Saltaire is an alt-folk trio consisting of singer/cellist Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz, guitarist Ian Kinsella and bodhrán/bouzouki player Conor Lyons. Together they create a rich tapestry of sound and storytelling, through a fusion of styles. They have garnered airplay across regional and national radio stations in Ireland, the UK, and the US, and have played to packed audiences in venues such as Whelan’s, The Duncairn, The Cobblestone Backroom, the Button Factory, to name a few.
The latest release from the group is a live cover of the Fairport Convention song, ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’ (out on all platforms on August 5th).
The sound you can expect from Saltaire is earthy sweet. The cello and bodhrán heartbeat within a lush tapestry of sound and storytelling; all the while guitar picking, resonant and meticulous, weaves around a heartfelt maple vocal. The use of the bouzouki on this particular track adds a stirring vibrance to the momentum of a song that is simultaneously melancholy and bright with hope.
“Deeply influenced by the singing and songwriting of Sandy Denny, we found ourselves naturally drawn to this song during a period of global stillness; the very meaning of time became warped, as fear and purposelessness simmered.
Strangely, we find deep hope in the humanity of this song, arguably one of the most melancholic songs ever written. By the final verse, the ennui of time’s aimless march transforms into the warm glow of love, even (or perhaps especially) in the wake of loss.”
We had the pleasure of using the beautiful St. Mobhi’s Church in Glasnevin as the location to record and film this track. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the community and surrounded by trees, the contemplative aura of the space combined with the warm, reverberant acoustics served as the ideal environment.
Saltaire is set to go back into the studio over the summer to record with a full band, so stay tuned for what’s coming down the pipeline.
Catch their set at Vantastival on Friday September 16th