NovyIreland is a piano/guitar duo of Karen Novy and Robert Ireland.
Karen started playing piano at the age of 5, taught by her father, a musician and piano teacher. She began songwriting at a young age also, as she incessantly listened to Barry Manilow and other songwriters from the 1970s on her mother’s adult contemporary radio station; she was inspired to continue learning the craft of songwriting, and was 17 when her first song was fully realized and musically notated.
In her early 20s, Karen began vocal lessons so that she could sing her own compositions, and thus became an artist in her own right. She earned a college degree in Music and kept writing and recording.
She moved to New Orleans for a spell to take in the organic music of that region, and brought that experience and flavor back with her when she returned to live in Greenwich Village in NYC. Karen has been writing, singing, and performing ever since. She has been in bands, and has toured as a solo artist, but she is most excited to be performing in a duo format with Robert Ireland.
Her latest album "Dragonfly" was released in April of 2019. Karen’s music took on a new sound with the addition of guitarist, Robert Ireland. In fact, Karen and Robert are the only two musicians on the album, each playing multiple instruments.
Robert Ireland grew up in Worcester, MA and started his musical journey in the 3rd grade by way of the trumpet. He played in marching bands and was part of the All-City Symphony Orchestra in his hometown. Ireland became interested in playing guitar in high school.
During his early guitar years, Ireland was exposed to many types of musical styles. When playing with friends, it was all blues and rock, but back at home when jamming with his dad, it was Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, and Roy Clark. Being from Massachusetts, the band Boston was a huge influence, and he also listened to Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Vince Gill, and David Gilmour.
In 2017, while going through a difficult personal time, Robert decided to do something with his interest in guitar. A chance meeting with Karen led him to attend one of her live performances and he was blown away with her singing, songwriting, and piano playing. It just so happened that Karen was looking for a guitarist to add to her music. Karen's music was original, had a wonderful sound, and genuine lyrics. This is what he had been searching for.
Robert first learned some of Karen's original songs but soon they began collaborating on writing together. They started playing gigs and less than a year later they had enough songs arranged to record an album, “Dragonfly”.
Novy//Ireland was officially born.