“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.
Since December Lisa has been playing some festivals and gigs in Australia. Thank you to all who have come out to the shows. She’ll continue through March and into New Zealand where she will be joined by Cormac Begley at both WOMAD festivals. Dates and ticket links can be found here.
Last week Lisa visited with John Kelly at RTÉ Lyric FM for Mystery Train. Listen back to the show here.
Lisa is featured in the third installment of This Ain’t No Disco. A tune & a chat with another tune near the end. Thanks to Myles O’Reilly & Donal Dineen, the creative force behind the new program. You can read more about the project at Creative Ireland.
Yo yo snowy hello from Oslo. I’m very happy and proud to see my third album Pothole in the Sky released through Proper Distribution in the UK today and chuffed to have The Guardian’s support. Thank you for the review. – Lisa of the O’Neills.
You can find Pothole in the Sky on CD/LP in UK & European shops and online outlets such as Amazon here on CD & Vinyl, as well as digitally via iTunes here. Same goes for Lisa’s previous album, Same Cloth or Not, on CD at Amazon and on iTunes.
Lisa will be playing some headlining gigs in the UK in April. Mossy Nolan will support all 3 gigs with Amy May Ellis as well in Leeds only. Tickets are on sale now:
Pothole in the Sky will also be available digitally Europe-wide on the same date. Currently it can be found on Irish iTunes. Same Cloth or Not is currently available digitally worldwide via Bandcamp or iTunes.
This week fresh from her support tour with Divine Comedy in France, Lisa will speak at the Australian Embassy to Ireland about her creative contribution to the award-winning Irish-Australian documentary Death or Liberty – about Irish rebels transported as convicts to Australia. The event, hosted by the Australian Ambassador to Ireland and the Australian Studies Centre, University College Dublin, screens the feature length theatrical version of the documentary broadcast last October on TG4, and will be introduced by Lisa, director Keith Farrell, and Australian author Tony Moore. Lisa will talk about her collaboration with England’s Billy Bragg and Australia’s Mick Thomas to create songs that bring the film’s historical characters to life for modern audiences.
Lisa performs emotionally powerful songs in the film about the United Irish Revolution of 1798; the independence fighter Phillip Cunningham, who was hanged for leading an uprising of Irish convicts in Sydney in 1804; the ‘Young Ireland’ revolutionary leader William Smith O’Brien, an MP whose dignified martyrdom during solitary confinement on Maria Island led to an international campaign for his release and inspired the struggle for independence in Ireland and Australia.
View trailer below and download Death or Liberty here.
A CD soundtrack/DVD Box set of Death or Liberty will be available early next year.
Author of the book Death or Liberty, on which the film is based, said ‘Lisa’s songs communicate in minutes what takes a writer a whole chapter to get across- she gets to the nub of characters and what they stood for, reminding us why these men were prepared to sacrifice their own liberty, and even their lives, for the freedom we enjoy today’.
Eminent Australian historian Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno, said of the Death or Liberty:
‘… this is a seriously stylish film … the final product reflects the vast amount of thought that clearly went into the problem of how to tell this complex story. The landscapes are stunning, the historical commentaries lively and well informed, and the music superb. What an inspired idea it was to weave the story around a live performance at the Theatre Royal in Hobart by the legendary English bard Billy Bragg; Mick Thomas, formerly of Weddings Parties Anything and now a celebrated Australian folk-singer; and Lisa O’Neill, an Irish musician with a voice like nothing else you’ll ever have heard and a stage presence hardly less mesmerising.’
The Book Death or Liberty is available from Book Depository:
Media interested in speaking to Lisa about Death or Liberty can contact Claire Leadbitter framesoffice [at] me [dot] com
Media may contact Director Keith Farrell on keith_farrell [at] yahoo [dot] com
Media may contact author Associate Professor Tony Moore, who provides expert commentary in the documentary on tony [dot] moore [at] monash [dot] edu
Lisa will be playing some shows in Ireland in December. Tickets on sale now.
Dec 2 – Upstairs @ Dolans, Limerick
Dec 3 – Coughlan’s Live, Cork
Dec 8 – Kevin Barry Recital Room at the National Concert Hall, Dublin
Dec 9 – Kevin Barry Recital Room at the National Concert Hall, Dublin
Dec 10 – Cleere’s, Kilkenny
Dec 11 – Connolly’s of Leap, Cork
Until then, we have a new video for “Nasty” from Pothole in the Sky directed by Lisa and Myles O’Reilly.
Lisa O'Neill 2022