Switching from Limerick hairdresser’s job to singing was a simple, dry decision

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HAIRDRESSER Molly O’Connell has returned to her singing roots.

The Irish country singer is the youngest of five children born to Breda Ryan, of Killuragh, Cappamore and the late Denis O’Connell, Kilcommon.

It was the Covid lockdowns that inspired Molly to swap her scissors for a microphone. She just released a new single – Crazy, Crazy Baby.

“When the pandemic hit, it gave me a reason to rethink certain things, especially my career. I changed careers because all the time I was a hairdresser, I always took the opportunity to singing on stage, whether it was in charity shows, pubs for traditional sessions, friends’ weddings, church gatherings, anything to do with music and song,” said Molly, who is a very experienced hairdresser.

After graduating from St Joseph’s Secondary School in Doon, Molly attended Limerick Senior College where she qualified as a hairdresser.

“I then worked with Hugh Campbell on Cruises Street in Limerick and then at my friend’s salon in Nenagh for eight years, Elegance Hair and Beauty. After 10 years there I decided to open a salon of hairdressing in Nenagh where I ran a successful business for 10 years with two wonderful staff,” said Molly.

But Covid arrived and the barbers chairs sat empty for months.

“I decided to do Facebook Lives with my sister Siobhan. They were a huge hit. People started following me and started asking me if I had a CD or a single so that’s where comes my new single. I knew it was time to fulfill my childhood dream of having a singing career,” Molly said.

Indeed, as a child she shone on stage winning the County, Munster and All-Ireland Scor and Fleadh Cheoils.

“I had huge support from my dad and mum who took me around Ireland for singing competitions and spent so much money on me following my love for singing. My dad was in a band called the Mellow Tones where he sang and played the accordion. That’s where I learned all the country and folk songs and where I learned the guitar. All my sisters sang and we always did a party song together. My whole family in Cappamore are traditional musicians,” said Molly, who describes her musical style as country/folk.

She thanks her proud partner Patrick and her children Saoirse and Donnacha; all his family and friends, especially his best friend Sheila and songwriter Stephen Hamilton for “helping me follow my dreams and make them a reality”.

Crazy, Crazy Baby is now available.

It is downloadable on all music platforms. The music video can be seen on Spotlight TV or on its Facebook page.

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