She scooped the award for ‘Best Newcomer’ at this year’s Irish Folk Music awards in Dublin, and it’s now full steam ahead in 2018 for Newbridge native Sara Ryan.
The up-and-coming singer-songwrier was among a number of big name acts to attend the ceremony, including the legendary Damien Dempsey and fellow Newbridge act The Druids, who won ‘Best Live Act’ on the night.
Sara said she was blown away by the nomination.
“I couldn’t believe it. Just to get that kind of, I suppose recognition, I’m so grateful”, she said.
Sara is currently in the process of recorinding her debut EP, to be released early in 2018.
“I’m really excited, I’m just doing a four-track EP. I feel like it’s the first time I’m getting music out there that’s the kind of clear representation of the kind of songs I want to make. It is scary though!
“It will be folk and blues influenced. I tried to just write my lyrics completely from the heart. I just hope that they connect with people.”
As far as influences go, Sara wasn’t short of any growing up in Newbridge.
“I always loved Christy Moore, the way he sang and the way he wrote songs, and Luka Bloom, so I would have listened to a lot of their stuff growing up.
“Newbridge was somewhere I found most of my inspiration, and people who inspired me.
“And whenever I drive through the Curragh I always get this sense of home.”
Sara has one sibling, an older brother called Alan, her father Pat is a native of Kildare Town, and mother Geraldine is a Wicklow woman, from the beautiful village of Stratford.
Sara moved to Cork for college when she was 18.
She ended up settling there, and life in the Rebel county is busier than ever.
“At the moment, I’m recording my EP, that’s my main focus, and kind of putting together a couple of gigs in the New Year, setting dates.”
Sara also teaches music to kids.
Her dream would to be able to sing alongside Damien Dempsey.
“I’d love to go on tour with Damien Dempsey. I actually adore his music.
“His song writing is so up-front, and things that are very relatable for people, I think anyway.”
Sara will be supporting award-winning Irish musician, Mick Flannery, in concert at the Moat Theatre on Friday, March16 at 8pm.
Tickets can be booked at www.moattheatre.com.