September 12th 2017
Delighted to be joining the wonderful Steve Wickham, Oisin Leech (The Lost Brothers), Dee Kinahan, Sinead Gleeson and more to celebrate Francis Ledwidge!
Info here –
Conor O’Brien (Villagers) did a beautiful version of Wichita Lineman at The Folk Club a few weeks back. Saramai was lucky enough to join him on piano, with David Murphy adding the lush pedal steel vibes! Thanks to Des McMahon for capturing this!
July 27th 2017
Amazing times at Swell Fest and Hinterland Festival!
Next up August 18th where we will share a stage with Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mystery guest, Lisa O’Neill, Pugwash, Michael Brunnock and more!
Tickets here: https://ticketstop.ie/view.php?id=1349
June 19th 2017
HINTERLAND FESTIVAL begins this weekend! We play Friday night – get your tickets here!
Catch Saramai perform with her brother Oisin and poet Peter Fallon on Saturday lunchtime –
Tickets here: https://www.hinterland.ie/p-31-peter-fallon-oisin-leech-saramai-leech.aspx
Getting a feel for this wonderful Hinterland Festival venue! Stunning church! We open the Type Trail Thursday at 7pm and then we play a full band set Friday at 9.15pm. See bio for link to tickets! On Saturday at 2pm I join my brother Oisin from @thelostbrothers and poet Peter Fallon for words and music.
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June 8th 2017
Tonight we play the Workman’s in Dublin. It’s the Gigonometry Summer Special!
Stage time 8pm
May 23rd 2017
We are halfway through our album process!
We are doing some gigs testing out ideas as we go.
Next up Workman’s Dublin on the 8th June.
Exciting announcement coming soon.
Mar 7th 2017
We are cooking some new songs!
Here is an acoustic version of one of them…..
Jan 13th 2017
New video for Heavenly out today!
Read all about it here! http://thethinair.net/2017/01/video-premiere-saramai-heavenly/
November 8th 2016
We would like to thank everyone who came to our shows, bought cds and who helped us on our tour. We had a magnificent time and loved meeting old friends and new!
We are now going into our music cave to work on new things…
P.S. Here are some pictures from our last date at Sligo Live!
October 12th 2016
Delighted to unveil our first music video animated by Aaron Brady. Hot Press are kindly premiering it for us! Watch and read all about it here.
EXCLUSIVE: Saramai Premiere New Video ‘Trees’
The Co. Meath trio share their stunning new song, and Hot Press is delighted to unveil the accompanying debut video.
The rising Irish band Saramai, continue to go from strength to strength. After conquering the Hard Working Class Heroes festival, the group now exclusively premiere a sensational animation video created by London-based animator, Aaron Brady.
The euphoric-alt-pop three piece, who formed in October 2015, consists of singer-keyboardist, Saramai Leech, guitarist, Cormac O’Keeffe, and drummer, Aimie Mallon.
At the beginning of the year, they recorded a live EP in two days at Attica recording studios in Donegal with renowned producer Tommy McLaughlin – who has worked with Villagers, Bell X1 and Soak.
Saramai talked to Hot Press about how the collaboration came about. “Aaron makes these strangely beautiful characters in his work,” explained Leech. “We have always loved his use of colour and the dark edge to his otherwise playful style. We were so delighted when he agreed to make our first video. We sent him the lyrics and gave him a very loose brief. We were absolutely over the moon with what he made for us.”
As regards the song ‘Trees’, the singer delved in to the genesis of the emotive and uplifting track. “I woke up one windy night about four in the morning, and I could see the trees swaying against the night sky through the sky light,” Saramai recalls. “The song really just spilled out in one piece. Thankfully, I had the sense to get up and write it all down. It’s taken me years to realise how important that is. Then, we worked on it as a band, until we could feel the trees swaying and the wind blowing.”
“Recently, we moved out to the countryside. It was a big change for me as I’m a townie. There are so many beautiful trees and creatures around where we live now, they were always bound to find a way into the music sooner or later.”
She added, “In a way, ‘Trees’ is about learning to trust in yourself and in something bigger than yourself.”
Saramai’s EP launch takes place at Whelan’s Oct 19. They are supported by Dublin-based singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty. Doors open at 8pm. Keep an eye on their Facebook, as more dates are yet to be announced.
October 11th 2016
Thanks to Remy for these shots from Hard Working Class Heroes on Saturday night! Before that we were in DeBarras in Clonakilty and The Islington in London. Thank you to everyone who came along to our shows and who bought cds! Follow us on facebook, twitter or instagram for more up-to-date news on our tour! Tomorrow, Galway, we’re acomin’ for ya!
September 30th 2016
We are having the best time out on the road. So far we have played The Sunflower in Belfast, Fealty’s in Bangor, Canalaphonic in Dublin, The Spirit Store and Classified records in Dundalk.
Today ‘Across the Line‘ have made our song ‘Trees’ Track for Day and said:
“The keening voice of Saramai Leech, an agitated piano and relentlessly hissing cymbals – what could possibly go wrong? From this portentious introduction, the song wows and wibbles and finishes as a huge invocation to some unguessable cosmic theme.”
Check out the whole thing here
Also here are some photo’s from Classified Records yesterday by the very talented photographer Inga.
September 19th 2016
September 17th 2016
New tour poster including some new dates!
First up The Sunflower in Belfast tomorrow!
August 17th 2016
Delighted to announce some tour dates –
Classified Records and The Spirit Store (29/09), The Islington (06/10) and Hard Working Class Heroes!
August 1st 2016
Big Thank You to The Last Mixed Tape for making ‘Trees’ Song of The Week!
July 28th 2016
Our new single Trees is premiering over on Remy’s Music and Film Blog
July 25th 2016
July 21st 2016
We had an amazing time playing at Vantastival, BARE in the Woods and The HAY Festival over the last few weeks. Tune into RTE 2 this Saturday night at 11pm to watch our Other Voices performance in the IMRO Other Room from last December. x
May 27th 2016
OUR SINGLE HANGING AROUND IS OUT TODAY!
May 25th 2016
Our single Hanging Around is out on Friday! Indie Music.fr have the exclusive – check it out here and brush up on your French a la meme temps xx
April 19th 2016
Delighted to announce we are playing at Vantastival! Saturday June 4th.
March 28th 2016
The fabulous Hvmmingbyrd are playing a gig in Whelans to celebrate their single release. They kindly have invited me, It is on this Saturday in Whelans. Can’t wait. Get your tickets here!
February 15th 2016
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________________________________________________________________________________________________ January 27th 2016 A brilliant weekend was had in Donegal; gigging in Leo’s Tavern, recording in Attica and live radio session-ing on Highland Radio. Photographs and more to follow. Right now we’re looking ahead to this gig this weekend in London! ________________________________________________________________________________________________ January 20th 2016
Is it a kitchen…is it a studio…who cares…rehearsals for recording EP no 2 in full swing! A photo posted by Saramai (@saramaimusic) on
January 17th 2016
The Red Moon tour rolls on with our first 2016 gig in Clubeo on Friday night with In Their Thousands and Eve Belle. Also Monday night we’ll be playing one of Jimmy Stafford‘s famous #mondaynightsessions on Highland Radio! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ January 9th 2016
Delighted to be joining some fabulous females for a gig with my band in Abner Browns Barbershop on February 13th. The Women in Music Showcase series begins on the 16th of January. It will be the last gig of the Red Moon tour for us and what a perfect full stop to the last two months of gigs. Come celebrate with us! – Here is a list of all the artists playing the series. Katie Laffan Sive Grainne Hunt Music Naoise Roo Hvmmingbyrd i am niamh Fox Owl Crow Miriam Donohue Music Ailbhe Reddy Davina Brady Music Mongoose Neev Kennedy Sinéad White Carron Niamh Regan _______________________________________________________________________________________________ January 2nd 2016
Happy New Year! Started off the new year with my first international radio play on Radio France France Bleu. Listen back here (Scroll down to listen to the last show (re-écouter).) At the end of 2015 I had the hounour of jumping up on stage with The Evertides to sing a Neil Young song ‘Little Wing’. It was a beautiful night. Other guest performers included Sive, Miriam Donohue, Stephen James Smith, Adam Matthews and Fergal Scahill. Also I popped into The Sound Feed to record a new song
And a fabulous Christmas present came by way of this review from IndieMusic: Read it in French here : http://www.indiemusic.fr/2015/12/26/saramai-red-moon/ Or here is a rough translation: **************************************************************************************
[EP] Saramai – Red Moon by Fred Lombard the 26 December 2015 in Chronicles It is a floating music, soft and ethereal…. A beautiful simple disc, finished by the spontaneity and detectable fragility of her work…. Saramai – Red Moon It all starts with a few notes of piano keys …… and the caressing voice of Saramai Leech, a young artist from Navan, northwest of Dublin, just conquers and moves us. Her words, her lyrics, her silences and her breath is the result of a beauty that is sublime alone in the moment. With the solitary melody of “Fall A While” light becomes a companion, a guide in listening to these delicious minutes of escape. Saramai radiates from the heavenly beauty of her compositions. Her piano and voice alone sublimate the moment. With the shivering poetry (Butterfly Waltz), disturbing incandescence (Red Moon) and poignant melancholy (Return Again Soon), the first EP Saramai is great without claiming any excess. The fragile restraint, sensitive and evocative of “Red Moon” captivates and enlightens even in its most exclusive corners unite one voice to 88 keys. Touched irreparably heart. **************************************************************************************
Back soon with info on the last few dates of the Red Moon tour, video news and rumours of the next EP! _______________________________________________________________________________________
Dec 18th 2015
Had a brilliant night jumping up with Red Queen Contest who opened up for The Lost Brothers in The Solstice Wednesday last week. It was a local sold out gig that saw Simon Fagan fly home from Berlin to play a set. Also the amazing Terry Woods of The Pogues fame joined the Losties for a few numbers and it was so beautiful. Last Sunday we played a sold out headline house gig! Tivoli House Concerts were fantastic hosts and event organisers. The room was full and everyone listened and then we mingled with mince pies! Also I am almost out of the first batch of CDs now! Tonight I join The Joyful Misadventures of Billy McGooley in Beggys of Navan for some fun covers and Christmas Cheer. Then *News Flash* this coming Tuesday I am honoured to be jumping up with the fabulous Evertides for their sold out Christmas Show. I’ll be giving a lesser known Neil Young song a twist with the help of the lassies. Here’s some pics of the house gig from last week
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The #WildAtlanticWay was especially wild with Storm Dessie’s visit but it didn’t dampen the Other Voices Magic! It was the most exciting weekend for the band and I. We played the Imro Other Room on Saturday which was filmed for broadcast next year. On Sunday I played a solo set on the Music Trail which was an eclectic programme of stunning artists playing all over Dingle in courthouses, churches, cafes and bars. We got home late yesterday and went straight to rehearsals. Looking forward to this weekend’s headline sold out show in Rathgar with Tivoli House Concerts. Also some exciting Christmas news to follow.
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We won!!!!! We are playing Other Voices this weekend in the IMRO Other Room. Thank you for all your support! Come hear us at 2.30pm Saturday in The Other Room which is open ot the public for the first time this year. On Sunday I’ll be playing in Grey’s Lane Bistro at 2.30pm. Here is a link to a spotify playlist with all the artists on the Music Trail which we are also playing. Other Voices will be broadcast on RTE 2 next year. ———————————————————————————————- Nov 28th 2015
We love The Co Club! Check them out. They run such a beautiful night. Thanks for having us last night! Some EPs have gone to new homes for new adventures! Back soon with super excting news………
Nov 23rd 2015
More News The stunning music show Other Voices has shortlisted 5 acts for Viewers Choice in association with IMRO and I am one of them. I am honoured to be shortlisted among such great musicians. It is down to a public vote now. Voting ends Thursday at 3pm. I need your help please! You click on this link http://www.rte.ie/tv/othervoices/ Then click on the little circle beside my name Then click vote You can vote once per day on each browser and device – phone/ipad/laptop/desktop/chrome/firefox! Thank you! ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Nov 23rd 2015
Red Moon is well and truly launched! We had a such a special night. Thank you to everyone who came along to share in the music and magic. Big love! Some snaps in the Gallery! Next stop The Co Club this Friday. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Nov 19th 2015
Rehearsals have been in full flight! Can’t wait for the launch tomorrow. I got my first review – read it here. Now for some zzzzzzzzs ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Nov 14th 2015
Delighted to have been involved in the production of Couplings directed by Padraic McIntyre, written by Richie Ball. It was performed in The Solstice Navan with a superb cast of mostly homegrown talent who have gone on to become professional performers (inlcuding Tommy Tiernan.) It was my first foray into sound design for theatre since college and I loved it. I will post some of the music I wrote for it soon. In other news our Dublin gig on Decemeber th 13th is almost sold out! firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. It’s a bring your own beer house concert – really looking forward to it. Now back to rehearsals for the Red Moon Tour. Also some very exciting news to be announced next week!! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Nov 1st 2015
Happy Halloween! So happy (and a little bit terrified) to announce the first gig around my EP launch – 20th November at The Lantern Navan. Support comes from my good friend and super talented songwriter Joy Booth. My brother Oisin aka the illusive DJ Hill will be hitting the decks for a rockin’ and rollin’ vinyl disco after our set. Deets of more gigs here ______________________________________________________________________________________________ October 19th 2015
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RED MOON EP Teaser – OUT SOON ——————————————————————————————— We played upstairs in Blackbird Books to the best listening audience I’ve ever experienced. Wine coffee and original music (In no particular order!)
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My E.P. Red Moon is being mastered. Not long now….news of tour to come. Next stop Blackbird Books Navan this Saturday – 8pm. Tickets selling fast. ————————————————————————————————September 17th 2015
Tomorrow night we will be playing some new material at a fundraiser for a local Navan girl Alannah in Beggy’s Bar Navan. Read Alannah’s story here. There’ll be lots of great music and a raffle and the whole lot – come on down if you’re in the neighbourhood! ———————————————————————————————- September 14th 2015
Here’s the poster for my upcoming gig with Drawn by Dogs and Rosa Nutty in Blackbird Books Get your tickets soon as space is limited! Get them in Blackbird Books, Cornmarket, Navan, Co. Meath. ——————————————————————————–
September 11th 2015
WOW…just watched The Shawshank Redemption again for the first time in years! Stunning. And then for some reason it reminded me of this other work of art which I had to google to find and read again for the first time in years. Posting this will make it hard to post my lyrics. What the hell… (In actual music news I am writing away and getting ready to release a single off the upcoming EP!) St Kevin and the Blackbird (1996) Seamus Heaney And then there was St Kevin and the blackbird. The saint is kneeling, arms stretched out, inside His cell, but the cell is narrow, so One turned-up palm is out the window, stiff As a crossbeam, when a blackbird lands and Lays in it and settles down to nest. Kevin feels the warm eggs, the small breast, the tucked Neat head and claws and, finding himself linked Into the network of eternal life, Is moved to pity: now he must hold his hand Like a branch out in the sun and rain for weeks Until the young are hatched and fledged and flown. * And since the whole thing’s imagined anyhow, Imagine being Kevin. Which is he? Self-forgetful or in agony all the time From the neck on out down through his hurting forearms? Are his fingers sleeping? Does he still feel his knees? Or has the shut-eyed blank of underearth Crept up through him? Is there distance in his head? Alone and mirrored clear in Love’s deep river, ‘To labour and not to seek reward,’ he prays, A prayer his body makes entirely For he has forgotten self, forgotten bird And on the riverbank forgotten the river’s name. ————————————————————————————————
July 24th 2015
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Orla Barry invited me in to play some songs for her culture show The Green Room! Goes out tonight at 10.50pm xx https://www.facebook.com/SaramaiMusic/photos/a.1484782341796917.1073741834.1415021188773033/1603355329939617/?type=3&theater ———————————————————————————————— June 12th 2015
An E.P. has been recorded. It is going to be released very soon. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ February 26th 2015