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RONA MAC

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Wales

Rona Mac (she/her) is a self-invented, genre-fusing, DIY singer-songwriter from rural West Wales. She crafts guitar driven tracks which provide a hooky bed for her distinct vocals and sophisticated lyricism, resulting in wholesome, lo-fi indie-pop with a generous nod to folk and blues sounds.


Her music comes unfiltered and full of feeling, as she says “If I can talk about things we've been told we shouldn't, and help people connect to feelings they tucked away in their teens, then I'll be happy when I'm old”

 
 

MORE INFO

Rona Mac has recently finished her latest music tour in October, playing at Focus Wales Showcase, Sŵn Fest, Half moon Putney, Clwb Ifor Bach and more. Other recent highlights include New York's CMJ music marathon, plays on BBCRadio6 and Radio Wales, and the success of debut album 'Sheelah'.

Rona Mac's new single 'Polidics' takes her home-production to a new level, fusing her unique sound with new, dance-able zest. This track is the first single from an EP due out in March 2022.

The track speaks of frustration at the way things are with consumerism, class and power, ending with a vision where “we'll rise, a bunch of honest creatures fill the skies”. This simultaneously punchy and ethereal break into the second phase of the song is coloured with toothy guitar licks and 80s groove.

Rona writing on her many influences:

Well, more-often than not, there is a mention of water, sea, tide, or land, as they're the scenes I drink in, walk in, surf in, daily. I spent three years living in Brighton studying sociology: a degree that I knew I would never use, but that fed my mind with fresh perspectives. Humans and their interactions, ideals, identities and boundaries, from a personal to societal level, are breathtakingly nuts and the concepts and injustices that tangled me in knots are a big influence for sure. The old classic is, of course, love. She features a lot, and so she should.


In terms of artists, Laura Marling's music has been the backdrop to my life, pretty much. Other big influences are Jeff Buckley, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bright Eyes and more currently Marika Hackman, Phoebe Bridgers, Sylvan Esso and Big Theif.


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WORKS

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W.O.M.A.N

May 2001

Debut single – W.O.M.A.N 15.05.2020- W.O.M.A.N was written after returning from life in Brighton to a rural area in Wales that I grew up in. With fresh eyes, I observed prejudiced and ignorant language coming from the mouths of people with kind hearts. We stay in the dark ages of bigoted behaviour purely because it is unchallenged. It makes anyone who isn't welsh, white, straight, sexy and able bodied feel unwelcome, inferior, second class. I felt second class, whilst pouring their pints. That pissed me off. So I wrote this song.

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NECKING

January 2012

Single – Necking 19.05.2020– This tune is largely based around the guitar riff, holding this feeling of constantly starting things and never finishing them. It's a song about long-distance loving, vulnerability and our raw animal selves, inspired by Mary Oliver quote 'let the soft animal of your body love what it loves' (Wild Geese, 1986)

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SHEELAH (DEBUT ALBUM)

26.05.2020

In 2019 I resettled back home on the most western tip of Wales, literally speaking. Come autumn, I collected second hand and borrowed equipment and set myself to recording an album in the corner of my caravan. Learning as I went along, I took songs that I'd written and gigged over the previous year and took them to the final master, and called it 'SHEELAH'. The name was inspired by 'sheela na gig'- an ancient figure found in stone carvings across the UK and Ireland, depicting an old woman squatting and pulling apart her vulva. It has been described as 'grotesque'. For me, she represents the dark side of the feminine. She's vulgar, she's comical, she's enchanting and she's real, holding open the doorway to the unknown. This album for me really encapsulates a lot of my early 20s – the frustration with the way things are, heart breaks over and over again, becoming a Woman, learning to be vulnerable again, sex, magic, feminism, lesbianism, drugs, tiny fringes and many, many clean slates.

 
 
 

CONTACT

Hit me up on any of these social media sites below, follow me, chuck me an email. Whatever it is, I'm interested and would love to hear from you x
RonaMacMusic@outlook.com

To book gigs, interviews, or any other enquiries, please contact the wonderful Eline at DIGG music management:

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