I heard Grammy nominated guitarist Jimmy Smyth was playing up in JJ Smyth’s the venue on Aungier St and popped up to see him. I didn’t realise he was playing with the legend Mary Coughlan and his opening act was Karrie.
Jimmy dropped me her CD and I listened to it in the car on the way home. I had never heard of Karrie but was immediately mesmerised by her voice and the quality of the songs. I met her for a chat and a couple of songs out in Jimmy’s gaff.
Karrie is a farmer and horse breaker. She is a reluctant performer but an inspired song writer and singer. With songs of the quality of Burt Bacharach and a voice reminiscent of Karen Carpenter you find yourself thinking you’re listening some lost classic.
Her album Perpetual Motion is out now. I’ve already passed my copy onto someone else so I should probably buy a few more. On the podcast she plays an acoustic version of ‘This Time’ the first single which has been playlisted on RTE and BBC NI.