Acclaimed Irish musician Roesy has found a new creative lease on life since he moved to Melbourne – and is now heading out on an Australian tour.
Roesy, who grew up in Birr, Co Offaly, received critical acclaim for his work and has started a new chapter in his artistic life after moving to the city with his family.
The talented singer-songwriter had built a studio in his home in Amsterdam and was travelling over and back for work in Dublin and New York.
He went back to live in Ireland for nine months but found many venues had cut back on their live gigs and people were simply not going out.
“I was open to a bit of a change. I’ve always been moving around as it’s in my blood,” he said.
“I love Australia. They have a great sense of humour but home is home. You get on with it and integrate as much as possible. It’s a very healthy scene here. They really appreciate and love their music.”
Moving to Melbourne has also given Roesy a new edge to his other creative side; he is also a talented painter and graphic designer.
He took a short course in the
subject in Shillington College in Melbourne and since then has created posters for events such as the Marrickville Festival and album covers for fellow musicians.
“Over the last four months I’m writing and working towards the new album. I paint as well and I do graphic design. I’m painting a lot, I’d exhibit twice a year,” he said.
“Before Australia I was just tipping around with Photoshop and Illustrator. I started doing posters and I did the album covers for Livingstone Daisies and Freddie White and Trish Hickey. Painting was always there but graphics was something I loved.”
Roesy went to school with fellow Birr man and musician Mundy (touring next month) and has not been home to Ireland since he left for Australia.
“I’m in a great place. I got fed up with music and art and a few years ago I was thinking what’s the point of it. When I dug myself deep enough into a hole it was music and art that got me out of it.”
Full tour dates are available on Roesy’s website.