Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean / Irish origin, having grown up between Maynooth and West Africa. For this special Santa Rita Concert, she will perform a duo set with her regular keyboardist Johnny Taylor (a staple of the Irish jazz scene), featuring acoustic, intimate arrangements of the songs from her debut EP.
Loah deals in a lithe fusion of folk and soul – her own genre which she calls “ArtSoul”. Her singles The Bailey and Cortège (which features singing in the Sierra Leonean languages of Sherbro and Mend) have garnered much critical acclaim, and a series of high profile performances over the last two years have made her something of a star of the Irish music scene. Loah will be releasing some long awaited new material towards the end of 2016.
Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean / Irish origin, having grown up in the classical combination of Maynooth and West Africa. While there, instead of a TV she had a piano to keep herself entertained, which, combined with a solid classical training in violin and voice, resulted in a uniquely talented musician from a very early age. While at Trinity College, Dublin she collaborated with future members of the likes of Little Green Cars, Slow Skies, and I Have A Tribe, as well as singing with Kíla, Niwel Tsumbu and Trinity Orchestra’s early pop endeavours. She also contributed to Hozier’s platinum selling debut album, co-writing the song Someone New.
She’s now embarking on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of folk and soul that she calls “ArtSoul”. In 2014 she released two stunning singles, performed at Electric Picnic, the Dublin Fringe Festival, and Body&Soul’s “Shapeshifters Ball” amongst others, capping it off with a phenomenal sold out debut headline concert in The Twisted Pepper in November. 2015 saw her headline State Magazine and GoldenBeck’s showcase gigs, perform at Feile Na Bealtaine, Africa Day and InspireFest, and present two unique “Art//Soul” headline shows in The Fumbally Stables and Bello Bar.
The Santa Rita Concerts provide a unique, deeply immersive audience experience. Each evening begins at 7pm with a Santa Rita wine reception and a pre-concert interview with the evening’s musicians. The performances take place at 8pm in the museum’s beautifully resonant downstairs gallery. The space is candlelit and the atmosphere highly intimate – a concentrated ritual shared by performer and audience.
"Like Brian Eno at his solo best, it's the sort of ambience that doesn't flood, that hovers precariously somewhere between the conscious and the unconscious, barely-there and indisputably present." – pitchfork.com