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Singer/songwriter Sive: ‘Music can turn bad things into good. It’s like alchemy’

The musician opens up about playing guitar as an escape from school bullies, her formative time abroad, and inspiration gained from working with people living with dementia

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Sive, songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, in the Killashee Hotel, Naas. Picture by Tony Gavin

Sive, songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, in the Killashee Hotel, Naas. Picture by Tony Gavin

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Sive in 2017

Sive in 2017

Darkness into light – Working with dementia patients inspired the name of Sive’s new album

Darkness into light – Working with dementia patients inspired the name of Sive’s new album

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Sive, songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, in the Killashee Hotel, Naas. Picture by Tony Gavin

Naas main street on a sleepy Monday morning. The mystic-y folk singer-songwriter Sive is casting her mind back to childhood. Her golden hair is lit by the sunshine streaming in through the window as she speaks.

When I was only about a year old, I broke my arm by falling off a table at a party,” she says. “So rock and roll! I don’t remember the incident itself, but I do remember having a sling on, hiding behind the couch in our sitting room, eating from a bowl of grapes with my one good arm.


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