Lisa O'Neill and Junior Brother @ Galway International Arts Festival

Lisa O'Neill and Junior Brother @ Galway International Arts Festival

Wednesday, 24 July 2019, 8.30pm

Lisa O’Neill is an Irish songwriter like no other. Junior Brother is an Irish alt folk singer playing sometimes humorous and sometimes heady tunes.

Her roots may be sourced in folk and traditional music but her work opens up a landscape beyond any settled sense of genre. Her work is filled with tension and emotion, contextualizing themes of love, loss, heartache and sorrow today through referencing tales from the past with beauty, honesty and defiance.

Junior Brother is an Irish alt folk singer playing sometimes humorous and sometimes heady tunes. Strange stories, poetic and arcane, unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic guitar and foot tambourine accompaniment.

Ages 18+

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Comments

Shannon McNamee
5
An enthralling evening of Irish folk and storytelling
This gig at the Roisin Dubh as part of Galway International Arts Festival was one of my musical highlights of the summer. Junior Brother supported Lisa O'Neill and this was my second time seeing him perform, though this time he was accompanied by two musicians on stage playing mandolin, uilleann pipes and the low whistle. Playing songs from his first album Pull the Right Rope, which was just been released, the extra instrumentation gave more layers and an extra element to Junior Brother's performance. Songs like 'Hungover at Mass' and 'The Back of Her' sounded more full with new lines of melody and sound. The banter between the three performers on stage was an added bonus and the crowd was singing along and laughing in between songs. When Lisa took to the stage, I realised that she is an artist you must see live in order to understand her brilliance. I had listened to, and enjoyed, her albums before this, but her voice is even more powerful and astonishing in person and her dry humour and charisma on stage is palpable. Before every song she told the story behind it in detail. O'Neill is not only a talented singer and songwriter, but a storyteller too, and is keeping the old Irish tradition of storytelling alive in her own performances. Highlights from her set were 'No Train to Cavan' and 'The Galway Shawl'.
Nov 5, 2019

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