“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
Click through to hear Lisa on All Songs Considered sharing her inspiration for the first single Old Note.
While on tour in the US this past spring Lisa & her band visited the NPR Studios in Washington DC. Thank you Bob Boilen and all at Tiny Desk! Watch/read about it here.
Update 5/12 – Thank you to all who came to the gigs the last couple months. All of the December Irish dates are now sold out.
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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 – 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, along with Colm Mac Con Iomaire, has a new tune out on Ergodos Records. It’s the first single from an upcoming compilation called In The Echo: Field Recordings from Earls Fort Terrace that is due out 30 September. You can listen to “Peggy Gordon” and preorder the album at Bandcamp. Read about the album here at Hot Press.
Lisa O'Neill 2022