Ríona Sally Hartman

Ríona Sally Hartman

 Dublin, Leinster, IRL
BandPopJazz

Riona builds her songs like stories, and performs them like poetry. Her shows radiate that lively chemistry found in the best of artists, fully embracing the eclectic musical talents of her band, whose influences include jazz, gospel and folk, and honoring them through Riona's unique pop aesthetic..

Biography

Ríona Sally Hartman began performing as a solo artist in 2008 and in the short period of time since then has grown a considerable fan base, especially in her native Dublin. Following her well received tour of Ireland, both north and south, in the summer of 2010 Ríona released her debut CD ‘Sealegs’ at a sold out launch in Whelan’s. Since then Sealegs has been garnering praise from critics and audiences alike in particular for the single 'Seasnail', a deceptively sweet sounding waltz broaching the grainier side of love.

Ríona Sally Hartman’s live band showcases some of the brightest young minds of the Dublin music scene, each musician with a firm dedication to their craft and with backgrounds in genres as far reaching as jazz, classical and klezmer. Ríona has become known for her eclectic musical influences, and honoring them through a unique pop aesthetic. Her style has been compared by critics to Laura Marling and Tori Amos. The eclecticism has allowed her to reach a very broad audience and play a wide variety of venues across the country.

Before Ríona Sally Hartman began performing as a solo artist she was mostly known for her role in the critically acclaimed album ‘The Facts of Life for the Palestinian’ by Sami Moukaddem (4/5 stars The Irish Times).

Lyrics

Sea Snail

Written By: Riona Sally Hartman


I won’t wait for you all
porcelain faced, a willow pattern plate in this tent I’ve made
from your love letters.
Oh I’m so sick of love letters
And I won’t wait for you like a seasnail
waiting for someone to hum me out of my shell.
(humm humm humm...)

So I, I’ll wait for you the only way I know how,
Like a bride on fire
Like a statue come alive
Like a horny devil drunk on love and crazy for a fight.
I’m a horny devil drunk on love and I’m crazy for a fight.

Made of Moon

Written By: RIona Sally Hartman


(I'm made of moon. I'm made of...)
I’ll show you what I’m made of
it’s darker stuff than you.
Your skin is sun, your teeth they shine like stars
but me I’m made of moon.
(I'm made of...)

I could pull those tears from your eyes like the tides
your cheeks won’t ever dry.
I could swallow your sunshine.
I’d leave you fumbling for a light switch.
('cause I'm made of ...)

Star light, star bright you’re the brightest star I saw that night
in vain you wish you may you may wish you might
resist the pull of my dark side
You’re untainted by the night sky
You’re untainted by the night sky
But I’m tainted by the night sky.

I’ll show you what I’m made of
it’s darker stuff than you
coz your skin is sun you teeth they shine like stars
but me I’m made of moon.

I'm made of moon.

Kamikaze

Written By: RIona Sally Hartman


This too will pass.
This night like the next will become the last.
That’s not your future in your palm
it’s just the imprint of a clenched fist,

and this is just
One more night waiting for sleep to come.
One more night waiting for numbness
to creep up like the dawn.
Outside the raindrops race each other down.
You’d think that one would take the time to stop and notice
It’s a kamikaze journey to the ground.

This too will heal.
These wounds will be sealed,
But oh what a cure that’s worse than the disease.

It’s just
One more night waiting for sleep to come.
One more night waiting for numbness
to creep up like the dawn.
Outside the raindrops race each other down.
You’d think that one would take the time to stop and notice
That this is just

One more night waiting for sleep to come.
One more night waiting for numbness
to creep up with the dawn.
Outside the raindrops race each other down.
You’d think that one would take the time to stop and notice
It’s a kamikaze journey to the ground.

Bring on the rain, bring on the rain.
Baptize me out in the streets and let me be clean again.

Song for the Dead, Song for the Living

Written By: RIona Sally Hartman


I’m just a song.
I can’t keep you warm.
I can’t hold you hand
or heal what’s torn.
I can’t bring back the sun now your days are done.

I’m a pointless song
for the pointless end
of two beautiful young men.
I’m a pointless song
for the pointless end
of two beautiful young men.

Feel my breath.
Feel my pulse.
Feel the warmth of my bed.
Who am I to sing for the dead?
Feel my breath.
Feel my pulse.
Feel the warmth of my bed.
Who am I to sing for the dead?

So I’m another song,
Let me try to keep you warm.
Let me hold your hand.
Let me heal what’s torn.
And I’ll search
For the sun
Should a darkness overcome you.

I’m a hopeful song
Hopeful for an end
To the suffering of young men.
I’m a hopeful song
Hopeful for an end
To the suffering of young men.
I’m a hopeful song
Hopeful for an end
To the suffering of young men.

Oh, Rapunzel

Written By: RIona Sally Hartman


Throw down your hair I’m getting pretty tired
of shouting up at your window.
Your face is pretty but it’s getting pretty cold
I’m thinking it’s about time I go
Home home home home
my friends are calling me home

(friends are calling me home)

on my own own own
I’m out here on my own
time for me to go home.

Don’t bat your eyes don’t think it’s gonna work
don’t think you’re gonna make me come up there.
It’s round about time you took a look around
and tried to find the front door on your
own own own own
your friends are calling you home.

(friends are calling you home)

On you own own own
your up there on your own
time for you to come home.

And you’ve got quite a view from
up there on you own
in your tower
have you noticed
that it’s through a stained glass window?
So when you chance a glance below
do I appear green 'cause I think
there’s other colours that better match my skin tone?

Goin
Home home home home,
my friends are calling me home.
It’s time for me to go home.

Discography

Sealegs (EP) - Released August 2010
Sea Snail (Single) - Released October 2010