Lumiere's debut album brought together two distinct voices cut from the same geographic cloth. One is Éilís Kennedy, whose sound has ready access to the soul without need for scaffolding or spotlights. The other half of the musical whole is Pauline Scanlon, an award-winning singer from the same Kerry town of Dingle. With Lumiere, the song and its delivery are the primary focus, technical concerns gives way to feeling as song and singer effortlessly merge.
Since their debut launch, the duo have toured their distinctive sound from the cosy snugs of their native Dingle to international concert halls, and a worldwide audience has connected with their offering of real music by real singers communicating real emotions. As a duo, Lumiere takes something that is sacred and age old and re-imagines it simply and beautifully, reclaiming beauty, truth and trust, for the modern age.
Pauline and Éilís will be joined on stage by the brilliant Donogh Hennessy. Donogh has performed and recorded with many of Ireland's leading Irish artists and bands. He is a former guitarist of the band Lúnasa and has had a four-year stint with Sharon Shannon's band. Currently he's performing, recording and/or producing with an array of Irelands finest exponents including John Spillane, Gerry O' Connor, Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin as well as The Mackenzie Project from Cape Breton, Canada.
The Whileaways sees three distinct voices combine to weave a beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted original songs. Their sound is true, their delivery undeniably engaging. These three singers could all front their own projects, and indeed have. With six previous albums to their collective credit, this is their debut as one. Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce and Noelie Mc Donnell came to know each other's singing over a number of years, playing in sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. Dipping their toe in the water as a trio, they were hailed as 'a knockout of the festival' at the legendary Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2012. Overwhelming public reaction prompted a recording, and their self-titled debut album was recorded in a log cabin in Co Galway. Most certainly imbued with the sounds of their respective travels on both sides of the Atlantic, this debut brings something fresh to the familiar. It was given a four star review from the Irish Times; "this is an audacious debut which hollers for a chance to be heard in a live setting, so rich is its lyrical tapestry" and 'Album of the Week' on RTE Radio 1.
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