MARTHA WAINWRIGHT, the Canadian-American singer-songwriter, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and sister of Rufus, is coming to Galway.
The Montreal born singer-songwriter plays the Róisín Dubh on Saturday February 2 at 8pm. She will perform songs from her fine new album Come Home To Mama - her first collection of original music in four years - as well as from her previous three albums.
Come Home To Mama was inspired by the joys and sorrows which have come Martha’s way in the last four years - she gave birth to her first child Arcangelo in 2009, but the following year, her mother, one of Canada’s most revered folk-singers, passed away from cancer. Kate made her last public appearance, with Rufus and Martha, at London’s Royal Albert Hall, just six weeks before her death.
“This record is a culmination of my life experiences so far,” Martha said. “Everything changed for me a couple of years ago and this record is a representation of that. I’ve made this record as a motherless child and as a mother. Two things I had never been before. For me, it is a new beginning.”
The album was praised by Pitchfork which said: “As an expression of motherhood - whose, it barely matters - it’s hard to imagine anything better.”
Martha’s live performances have also received glowing reviews. Spin.com described her thus: “Slowly strumming her guitar and alone on stage with a powerful voice, she knew she had the crowd wrapped around her finger.”
Tickets are available at www.roisindubh.net, from the Ticket Desk at OMG, Shop Street (formerly Zhivago ), and The Róisín Dubh.