Quiet Lights 2021: Brigid Mae Power & Participant
Brigid Mae Power paints expansive songs that are effortless, hypnotic and folk-oriented like Judee Sill, Bill Callahan and Sharon Van Etten. The third album from the celebrated singer/songwriter, ‘Head Above The Water’ is a coming of age opus featuring a ground-breaking amalgamation of traditional folk and country - an engaging blend of strings, bouzouki, piano and Power’s distinctive vocal make this an achingly beautiful body of work.
Recorded in analogue studio The Green Door in Glasgow with Alasdair Roberts co-producing alongside Brigid and Peter Broderick. It’s a continuing tale of everyday survival; more diverse, different, a bigger canvas, with broader brushstrokes...
Country and traditional folk rub shoulders, making for a juxtaposition of threads, with added instrumentation from five musicians lured into the studio to provide larger dynamics.
Support on the day comes from Participant. Participant is Stephen Tiernan, a songwriter and producer from Dublin. Tiernan has been independently releasing music since late 2014, with 3 EPs, several singles and a Cassette Compilation/Sample Library to his name.
With each release, Tiernan has further established Participant as a vehicle for polished and affecting production without sacrificing sincere and heartfelt songwriting. His releases have received praise in Ireland and the UK from the likes of, The Irish Times, Hotpress, Nialler9, Clash, The 405 and Crack in the Road.