photo Patrick Murphy
photo Patrick Murphy

Yesterday we saw the releasing of “Trapped Within” which is the new EP from singer/songwriter Klara McDonnell. Best known for appearing on E4’s reality tv show Coach Trip Road to Marbs in February alongside actor/model Dani Masterson and leaving in one of the most shocking exits ever in Coach Trip’s history.

klara mcdonnell
photo by Eddie Kavanagh

This is the Carlow based musician’s first release since her rock band Hypno Puppet‘s EP, “Rivers of Time” in 2015.

The EP was produced by  Rohan and Al Healy from The Dublin City Rounders and of The Voice UK fame alongside their musician/producer father, David Virgin. Klara also appears on David Virgin’s duet’s album, called “The Beautiful Album“, which was released in September this year. She sang on a haunting track called “After Tomorrow”. Klara’s influences include; Lera Lynn, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, David Bowie and Patsy Cline. She draws listeners in with her catchy melodies and at times, her quite dark lyrics.



Klara directed the music videos for both her first single “Lovers, which was released in September and the music video for the latest single “Trapped Within”. Her creative and quirky video concepts have been gathering a lot of interest online. The song, “Trapped Within” was inspired by Klara’s experiences in the music industry. The video features Irish actors such as Joe McKinney (Glenroe, King Arthur) and Dani Masterson (Coachtrip, Fair City).




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