About me

August 2022

Hello and welcome to my website.

I am a writer, singer and musician from Dublin, Ireland, who performs my own songs, prose and poetry.

Music

As an independent artist and singer-songwriter in the alt folk / new folk / indie folk genres, I bring my lifelong passion for music and writing to everything I create.

My third single, The Space Between, came out on Friday 1 July 2022. You can listen to it here.

It follows two celebrated singles; Sometimes, released in February 2022, and Don’t Forget in May 2021.

The Space Between featured in RTÉ Radio 1’s prestigious recommends list for two consecutive weeks, and was played on programmes such as the Ronan Collins Show, the John Creedon Show, Late Date and Rising Time. It also received airplay on RTÉ 2XM’s The London Ear, and a number of local stations across the country.

Don’t Forget also enjoyed airplay across Ireland, including on RTÉ 2XM and Radio Nova in addition to a number of local stations. It was featured and reviewed by Broadsheet.ie, Indie Buddie and Finbar Hoban Presents, and was included in Golden Plec’s Irish Songs You Need to Hear This Week on release. It also made The Nova Guestlist’s Top 100 Irish Songs of 2021.

Sometimes, described by Broadsheet.ie as like “a lost classic by The Carpenters,” received similar airplay and coverage, and was chosen as The Acoustic Yard Radio Show’s Song of the Week on Blues and Roots Radio.

I celebrated the release of all three singles with an intimate night at The Workmans Club, Dublin on Thursday 28 June where I performed a solo acoustic set of these songs and more, and was joined by three very special guests. Full info here.

In terms of other past performances, my solo act gathered momentum in 2019 with opening slots for Brew in The Workman’s Club, and folk rock two-piece Native Harrow at The Underground Venue. In January 2020, I was the sole support to HAIL THE GHOST on the Whelan’s main stage.

In August 2021, I returned to live performance at SIN É as one of sixteen featured artists at the Dublin Quays Festival. This was followed by a support slot for Dublin power pop band, StereoType at The Grand Social in September.

Writing

As a writer, my work has been published in The Ogham Stone 2020 and Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words, and I have performed readings of my prose and poetry on several occasions at the Irish Writers Centre. In October 2021, I was shortlisted for the inaugural Visual Verse Writing Prize.

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Don’t Forget

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Described by its producer Martin Quinn, JAM Studios, as “an ambient new-folk and indie track of sorts,” my first single Don’t Forget received airplay on RTÉ 2XM and Radio Nova as well as via a number of local stations across Ireland. The song was featured and reviewed by Broadsheet.ieIndie Buddie and Finbar Hoban Presents as well as being included in Golden Plec’s Irish Songs You Need to Hear This Week on release. It also made The Nova Guestlist’s Top 100 Irish Songs of 2021. Don’t Forget has been playlisted a number of times on Spotify, and continues to be listened to across the globe.

All the links you need to hear and/or purchase the track are here.

And here’s the music video for the song which I created in its entirety.

Sometimes
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Sometimes, was released on Friday the 4th of February 2022, and you can read all about it here.

A digital release, it is available on BandcampSpotifyApple Music, and Soundcloud as well as all main streaming platforms.

A music video created by myself premiered on YouTube following the release. 

Performance

My love of music has translated into songwriting and performance in various guises across the years, but 2019 saw my solo act really gather momentum with new songs forthcoming, and opening slots for Brew in The Workman’s Club, and folk rock two-piece Native Harrow in The Underground Venue. My last live performance of 2020 took place on the Whelan’s main stage in January as the sole support to HAIL THE GHOST. You can see videos of my performances on that night here.
Emma Hynes Dublin Quays Festival Poster
After an 18-month hiatus on foot of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was so excited to return to the stage again as part of the fabulous Dublin Quays Festival. The Festival featured an exciting mix of emerging talent and established names performing live over the month of August in four great venues along the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey. My solo set from SIN É can be seen here on the Festival’s YouTube Channel

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I was also delighted to have been invited to support the brilliant StereoType in front of a live audience at The Grand Social on Friday the 10th of September, and you can see that performance here.

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Both events were made possible by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media’s Live Performance Support Scheme.

To find out more about my past performances, and to keep up to date with future gigs, visit my events page.

Taking Cover

While live performances were still an impossibility, I played a number of covers of my favourite songs from home across 2020 and 2021. You can visit my YouTube channel to hear me sing songs by David Bowie, Elliott Smith, Slade, Amy Winehouse, Supergrass, Suede, Dexys Midnight Runners, Manic Street Preachers and more. The latest video in the series is below.

Writing

I have been creating characters, stories and memoir and committing them to copybooks, journals and scraps of paper since I was a child. I hold a BA (Hons) in Film, Literature and Drama, an MA in Film and Television Studies, and have both attended and read my work at the Irish Writers Centre.

In October 2021, I was shortlisted for the inaugural Visual Verse Writing prize with a piece written and submitted in one hour in response to an evocative image by Nickhil Jain. You can read The Art of Looking, and see the image which inspired it, here.

In March 2021 I published a story and film project derived from my last in-person performance at the Irish Writers Centre in February 2020. You can watch, read and listen to The Lost Words here.

There Are No Fixed Stars comprised forty photographs and pieces of writing devised daily in response to COVID-19 restrictions invoked in Ireland between 22 October and 30 November 2020. You can watch me read a selection of pieces from the collection at the first online Irish Writers Centre’s Takin the Mic in April 2021.

In October 2020, my short story, The Gardener, was published in Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words. This was my third time to feature, with Island Bound published in November 2019, and Bottled Clouds making the December 2019 edition. You can hear me reading Island Bound on my YouTube channel.

In August 2020, my short story, To Let, was published in the 2020 edition of The Ogham Stone, the University of Limerick’s literary and arts journal.

In February 2020, I read at the Irish Writers Centre’s Takin’ the Mic. You can listen to A Lesson in Grief, the story I performed at the October 2019 edition as part of the Red Line Book Festival.

You can also read all about My Writing Year in 2019.

Blogging

Emma Hynes graduates from DCU with an MA in Film and Television Studies March 2015

You may be surprised to find a large number of Coronation Street related interviews, opinion pieces and reviews on this site, so I thought I’d give a little background to those.

I started populating this website when I entered the second year of my MA in Film and Television Studies with Dublin City University. It was three years after I’d completed my BA (Hons) in Film, Literature and Drama at Dublin Business School, and I thought it would be a good way to get writing about the subjects I was passionate about.

I started with Coronation Street, and by the end of the month was writing for the wonderful Coronation Street Blog with which I have had some invaluable and unforgettable experiences. While there are too many to mention individually here, they have included interviewing the cast and producers, attending exclusive previews, treading both the old and new sets, representing the blog at the UK Blog Awards in London, presenting my research on the show at Regent’s University, London, being interviewed on BBC radio about the programme, and having my work publiEmma Hynes on Coronation Streetshed in Coronation Street Blog: The Book.

In fact, a particularly magical moment was finding my writing on the shelves in the Salford Museum and Art Gallery in Manchester. It was also very fitting that this was on a trip to visit an exhibition dedicated to Corrie’s creator, Tony Warren. As above, you’ll find this site filled with reviews, experiences, interviews, and opinions regarding the programme, so if you’re a fan, I hope you enjoy them.
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Thank you for reading!

Emma Hynes
www.emmahynes.net

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