TIME: Doors 8pm, show 8.30pm
VENUE: St. Georges Church
TICKETS: €17 / €15 concession
Lisa O’Neill: “At a time when sameness threatens to drain the world of charm and surprise, Lisa O’Neill stands tall for difference, as an outlier with a mission to frame the world as she sees it and to perform it accordingly. Her voice is her own. No small achievement.” - The Irish Times
Joshua Burnside: Rumbling, brooding, powerful, magnetic’ - The Irish Times
'Hands down one of the most-forward thinking folk artists from these shores' - The Thin Air
Lisa O’Neill from County Cavan is an Irish songwriter like no other. Her roots may be sourced in folk and traditional music but her work opens up a landscape beyond any settled sense of genre. On her last album, Pothole in the Sky, she set her remarkable incisive voice against impressionistic instrumental back-drops, like Margaret Barry colluding with the Dirty Three or some such meeting of minds. Lisa is not shy of collaboration, and her performances across Ireland, Europe and beyond have featured many great musicians of all ages and traditions. In January this year, she joined a stellar cast of great songwriters and musicians to celebrate the birthday of Shane McGowan at the National Concert Hall. Last month she accepted an invitation from the National Gallery of Ireland to respond to works in the Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art exhibition, which resulted in another spellbinding performance. In April she put together a critically acclaimed show for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin with writer Pat McCabe, and musicians Ian Lynch (Lankum) and Cass McCombs. Over the years she has quietly built a reputation for herself on the Irish and international scenes and now has a growing following with her unique folk sound, strong song-writing and distinctive voice. Her debut release ‘Has an Album’ was followed in 2013 by Choice-nominated ‘Same Cloth Or Not’. Her third and most recent album ‘Pothole in the Sky’ was released to critical acclaim and is filled with tension and emotion, contextualizing themes of love, loss, heartache and sorrow today through referencing tales from the past with beauty, honesty and defiance. Lisa is currently working on new material for a fourth studio album scheduled for release in the Autumn of 2018.
Joshua Burnside is an experimental folk artist based in Belfast, and the most recent recipient of the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his debut album ‘Ephrata’, released last year. The album was highly praised by The Sunday Times and The Irish Times and received huge support from BBC DJ’s such as Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft, Guy Garvey and Phil Taggart.
Ephrata has been praised for lyrics which blend local history with surreal imagery and apocalyptic themes, as well as the fusion of South American rhythms with traditional Irish melodies and instrumentation. Following its release, Joshua Burnside has had a busy year clocking up four million plays on Spotify, two sell out London shows and appearances at International festivals while also performing at the Atlantic Sessions in Portstewart and the music trail for Other Voices in Dingle in December.
He took his band to Austin, Texas to perform at SXSW where he was chosen by NPR as one of the festival highlights – “Burnside's sound surges with real force... an intoxicating bundle of frayed nerves and woozy intensity.”
Always inspired by his travels around the world, where Ephrata was inspired by a stint in South America, he went to Indonesia in December 2017 to start work on recording his second full-length studio album, due out later in the year.
Stumbling beats, found sounds, vocoders, Cumbian rhythms, electric guitar loops, devils, lightning and dark matter are just a handful of the various flavours to expect.