Lumiere in Concert
Venue: The Unitarian Church, St. Sephen's Green, Dublin
Éilís Kennedy's voice has ready access to the soul without need for scaffolding or spotlights. For over a decade, hers has been one of the most underrated voices in Irish music. Her natural and genuine interpretations of songs, both old and new, sung in her native Gaelic and in English, were previously heard in her multiple collaborations and solo offerings as a recording artist. The other half of the musical whole is Pauline Scanlon, an award-winning singer from the same Kerry town of Dingle. She is part of a tradition of Irish female voices from Sinead O'Connor to Enya, all personal interpreters of their physical and spiritual landscape.
Scanlon has two critically received albums to her credit as well as extensive touring experience all over the globe. Donogh Hennessy was born in Dublin. He started playing guitar at about the age of 14. He moved to Dingle in west Kerry at 17 where he first started to listen to Irish traditional music. A very much in demand guitar player, Donagh has toured all over the world with The Sharon Shannon Band, Lunasa and various others. Together, they offer a distinctly feminine sound and feel, where voice is the primary instrument and Ireland as motherland is re-imagined.
With Lumiere, the song and its delivery are the primary focus, technical concerns gives way to feeling as song and singer effortlessly merge.