Míde Houlihan is a West Cork bred singer songwriter, who has captured the hearts of many an Irish audience over the last number of years.
Originally putting herself on the map through a string of early support slots with the likes of FRED and Jenn Grant, Míde won the IMRO ‘Christie Hennessy Songwriting Award’ in 2015, highlighting her as one of Ireland’s brightest prospects.
Shortly after, Míde would release her debut album ‘Coloured In’, receiving an extremely warm reception from radio, media, and her ever growing fanbase, with most critics citing Míde’s honest, sometimes humorous, sometimes heart wrenching songwriting as a diamond in what can sometimes be a crowded scene.
In 2018, Míde signed with Cork City based label, Unemployable Records. Her first release on the label was the EP, ‘Shifting Gears’, which was launched in a sold out Coughlan’s of Cork City, and followed by a hugely successful launch tour, which brought Míde and her band to such prestigious venues as Whelan’s/The Ruby Sessions (Dublin), DeBarra’s/Clonakilty International Guitar Fest (Clonakilty), The White Horse Sessions (Clare), and many more.
Míde has since been sharing the stage with such names as Mick Flannery, John Spillane, Bill Shanley, as well as recently co-writing a song with Mick Flannery. The single, ‘Idle Words’ was released in August, and showcases Míde’s versatility as a songwriter, as she evolves as an artist, without forgetting her past work. With great momentum built up, and the song getting national airplay in Ireland and the UK, Míde then went on to do a fantastic slot at the Liverpool Irish Festival 2020.
”Her voice is beautiful, honest, and original; her style is delivered with a bit of attitude which belies her youth.” – Gary Hannon www.wearenoise.com
”Mide’s storytelling is lyrically spellbinding and easy to relate to” – Jessica Leen www.jessicaleenhighnote.wordpress.com
Her single ‘You Know it’s Christmas Time’ (recorded with Bill Shanley in Cauldron Studios) received a great review from none other than Mick Hanly – ‘’I think we have a surfeit of syrup and goo already, but when you hear ‘Eastenders’ being rhymed with ‘preggars’ in a Christmas song setting well s***!… it’s time to tune in.’’
“Houlihan released her debut album in 2015, and ever since then she has been building a reputation in Irish music circles for her honest and raw lyrics and sophisticated and interesting instrumentation. The album, Coloured In, was an extremely accomplished collection of twelve tracks that showcased the sound that the Cork songwriter was going for….Across the track Houlihan demonstrates her lyrical ability as she expertly cultivates the story behind the song….We can’t wait to here what comes next.” – https://covertmusicclub.com/