Wallis grew up in the company of bottles so to speak, on account of her Pa owning a bar somewhere in County Meath. If that sounds suspiciously Irish to you, well that’s where it all began. And quite an intuitive father the man was because he handed Wallis a guitar when she was just 6 months old. Apparently, Wallis knew what to do with it but years later a horrifying event occurred. Left-handed, she lost 5 fingers in a lawnmower accident, 4 were sewn back on and Wallis undeterred continued playing right-handed and on an upside-down guitar. That unusual topsy-turvy style of playing the guitar together with her exceptional voice became the cradle for her sweet ballads and rising power songs at home in the genres of Irish folk, rock and jazz.
Wallis flew the coop in the direction of Berlin and that creative metropolis has become her home of choice. A point-of-view photo looking out the window of presumably her top floor flat is featured on her website and it’s striking in its simplicity and beauty. «Home» then is the title of her not yet released 2016 album. The much anticipated work has cultivated a buzz and is rumored to be born even more out of her authentic self as any of her creations until now.
After a hiatus of one year she’s regaining her wings and free as a bird, she’s taking off on what is a back-to-the-roots and up-close-and-personal 11 concerts tour of Europe. Hear from her a respectful nod here and there to Ani de Franco, Fiona Apple and as a throwback, a young Janis Joplin. Twice Wallis won the prestigious Meteor Award, no easy feat in the land where world class storytelling and song are the norm and treasured by an entire nation.