Alumni Spotlight

Marlene Enright - Musician

28 May
Marlene Enright

Bantry singer-songwriter, Marlene Enright is quickly making her mark on the Irish music scene. Fresh from her nomination for a Choice Music Award for her debut solo album, ‘Placemats and Second Cuts’, she takes the stage in the Cork Opera House on 2 June with The Frank and Walters as part of the ‘Right Here, Right Now’ festival. With a sound that blends classic song-writing with indie and Americana, it’s easy to see why the UCC alum is packing out venues nationwide. She talks to us about her college days and the musical friends she met along the way.

Course/subjects studied in University College Cork
I did the BAMUSS for the first three years - Music, Psychology and Italian. Then there was the option to do a fourth year and gain the BMUS which I did.

Best memory of UCC 
Second year in college was so much fun, it always stands out as the best year - the year where you have settled in but there isn't too much pressure on in terms of exams! Lots of great Wednesday nights spent at the Jazz Jam in the 'new' college bar, then on to the Bróg.

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now? 
I met some of my best friends in UCC, friends for life and people that I formed bands with and who have been with me every step of the way on my musical journey! Davie Ryan, Jack O'Rourke, Pat Carey, Dave Duffy, Edwina Burke, too many to mention all!

What is your advice to current UCC students? 
Choose love over fear as often as you can.

What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you? 
Davie Ryan, Jack O Rourke and Pat Carey. Davie and Jack were in my year in Music At UCC and Pat was a year ahead of me. If I hadn't met them I'm sure life would have been very very different and I'm not sure I would be playing music now, who knows, all three guys are some of the best you could meet and have influenced and supported me always down through the years.

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?
I wasn't! I feel like the music degree was its own little club!

Favourite UCC legend or superstition
I don't think I know any other than the one about how you must have everything covered for your exams when the grass in the quad was cut for the first time that year or else you would fail all your exams - something like that I think?!

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