Fiona O' Connell is an independent singer-songwriter and producer whose ethereal folk music balances upon both her intricate vocal melodies and delicate approach to songwriting. Influenced by the likes of Joshua Burnside and Adrianne Lenker, she combines the simplicity of more traditional folk melodies with pop, ambient and electronic elements to weave a lane of her own. During her time at UCC, Fiona developed her recording abilities, building a love for the vocal layering and harmonies that sit at the core of her songs today. Performing regularly on the local circuit in Cork prior to the pandemic, she took the opportunity to reassess her craft offered by the time away, continuing to build upon her sound through a new approach to recording and production.
In 2021 Fiona took part in an artistic mentorship under fellow Clare songwriter Síomha funded by Glór. She was then awarded the Agility Award by the Arts Council allowing her to take part in a music production mentorship with acclaimed producer Gary Keane. In November 2021, she supported Síomha on her national ‘Infinite Space’ tour which saw her take to the stage in Dolans, Glór, Whelans and Cyprus Avenue.
Over the last number of months she has opened for Caoilian Sherlock and Laura Duff
while most recently completing a second tour as support act for Síomha playing slots in Coughlans, Ballycotton Sea Church and the Galway Mechanic’s Institute. In July, Fiona was selected to play at The Folly festival in Laois alongside acts including Róisín O, Hermitage Greene, and Moncrieff.
Fiona released her debut single Easily on 17th February to widespread acclaim. To date it has been featured on WLR FM, Galway Bay FM, Clare FM, 8Radio, KCLR FM and Shannonside Radio. Easily was also featured in Spotify's 'Lost in the Woods' editorial playlist. To date it has amassed over 18k plays with over 10k monthly listeners.
"Fiona O'Connell's lyrical prowess and vocal sensitivity shine through in this stunning debut – "Easily" is an absolute musical massage for the soul and the mind" - Emma Langford
In the weeks following the release she has played a series of headline shows including a sold out show in Little Whelan's as well as Limerick's Record Room.