Mayo singer and songwriter Breda Mayock released a new album yesterday (Monday), Febraury 20. Described by Hotpress as ‘a spirited and upliftingly distinct female singer’, Mayock’s sound has been characterised as one that transverses folk, world and alternative music with grace (Nialler9, The Irish Times).
‘Learning Place’ was recorded between Mayo and Dublin and is a collection of ten new songs written by the singer, featuring producer/pianist Sam Jackson, percussionist Robbie Harris, violinist Kenneth Rice and bassist Dave Mooney.
It follows her self-titled solo album, released back in March 2015, which she recorded and produced with guitarist Steve Cooney in Lough Lannagh Village, Castlebar. The video for its first track, ‘Pine’, was filmed at The National Museum of Country Life, Turlough Park.
Mayock’s other recordings include ‘Lights in the Dark’, an album recorded by French producer Hector Zazou in Real World Studios, where she recorded with Peter Gabriel. Her singing also features on Hughes de Courson’s ‘O’stravaganza’, Breton harpist Alan Stivell’s album ‘1 Douar’.
Breda Mayock comes from a well-known family of musicians from Ross, just outside Castlebar. She played traditional Irish music from an early age and has been writing music and songs for some years.
She received the Mayo County Council Music Recording Assistance Award in 2016, and has been invited to perform at The Galway International Arts festival 2017. Other dates will be confirmed in the coming months.
For more on Breda Mayock, visit www.bredamayock.com.