Lumiere and Damien O’Kane
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 and 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.
Their follow-up album, much like their singing, has been honed and re-shaped without losing any of its impact and earthiness. Whereas their debut album ploughed their creative fields, now they are ready to populate those fields with seeds of inviting instrumentation, a more confident and fuller sound, and an artistic harvest that will appeal to the musical tastes of a broader audience.
With My Dearest Dear, Lumiere are now confident in and conscious of the strengths of their own unique sound. This album is also one of stories. Those stories are brought to life through sensitive strings, clearly defined and individual narrative voices, catchy melodies and detailed production values. The big themes of love and loss, of place and people, of longing and lament, are present in this album, as they were in their debut. Lumiere’s strength though remains in the ability to be immersed fully in their local tradition of songs and strong people, and to communicate that to as wide and diverse an audience as possible, without diluting their authenticity. It looks inwards and draws from the Irish and Kerry tradition, yet feels more consciously global in reach. Perhaps, that’s as a result of their extensive touring and of witnessing first hand how audiences across the Globe have reacted to the uniqueness of Lumiere. This in turn has allowed Pauline and Éilís to absorb up that international connection and allow it filter down into their own locally excavated influences.
The songs are mainly drawn from the Irish tradition, but are historical in their sweep, featuring stories of rebellion and revolution, nature and nurture. The Wind That Shakes the Barley, for instance, has been reimagined with intimacy, reclaimed from the historical and returned to the heart.
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