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Rowlette Chats About Songwriting, Her Inspirations and More

Rowlette is the moniker of singer-songwriter Sarah Keane. Kym Duignan caught up with Sarah to chat about her inspirations, the Irish musicians she admires and more…

When did you first become interested in songwriting and performing?
I’ve loved singing and songwriting for as long as I can remember, and have been writing songs since I was about 12/13. However sharing them and performing them is another story – I sang my first original song for a friend when I was 19. I’m not always that comfortable sharing how I feel about things and singing original songs can feel like giving the deepest, rawest part of you. But thankfully I have gotten over that, and now it’s difficult to keep me quiet!

Who are your musical inspirations?
I love the likes of P!nk, Marina and the Diamonds and Misterwives – they have such a great songwriting style, write about really interesting topics and still create seriously catchy tunes! Also Alice Merton, Sofi Tukker, Sara Barreilles…anyone with a bit of attitude! And of course you can’t beat a good boy band – I’m a big fan of The Academic, Hudson Taylor and Kodaline.

Are there any fellow Irish women artists who you admire?
Yes of course! I adore Aine Cahill and her sound, it’s somehow so classic and fresh at the same time. And Maria Kelly and Eve Belle are great women for their sad bops!

What inspired your debut single ‘Howling at the Moon’?
I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who did what they wanted to and were comfortable sharing how they feel, but was never actually that good at it! Howling at the Moon is about all those who aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in, and in doing so, inspire others to do the same. So I guess it’s kind of a song of thanks to all those howlers out there!

What are your goals for 2019?
For 2019 my main goal is to get more of my music out there! I will be releasing many more singles and an EP during the year.

To keep up to date with Rowlette, follow her at on Instagram, Facebook and at

Listen to Rowlette’s debut single Howling at the Moon below…

Interview by Kym Duignan

Featured image by Imagery by Ro


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