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musician & composer

Zoé Basha is a Leitrim-based musician, composer and carpenter, of French-American origins. Drawing from her background as a traditional singer influenced and inspired by the multiple cultures embedded in her sound, Zoé Basha blends traditional Appalachian, Occitan and Irish singing with jazz blues.
Performances are an ensemble of traditional songs and original compositions: instruments toying with each other and voices booming with intimate and unexpected harmonies, wilderness and dynamic fervour.

After growing up between the U.S. and France, then studying as a vocalist at Berklee College of Music where she focused primarily on blues and jazz, Zoé moved to Ireland and fell into traditional singing in Dublin. In a milieu blending feminism, radical politics, queer theory and traditional music, she made her home.

From 2020 to 2023, Zoé was a member of vocal trio Rufous NightjarIn 2023, Zoé was a Music Network RESONATE Residency recipient.

An EP release of traditional songs is on its way for June 2024

Live video of performance with Ultan O'Brien
Féile Róise Rua, Arranmore Island 2023

Live video of Rufous Nightjar
Songwriter credit: Branwen Kavanagh
Arranged by: Rufous Nightjar

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