I was looking for an Irish musician to feature today because it is St. Patrick’s Day. I happened across Loah but when I started my research discovered she has a sister who also sings. There is not a huge amount of information out on the net that I could find about them, and most of it is about Loah only. As a peripheral bonus to the research I did find a list of approximately 30 female Irish singers, so Women Music March 2023 could be a special feature!
I have played music for as long as I have a memory
Sallay-Matu Garnett, (stage-name: Loah) and Emma Garnett (stage-name: Feather/Fehdah), are Irish singer-songwriters of Sierra Leonean descent. They perform individually, but have contributed to each other’s work. They have written in English, Sherbro and Krio.
Loah takes West-African choral influences and adds her own soulful, jazzy vibe. She has worked with members of Little Green Cars and co-wrote with Hozier for their debut album. In 2019 she played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar in the Barbican Theatre, London.
In 2020, Loah was part of an Irish collective of female singers and musicians called Irish Women in Harmony, that recorded a version of Dreams in aid of the charity SafeIreland, which deals with domestic abuse which had reportedly risen significantly during the COVID-19 lockdown.
At the end of 2020, Loah appeared as a guest on RTÉ’s music programme Soundtrack to My Life with Kodaline and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (plus Jack L and presenter Nicky Byrne.)
Articles found on the internet about them
Independent IE on 11/5/14 “Relative values: Sisters set to make big noise on the music scene”
Celtic Life International on 1/16/20 “Loah”
Sunday World on 12/18/21 “lucky break Singer Loah says her career took off after Covid ruined her plan to move to the US”
EP This Heart (2017)
Single Birthmark (2020)
LP When I Rise Up (2021) poetry set to music
Single The Body to the Soul (2021) poetry set to music
One thing to share: Sorry, this is about all I can find about the sisters. The articles listed above do give additional information.
Official website: here