Here’s the third part of my Songwriting Women radio series which was broadcast on UCC 98.3 fm . It features Karan Casey, a well known traditional singer and songwriter who lives in Cork . Karan sings live in studio and talks about her background and her music tastes from jazz through to folk . She also talks about her own writing and shares her inheritance tracks which range from vocal jazz by Bobby McFerrin to River by Joni Mitchell.
By taking female singer-songwriters in Ireland as an example of a Community of Practice and employing some principles of Participatory Action Research and #TransformDH I am conducting qualitative interviews with practitioners in order to gather information about this particular community . The idea is to approach this from a feminist perspective in a similar way to #Wakingthefeminists and link to others working in the field through #soundingthefeminists and other initiatives.
In this interview which was recently broadcast on Campus Radio UCC 98.3 FM I talk to Maija Sofia about her songwriting influences, her practice and her experience as a woman in the music industry. She also treats us to acoustic versions of two new songs.
I started out by asking her how she described her music and whether she considered herself as sitting in a particular genre. The player below sometimes takes a couple of clicks but it does work
In the second half of the show I invited Maija Sofia to place herself on an imaginary bill alongside some of her songwriting heroes. Here’s the playlist from the show :
- Maija Sofia The Girl Who Pulled the Sun Down
- The Kinks Waterloo Sunset
- Aldous Harding Horizon
- PJ Harvey Rid of Me
- Joanna Newsome Clam, Cockle, Cowrie
- Abigail Joffe The Love We Make
- Kate Bush Moving
- Nico I’ll be your Mirror ( fragment)
Maija Sofia’s music is available to listen to here
These music recordings are licensed for online broadcast and playback under UCC98.3fm