Originally from Emyvale, County Monaghan, Edelle now lives in Belfast.
Starting out as a Sean-nÓs performer as a child, over the course of two decades Edelle has repeatedly received province- and country-wide Irish traditional and folk awards.
After relocating to Belfast she spent several years in Northern Irish alt-country-rockers, Jackson Cage.
Her first solo single, Belle Curve, was released in Oct 2014 and is available to download from Amazon and iTunes. She has also worked with former Jackson Cage band mate, Paul Wilkinson, in a studio project called Badhearts, who initially formed to collaborate with Aghagallon songwriter, Ciaran Lavery, for his first two solo ep's: To The Maker of Things and You Will Be A Stranger Now.
Blending influences ranging from Sean-nÓs storytelling to starkly confessional acoustics, Edelle’s music features a spellbinding mix of heart-tugging melodies, powerfully brooding lyrics and haunting vocals.
While she labels her own work ‘misery porn’ – referring to her songs’ often forlorn subjects and desolate moods – Edelle’s material spans everything from folk-inflected autumnal guitar ballads to upbeat acoustic pop and rousing acapella trad.
A regular on the Belfast gig circuit and one of the organisers of the city’s acoustic showcase the Lagan Sessions (currently on hiatus), Edelle is currently working on her debut studio album with producer Michael Mormecha at Millbank Studios in Ballinderry. The album, a blend of dark, atmospheric folk and ambient, electric soundscapes, will showcase Edelle's intimate music with influences ranging from Fairport Convention to Bonny "Prince" Billy and Jason Molina, to Sandy Denny, Low and Mark Lanegan. She hopes to release the album in the next few months.
“Breathtaking – [I had] goosebumps listening to her. Get along and see this wonderful singer-songwriter.”
Marie-Louise Muir, BBC Radio Ulster.
“Heartbreak and reflection, definitely a moment for the hairs to stand on the back of your neck.”
Michelle Harris, Folk & Tumble.
“Lyrical folk… well crafted songs bursting with imagery.”
Aaron Cunningham, Chordblossom.
Edelle McMahon performs "Dear Ruby" live at The Lagan Sessions Recorded live at the Pavilion Bar, Belfast - 4th November 2012 Recorded and mastered by Matt McIvor Photographs by Paul Kavanagh www.lagansessions.com