CreativeMornings/Dublin open every event with live music from local artists. This month, Dowry will be performing ahead of Briony Somers.
How did you get the gig to perform at CM?
I was recommended to the host by a mutual friend of ours, Robbie Blake, of Tonnta. He suggested to Aiden that I might be a good performer and so then Aiden sent me a brief email and asked if I’d be interested.
I definitely was, and the context of the event made me even more interested. I’d heard about CM, more so the international branches, but I’d heard about them and I liked the sound of them and then watching the archive I saw how engaged people are.
Then when I was asked to perform, I like having to think about the ways in which my music links in with the theme of the event: intention.
My music is going to open up the conversation in the room and I like that. It’s something I’m really looking forward to.
How do you find the creative scene in Dublin?
I got involved in the creative scene/industry in Ireland initially through my social circles in university. Then I got involved in playing with bands, and with people who were in bands. So I initially started in the scene as a performer and then I began to appreciate performances based on participation.
What I love about it is that it’s so supportive. We all go to each other’s shows. We all collaborate with each other. Some people are in 5 bands. It’s also the collaboration between visual artists and musicians.
What are you most excited about for Friday?
The engagement. I’ve chosen music that fits the topic and the event is a very focused one. You can be dynamic as a musician, and adapt to the audience. From watching videos of past events I saw that the audience are respectful and engaged.
I’ll play music to fit a theme, a topic. It gets into the nitty gritty of that topic and it’s a more considered approach to other gigs. I’ve had to think about how I open up the theme of the event, the conversation.
I’m mixing instrumental pieces and pieces with lyrics because as literal as some lyrics are, there is a tranquility in non-linguistic pieces of music. They are evocative in different ways for different people without being imposing.
I’m just excited to get involved.