Emma Hynes is a writer, singer and musician from Dublin who performs her own songs, prose and poetry.
An independent artist and singer-songwriter in the alt folk / new folk / indie folk genres, she brings her lifelong passion for music and writing to everything she creates.
Emma has released a trilogy of celebrated singles, the latest being The Space Between which came out in July 2022. The song featured for two consecutive weeks on the RTÉ Radio 1 Recommends list (22 July and 29 July) and has been played on the Ronan Collins Show, the John Creedon Show, Late Date and Rising Time. It also appeared on RTÉ 2XM via The London Ear, and received airplay on a number of local stations.
Hynes’ no nonsense classic songwriting style harks back to a time when protest singer songwriters ruled the airwaves by espousing the truth. There’s no breakdowns, no airy synths, no production gimmickry, just a straight ahead guitar on shoulder performance, delivered with power and passion.The GOO on The Space Between
Her second single, Sometimes, was released on the 4th of February 2022. It was chosen as The Acoustic Yard Radio Show’s Song of the Week on Blues and Roots Radio, and received airplay on internet radio and a number of local stations across Ireland. It was reviewed by Broadsheet.ie and Indie Buddie.
“The new single by Dublin songsmith Emma Hynes sounds like a lost classic by The Carpenters in its pure, soaring vocals, heart-tugging lyrics and lush arrangement with a wonderful string section.”Nick Kelly, Broadsheet.ie
Emma released her celebrated debut single, Don’t Forget, as an independent artist in May 2021. The song 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.
There is something hypnotic and thought-provoking about the melancholy within the song that captures the listener’s attention from the first play and lingers for days.Danu, Indie Buddie on Don’t Forget
Emma enjoyed a triumphant return to live performance in August 2021 via the Dublin Quays Festival. This was followed by a support slot at The Grand Social for Dublin power-pop band StereoType in September.
In July 2022, she celebrated the release of all three singles with a performance at the Workmans Club, Dublin.
As a writer, Emma’s work has been published in The Ogham Stone 2020 and Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words, and she has performed readings of her prose and poetry on several occasions at the Irish Writers Centre. In October 2021, she was shortlisted for the inaugural Visual Verse Writing Prize.
Emma is available to book for musical events as a solo singer-songwriter, and for literary and spoken word events as as performer of prose and poetry. If you have a booking enquiry, or require further information, she’d be delighted to hear from you. There are a number of ways to get in touch:
Prose and Poetry
Takin’ the Mic online with the Irish Writers Centre. Emma reads three pieces from 1hr25mins.
The Lost Words – A Short Story with Film
Island Bound, published in Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words
A Lesson in Grief – A Short Story with Photograph