Lisa O’Neil on The Music Show

Lisa O’Neil

Lisa O’Neillis a singer, songwriter and musician from County Cavan. Her latest album, Heard A Long Gone Song, is filled with characters, stories and traditional songs from her native Ireland.

These stories range from the life of Violet Gibson, an Irish woman who tried to assassinate Mussolini in 1926, to the dockland workers who lost their jobs to mechanisation in the 1950s and 60s.

The instrumentation on the record is sparse, which allows more room for her mighty voice.

Music played in this interview

Title: The Lass of Aughrim
Artist: Lisa O’Neill
Album: Heard A Long Gone Song
Comp: trad.
Label: River Lea
Cat. No.: RLR001CD
Dur: 2.12

Title: Rock The Machine
Artist: Lisa O’Neill
Album: Heard A Long Gone Song
Comp: O’Neill
Label: River Lea
Cat. No.: RLR001CD
Dur: 5.16

Producer Ellie Parnell

Heard A Long Gone Song is Lisa O’Neill’s fourth album, and the first to be released on Rough Trade Record’s new traditional folk imprint River Lea that releases “beautiful and strange traditional music from Britain, Ireland and beyond.”

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