Listen to Olivia Chaney on JPR Live Session

Classically-trained singer/pianist Olivia Chaney graduated from England’s Royal Academy of Music, before teaching herself guitar and Indian harmonium, delving back to the inspiration behind the British folk revivalists. She has since built a loyal and growing following as a songwriter and interpreter, both in the UK and internationally, through her acclaimed and eclectic live performances and much lauded recorded works.

In 2013, Olivia self-released an eponymous EP, that was followed by her critically-acclaimed 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River. The latter, which The Guardian hailed as ‘an enchanting and stately creation‘, was noted in a number of ‘Best Of 2015’ lists, whilst The Independent featured it in their Top 5 Albums of the Year, calling it ‘A landmark release‘.

Last year Olivia featured on two collaborative albums: the first – Folk Songs – with fellow Nonesuch artists; Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon and Kronos Quartet; and the second – The Queen of Hearts – by Offa Rex, an album by a new band formed between Olivia and The Decemberists, which was nominated for a Grammy at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in the ‘’Best Folk Album’ category.

On June 15, 2018, Nonesuch released Olivia’s second solo album – Shelter. Already applauded as a sophomore triumph, the media are saying: ‘even the simplest arrangements seem to ooze with an inherently fluid musicality. From the deathless serenity of the opening title track to the neo-classical closer “House On The Hill”, here is transcendent refuge from the storm.’ – Uncut; ‘A finely wrought piece of work, with Chaney’s swooping delivery turning songs into dramas. An elegant, luminous album.’ – Observer; ‘A beautifully haunting meditation on the human condition.’ – Sun; ‘The ravishing follow-up to the Chaney’s acclaimed debut is an exercise in bejewelled simplicity. Chaney’s clear resonating voice is a superlative means to convey this eagle-eyed observer’s tender intimations like Dragonfly and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. A triumph.‘ – Daily Mirror.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW at: JPR Live Session: Olivia Chaney

Kermode & Mayo Film Reviews: Parasite, more

Film reviews including Robert Downey Junior in Dolittle, Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and Kristen Stewart in Underwater.

Mark and Simon chat through all the films worth seeing in UK cinemas in the UK Box Office Top Ten, we tell you the best and worst films on TV next week and recommend a home entertainment purchase in DVD of the Week.

00:27:55 Box Office Top 10
00:44:33 Bong Joon Ho Interview
00:59:51 Parasite Review
01:11:20 Dolittle Review
01:20:26 Underwater Review
01:25:19 Plus One Review
01:35:19 Daniel Isn’t Real Review
01:41:33 Birds of Prey Review
01:45:09 Mr Jones Review

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.”

Joe Boyd on “Liege and Lief”

Klipsch Audio presented Classic Album Sundays at Bestival 2014, where Joe Boyd discussed the album “Liege and Lief” by Fairport Convention using Klipsch La Scala speakers. Boyd is a record producer and writer who formerly owned Witchseason production company and Hannibal Records. His impact on the recording careers of some of the world’s greatest bands is immeasurable.