This year, playing the Gin Bar at Brew At The Bog on Saturday, is Miss Irenie Rose. the singer songwriter comes from Lewis but now stays in Glasgow. She plays guitar, sings and writes songs that are quirky and part of her "sometimes whysical style". She has been said to sound like both Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, though her influences come from film, Scottish traditional and world music from places like France, Spain, India, Africa and Jamaica. She was chosen for the shortlist of this year’s Radio Two Young Folk Musician Of the Year Award which meant spending a weekend with other contenders, performing and collaborating in front of the judges. Irenie has supported local and touring artists, played festivals and made many radio and TV appearances. Some of the artists she has supported include Nathaniel Rateliff, Pete Roe, Ben Howard, Rachel Sermanni, Rae Morris, Manran and Larkin Poe.
1 What’s your best memory of Brew At The Bog?
Irenie: The best memory I think was how friendly the festival was. And the snow would have been fun with enough layers
2 You were invited to the BBC Radio Two Young Folk Awards finalists’ weekend. There is a film made of it and it looked as if the time together with everyone might have been inspiring?
Irenie: That folk weekend was very fun indeed! And very inspiring. It’s always refreshing to see how much people like music for its own sake and everybody there did.
3 What have been the highlights of 2014 for you so far?
Irenie: Probably the best musical time this year was in January, Celtic Connections in particular. Exciting and interesting. I had a busy week around that time and it felt good.
4 Who is on your Brew At The Bog must-see list this year?
Irenie: The Elephant Sessions and Findlay Napier (who I’ve seen before) and other interesting possibilities are Stanley Odd, The Little Kicks, The Shiverin’ Sheiks, and Have Mercy Las Vegas.
5 What is you fail-safe festival song?
Irenie: Perhaps the loop songs (Big Bad Wolf/Peat Bog) are my best festival ones.
Miss Irenie Rose plays The Gin Bar at Brew At The Bog at 7pm. See her sing Peat Bog below: