Being inspired by her sister, Elsa, Miss Irenie Rose entered the gigging world. A singer-songwriter from the Isle of Lewis, she has supported both local and touring artists, played festivals across the country, and made multiple radio and television appearances.
Some of the artists she has supported include Nathaniel Rateliff, Pete Roe, Ben Howard, Rachel Sermanni, Rae Morris, Manran, Larkin Poe, John Smith and KAN.
She was nominated for best newcomer in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. Irenie also reached the semi-finals of the Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year Awards.
Irenie performed a Joan Baez tribute at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 as well as joining her sister Elsa Jean McTaggart and brother-in-law Gary Lister in a trad band ‘Hebridean Fire’ for the duration of the festival. There are plans to return next year.
Joan Baez: a Tribute by Miss Irenie Rose
In her good-humoured style, she recounts how Baez’s politics and pacifism has permeated all her work. She was more political than her old beau Bob Dylan and made much more use of some of his songs. Bob was paranoid when he was on drugs; Baez never did drugs.
The venue is intimate, so Miss Irenie Rose makes it seem that she is talking and singing just for you. All the old standards are there; Blowin’ in the wind, the haunting Donna Donna and the darkly humorous Farewell Angelina.
The audience joined in a rousing chorus of hope in the time-honoured civil rights standard, We Shall Overcome and went into ecstasy when her sister, Elsa-Jean McTaggart, joined Miss Irenie Rose on stage to finish the show with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Joan Baez is in her seventies now; although she is still touring. Fans who want to remember her at the height of her powers will enjoy this superb, respectful tribute from a young, talented Scottish folk singer.
Reviewed by David Kerr
#EdFringe2018 #EdFringe #IntoTheUnknown
A rose by any other name might smell as sweet but would she sound as stonkingly brilliant as new LN fave, Irenie Rose? I should coco! As the late spring evening grew in, Irenie serenaded us with her songs of her home island, Lewis (flat and no trees, apparently – pure poetry), and love’s labours lost. If your sense of humour is of a certain warped persuasion then Irenie’s banter is worth the admission alone. When is a chocolate peanut not a chocolate peanut? Go see Irenie and find out. Lovely guitar picking and sweet vocals combined with the best use of loop pedal you’ll see anywhere. Not every rose has its thorn, it would seem. Brill!
It should have been no surprise therefore that the headliner of tonight’s civilised soirée, Miss Irenie Rose, was actually on first. As endearing as always, she duly nudged her way through the songs on her debut EP “Peat Bog” with all the charm and persistence of a Shetland pony on a mission to capture the attention, heart and wallet of any passing visitor. This time though, she had enlisted the assistance of two good and honourable gentlemen to add the necessary musical energy to scale her sweet songs up and fill the cavernous holiness that was Cottier’s Theatre. Throw in a few surprises like bringing on her sister Elsa to add sibling harmonic glory to “Turquoise” and providing free sugary snacks and it doesn’t get much better than that.
Belladrum 2015 Review: Miss Irenie Rose
Whatson – North
by Kyle Walker (Belladrum veteran since 2014)
(****) Black Isle Brewery Grassroots Stage, Saturday, 3.15pm
“Music evolves with the times – and one of the genres that doesn’t get enough credit for doing this is folk. A style of music too often stereotyped as archaic and hilariously quaint – all earnest men with beards, banjos and no friends. Yet folk is proving just as adept at pulling itself into the modern era – as Miss Irenie Rose shows.
Particularly, it’s the way that she uses a loop station. The device provides texture that neither she or her two-man backing band could craft otherwise, and it gives the entire performance a wonderful level of depth. The sound of Miss Irenie Rose’s voice – those stunningly expressive, Isle of Lewis-tinged vocals layering over itself repeatedly – is an experience like no other.
The stories that took up the space between songs were pure folk, both in the mere fact of their existence and Irenie’s style of telling – tales of calving and the classic Dead Dog In A Suitcase story all made appearances – but it’s the songs that stick in the mind. There’s a strange melancholy to songs like Big Bad Wolf – a song constructed entirely with vocal loops – that just has to be heard.”
Blues Bunny, Live Review of ‘Something Someone, Miss Irenie Rose, Jason Riddell, Sophie Rogers and Black and White Boy live at Broadcast in Glasgow’
10-11-14 by Handsome Bluesbunny
“…Talking of intoxication, Miss Irenie Rose would make anyone with a heart raise a glass or three to her talent. Showing an affinity for both matters acoustic and loop pedal, her voice danced over her songs like she had been blessed with the pagan power to invoke joy through the simple expedient of making music. She was, to put it simply, enchanting.”
Get Out Glasgow – Reviewed: Colin Macleod and Miss Irenie Rose, St Andrews in the Square
26-02-14 by Jamie Cook
“…A product of Stornoway’s surprisingly busy music scene, Miss Irenie Rose (as her stage name goes) is an up and comer for sure, but one with a solid background in the highlands and islands scene. Her appearance at Celtic Connections was one of her first concerts since moving to Glasgow to further her musical career.
Immediately her Celtic and folk influences were apparent, and at times during the first few songs I did feel oddly transported into some sort of alternate Wickerman based present, minus the extraneous creepiness and burning of effigies.
A fairly stripped backed and calm performance initially, it did feel that her particular brand of Scottish folk wasn’t quite punching the rafters of the old church, however by the time ‘Peat Bog’ came along I began to feel the notes and rolling vocals were coming into themselves. Perhaps an effect of settling into the gig, but thankfully it all began to take a shape.
The highlight of Miss Irenie Rose’s performance was her hand-operated use of a loop pedal. Certainly not the slickest way to deploy one, but interesting to say the least. It made for some incredibly beautiful vocal overlays and beatboxing percussion backing, an addition not lost on the doting audience. Overall it was a solid performance, and I can only say that as Miss Irenie Rose grows in confidence after her move, her ear for a sly metaphor and obvious musical competence will get the word spread around Glasgow…
…I feel Miss Irenie Rose certainly punched above her billing. She’ll be one I’ll be keeping an eye out for on the Glasgow circuit in the coming months. For me though, the gig did urge me to turn my head away from the masses of central belt artists, and poke my head up north now and again. If this evening was anything to go by, you can be sure there’s a lot more than Wind and Peat Bogs up in Stornoway.”
The Pop Cop – A first look at Celtic Connections 2014
Written by Sarah McMullan
“Colin Macleod + Miss Irenie Rose, St Andrew’s In The Square
A double bill of singing-songwriting talent from Lewis, both Colin and Irenie share a fondness for genteel acoustic loveliness. Miss Irenie Rose has a particularly ethereal, otherworldly charm and comparisons to Joni Mitchell are not without merit.”
Inverness gig for Miss Irenie Rose –Highland News
Written by Margaret Chrystall
“Miss Irenie Rose from Lewis. If you want to solve an intriguing mystery, try to define the unique sound and presence of Lewis singer songwriter Miss Irenie Rose.
There’s something quite old-fashioned and charming about the live performances – but there’s also something thoroughly modern in the earwormy hooks you find in all her songs…”
Singing in the Rain –Events
“Some acts worth a mention: Miss Irenie Rose, who has such a naturally beautiful voice, a wonderful imagination and an adorable timidity – I was completely mesmerised by her entire performance…”
Elsa Jean McTaggart ~ Someone Special –Scotland’s Islands
“The evening in the Woodlands’ Centre, in the beautiful location of the Castle Grounds in Stornoway, began with the talented and yet ery humble Miss Irenie Rose, on guitar. The softness of her tone was instantly replaced by a confident, powerful voice when the talking turned to song, which may take some people pleasantly by surprise! Miss Irenie Rose writes her own material, largely based on a close family upbringing, and her experiences have enabled her to produce some heartwarming lyrics everyone can relate to, bringing a smile to your face. With songs including, ‘My Mamma Says’, ‘Somebody Else’, ‘River’ and ‘Rascal’, she confidently wears her heart on her sleeve and as she rounds up her set, she proudly invites her sister to replace her on stage.”
The Scene –Stornoway Gazette
“…the stunningly brilliant newcomer Miss Irenie Rose, what a voice and what a treasure trove of original material (reminds me of early Joan Baez or ‘Both Sides Now’ era Joni Mitchell wow!)…”