Cheryl Ireland & The Autumn Smoke
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Cheryl Ireland & The Autumn Smoke

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Rock Folk




"Buzz Music Review of "Let Things Be""

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey Buzz fans! My name is Cheryl Ireland, I am a Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. I have a brand new EP called "This Wilderness" I would love you to check out. I am super passionate about music and performance. I am really excited to be here and having the oppourtinity to share some details about my music with you.

Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Definitely, I started singing at a really young age. I'd dress up in my mom's high heels and belt out down in the basement old retro R&B and rock and roll songs. The guitar playing came later in life. The friends I hung out with in highschool all played, and I really wanted to learn so I locked myself in my bedroom for a couple of years and taught myself. This was long before the days of Google, so my practice consisted largely of pressing my ear up to my boombox and focusing on the guitar work. I started performing with a few local bands, exploring different genres and styles. Over the years I honed in on my personal style and began writing. These days I am performing and writing my my band "The Autumn Smoke", which is a rock-folk band with inspiration stolen from blues, classic rock and Canadian folk music. The band consists of myself on vocals and guitar, guitarist Ken Kucharic, and drummer Chris Dove. We are currently in the process of writing our follow up to my debut EP, and will be releasing that in the summer of 2019. We are also working on performances at upcoming Canadian music festivals.

Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
Yep! I sure do. I love writing. My songwriting started when I was a teenager and I started learning guitar. I always wrote poetry, and loved expressing myself through the english language. As time went on, I started putting poetry to music, and eventually developed a writing style which reflected my influences and love of poetry. That's why my music often has a non-traditional format.

My approach to writing songs generally starts with a conceptual theme and a vocal melody. From there, I add guitar and a rhythm section. I am a drummer also, so I always feel the rhythm section while writing the melody. The guys I work with Ken and Chris are very much on the same wave length and can interpret the songs in a way that is very complimentary to my vision. They are both sensational artists in their own right.

Love the new song Let Things Be!!! Can you tell us a bit about it?
Thanks very much! I am really happy you enjoy it. It's a pretty personal song for me. Let Things Be was actually written on acoustic guitar and translated to the more electrified version on the EP. I often write music this way. It's a rock song with a folky underbelly. It's one of my two favorite songs on "This Wilderness". I hope you all get a chance to listen to it!

Where did the inspiration behind Let Things Be come from?
Let Things Be was a song that came to me pretty easily. It was during a time in my life when there was chaos swirling all around me. I had to take a step back to breathe and focus on life. It is a reflection of the journey which has brought me to where I am now, as well as an incorporation of the journey I envision many other women on. The lyrical content tells the listener to "breathe in life and let things be". For me this is a powerful line that resonates deeply with me. We can't change some things in life so it is best to accept things as they are with a sense of peace, and to enjoy the moment we are in.

What are three things you’d love your fans to know about you?
Wow, that's a tough question. I am a pretty open person, and I try to be as honest as possible, especially with my fans. Let me try and break this down.

1. I am a huge lover of all music. I am a huge lover of the creators of music and art. I would love to hear your music, and get to experience what you have created! I love music that shakes up the norm and exposes people to something unique.

2. I think honesty and transparency is really important in my music. I am a conduit for my own identity. When you listen to my music, what you're getting is authentic and genuine and sometimes messy, and I'm okay with that. I think when you commit to exposing your creativity, you also commit to the audience seeing you for what you are.

3. I love people, creatures and the planet. I think we're living in a time where the influence of others comes in crashing waves. It can be difficult to navigate. We are all a beat of the same heart, one voice, one mind, symbiotic. More than anything else, I really love to see people thrive together, support and love one another. It is the greatest machine towards our survival. I really hope my music translates this idea for some people, and inspires them.

Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
We have a show coming up on November 23rd in my hometown of Oshawa, Ontario with the amazing Suzie McNeil. Suzie is a pretty remarkable artist and we are pumped for this show. Aside from that, we will be spending the winter writing and creating new material. We will be back out performing and on the road in the Spring of 2019, and are looking forward to some Canadian Music Festivals, and shows with other Canadian artists. You can find out more through my website We will be making announcements after February.

As far as our performance goes, we are all very passionate about creating a soundscape live. When I am performing, I am most focused on emoting the energy of the music and trying to connect with the listerners. I am full of energy and rawness. Ken Kucharic (guitarist) is very talented with texture and ambiance, and his love of experimental rock really comes through. Chris Dove (drummer) is amazing with "feel" and dynamics. Hearing him play drums is like being in his head. You really get a mirror of Chris. I think the three of us together are on a similar wavelength and are all just really happy to be there, in that moment!

What’s next for you?
We are currently working with a new bass player, and will have more details on that in the coming months. As far as new music goes, we are releasing content currently in EP's rather than full albums. This is due to the way I write. I have thematical ideas a lot for each release, and think our audience will appreciate this method. I don't want to say too much regarding the next release, except that we hope you love it, and definetely stay tuned! Thanks very much for the chat! It's really been a blast. We hope you dig what's next for Cheryl Ireland & The Autumn Smoke!

Connect with Cheryl Ireland on social media: - Buzz Music

" Interview"

DURHAM — Asked if there’s a theme on This Wilderness, Cheryl Ireland briefly thinks about it.

“Yes and no,” she replies.

“I think the main thing I was looking at was an extended look at love. It’s a love album; it’s a rock album.”

A new remastered version of the five-song EP, released earlier this year, is available on all of the major music streaming platforms.

Nov.23,2018 | 7:00 PM

Suzie McNeil w/ Cheryl Ireland and the Autumn Smoke
It’s Ireland’s first with her new recording and touring band, the Autumn Smoke.

The record shows Ireland’s various musical influences, from the folk-tinged Wilderness to Ocean, the heaviest rocker.

Ireland, who was born in Newmarket and grew up in Pickering, started playing guitar in high school. She first performed with bands and then, just before turning 30, as a solo artist.

Ireland spent the early part of this year looking for a band with whom she could tour and record, musicians who were “on the same page musically” as her. She found them in percussionist Chris Dove and guitarist and mandolin player Ken Kucharic from the band the Winter Vault.

She is also a member of the Wild Nellies, a female arts collective that includes co-founders Gwen Tuinman, a Whitby writer, and musician Cheryl Casselman from Castleton in Northumberland County.

Ireland says her new band plans to start touring the country next year and future music will likely be “a little bit harder.” “I’d love to be doing more festivals,” Ireland says of her plans.

You can see Cheryl Ireland and the Autumn Smoke on Nov. 23 at the Music Hall, 39 King St. E., Oshawa, when the band opens for Suzie McNeil.

Tickets are $20, available at or at Long and McQuade in Oshawa.

And the Emerson Ireland Band presents its Holiday Hope Rockfest Toy Drive on Dec. 8 at the General Pub, 21 Celina St., Oshawa. Ireland leaves her guitar at home and plays drums and sings in her husband’s band. The couple met at Long and McQuade, where they both work.

“It’s amazing,” she says of playing music with her partner. “We both kind of eat, sleep and breathe music.”

Ireland credits him for “having a lot of faith in me and inspiring me.”

See the duo, as the Irelands, performing covers and originals on Nov. 24 at the Waterfront, 590 Liverpool Rd., Pickering.

You can also see them on Dec. 22 at the Copperworks Brew Pub and Restaurant, 7 Division St., Bowmanville.

Visit her online at and on Facebook at -


Cheryl Ireland "This Wilderness", Released 2018. Produced by Villageworks Canada.



The Autumn Smoke paints you a sonic picture with a dynamic soundscape. The sound is driving, sometimes folky, with a unique, powerful and haunting vocal style rich with harmonies and resonant texture. The band is fueled by driving rock drums and rich, billowy guitar work. The band is self-described as a Canadiana folk-rock project with undertones of blues and atmospheric rock. 

Her band, known as "The Autumn Smoke", celebrated the release of their first EP entitled "This Wilderness" in July of 2018 which features a collection of songs written about a journey through the wilds of love. The 5 song EP draws the listener into a deeply symbiotic relationship between the band members and their shared love of their music. It is passionate and authentic. 

The Autumn Smoke is currently working on their first music video for "Let Things Be", the second song off of "This Wilderness", as well as a collection of live videos for later release. Cheryl Ireland and her band, Ken Kucharic (guitar) and Chris Dove (drums) will be taking the winter to focus on writing new songs for a new release in the summer of 2019, as well as playing Ontario based shows. The band is also developing a micro-tour schedule for the upcoming festival season and looks forward to many great performances.

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