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About Hilary Woods

Taking inspiration from filmmakers, electronic artists, and folksingers alike, Hilary Woods crafts intimate, nocturnal keyboard-based songs as a solo artist. After scoring two Top 20 albums as the bassist for Irish indie rock band JJ72 in the early 2000s, she quit the music business, re-emerging in 2014 with her gentler soundscapes. Woods made her full-length solo debut with Colt in 2018.

A native of Dublin, Woods was raised in a musical environment, with parents who played classical, folk, and rock LPs in the home, and who encouraged her and her brother to play instruments. Hilary's main instrument was the piano.

In the late '90s, the then-18-year-old joined singer/guitarist Mark Greaney and drummer Fergal Matthews in their band JJ72 as bass player. The indie rock group soon signed with Sony imprint Lakota Records and had two Top 20 albums in the U.K. and Ireland with their 2000 eponymous debut and 2002's I to Sky. After four years of persistent touring, Woods left the band -- and the music industry – in 2002. A year later, she started a family.

Woods took some college courses while raising her daughter, and felt her creativity sparked by filmmakers, including Wong Kar-wai and Chris Marker, who she was exposed to in school. She eventually felt compelled to write music again, and began listening to more music, including the electronic works of Jon Hopkins and Vincent Gallo. Woods re-emerged in 2014 with a set of hushed acoustic songs on the EP Night. She started touring again and followed it in 2016 with the lusher but still gentle Heartbox, which also incorporated spacy keys. Woods expanded on that EP's eerie electronic-acoustic atmosphere on her full-length solo debut, Colt. It was released by Sacred Bones Records in 2018. ~ Marcy Donelson

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