Irish Mythen reveals her Byron Bay song
Canada-based, Irish-born singer songwriter Irish Mythen debuted a song at Bluesfest 2017 that was initially written in the Byron Shire during a previous visit to the area.
Let It Go is Mythen's new song.
She explained the tune started as a song about how this area allows people of let go of their worries and be in the moment.
"When I got back to Canada, the song took a life of its own and grew into something completely different," she said.
"In my spare time I go into schools and I play songs and give talks to students about being mindful, more aware of thoughts and actions, and about inclusion of all kinds, being sexuality, religion, disability, etc.
"For kids that are between 13 and 15 years of age, sometimes their parents are still taking to them like they are little kids, and we had a spike of teen suicide in Ontario, so I got really affected by that and decided that this is what the song had to be about.
"It's a bout letting worries go, for people to know that they are not alone, and that we have all being there, and let's have a bit of empathy instead of sympathy.
"The song was born here but it came into its own when that happened in Canada," she said.
Irish Mythen does not try to hide the fact that she loves this area.
After performing at Bluesfest and Mullum Music festival for the last couple of years, Mythen decided to take a shor break in the Byron Shire.
"From the outside, looking in, a musician's lifestyle is very glamorous with a lot of travel, but at the beginning of this year I stayed in Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads and it was a real experience for me," she said.
"It was only four days but, to an artist, four days feels like four months.
"It was stunning. There is an energy here and it felt like a took a four-month holiday."
Let It Go was probably the only song that Mythen knew she was going to play at Bluesfest this year or in her six-week Australian tour, as she refuses to have set lists for her live shows.
"I never have a song list for my shows, I let the crowd dictate what they want to hear," she said.
"I don't like safe, I'm OK with moving away with safe. That's why I moved to Canada when everyone else was going to Europe.
"This also allows a big freedom of artistry," she added.
Her self-titled album saw her move from Roots and Folk to a more Adult contemporary sounds.
The move obviously worked well, with Mythen winning SOCAN Songwriter of the Year for Gypsy Dancer, and a nomination to Artist of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards.