Macroom, County Cork

Sometimes a singer comes to the fore with a talent so evident, it’s impossible to ignore. This is the case with 23-year-old Clodagh O’Sullivan from Cork; a vocal coach and backing singer who is stepping into the spotlight. Music can be an escape and a way to process the world around you.

For Clodagh, it’s a way of paying tribute to those you’ve loved and lost, and of turning difficult emotions into something special. Her music draws from jazz standards and the approach of singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, and Peggy Lee as well as more modern musicians like Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, and the Staves.

Born in Rhode Island in the States, Clodagh moved back to Ireland with her father when she was very young. A big fan of Lianne La Havas, Tom Odell and Jessie Ware, Clodagh’s love for layered harmonies have already seen her compared to the likes of Lisa Hannigan and Wyvern Lingo.

Last summer, she was selected to do a residency at Attica Audio, as part of Donegal Arts Festival, with producers Tommy McLaughlin and Rocky O’Reilly. She was recently in Izola, Slovenia undertaking a jazz course with Emilia Martensson, where she has been jamming with Emilia and her sister Marina and Femi Temowo.

Just finished BIMM Clodagh is due to graduate in Autumn.

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