Lisa O’Neill and more announced for April Sounds – in aid of Red Cross Ukraine and UNICEF Ukraine

Tickets for the concert series are on sale now.

A selection of Ireland’s most celebrated musicians, actors and spoken word artists are set to descend on Kilkenny next month, for April Sounds – a three-day concert series, running from April 8–10, with full proceeds from ticket sales going to the Red Cross Ukraine and UNICEF Ukraine, in response to the ongoing conflict there.

The Ukrainian Red Cross is carrying out humanitarian work, from aiding refugees to training doctors, while UNICEF Ukraine is repairing schools damaged by the bombings, and providing an emergency response to children affected by the conflict.

Taking place in Kilkenny’s St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Medieval Mile Museum, April Sounds will feature performances from Lisa O’ Neill, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, actor Stephen Rea, spoken word artist FeliSpeaks and many more across the three days.

The series opens on Friday, April 8, at St. Canice’s Cathedral with live sets from Lisa O’ Neill, duo Rónán Ó Snodaigh & Myles O’Reilly and Arrivalists – with Kilkenny’s singer-songwriter Bríd Lyons opening the series.

The following evening, April 9, St. Canice’s Cathedral will play host to Saíocht – a celebration of Ireland’s leading poets and Irish traditional musicians.

Saíocht is hosted by world renowned actor Stephen Rea, and features poet Gabriel Rosenstock, spoken word artist FeliSpeaks plus poems by two Kilkenny poets Robert McLoughlin and Emily Murtagh. They’ll be joined by acclaimed Irish traditional musicians, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy and Neil Martin – exploring the fascinating artistic relationship between the Irish literary tradition and Irish traditional music.

Following their moving performance of the lament ‘Anach Cuan‘ on the Late Late Show in honour of Aishling Murphy, Connemara siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Uí Flatharta will make their Kilkenny debut on Sunday, April 10, at the Medieval Mile Museum at 12pm. Critically-acclaimed songwriter Niamh Regan and local musician Gary O’Neill will then take to the stage at 3pm. Alt-folk act Ailbhe Reddy, meanwhile, will perform at the Medieval Mile Museum at 6pm that evening, with support from local musician Elise.

Celebrating the launch of his new record, Twilight, Kilkenny-based singer-songwriter songwriter John Hegarty will close out April Sounds on April 10 with an album launch at 8.30pm.

Source: Lisa O’Neill and more announced for April Sounds – in aid of Red Cross Ukraine and UNICEF Ukraine | Hotpress

Lisa O’Neil at Dublin’s National Concert Hall

Serious joins with National Concert Hall, Dublin to present Lisa O’Neill – a songwriter like no other. Last year, she played for Serious in a sold out Union Chapel show, and was featured in our Imagining Ireland programme produced by Serious, National Concert Hall, Dublin, and Culture Ireland. Her Rough trade album, Heard A Long Gone Song, sees her remarkable voice breathing new life into traditional songs and has garnered huge acclaim both at home and abroad. Tackling songs passed through generations, some mixed with political messages giving a voice to a community, or dark tales of the past, Lisa performs all with ease.

‘Raw and unvarnished folk. Uncompromising, stunning, soul-shaking stuff’ (★★★★★ Guardian)

Lisa O’Neill Receives Four Nominations at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Lisa O’Neil

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Ye Vagabonds and Kitty McFarlane also nominated; Dervish to receive Lifetime Achievement Award. Listen to our playlist of all 2019 nominees.

Irish folk singer Lisa O’Neill has been nominated for four awards: Folk Singer of the Year, Best Traditional Track (‘Factory Girl’ with Radie Peat), Best Original Track (‘Blackbird’), and Best Album for Heard a Long Gone Song. The album was released last October on the River Lea label and also received a nomination in the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards.

Radie Peet

Welsh harper Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita have received two nominations (Best Album and Best Duo/Group), and Keita has also received a third as Musician of the Year. Finch and Keita’s duet album Soar has already won ‘Best Fusion’ album in the Songlines Music Awards and the fRoots Critics Album of the Year for 2018. The other nominees in Best Album are Flook’s Ancora and Hide and Hair by The Trials Of Cato. Voting for Best Album is open to the public in the UK.

Along with Finch and Keita, the groups Stick in the Wheel, The Breath and The Rheingans Sisters also received a nomination in the Best Duo/Group category. The other nominees for Best Musician of the Year are Jenn Butterworth, Mohsen Amini and Sam Sweeney.

Emerging artists and songs
Scots piper Brìghde Chaimbeul, who released The Reeling last year, produced by Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke, has received a nomination in the Horizon award (for emerging artists), along with Kinnaris Quintet, Kitty Macfarlane (who features on the Topic 80th anniversary album), and The Trials Of Cato, who won Best Emerging Artist/Band at the first Wales Folk Awards in April.

Ye Vagabonds (below), who received two nominations in the RTÉ Folk Awards last year, have been nominated for Best Traditional Track with ‘The Foggy Dew’ from their new album The Hare’s Lament. ‘Ffoles Llantrisant’ by VRï (which won the equivalent Welsh Folk Award with the same song) and ‘The Reedcutter’s Daughter’ by Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith have also been nominated, along with O’Neill and Peat.

Singers and musicians
The nominees for Folk Singer of the Year are Ríoghnach Connolly from Armagh, Olivia Chaney who has released two albums on the Nonesuch label, Gwilym Bowen Rhys (also Best Solo Artist at the Welsh Folk Awards) and O’Neill.

Kris Drever from Lau has been nominated in the Best Original Track section for ‘Scapa Flow 1919’, about the scuttling of a German fleet in the Orkney Islands after World War I. Also nominated are ‘I Burn But I Am Not Consumed’ by Karine Polwart from her album Law of Motion, ‘O-U-T Spells Out’ by Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening (‘An ironic look at borders, walls, barriers, Brexit…’), and O’Neill’s ‘Blackbird’.

It has also been announced that Dervish will received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony. Commenting on the honour, the band’s accordionist Shane Mitchell said: ‘We are thrilled and so delighted to be receiving this very special honour at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, particularly as this is the 30th anniversary of the band.’ The group will perform on the night.

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards take place at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 16 October as part of the Manchester Folk Festival. See the full list of nominees and listen to our playlist of all artists below. For more information, visit


Source: Lisa O’Neill Receives Four Nominations at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards | The Journal of Music: News, Reviews & Opinion | Music Jobs & Opportunities