I spoke with singer songwriter Annette Buckley from Cork this week while she was in the studio recording her new songs. Annette Buckley, who is no stranger to the Cork live scene, received rave reviews after releasing her debut album “The ever changing colors of the sea” in Hotpress Magazine. The future was bright for this up and coming rising star. Her song “whirlwind” featured on HMV’s playlist album as well as other acts such as Duke Special, Altan and The Walls. She has collaborated with many Cork bands including Rest, Green Monitor, Stanley Super 800, Singer/Songwriter Ger Wolfe and Eoin Coughlan. She has also opened for Ryan Adams, Maria Mckee, Duke Special, Damien Dempsey, Declan O’ Rourke, The 4 of us, Juliet Turner, John Spillane, Erin Mckweon, Ben Taylor and the legendary Soft Boys.
On the back of the success of her debut album she returned to the studio last year and in the midlle of recording a song called Smile she suffered a brain hemmorage in the studio. After the rush to hospital, several weeks in intensive care, an operation on her brain she has put it all behind her and has arrived back on the scene and is now back in the same studio to record her new songs she had written in the interm.
As she says herself its great to be able to get back onto the stage and to be able to go back to the same studio and continue on from where I left off. Going back to the studio was important to me I wanted to put it behind me and face the demons and move on with things. Currently I am working with Cormac O Connor who is the engineer in the studio called Ringabella Cormac is a composer, producer, musician, sound designer and sound engineer and has won awards for his sound design for theatre in Ireland and Britain. He has worked as a live sound engineer in the Cork Opera House, The Triskel Arts Centre and The Everyman Palace Theatre Cork.
Currently she is busy working on her new album and has also been very involved in many different projects from acting to working with different bands all things she had put on hold for a while during her recovery in the last year. I asked her what formula she uses in songwriting and she says she starts at the piano works around that till she comes up with a melody line and then working on it till she has a finished musical piece then she adds lyrics to the music sometimes taking time out to write some poetry which in turn ends up sometimes as part of the lyrics,
She says there’s such a wide range of music out there that’s available to everyone now through the internet that it helps young singer songwriters develop a style by listening to other sounds which were not available from before so it does make it easier in one way for songwriting using the modern facilities to enhance your own songwriting, Annette is hoping to finish the album and is currently hoping to put one song a month on Youtube for her fans to see and listen to so that by the end of the year she will have all her new songs live online in video format. You can check out Annette online at her own website www.anettebuckley.com