Having been gigging across Ireland from a young age, History and Anthropology student and Derry singer-songwriter Nicole McMonagle – who goes by Cole-Marie – is no stranger to a live performance. Something of a local favourite in Belfast bars for her folksy covers, she is now putting her own original material in the spotlight with an album in the works for later this year.
Cole-Marie’s brand of alt-folk is mesmerising and catchy in equal measures, and she makes for a captivating, hypnotic presence on stage. Marrying stripped-back guitar and a haunting falsetto, the lyrical content of her songs is beautifully rousing, with tracks like ‘Burn Out’ and ‘Wutherin’’ commanding attention. Get to Know Cole-Marie.
Name: Nicole Marie McMonagle AKA Cole-Marie
Where you’re from: Derry, Northern Ireland
Describe your style in five words or fewer: Sad acoustic folk with intricate lyrics
Biggest musical influence: An Irish trad singer called Cara Dillon, she’s amazing.
Prefer digital music, CDs or vinyl? I don’t know which I prefer; it depends on what I’m doing! Digital music is handy for out and about, but vinyl is good too.
What are you Listening to right now? The Black Panther soundtrack
Last gig you attended: Benicàssim Festival during the summer
Musician you’d like to collaborate with: A collab with Ben Howard would be beautiful!
Last thing I do before going on stage: Pee (is that weird?)
Favourite venue you’ve played: Definitely Doyle’s Pub for Ruby Sessions in Dublin.
Best artist you’ve ever seen live: Red Hot Chili Peppers because they’re my favourite band.
Most valued possession: My dog.
Cole-Marie joins fellow folk songstress Bronagh Broderick at the Sunflower Bar on Wednesday 4th April. For tickets and more info, click here.