Symphony for the Moons

NCH : DUBLIN
November 16th
Lisa O’Neill with the National Symphony Orchestra

BARBICAN : LONDON
December 11th
Lisa O’Neill with Britten Sinfonia

 

General on sale tickets available Friday June 21st

The first time I heard the sounds of a symphony was while watching the film ‘ET’. I was an infant. My eyes were young, my ears were young and my imagination was getting born. As far as I was concerned, there was no separation between the picture, the music and the feelings that this story evoked in me. It was all one. Like many children in the 1980’s, I had fallen in love with this extraterrestrial and this music was the language of the heart taking flight. It conjured in me feelings of adoration for one who is different, a taste of love, of letting go and of hope all rolled into one symphony, John Williams’ sublime ‘Flight theme’.

In my innocence, I had no knowledge of strings and horns, of keys and drums. I didn’t know composers or conductors existed. I didn’t know that John Williams or Steven Spielberg existed, but ET did exist. Thinking back on it now, how and why as children we were all so immensely moved and impacted by this Alien’s flight via the moon. I am convinced it was the music, it was the vibrations of the symphony that pulled at our heartstrings and gave us wings and left an imprint of awe in us. It was not digital. It was the real thing. Real things have lasting affects. Music is after all a universal language, with or without words it has the power to transport us on a cellular level to the celestial heavens and the underworlds.

I never dreamed then, that I would someday become a songwriter. Nor did I think that I would ever have the chance to bring my own ideas to a symphony orchestra, or that someone would someday write a score for songs that began as tiny seeds in my human heart.

At Shane MacGowans 60th birthday in the NCH in 2018, I met and worked with multi instrumentalist Terry Edwards. He was the musical director for that extraordinary one off concert in celebration of Shane and his songwriting. Later that year we worked together again, revisiting Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones album. Certain seeds fell onto fertile ground and the winds have taken us to an exciting moment, where in recent months, Terry Edwards has been writing an orchestral score for a collection of my original songs. I am sincerely over the moon to be working with him.

November 16th falls on a full moon and I will be performing at the NCH in Dublin with the National Symphony Orchestra. The Celts called this ‘The Reed Moon’, comparing it to the mournful music made by wind instruments and to the ghoulish sounds of the spirits being drawn into the underworld. In many ways, it marks the beginning of the end.

December 11th falls around the Cold Moon which is the final full moon of the calendar year. My only gig in London this year brings me back to the Barbican where on this night I will be performing with the Britten Sinfonia. The Cold Moon is symbolic of a death and rebirth cycle and is otherwise known as the Long Night Moon. On both nights we will visit songs from my studio albums, Same cloth or not, Pothole in the sky, Heard a long gone song, All of this is chance and we may even introduce some new beginnings as we reach the end of another year.

“Vertiginous, violet-they scroll across the sky, words with wings VVV, whether wrens or angels one cannot determine, perhaps an alternate universe fusion of both, up down, high, low-dizzy, still; at peace, at war: redemption dreams arise from the clay: soul’s peace, as the bird in the bough its little eye closes slowly: all is chance, they say, indeed-save this, indisputably, O’ Neill’s Art’s gentle triumph.” –  Pat McCabe

Available now in stores & all the usual places online here. Exclusive silver vinyl is available from the Rough Trade website & indie retail.

Click through to hear Lisa on All Songs Considered sharing her inspiration for the first single Old Note.

UK Tour March 2023

We are pleased to announce a UK tour in March 2023. Tickets go on sale Friday 11 November at 10:00 AM.

Thu 16 – Leeds, Howard Assembly Room
Fri 17 – York, The Black Swan
Sat 18 – Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
Sun 19 – Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Music Room)
Tue 21 – Bristol, St George’s
Wed 22 – Oxford, SJE Arts Centre
Thu 23 – London, Barbican Centre
Sat 25 – Gateshead, Sage (Hall 2)
Mon 27 – Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
Tue 28 – Manchester, Band On The Wall

Peaky Blinders & All The Tired Horses

“It is not an overstatement to say that it was beyond my wildest dreams to be ‘Ordered by the Peaky Fucking Blinders’ to cover this beautiful song from Bob Dylan

Go raibh míle maith agat Peaky Blinders. Go raibh míle maith agat Cormac Begley, Colm Mac Con Iomaire agus Ruth O’Mahony Brady for whom without, this track would not exist.

We recorded this version of ‘All the tired horses’ in an old horse stables in Cabinteely, South Dublin over the space of two days. We recorded by constant candlelight as a dear friend was dying at the time. This all contributed to the energy and the charge of the final track. That friend has since passed.

I wish to dedicate this song to Mick O’Grady – The Long Distance Kid – 1943 – 2022”.

Lisa O’Neill.

Lisa O’Neill – Vocals, Baritone guitar and Bass drum
Cormac Begley – Bass Concertina and Piccolo Concertina
Colm Mac Con Iomaire – Violin
Ruth O’Mahony Brady – Piano
Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Ruth O’Mahony Brady in Studio Symphorien Dublin
Mastered by David Odlum

Various streaming/listening options here.

Tones That Are Tender And Tones That Are Gruff

Lisa is curating a show for the National Concert Hall on March 20th. Tickets go on sale here February 16th at 10am.

*UPDATE March 9 – Due to logistical reasons this show has been moved to November 26th. Tickets already purchased will still be valid. Please contact NCH with any issues.

Lisa O’Neill is a 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. For this one-off especially created show, Lisa shares the stage. Gathering together with fellow writers and composers they perform their songs, explore their origins, share their stories. With Lisa O’Neill, Seamus Fogarty, Kú and Ruth O’Mahony-Brady.

Vision Live At Vicar St

Lemoncello will join Lisa on 21 October at Vicar Street for VISION Live at Vicar St celebrating their re-opening! Tickets go on sale Tues 14 Sept 12pm at ticketmaster.ie. The gig will be fully seated & sold at up to 60% capacity & based on current Govt guidelines. Tickets sold in pods of 2 & 4.

𝗩𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗔𝘁 𝗩𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗿 𝗦𝘁 series will feature a host of incredible Irish acts & Vicar St favourites and is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Live Performance Support Scheme (LPSS). For more information & the line up visit aikenpromotions.com.

 

Treaty: Songs at NCH

On December 11th Lisa will join Gemma Dunleavy, John Spillane, Karan Casey, Maija Sofia, Duke Special, Christy Moore and more for Treaty: Songs – a Concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Please visit NCH.ie for details & tickets.

It’ll All Come Out In The Wash

Thursday Sept 2 at Pavilion Theatre

It’ll All Come Out in the Wash – A storyboard with Ingrid Lyons & Lisa O’Neill
Tickets €23 (including booking fee). Doors 7.30pm / show 8pm sharp

An exclusive event for the Dún Laoghaire Folk Fest following a recent Foggy Notions Artist Residency at the Pavilion Theatre. Acclaimed songwriter Lisa O’Neill and brilliant emerging writer Ingrid Lyons, will bring the worlds of music and literature together through a wildly imaginative and exploratory storyboard. Lisa is currently working on her fifth album due for release on the Rough Trade label. Ingrid Lyons is a fiction and arts writer who has contributed to some of Ireland’s leading art publications and written contextual essays for numerous art galleries and institutions. Ingrid is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Lisa O'Neill 2022