Una Mullally

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Lisa O’Neill: Same Cloth Or Not

The Cavan singer-songwriter’s new album is one of the records of the year.

Fri, Oct 18, 2013, 12:07


In today’s Ticket, Tony Clayton-Lea has an interview with Lisa O’Neill, the Cavan musician who has just released a spectacular new album.

O’Neill is one of the most captivating singer-songwriters around. Her unique voice, authenticity and wonderfully off-kilter way of telling a story both sources the old art of song craft and a strange novel perspective sounding simultaneously old and new. Same cloth or not, indeed.

In booking and presenting the music show I do for TG4, Ceol ar an Imeall, I’m often party to some great musical moments, standing in an almost empty studio listening to a band or musician play beautiful songs. O’Neill’s performance in our last series was one of my favourites. The crew and myself all reported goosebumps. Here’s that set.

O’Neill’s gig at Electric Picnic this year on the main stage of Body & Soul was one of the highlights of the weekend for me. There’s both innocence and divilment in her performance. You can’t help but come away from her concerts thinking she’s the real deal.

Same Cloth Or Not is out now, and she plays Whelan’s at the weekend. You can buy tickets to that gig here.