INTERVIEW: Kitty Donohoe

Can you talk to us more about your amazing re-released single “There Are No Words”?  

The original song was released in September, 2001 – written on the day of the attacks as I was walking around the boxes in my living room trying to take in what had just happened.  I had just moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan and by mid-day I was thinking ‘there are no words that can even address this horror, there are no words’ which became the refrain and by the end of the day the entire song was written.  The song has had a grassroots journey, including receiving a Michigan Emmy and being used in an indie film about the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial which led to a live presentation of it on Sept 11, 2008 at the Pentagon.  Approaching the 20th year since then we decided to put out an official video for the song.

What an incredible tribute to 9/11?  

thank you

How were you personally affected by the events of 9/11?  

I know someone who was in the World Trade Center that day and from the impact of the song I’ve heard from many many who were affected in their own lives.

Would you send us the video for the track?

We would love to include that in your feature.  here’s the link

How is, in general,  the recording and writing process for you?  

Usually pretty slow.  I tend to sit on a song for awhile before I decide it’s done and ready to record.

What role does Ireland play in your music?  

I draw a lot from my Irish heritage in the sounds I hear and record.  Even if a song has no real Irish roots I often will add fiddles, Irish pipes or bodhran (Irish drum) to accentuate the song itself.

Can we expect any new material coming out soon?  

I have been writing during Covid and right now have 3 projects I’d like to get started on!

If so, – how’s that coming along?  

Because I don’t record myself I need to make sure the people I work with are available and around, so…always a work in progress!

What else is happening next in Kitty Donohoe’s world?  

Kind of waiting for the world to open up again after Covid.  Even gigs that are re-emerging are cautious about the delta variant and sometimes changing their minds and postponing things.  I’m especially interested in publishing some of my material and this seems like a good time to move forward on that. I have a lot of instrumentals and pieces I see working in film, etc. so I want to pursue that.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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