Debut Album 'Into the Sea'

Ó a Bhríd - Ode to Brigid

An ode to Brigid, commissioned by herstory

Susan was commissed by to write a piece of music in honour of Brigid for St. Brigid's Day, 2024. In her own words;

"Since landing home from Australia I have been making music with Enda Gallery deep in the hills of Kilfernora in County Clare. We have co-written and co-produced an Irish meditative mantra in our own native tongue, 11 minutes and 33 seconds long, imbued with love, the rhythm of a heartbeat through the sound of the bodhrán, magic and mysticism to honour the Spirit of Brigid and our homeland of Éire.

The song flowed peacefully through us as we sang our vocals through the light of a flame. In honour of Brigid and her sacred symbols, we have the sound of fire crackling throughout the track. We also recorded the water from St. Brigit's well in Liscannor to balance the sound with running water from the well. The song is also created at 432hz, known as a healing frequency."

Listen below via Bandcamp, also available on Spotify, Apple, YouTube and other platforms.


"Tabhair dom do lámh 
Oscail mo chroí 
Ag athrú ar nós crann 
Ciúin ar nós uisce domhain 
Ó a Bhríd 

English translation: 

"Give me your hand 
Open my heart 
Changing like a tree 
Quiet as deep water 
Ó a Bhríd 

Praise for Into the Sea

'Into the Sea is a bewitching statement of intent, a true labour of love.'  
- The Irish Independent  

'Album of the week on BBC Radio Ulster'
- The Late Show with Eve Blair

‘Into The Sea surprises by delivering not only shades of the peaceful paean of Follow Rivers Way but also several tracks that are filled with undeniable rock attitude.'  
- GoldenPlec  

'Quirke has written with real honesty and bravery. The album is ethereal and grounded, making for a record that shows remarkable depth. The Embrace is a powerful indie anthem.' 
- Hot Press Magazine 

'Immersive, echoes of Mazzy Star, Laura Veirs, and Cat Power' 
RTÉ Radio 1 Arena  

'A stunning breakthrough debut album of mesmerizing indie-rock and folk... a grower of an album with great depth and texture that form an ethereal sound you can get lost in, bringing the listener into a deeper richer experience with every listen.' 

'Into The Sea is an astonishing debut, embracing the sounds of indie rock, folk and traditional music with a modern twist and Susan’s own ethereal magic.' 
- Irish Daily Mail

Susan Quirke Music

I love music. It makes me feel an aliveness in my belly and in my heart that nothing else on the planet does. Writing, recording in studio, the mixing and mastering process, performing at festivals, being in a room harmonising with other musicians, singing in my kitchen using the sweeping brush as a microphone... all of it. 

On April 23rd 2021 I released my debut album 'Into the Sea' which has been gaining powerful traction on national and regional radio and national press. I've released a bunch of music videos, achieved an iTunes no.1, played some wonderful live on air sets on national and regional radio (it was album of the week on BBC Radio Ulster), and played at venues throughout Ireland, the US and Australia.  My debut album ‘Into the Sea’ features Irish music veterans Colm Mac Con Iomaire on violin (solo artist, The Frames, the Swell Season), Colm Quearney on guitar (the Square Pegs, Lír), Robbie Malone on bass (David Gray, Lír), Justin Carroll on piano (the Frames, Iron and Wine), and Graham Hopkins on drums (Therapy, the Frames, the Swell Season). The album was engineered by Ruth Kennington and Rían Trench, mixed and mastered by Grammy award winner David Odlum, and co-produced by myself and Colm Quearney. Thank you to all who have supported the journey over the years, including more recently, First Music Contact and the Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the album release stimulus initiative.

You can read a deeply personal blog I wrote about the making of my album here, a decade long adventure.

You can purchase my album via my Bandcamp, your support of my music is so appreciated. Thanks for checking me out.