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Carn woman celebrates debut EP 24.05.10

by Caoimhinn Barr, Inishowen Independent

A YOUNG Carn woman is realising a lifetime ambition by forging a successful career in music.
Lorraine McCauley (30), a former pupil of Carndonagh Community School, has just released her debut EP, ‘Haunt Me’, which features four original songs penned by the talented Inishowen singer-songwriter.
The middle daughter of Patrick and Marion McCauley, Lorraine has been lighting up the stages across Glasgow and Edinburgh, where she lives, for the past three years.
A review after a recent show at the Liquid Ship, Glasgow, was glowing:
“One woman and a guitar who leaves songs stuck in your mind is rather less common. Such a woman was Lorraine McCauley. Perhaps it was her Celtic blood or maybe the delicate nuances of her voice but she gave something spiritual and uplifting to her audience.”
Lorraine displayed an early music talent before honing her singing career over the years.
“The first stage I sang on was in the Lilac Ballroom, Carndonagh, for the O’ Doherty Clan Feis, when I was only four! Then I grew up singing in feiseanna all over Donegal and Derry with Vera Butler as my teacher,” she said.
Lorraine McCauley “For the last five years I have been writing and performing my own songs. I have been singing and learning my craft at various gigs across England and Scotland.”
Releasing her maiden EP has proved the zenith of the Carn girl’s promising young career to date.
“It is great to have finally finished my first record after months of going to the studio before work at 6am! It has also been amazing to form my own band and play gigs together in Edinburgh and Newcastle. We’ve been getting a really good response so far,” Lorraine said.
Lorraine was full of praise for her band, which is set to play its first musical festival at the end of the
“The guys are all extremely talented. They have written their own parts to some of the work, really bringing it to life,” she said. The burgeoning artist said Inishowen remains home.
“I go back to Inishowen as often as I can and with my little sister’s wedding coming up I’ll be home a lot more over the coming year. I hope to play at home soon, we are hoping to put on a wee tour around Ireland in a few months time.“ Lorraine's EP can be bought at The Bookshop, Carn, for €5.
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