Lately I’ve been listening to Gemma Hayes’s debut album. I saw her a few months back at Whelans, and frankly was kind of underwhelmed. She was a stage-presence-free zone. That said, this album’s great…folksy and listenable in a Sarah Mclachlan kind of way. She’s Irish, though, so you may have some trouble finding her outside of the Republic.
Incidentally, her Web site sucks in so many ways. If you tried to build a site that was less usable, you’d be hard pressed to excede this blight on the virtual landscape. But don’t hold that against her.