no flood or pandemic could stop this powerhouse singer songwriter sharing her music and work to and in turn support the message of first nations sovereignty, empowered by her own story of Irish colonisation.
In 2022 Áine returns to the road in the support of the re-release of her single ‘Like Shadows We Fall’ from her 2019 album Return To the Sea.
“Like Shadows We Fall” – Written after being inspired by Patti Smith’s performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest where not only her words and band were amazing, but her presence on stage to make everyone in that tent all feel that we have the power and that was transformative.
It was as if this song had just flown out of Patti Smith and into Áine’s heart. Sometimes it may seem like our singular voices are small but collectively we are powerful in the revolution.
It comes off the back of the release of Tyrrell’s first powerful spoken word piece – ‘We Call You Now’, the seven-and-a-half minute spoken word piece debates Australia’s responsibility as a nation to our Indigenous peoples through the lens of Tyrrell’s own ancestry and lived experience.
“I am an Irish woman who has been shaped by my own colonised history,” said Tyrrell. “There are things that jarred me from my first day living in ‘so-called Australia’ in trying to understand the Australian identity and as I dug deeper, I found a cesspool of disturbing colonised narratives around Indigenous culture. In emigrating here, I experienced racism implicit and explicit about my Irishness that is so ingrained in the Australian psyche that it goes unnoticed by many, but I recognise it. It is colonisation.”
Áine Tyrell – More Blacks More Dogs More Irish
5.00pm – 8.30pm Sunday 28 August
Tickets available online