Musical Rooms

May 23, 2009

Musical Rooms Part 75: Norabelle

Filed under: Interviews,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 11:04 am


“There are two rooms that we use for writing music. The first is a small reception area in Shane’s house in Rathmines. In this room there is a piano and two guitars. It makes sense for us to use this room rather than transport the piano the different locations. However, we like it for other reasons too. The piano sits by a tall narrow window which allows natural light to fill the room. There are high ceilings and the acoustics in the room are incredible. The most important things that we really need are privacy and quietness. This room provides both of these so it’s ideal. It is generally quite cold in the winter months but it makes up for this with abundance personality and homliness.

The second room that we use to write our songs is in Ken’s house in Stoneybatter. In this room there is a Zoom MRS 802 8 track, a few standard mics, guitars and a couple of seldom used pedals. Again, this room is nicely lit my skylights and a large window. I suppose that natural light is something that we like in a music room. The ceilings are high and the floors are wooden. The room overlooks a small backyard. It’s very quiet and we can play there for hours undisturbed.

Our music is very quiet so noise is certainly not an issue for us and we don’t have to worry about annoying the neighbours or anything. Normally our practices take place between 7pm and 10pm. However, whilst writing the hours we spend creating new music are much less structured.”

Musical Rooms was talking to Ken Clarke of Norabelle

Norabelle released their debut EP, Come the Bluest Dawn, earlier this year. They play Whelan’s (upstairs) supporting Nerve Museum on Tuesday, June 2nd, at Anseo, Dublin on Sunday, June 14th and Sunday June 21st at The Spirit Story, Dundalk on June 21st, supporting Aoife Moriarty. For more details, visit

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1 Comment »

  1. Just “discovered” your site and looking forward to digging through ALL your posts! Thanks!

    Comment by Songwraith — May 30, 2009 @ 8:47 pm |Reply

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