The Door

Marie Conniffe

Three years after the release of her debut album ‘Love Madness’, nomadic singer-songwriter Marie Conniffe goes back to the very beginning with soaring ballad ‘The Door’.

The track is a wistful, beautiful ode in the vein of Irish Trad/Folk best heard in dimly lit rooms bristling with intimate conversation, with Conniffe’s lingering vocal harmonies hearkening to O’Connor and O’Riordan.

Though it follows a full-length album, ‘The Door’ is in fact the first real track Conniffe had ever penned. Having spent her formative musical years performing the songs of her heroes, it was in 2005 that something of her own struck. She had an encounter at the Woodstock Open Mic in Itaewon in Seoul, South Korea on a cold Sunday night, and when she arrived home, ‘The Door’ poured out of her.

Over its long life, the demos of the song were recorded in many iterations, but none hit home for Conniffe. In the Autumn of 2019 she took it to Beardfire Studios in Dublin to flesh it out in its final form, travelling then to Bristol to have her ‘Seoul-mate’ Rebecca Cant add some friendly and heartfelt touches, recording flute for the track.

The video shot by Luke McDermott captures the essence of Conniffe’s personal and musical trajectory to date. Filmed in Dublin on a crisp March morning between Sandymount Beach and Kimchi Hophouse – a Korean bar and restaurant on Parnell St. – the visuals entwine the artist's connection to her places of travel, her home, her craft, and herself.

Finally feeling like ‘The Door’ has been done justice, Conniffe sets the song free sixteen years after its birth, Friday 9th July 2021.

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Love Madness

Marie Conniffe

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This album emerged out of intensely strong feelings of love, loss, hope, rejection, confusion and eventually out-and-out insanity. I did the only thing I could do to make sense of the situation. I took those experiences and emotions and I sublimated them into songs. That's my way of accentuating the positive and keeping the truth beautiful.

Come with me through the magic door.

I hope you like what you find x

Produced by David Virgin, Rohan Healy & Marie Conniffe.

Engineered by Al Quiff.

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Beardfire Studios Dublin.

Rohan Healy - Guitar, Drums, Piano, Lead Banjo

Al Quiff - Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Rhythm Banjo

Cathy McEvoy - Violin

Christian Volkmann - Harmonica

Marie Conniffe - Vocals

All songs written by Marie Conniffe

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Through the Door

Marie Conniffe

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I’ll be honest.

This is not the best album I am capable of making. In fact, I wouldn’t have released it at all, if it wasn’t for the guilt associated with hostbaby sending me “free cdbaby submissions” as a reward for having my website with them. Guilt, because I kept thinking “Next time...next time, I’ll be ready”.

But, I never was.

Here’s the thing: I’m an excellent singer, I’m a very good songwriter (the tunes are fairly straightforward, but they stay with you, and I’m always getting compliments for my lyrics) but I’m not an accomplished guitar-player. And, I’ve spent a lot of my life “trying to put a band together”, but never staying in one place long enough to actually do that.

So, these are very basic, solo recordings.

A couple of tracks (“The Door” and “The Door, Part 2”) are taken from a demo I recorded in Seoul, South Korea, on 21st January, 2006, which was produced by Lance Reegan-Diehl.

The last track, “Follow the Sound”, was again recorded in South Korea, this time in Bundang, in the karaoke room of the English camp I was teaching in at the time. It was produced by Colin Allum, aka Solar Scenery.

The remainder/majority of the songs were recorded in Paul Woodward Studios in Dublin, as a wedding present for two of my friends, who I met in Seoul, Rebecca Cant and Jeremy Toombs, when they got married in November 2010.

So, you may be wondering why you should buy this album. Well, the main reason is that my voice really does have a lovely, almost hypnotic, tone – it’s quite easy to get lost in it. Also, the songs tell beautiful stories from the optimistic, early days of love, to the passionate, soul-wrenching despair of loss, with pretty much every emotion in between thrown in for good measure.

And I know that my guitar-playing needs improvement. Or that I need to find some talented musicians to accompany me in future. But, having said that, there is something raw and very honest about the way then songs are played on the record. Basically, I tell it like it is. And, that can be very refreshing.

Enjoy! And, if you’re coming to Ireland at any point, please look me up :)

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