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The song bird

Strabane singer Lauren Bird will appear at the Alley on July 15. Photo: Ruth Kelly

A Strabane singer-song writer has admitted that hearing her latest single on national radio was a “really cool” experience.

Lauren Bird who will launch her latest album, ‘The Inbetween’ in Strabane next month, said airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music for the single, The Way Out was most gratifying.

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“It was really cool,” Lauren laughed.

“I have been putting stuff out now for a while but this is the first time it’s been featured (on 6 Music).

“The album came out on May 8 and I had a launch in Belfast; I played at McHugh’s Bar on May 13. So the gig at the Alley, on July 15, will be the home-town launch.”

Describing her music as “ukulele folk pop” Lauren recorded The Inbetween at Redbox Studios in Belfast with producer Cormac O’Kane, a man who had previously worked with the likes of Sinead O’Connor, Bob Geldof and The Corrs.

Cormac previously said of Lauren, “Lauren is a highly individual talent with a very personal and authentic voice as a songwriter.

“Her material and sound springs from her own personal view of the world and I strongly consider that society deserves to enrich itself by developing artists like Lauren, who reflect back at us real experiences and emotions, rather than blindly
second guessing what the public may want.”

The 25-year-old Strabane singer, who is already a veteran of summer music festivals such as Stendhal Festival, Sunflowerfest and the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, began work on The Inbetween in September last year alongside drummer Peter McKinney and Van Morrison’s former musical director Nicky Scott on bass. She says the album was heavily influenced by Paul  Simon’s Graceland, The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Feist’s The Reminder.

“I always find it hard to write metaphorically so this album is very personal to me. I feel like people will be reading my diary,” Lauren continued.

“I wanted to be open and honest about how I was feeling. Everyone feels a bit lost in their 20s – it’s a time of intense anxiety, confusion and fear… at least for me it is anyway.

“The album deals with leaving the safety net of university and trying to find your place in the world, but feeling stuck. That’s why I named it The Inbetween because that’s where I feel I am.”

Lauren brings her unique brand of ukulele folk pop to the Alley Theatre next Saturday July 15. Support on the night comes from Great White Lies, Emer Maguire and Darren Doherty. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at £5.

• Lauren’s album,  The Inbetween is available on Spotify, Google Play and iTunes.

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