Lisa O'Neill – The Wren, The Wren

Lisa O'Neill – The Wren, The Wren

Friday, 15 November 2019, 9.00am

Lisa O’Neill’s new three-track EP – The Wren, The Wren, released 15 November 2019.




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Why I gave the above rating: 

Three simple songs but an estimable follow-up to Lisa O’Neill’s 2018 album 'Heard a Long Gone Song'. 'The Wren, The Wren' EP is issued just a few weeks after O’Neill won Best Original Folk Track at the RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards for ‘Rock the Machine’. ’John Joe Reilly’ here is also written by O’Neill, a dark story about an assault in the woods. ‘The Wren, The Wren’ is a traditional children's song that develops into a version of the jig ’Repeal the Union’ on fiddle with accompanying dance steps. Both are fresh, unadorned performances, but it’s O’Neill’s version of ‘Come Back Paddy O’Reilly to Ballyjamesduff’ that really surprises. A song by Percy French that has typically been recorded in a maudlin, middle-of-the-road style for decades, O’Neill gives it an unaffected performance that makes you listen to the lyrics much more closely, and absorb the story.

Nov 16, 2019

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