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Cavan

Lisa O'Neill, with special guest Seamus Fogarty

2023 was a remarkable year for Irish songwriter Lisa O’Neill. Her acclaimed new album All of This Is Chance arrived on Rough Trade Records in February and ranked highly on many critics Albums of The Year Lists.

Lisa O'Neill, with special guest Seamus Fogarty
Lisa O'Neill, with special guest Seamus Fogarty

Time & Location

17 Oct 2024, 20:00 – 23:00

Cavan, Town Hall St, Keadew, Cavan, Ireland

About the event

LISA O'NEILL 

WITH SPECIAL GUEST SEAMUS FOGARTY 

TOWNHALL ARTS CENTRE, THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2024

2023 was a remarkable year for Irish songwriter Lisa O’Neill. Her acclaimed new album All of This Is Chance arrived on Rough Trade Records in February and ranked highly on many critics Albums of The Year Lists. Lisa finished her touring with a sold out show at Vicar Street in Dublin, and she also performed an emotional rendition of Fairytale Of New York with Glen Hansard and members of The Pogues and The Dubliners at Shane MacGowan’s funeral in Co Tipperary

All Of This Is Chance takes O’Neill’s inimitable voice to greater heights, or depths, depending on which way you look at it. Throughout all eight songs on this album, it feels like she is writing in a constant state of wonderment. Not only a portrait of the artist in love with nature, but one perplexed by the ever-expanding gulf between it and modern society. O’Neill sings across that divide while simultaneously digging deep into the land, eyes transfixed on a universe of colorful birds, and beyond them stargazing into the atomized constellations of outer space of which we ourselves are fragments.

A raconteur in the truest sense of the word, O’Neill is a five time BBC Folk Award nominee and her previous album Heard a Long Gone Song was named The Guardian’s 2019 Folk Album of the Year. Her adaptation of Bob Dylan’s All the Tired Horses soundtracked the final scene of epic TV drama Peaky Blinders. All of This Is Chance features orchestral masterpieces such as the ambitious and cinematic Old Note, and the title track which was inspired by the Monaghan writer Patrick Kavanagh's epic poem, The Great Hunger, as well as stirring contemplations on nature, birds, berries, bees, and blood ring out over a clacking banjo throughout the album, dusting and devastating all those in its wake.

Praise for All of This Is Chance:

“O’Neill is a cultural hero in her own right… a modern artist tapped into the ancient.” - New York Times

“The first indisputable classic of 2023” - Uncut (9/10 Album Review)

“Stunning, cinematic” - NPR Music

“A record that makes a lasting impact… beautiful and evocative” - Aquarium Drunkard

“Uncompromising, stunning, soul-shaking stuff.” - The Guardian

“A beautiful and bold album” – PopMatters

“In a word. Mesmeric” - Songlines (5/5 Lead ‘Top Of The World’ Review)

“You’ll be lucky to hear a better record all year” – The Sunday Times, Culture (5/5 Album Review)

“Quite simply a modern masterpiece” – The Morning Star (5/5 Album Review)

“There’ll scarcely be a better record released this year than All Of This Is Chance.” – Hot Press (9/10 Album Review)

‘'All Of This Is Chance' is an epic canyon of sense and sound... a timeless piece of work, wholly unbound by style or genre, a universal

shot of medicinal magic.’’ - Folk Radio (Album Of The Month)

“You’re unlikely to hear a more original, more powerful, more breathtaking release than this all year” - Narc Magazine (5/5 Album

Review)

“A strikingly individual album, a cohesive whole musically and lyrically and unlike anything you’ll hear elsewhere.” - The Arts Desk (4/5

Album Review

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