One of Ireland's finest singer songwriters, Edelle McMahon, released her long-awaited debut album entitled Adventures In Narcissism in November 2017. “It’s not actually all about me, I just loved the title. It made me laugh.” This is the tongue in cheek title of a five-year culmination of writing and recording, which has received glowing reviews from journalists, bloggers and radio presenters.
Originally from County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland, Edelle now lives in Belfast. Starting out as a Sean-nÓs (traditional a capella singing) performer as a child, over the course of two decades she has repeatedly received province- and country-wide Irish traditional and folk awards. Edelle spent several years as a backing vocalist and session guitarist for various bands and recording projects before heading into the studio to record some of her own songs. Blending influences ranging from Sean-nÓs storytelling to starkly confessional acoustics, Edelle’s music features a spellbinding mix of heart-tugging melodies, powerfully brooding lyrics and haunting vocals.
Having launched the album at sell-out shows at Belfast’s Accidental Theatre and The Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan, she has been playing various festivals and venues around Ireland throughout 2018. At home in front of her full band or with only her guitar for accompaniment, Edelle’s captivating vocals and intricate guitar picking frame songs that feature a wry world view and incisive insight into character.
What the critics say:
“Unique, creative, captivating and very, very clever.” – Julie Williams-Nash, Folk and Tumble
“Simply outstanding…. [Edelle] is going to enthral audiences wherever she plays.” – Michael Barbour, Gigging NI
‘Really beautiful…. a gorgeous album.’ – Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster
“On first listen, it sounds beautiful - more listens guaranteed.” –Declan Murphy, The 4 Of Us