Anna Mullarkey is an award-winning composer and performer from Galway who weaves electronics with piano and voice. Having grown up in the West of Ireland, Anna draws inspiration from the sea for her compositions. Anna’s debut album, Falling, which will be released this year, is a shapeshifting soundscape, with sometimes comforting and sometimes haunting melodies that evoke summer afternoons and winter evenings.

Tell us about growing up in the west of Ireland:

I feel very fortunate to have grown up in the west of Ireland. When I was six we lived in Inishturk for a year and I think that really shaped me. Getting to see the sea at all times for a year had a big impact! 

How does it feel to be back performing again at the Galway Arts Festival after time-out during the pandemic? 

So wonderful! I am very excited about this show and getting to see so many wonderful artists perform. I’m over the moon to be part of the line up. 

Where do you find inspiration for your work? 

The sea, going for walks and drama! 

Did you always want to be a musician? 

Since I was 14, I really wanted to be a composer and fell in love with Philip Glass, thanks to my wonderful piano teacher Elena Gekker. 

Have you found the music industry in Ireland to be a supportive one? 

I am very lucky to be on the Strange Brew label! Gugai has been a massive support. I have also found other artists to be really helpful and supportive. 

Do you have any pre or post performance traditions or rituals? 

Sometimes after a show I like to watch a movie to unwind. 

When you’re not performing or writing music what do you do to relax? 

I am currently crocheting a throw which is very relaxing. I like to crochet and watch tv, hang out with friends and go for walks. 

Describe an ideal day in Galway: 

Barbeque by the seaside with friends and if we are talking “Ideal” it isn’t raining.

What’s next on the agenda for Anna? 

Festivals, touring and soundtracks.