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‘uncompromising, stunning, soul-shaking stuff.’ ★★★★★ Guardian
‘an exceptional album that will make the trad music scene stand up and take notice; if it doesn’t, there’s something far wrong with the trad music scene.’ Folk Radio
‘She is a true Artist – totally uncompromising with an almost naive attitude to what she does, which makes for some of the purest music I’ve heard.’ Kevin Rowland, Dexys.
We are delighted to welcome Lisa O’Neill to Kings Place as part of her Heard A Long Gone Song tour. Her first album for Rough Trade imprint River Lea, Heard A Long Gone Song is a collection of traditional material interspersed with her own. The sense of ownership O’Neill imbues in these old songs, coupled with the immutability of her chosen subjects makes it hard to tell which is which. These are folk songs in the original sense of the word.
Recorded in a rural studio near the Loire Valley, Heard A Long Gone Song was produced by David Odlum and Lisa O’Neill. It follows her much-lauded, self-released 2016 album Pothole In The Sky with a record that is personally political, uniquely beautiful, heartfelt and witty. And perhaps as timeless as the passed down songs Lisa sings as if they were hers.
Please note this is a standing event with a limited number of seats available. Please contact our Box Office team in advance if you require a seat.
Lisa O’Neill grew up in Ballyhaise, County Cavan and now lives in Dublin. Now a shining light on the nu-folk scene, O’Neill is ‘one of Ireland’s most original young singer songwriters’ (Guardian).
Her distinctive voice – part Cavan growl, part lament – is ‘utterly unique (and) simply can’t be ignored’ (fROOTS). Spinning tales of lost love, murky Irish history or a children’s fable, O’Neill’s spellbinding songwriting offers ‘a terrible beauty hovering inside these almost unbearably honest songs’ (Hotpress).
Kú Kilian is a folk singer and a songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. Having spent the past four years performing around Ireland as a solo act, he has been the guest singer at ‘The Night Before Larry Got Stretched’ as well as performing opening slots for ‘Skipper’s Alley’, ‘Lisa O’Neill’ and most recently ‘The Sick And Indigent Song Club’. Kú Kilian is also an accomplished Traditional Irish Musician (Fiddle and Guitar) having played in a number of countries including Germany, China and the U.S.