By Joe Barrett
Highly acclaimed Mountmellick singer/musician Emer Dunne will launch her new album Hourglass on Friday 22 October in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre.
The album has received rave reviews from both Hot Press and Irish Music Magazine.
Speaking ahead of the launch Emer said: “I’m excited and naturally a little nervous too, however the response and the reviews to date have been very encouraging. I have put so much work into it for so many years to get it to this point that it is hard to believe the time has come to let it out to the world.”
It has been a difficult time for everyone in the arts and entertainment industry due to the pandemic and initially a launch did not seem an option for Emer. Usually artists would be planning a launch for months in advance.
She said: “ I wasn’t in this position for obvious reasons but just this week we have decided to hold a launch event in the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre. It is nice to hold something to mark the occasion and it is open to the public, so it would be great to see people feel comfortable to come out and support the arts again and help us get back on the road. “
Emer supported the Fureys at their concert in January 2020, which was her last live performance on stage before the pandemic. After that she went into the studio to work on the new album.
Despite the challenges of the past two years, 2021 has seen Emer appear on the RTÉ Today Show and on RTÉ’s Behind the Music, release two Number 1 hit singles and gain national and regional airplay.
Delving into her folk roots, Hourglass, brings an array of timeless and deeply rooted folk songs to the listener.
When you bring musicians of the calibre of Gavin Murphy (Celtic Woman), Jason Duffy (The Corrs) and James Blennerhassett (Nathan Carter) among other musicians and combine them with a natural vocal talent and a highly skilled producer, Bill Shanley then the result is a smooth blend of creativity and musical magic.
Emer stays true to the essence of songs like Shenandoah and Come by the Hills that are embedded in our consciousness, while still giving them a fresh sound.
George Furey from the Furey’s will officially launch the new album on Friday 22 October in the Mountmellick Arts Centre at 8pm, with doors opening at 7.30pm.
You can purchase a copy of Hourglass in Trax Portlaoise and Tullamore and in Breda’s Gift Shop and O’Gorman’s newsagents in Mountmellick. It is also available from the shop page on Emer’s website www.emerdunne.com and on the various digital platforms.