- 14 Jul 23
Galway-based artist Steph Geremia has also shared an accompanying video for the track.
American-born, Ireland-based folk artist Steph Geremia has released a new song from her upcoming album If Tomorrow - out on July 27th.
'Blue is the Colour of Lonesome' is a folk-inspired re-imagining of a song from The Essential Bluegrass Cardinals, and features Geremia on vocals and ukulele.
The song is sweet and melodic despite its sorrowful lyrics, with the sunshine on the beach emphasising the blue sky without creating a sense of melancholy.
Geremia is joined on vocals by Eddi Reader and by her fellow band member, Alan Kelly on accordion. The track also features Kris Drever on guitar, Ian Carr on electric guitar, Graeme Blevins on saxophone, Tom Walsh on trumpet, James Mackintosh on percussion, and James Lindsay on double bass.
If Tomorrow is Geremia's first vocal album, though she has played traditional Irish flute in the Alan Kelly Gang for the last 14 years, touring and playing festivals including the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in Shropshire, and the Milwaukee Irish Festival in the United States.
Geremia was born in an Irish-Italian neighbourhood of New York, where she grew up studying the Irish flute before moving to Co. Sligo and earning a Masters at Limerick University. Steph is now based in Galway, where she teaches music lessons and collaborates with local artists.
Geremia will also be on tour across Ireland in the North and South in the coming months, with a performance at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul, Co. Dublin, booked for July 28.
Tickets for her upcoming tour dates can be found here.