• Ava

Going Inside (creatively and literally!)

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog. In case you are stumbling upon this blog, or me, for the first time, my name is Éabha Mc Mahon. I’m a singer/songwriter from Ireland. Éabha is an Irish language name that is pronounced a-va. As much as my heritage language is dear to my heart, I have decided to make it easy for as many people as possible and use the name AVA for my upcoming music releases.

I am passionate about music, human rights, the sea, my home, animals and creativity. I love collaboration and I love people. I love observing them, listening to them and most of all I love what being around people does for me.

I wanted to create a space where I could write about this next chapter in my life. Somewhere that I could document my thoughts and ideas as I write and record my new album and where that takes me. In a perfect instagram-able world, we don’t often get to experience the real behind the scenes of creating. It is said that ‘a picture says a thousand words’, but I believe that words can convey far more meaning and depth to inform, inspire, enlighten and entertain.

I want to fill this space with subjects that inspire me and topics that I am passionate about, as well as writing about the process behind creating and what that looks like. I am excited to see what 2020 has in store and would love to bring you along on this journey with me. I want to share my hopes and thoughts and bumps in the road with you all so that when you hear my music you will know the context, and what it stands for and understand where it came from and the person behind it.

Recording my own album has been my plan for as long as I can remember but, I have been fortunate you could say, to have been kept very busy for years touring the world as a part of other musical groups.

The prospect of now creating something that represents exactly who I am is very liberating and exciting. I have always found the beginning of any creative project magical. I love the idea that anything can happen. There are no limits to what can be created. I love learning more about my voice as I enter this new chapter in my life. I can barely sleep with the endless ideas and emotions that I feel during the writing phase.

We started recording for this project in late February and just after we had got going, all our plans and schedules had to be put on hold due to the current pandemic. We could not have envisaged then how complete the lockdown was going to be and how long it would last. Luckily we had recorded some songs that we will be able to finish remotely and I look forward to sharing those along the way whilst we wait to finish the album.

I also did not envisage that not long after we halted recording I would test positive with Covid-19. That was of course a major shock, but I honestly believe I have learned more from it, than it has taken from me. The lyrics that I had written were always close to my heart, but they are even more poignant now. After a week of feeling dreadfully unwell I am fortunate to say that I made a full recovery and I am now fully back in the song writing process once again.

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