SXSW 2016 Interview: Rosie Carney

By on Wednesday, 6th April 2016 at 11:00 am

By the time Friday rolls around at SXSW, musicians and spectators alike are typically beginning to show signs of wearing down after several nights in a row of near constant gigging. The traditional Friday morning Full Irish Breakfast at B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub is a bit of a respite for those of us in the audience, starting with a lovely brunch and coffee (or tea, or even a Guinness if you prefer) but it’s another day on the job for the artists performing there.

First on the bill at this year’s Full Irish Breakfast was 18-year-old Donegal singer/songwriter Rosie Carney, whose warm and delicate tones were a decidedly gentle introduction to the long day of music ahead. As I’ve noted in the past, the venue at B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub isn’t perhaps the ideal location for soft and subtle music, but Carney seemed determined to make it work, and in the end her performance was well-appreciated by the crowd of patrons who listened as they noshed on their eggs and sausages.


In the interview clip below, the soft-spoken Ms. Carney and I stepped outside B.D. Riley’s for a brief chat about her two already released singles ‘Winter’ and ‘Better Man’, both of which she had regaled us with inside, as well as her still-tentative plans for an upcoming EP release. She was lucky enough to have a pair of bandmates accompanying her to Austin on this trip, and they hoped to make a lasting impression on their American audiences with her folk-tinged songwriting and gracefully nuanced singing voice. If Carney seemed a bit dazed by the chaos and commotion of her first trip to SXSW, she could perhaps be forgiven at this late point in the week, as she’d already played quite a list of shows and still had one more ahead of her on the Saturday’s Women to Watch showcase. Thankfully, her lovely voice had shown no sign of fatigue at the Full Irish Breakfast, despite the early start to her Friday morning.

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