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‘It’s not necessarily that I needed therapy, but I really wanted it’ – rising star Laoise on why she had to reset her life

Acclaimed young songwriter Laoise surprised many when she swapped the bright city lights for island life. She talks about her evolution from trad musician to electro-pop star — and reveals the profound, quiet healing she has found living on a small island off the west coast

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Electro-pop artist Laoise. Photograph: Seán Behan

Electro-pop artist Laoise. Photograph: Seán Behan

Electro-pop artist Laoise. Photograph: Seán Behan

It’s funny how life works out. If you’d told 14-year-old Laoise that one day, not too far in the future, she would be spending a pandemic hunkered down on a small island off the west coast of Ireland writing introspective pop songs, she probably would have laughed at you. Today, the Galway native is on the beach beside her picturesque home enjoying the view (but not the dreary January weather, it should be noted).

I’m looking at the waves coming in and out, and I’m watching these gulls go back and forth. It’s so nice to see the day change every day,” she says, painting an idyllic picture as she sighs contentedly. “That’s one thing you can feel living in a city: that it’s monotonous, that nothing is changing. But here, I can look out my window and see things change literally every hour, so it’s been quite a stark comparison. I went for a nice hike yesterday; I have my coffee sometimes down on the beach and walk along the shore while I’m drinking it. It’s just so... wholesome!”


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