Former front woman of critically acclaimed noughties band Jodavino; popular Gospel choir director; vocalist with new Celtic collective, Emerald on Ivory, Cork woman Aoibheann Carey-Philpott has been kept busy these past three years since her last solo release.Widely recognised for her unique voice and magnetic stage presence, the singer-songwriter returns with some powerful new music, as part of a self-described “raison d’etre” EP entitled Fragments of Joy. The new release, a follow up to her previous single Overcome, is the title track.
Carey-Philpott maintains the positivity in the songs that started with her previous single Overcome, reaching #3 in the Irish iTunes charts, the title being quite fitting for the times we are in and the struggles many are facing. Fragments of Joy suggests that things may not always be the way we want them but there is always something, even the smallest of things, to be happy about and grateful for. And also, how fragile that joy can be. The trademark vocal shows all shades of emotions once again. The optimistic mindset is still there too, yet the overall vibe is a little darker.
Produced once again by Declan O’Luasa, whom she describes as “always bringing a fresh perspective to the recording process”, Aoibheann is joined by Dave Palmer on keys/synths, drummer Davie Ryan and guitarist Joe Philpott, with O’Luasa completing the lineup on bass.