Folk singer-songwriter Sonny Casey found her voice at seventeen, whilst travelling, busking and gigging her way around Europe. Her music is influenced by contemporary folk artists such as Gregory Alan Isakov and the raw, rugged landscape of her home in Connemara. A native Irish speaker, Sonny writes in both English and ‘as Gaeilge.’
With a distinctive voice, weaving between soft and delicate and raspy and soulful, Sonny’s voice is powerful and timeless. Her deep love of words and storytelling lends itself to emotive lyrics with hidden depths, drawn from dark places.
In 2020, Sonny moved to Berlin. Supported by those who'd fallen for her music along her travels, she ran a successful crowdfunding campaign, to record her debut live EP with a band. Her songs were transformed from bones to flesh. In 2021, Sonny released her EP ‘Phoebe’, playing and selling out her debut headline show at Prachtwerk, Berlin..
In 2022 Sonny Casey toured Ireland playing venues such as Monroes and the Róisín Dubh and festivals such as the Galway Folk Festival and Secret Song. She has shared the stages with the likes of Liam Ó Maonlaí, Susan O’Neill and supported Mick Flannery at his sold out Irish shows.
In 2023 Sonny won second place at the Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2023 with her original Irish language song ‘Leon’. She was also selected as one of Galway Bay FM’s four ‘Local Hero' finalists, as part of Irish Music Month, in partnership with Hot Press.
Sonny currently resides by the Ocean in Connemara, where she recently recorded her debut album. Her first single from which is set for release in September 2023.
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Photography by Tim Gho
A Saving Grace photo by Carlos Andrade
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