Whelans, Dublin: Saturday 11th May, 2019.
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Yola to make Dublin Debut at Whelans.
For a girl raised on the coast of Southwest England, where she did not fit in and life was hard, finding herself in the easy camaraderie of Dan Auerbach’s studio was the realization of a childhood dream. Yola’s mother’s choice to raise her daughter in a small town outside of Bristol, where she could play outside, meant that Yola was “other” from the start. Between the isolation of being the only black family around, the family’s poverty, and a turbulent home life, Yola needed refuge.
She found this in her mother’s record collection; among the albums she clung to was Aretha Franklin’s Young, Gifted & Black. Inspired by those records, at age four she told her mother, “‘I’m going to write songs and sing’. I don’t know how I knew that, but I did. Even then.”
For the last three years, Yola (who previously performed as Yola Carter) has been a standout at the Americana Fest in Nashville. She released a debut solo EP in 2016 after the dissolution of her band Phantom Limb. She also toured as a vocalist with Massive Attack, among other acts.
Yola’s debut album Walk Through Fire, produced by Dan Auerbach, is a genre-bending release from one of the most powerful emerging British voices in music today. The singer/ songwriter first came to the attention of Auerbach (The Black Keys) after a chain of people, starting with her manager, forwarded a video of her performing in Nashville that eventually found itself in Auerbach’s inbox.
Yola is set to make her Dublin debut in May 2019 and is not to be missed.