WITH a hugely expressive voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha Wainwright has always enjoyed a warm welcome to these shores, packing out venues whenever she visits Ireland.
The 36-year old is set to return to Cork for a gig at the Opera House on Friday, February 1 with support by new band AroarA featuring Andrew Whiteman from Broken Social Scene.
The daughter of folk legends Louden Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the sister of acclaimed singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, Martha released 'Ground Floor', a ten-track independent cassette in 1997.
Two years later she released her first EP, with two of its songs later appearing on her self-titled debut album in 2005, which peaked at number 46 in the Billboard charts.
With consistently strong albums, including a tribute to legendary French singer Edith Piaf, Wainwright has also made contributions to albums by Dan Bern, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, Snow Patrol and Teddy Thompson among others.
She will be joined for her Irish dates by her new touring band featuring Jared Samuel (keyboards), Brad Albetta (bass), Andrew Whiteman (guitar) and his wife Ariel Engle (backing vocals).
The gig will also feature songs from her 2012 album, ' Come Home To Mama', including the dramatic opener 'I Am Sorry', the perky and melodramatic 'Can You Believe It' and the haunting ' Proserpina', written by her late mother, Kate.
Tickets for Wainwright's gig at the Opera House, priced at €26, are available from the box office on 021 427 0022 or at www.corkoperahouse.ie.