- 23 Mar 23
Having just released her superb new single ‘Harry’, Belfast-based Dublin singer-songwriter Daire Heffernan discusses love, loss and 2023 ambitions. Image credit: Eva Carolan.
What sparked your early passion for songwriting?
I started writing songs in a little notebook I had when I was nine, and I wasn’t able to play any instruments at that time. I was just writing silly little lyrics and would sing them for my friends in school. I’d go up to the top of the class and sing a little song for everybody, which is really embarrassing looking back now. I think that’s what sparked it.
What inspired your latest single, ‘Harry’?
It’s the guy that I’m with currently, Harry. All the songs I had written before were grim tales of being 15, heartbroken and hating life. I love those tracks, because they’re very honest to me and my life, but being able to sit down and write this from a place of happiness was so freeing. I’m really excited about this new direction.
You sing very candidly about love and loss in your music. How has the latter shaped who you are as an artist?
I definitely would not be where I am right now without experiencing that loss. It took so much away from me losing my dad at such a young age. He was the person who taught me how to play the guitar, and inspired me to do what I’m doing now. Without all those things happening, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I’m studying music in college, and the way I’m pursuing music makes me feel very connected to my dad.
What do you have in store for 2023?
At the moment I’m very stuck in my writing. 2022 was a year of gearing up for releases, like my EP Wasters. It was a long time of having that in motion, getting it ready for release, and planning gigs and stuff around it. But this year, hopefully I’ll write my debut album.
• ‘Harry’ is out now.
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