Polly Barrett is a well-known name on the Irish folk scene, after releasing 2 albums, 2011’s Mr Bookshop and Probably Me in 2014 she took a break from music to focus on family. While she remained musically inactive for 6 years, the experience of motherhood, surrounded by the beauty of living in the wilds of West Cork continued to inspire her.
During the Covid-19 pandemic Polly quietly recorded and released “Dark Garden”, an EP of four new songs, one of which, ‘Thinking About You’ was chosen for a Discover Ireland Campaign for West Cork. Since then, Polly has been fervently writing songs and experimenting with new musical sounds instilled by her own experiences and magic of the natural world.
Using a loop pedal, bodhrán, guitar, tongue drum and low whistle, Polly has developed an exciting new sound which is as compelling to see being created on stage as it is to listen to. Polly released her third album, ‘Sapling be…’ to critical acclaim in 2023. The album combines themes of nature, spirituality and relationships. Polly’s multi-instrumentalism with looping and layering of vocals creates an evocative and truly unique sound. ‘Sapling be…’ featured as album of the week on Marty In the Morning, Lyric FM in October ’23.
Polly lives at home in west Cork with her family and many, many animals.