Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown
SongLives showcases some of Ireland and North America’s most exciting contemporary singer-songwriters, working on an intimate and personal scale, bringing the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street and beyond to New York City.
Presented by Irish Arts Center as part of Cuala festival
“Luan Parle combines a glossy blend of contemporary/alt. country, folk, pop & rock. With her wonderful stage presence and obvious talent Parle could well be the next big star.” – The Hot Press
Following an appearance on Ireland’s legendary Late Late Toy Show when she was twelve years old, Luan Parle got a record deal, and then in 2002 a bigger record deal with Sony Music Ireland. Her song “Ghost” went on to become one of her most successful singles, spending 12 weeks in the Irish Charts, and peaking at number 10. Parle collaborates with many renowned US and UK songwriters, joined James Blunt on his UK and Irish tours, and opened for Elton John at The Hammersmith Apollo. She is a Meteor award-winner for Best Irish Female, and will be accompanied by Clive Barnes, who is highly regarded as one of the finest performers.
“On the road to becoming one of the great folk singers both in Ireland and here in the states…Brilliant.”- Fanrealm.com
Former GAA all-Ireland medalist, Mickey Coleman comes from a background of artists and musicians in Tyrone. Mickey’s talent for penning songs, which in some way or another have shaped his life, has been well documented in songs such as “The Brantry Boy,” “My Coalisland Girl,” “The Holylands Belfast” and “Kilkeel Fishermen.” He is a fine songwriter whose songs tell many stories and reflect the landscape of the shores of Lough Neagh where Mickey was brought up in Ardboe. Mickey has shared the stage with some of Ireland’s top folk artists such as The Chieftains, Cara Dillon, Francis Black, Liam Reilly and Bagatelle, and Steve Cooney.
We are a group of writers who love Irish and Celtic arts. Some of us are performers; musicians; actors; some of us are authors; some of us journalists. Check this out for a list of our writers!
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