frangipani & daisy chains
Hiranya is an Anglo-Sinhalese singer-songwriter based in London's Greenbelt. Her music spans folk, country, blues and world genres. With vocals that channel the gentle vulnerability of Eva Cassidy and Vashti Bunyan, Hiranya’s influences range from Joan Armatrading to Chris Cornell.
Growing up in the church, Hiranya found joy in song, harmonising along to the hymns. As a teenager, she won poetry competitions, including the Essex Young Poet of the Year. Twenty years on, she began to merge metaphor with melody. Since that first songwriting workshop with Edwina Hayes, Hiranya continued learning with Boo Hewerdine, Findlay Napier, Reg Meuross, Emily Barker and Beth Nielsen Chapman.
About the album
Hiranya’s debut album was recorded when 7 months pregnant, and released 7 months after the birth of her first child. Frangipani & Daisy Chains, grew from her experience of race and identity following the 2016 Brexit vote. At turns tender, at turns fierce, she explores migration, colonialism and lineage. Part personal nostalgia, part history lesson; it contemplates belonging through the plants that are rooted in England and Sri Lanka’s folk traditions. The musical pilgrimage, criss-crosses from England to the Commonwealth and back, and integrates her ancestral story into its broader political context.