Originally from rural outback Australia, Nuala Honan was awarded the South Australian Music Industry Award for Most Outstanding Female Vocalist before moving to England (aged just 19) to be closer to her family's Irish musical heritage and an adventurous music scene. Settling in Bristol, she became a fixture in the city’s music community as both a performer and promoter, as well as programming stages at festivals including Larmer Tree, and co-founding an initiative to advocate for and represent women in the music industry. In short, a DIY dynamo.
After self-releasing her 2013 debut album ‘The Tortoise’ (to heavy support including from the likes of BBC Introducing, Fresh On The Net and Spindle Magazine); followed by a busy spell of touring and playing on some of the UK and Ireland’s biggest festival stages including Glastonbury, Green Man, Shambala, Bestival and Electric Picnic; Honan recently took some much-needed distance and time out from the mental and physical realities of life as an independent troubadour. And she now returns from her sabbatical with a reawakened sense of purpose and a fire in her belly. “When I stopped I realised I wasn’t making the music I listen to, and want to hear – the sounds that inspired me to make music in my youth. This new music feels like stepping into the most authentic version of myself, which is terrifying. But artists like St Vincent, Angel Olsen and tUnE-yArDs empowered me to have confidence in my ideas and be radical with my songwriting and production.”
On her new material Nuala harvests all her experience to date, and her gift for timeless songwriting, into a sound that lies somewhere between her rural desert upbringing and her fearless pop contemporaries. Driven by post-punk rawness, yet still letting fly with moments of audacious, operatic singing over the tumultuous drums, Honan wields her Telecaster and leads a killer band in a pop-drama, exploring the strength in vulnerability and connection.
"That is just so good... that is pretty outstanding" - JOHN KENNEDY (RADIO X)
“stark yet beautiful songwriting is worth filing alongside Big Thief or Angel Olsen… Poetic yet impacting sharply, it's blessed with a devastating chorus… patiently unfolding with real lyrical grace” - ROBIN MURRAY (CLASH MAGAZINE)
“Honan creates new universes with her music, Slow Down has such a unique vibe… an impressive sound.” - LEFUTUREWAVE
“trippy manifestations… and it all coalesces together magically, perfectly.” - ROBB DONKER, AMERICAN PANCAKE
“channels the ethereal tones of Angel Olsen for this breezy new gem” - MYSTIC SONS
“an elaborate, strong song with a genuine and driving sound” - TONIC GRAIN
Further info https://www.nualahonan.com/
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