LOAH. The Mystères. The Invisibles. Intermediaries for a distant Bondye. Spirits of Haitian Vodou. Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean / Irish origin who grew up between Maynooth and West Africa.
From an early age she was given a solid classical training on violin, playing in orchestral ensembles and singing in choirs as a girl. Making the acquaintance of the piano in her teens she made for her first forays into songwriting, while in college she collaborated with future members of the likes of Little Green Cars and Kíla, as well as singing in Trinity Orchestra’s early pop endeavours. She also contributed to Hozier’s platinum selling debut album, co-writing the song Someone New, for which they won a BMI songwriting award.
She’s now embarking on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of folk and soul which she calls “ArtSoul”. In what has been a phenomenal first couple of years in action, she has released three stunning singles/videos (“The Bailey”, “Cortege”, and “Take It” with Irish producer Bantum), performed at Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, Longitude, Cork Jazz Festival, Sounds From A Safe Harbour, and the Dublin Fringe Festival, amongst others.