Originally from Cavan, Lisa O’Neill was well known and admired in the folk clubs and singing circles of Dublin before her debut record release, Has an Album, in 2009. was
Originally from Cavan, Lisa O’Neill was well known and admired in the folk clubs and singing circles of Dublin before her debut record release, Has an Album, in 2009. was followed in 2015 by Same Cloth or Not which was nominated for the Choice Music Prize. Her third album, Pothole in the Sky, was released in 2016 to further critical acclaim – building her reputation as a unique voice with an original perspective in terms of her own compositions and her arrangements of traditional material.
Since the release of her album, Heard A Long Gone Song in 2018, Lisa has begun to achieve wider recognition as one of the leading figures among the rising generation of folk and traditional artists in Ireland. This album for River Lea resulted in another nomination for a Choice Music Prize as well as the accolade of The Guardian newspaper’s choice as best folk album of 2019. Lisa and the album went on to garner nominations in four categories at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards and in five categories at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk awards, scoring a win for Best Original Folk Song.
Lisa is currently working on her next album with an expected release later this year.
Also anticipating an album release this year is Clare Sands, a sixth generation fiddler, multi-instrumentalist and bilingual singer. Creating boundary breaking fearless folk music – inspired by her travels around Ireland and the world – Clare’s new recording project aims to explore tradition, the sea, and the power of women through the dark and light, love and loss, rise and fall.
As a live performer, Clare has played at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Glastonbury Festival, the International Folk Alliance Convention in the US and the Irish Arts Center in New York – with an electrifying combination of fiddle, guitar, percussion, live electronics and vocals.
She has collaborated with a range of performers including Hothouse Flowers, Kíla, Imelda May and Mary Coughlan. During 2021 she developed a unique project Tírdhreacha agus Fuaimdhreacha in collaboration with Susan O’Neill, Steve Cooney, Tommy Sands, Brídín and Liam Ó Maonlaí.
Doors open at 7.30pm.
Tickets, each costing €22 plus €2.34, are available from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keep-her-lit-presents-lisa-oneill-clare-sands-tickets-376786978997.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm
St. Mary's Church of Ireland
Church Street, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny
Keep Her Lit Folk & Trad Festival