Today in our ‘Out of the Blue’ series, ICC Digital brings you a beautiful rendition of Rod Stewart’s song ‘You wear it well’, sung by Karen O’Sullivan Holmes, accompanied by Jimmy Smyth.
Karrie is a singer songwriter from Killarney. She released her debut album of songs ‘Jelly Legged’ in 2014, which immediately pricked up the ears of the music press. From this, Karrie was invited to tour with Declan O’Rourke, Mick Flannery and Mary Coughlan and she performed a live ‘guest spot’ on RTE Radio with Declan and the RTE Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Her second album, ‘Perpetual Motion’ brought her further acclaim. Sharon Shannon said ‘Karrie is the Irish Joni Mitchell‘ , Mary Coughlan recorded Karrie’s song ‘Elbow Deep’ and Jimmy Smyth called Karrie ‘Ireland’s best kept song writing secret ‘.
Karrie has had three top 5 singles in Ireland: I Don’t Hear You, ‘I Love You The Most’ and ‘So Long Ago’. Her current release ‘ the ‘Lockdown EP’ was inspired by world events and recorded with Jimmy Smyth entirely ‘remotely’ as both an experiment and an artistic reaction to the human condition affected by the events of 2020.The EP has garnered huge interest from artists as diverse as Leo Sayer and Mairead NiMaonigh (Altan) and is a ‘viral’ hit on Social Media.
Jimmy Smyth is a Grammy nominated guitarist, a producer and composer who has worked with Van Morrison, Moving Hearts, Chaka Khan and Roger Daltrey.