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Ruth O’Mahony-Brady was the second dlr Musician in Residence for 2021. During the course of her Residency, pianist, vocalist, producer and composer Ruth O’Mahony-Brady worked in collaboration with artist Mary Barnecutt, fusing their varied musical fields – cello (both electric and acoustic), piano, synthesizers/electronics and vocal harmonies. Audiences were offered insights into the creative process through regular online updates from Ruth on dlr’s and Music Network’s social media channels.


The duo composed music inspired by the unique field recordings and found sounds captured from various areas within the greater Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown landscape. The music created was semi-scored with space in the structure for live improvisation, forming multi-layered compositions that drew from an eclectic blend of chamber, folk and electronic influences. The final performance will be recorded and later released as a 6-track EP, marking the culmination of Ruth’s Residency and the debut release from this new project. The Residency will culminate in a public performance to showcase the material developed during the residency. 

An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Lettie McCarthy: “Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is delighted to present the second Residency for 2021 and we look forward to hearing the exciting new work created by Ruth, in collaboration with Mary.”

The scheme is jointly funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council and managed by Music Network.


Ruth O’Mahony-Brady is a pianist, vocalist, producer and composer. Having worked as a professional musician since 2012, Ruth has earned a great deal of experience through working with a range of artists both at home and internationally. Touring highlights have included performances at the Sydney Opera House; Elbphilharmonie Hamburg; Carnegie Hall, New York; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (with the LA Philharmonic), and a variety of festivals such as Rock Werchter, Ohana Festival, Firenze Rocks (with Eddie Vedder). Ruth balances her classical piano training with a more contemporary approach to writing and playing music. She has an interest in a variety of keyboard instruments – organs, electric pianos, vintage synthesisers etc., and is partial to the fusion of electronic and acoustic elements in the music she creates. Much in demand as a composer of beautiful string arrangements, Ruth has also worked as a session musician and backing vocalist with many established artists including Sam Smith, Lisa O’Neill, Glen Hansard, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Rufus Wainwright and Paloma Faith.