Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to Marie Conniffe. I discovered this Artist while shuffling songs on Spotify and I liked her style and voice a lot.
The thing that struck me immediately is the vocal timbre of this eclectic artist.
A unique and original voice that manages to warm the soul and the heart.
I must say that she moved me, I felt the nostalgia for past experiences, I felt life flowing through Marie’s veins. I saw her heart get excited, I saw her cry and smile while she was driving through the tangled streets of Connemara.
Although I have never met her personally through her music I’ve understood some things about her personality and existence.
Her songs are melodious and full of passion and reminded me of the great singer-songwriters of the 70s.
Let yourself be carried away by the wonderful music of this talented artist you will experience a beautiful moment of music.
The Door is Marie Conniffe’s Single Out Now!
Cork-based Folk Singer-Songwriter Marie Conniffee began her artistic ventures as a performer, paying homage to the greats, namely Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Janis Joplin, and Neil Young. It was a long time before Conniffe actually began to find her own creative voice. Absorbing from the best, she began experimenting with song-writing in her teens and early twenties but lacked inspiration. It was during her travels that she hit her creative stride.
Arriving in Seoul, South Korea in 2004, she started to focus on her writing in earnest. Inspired by the people she met in the music scene there, she began to gig regularly and to actually finish songs and perform them in public. The highlight of that particular Korean stint was a slot as the closing event of the 2005 World Arirang Festival in Jeongseon, where Marie sang an a capella version of “Mo Ghile Mear”, as well as the theme song of the festival in Korean. This was when she began to perform ‘The Door’ which, even in those early days, cemented itself as a live favourite at her gigs.
On her return to Ireland, Conniffe experienced a period of ill mental health, spending some time in a psychiatric unit. Her recovery and experiences are documented in her songs as she turned to living through her writing at that time. Since then, she has returned to Korea, spent time working and living in Spain, Vietnam, New Zealand, Bristol, Galway, London, Dublin, and now resides in Cork. She has played iconic venues such as Whelan’s in Dublin, and been featured on Dublin South FM, and ‘The Sessions’ with Hugh Hick.
She doesn’t shy away from exploring her lived experiences through her music, or even in conversation – her ‘spiritual adventure’ in her words, is documented on her debut album ‘Love Madness’ which she recorded with Rohan and Al Healy of Beardfire Music, and their dad David Virgin, released in 2018. Following its release, she appeared on Brian Greene’s show ‘Mental Wealth’ for an in-depth interview on the topic. Conniffee is also an advocate for women’s rights, speaking out in support of action against domestic violence. In 2015 she gave a powerful performance of her song “To Want Without Love (For Adela, My Sister)”, inspired by the murders of women in Guatemala, at the Women’s Aid National Balloon Action event in Wexford’s Bullring.