New album for Kildare singer songwriter

Barbara Dunne.
A Kildare singer songwriter has released her third album.

A Kildare singer songwriter has released her third album.

Barbara Dunne has released “Tell me when your ship comes in”, an album of songs written, sung, played and recorded by the musician.

It is the third album to be released by this Celbridge native and former St. Wolstan’s pupil, who has been contributing to the music scene in Ireland and beyond for over 15 years.

Barbara, now living in Maynooth, said her album of piano vocals documents a journey through a relationship, from hope to despair and back to hope and resolution.

She began her career as a singer and pianist with an appearance on the TV show Kenny Live and went on to make an album with the guidance of the showband star Billy Brown.

She landed the residency at the K club Straffan and went on to win at a number of song writing competitions including the Dun Laoghaire, Clonmel and International Song Contests.

Her song Driving November receives regular airplay.

Not just a pop song writer, she has won awards for some of her classical compositions.

Some or her work has been published by the Royal Irish Academy.

Barbara is currently composing and arranging some music for the Hot House Big Band which has also performed her work.

“People just wanted to hear the songs recorded as I had sung them at my solo shows,” she said.

Apart from her K Club residency, she is involved in a piano saxaphone duo ( and this duo will do a lunch time concert at Castletown House on 24 August.

She also plays keys with Route 66. Last year she had a great series of gigs in Berlin. “The Germans are great for buying records,” she said.