Dunboyne, County Meath
Songs of love, life, heartbreak & hope. Think Janis - without the band sadly, I'm still working on that.
I first sang in public in a pub in west Clare, when I was probably about 8 (wouldn't happen these days!). I knew all the words to "Are Ye Right There Michael?" by Percy French and I insisted on singing every line. Well, that was it, I'd caught the bug!
First picked up a guitar when I was about 14, tried to play it, then promptly put it back down again.
It's never really been an easy relationship between me and my guitar. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a vey accomplished guitar player, but also, I have no real drive to better myself - I just want musicians around me who will worry about all that and just let me sing, and maybe bang a tambourine.
But it is extremely useful for writing songs, obviously, which I started doing for real when I moved to South Korea to teach English back in 2004. There, I met a wonderful bunch of creative folk who inspired me and became some of my best friends. To quote the last verse of 'Bob Dylan's Dream' from The Freewheelin' -
"I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
That we could sit simply in that room again
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat,
I'd give it all gladly if our lives could be like that"
If you're still reading, you may find it of interest that I've just released my debut album through cdbaby
Here's the link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/MarieConniffe
And remember, you can listen to all the tracks for free, and catch up on all the latest news and videos at my official site: www.marieconniffe.com