Triskel Promotions push forward from the legendary Sinead O Connor show in December to announce the triumphant return of LIGHTNING SEEDS who last played the final year at the Bottleneck for Bushys Brewery. That sold out show proved the band’s unbridled popularity with classic hits such as Pure, Marvellous, Sugar Coated Iceberg and The Life of Riley. The band celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Jollification,a career defining album packed with hits.They will be playing songs from this album and extend into a Greatest Hits package. The band were keen to return after such a great reception and so they take to the Royal Hall,Villa Marina. A bigger stage, bigger sound and bigger setlist promises for a class night. Tickets for the concert go on sale at Midday 15th Jan 2020 from usual outlets- Welcome Centre,Box Office 600555 or online at http://www.villagaiety.com/lightning
Tickets are priced £32 inclusive of booking fee and support on the night from local indie posters Voodoo Bandits who had a busy and successful 2019 and start the year headlining at the Cooil in the Mitre,Ramsey Sat 24th Jan if you want to check them out.Amazing line up of local original talent.
Whilst Triskel endeavours to showcase local talent as much as possible when putting on these concerts, on this occasion, the support has been hand-picked by Sinéad herself. The band hail from Bundoran,Co. Donegal. They have supported her on several occasions and will be bringing with them, what is described as their take of a healthy slug of Celtic rock.
“When honey and gravel collide…”
The four sisters (Gráinne,Joan,Marie Thérèse and Angela) come from strong musical stock in the Diver family. A wealth of talented relatives all helped draw these ladies towards music.
“We were born into it,” discloses Joan. “There were always musicians in the house, and even though our dad couldn’t play an instrument he loved, lived and breathed music. It was inevitable that we all became immersed in music – we would have had no choice! The great thing is that we grew up in a household that had very varied musical tastes; it certainly wasn’t one dimensional in that regard.”
The young sisters started out singing with their mother (in her own right a highly regarded vocalist who performed locally and in the UK) but settled into their own creative temperament when they played gigs at surf festivals in their hometown. As with many novice bands, their gigs comprised mostly covers, but gradually, reveals Gráinne, “we formed our own identity. In some ways, we were trying to be everything, but slowly we got there.”
Despite their naiveté, says Joan, they had “confidence from the very start, as well as a good balance of music styles that ranged from pop music to traditional.” It took a while for things to develop, but gradually Screaming Orphans started to emerge from the shell of artistic inexperience.
A helping hand came in the form of a friend of the extended Diver family – acclaimed Irish writer, Nuala O’Faolain, who through various personal connections secured for the band a much-coveted slot on Ireland’s prestigious Late Late Show. “We had one song written,” recalls Gráinne, shaking her head at the cheek of it. A shaky start to national prominence, perhaps, but certain people were watching the show and liked what they heard. Music bookers soon got in touch, and before you could sing The Parting Glass from start to finish Screaming Orphans were playing gigs in Dublin venues such as the Baggot Inn.
It was at one of these gigs that they met Irish singer and songwriter Luka Bloom, who alerted a friend of his to check out the band. The ‘friend’ was Sinead O’Connor, one of Ireland’s most successful performers. As soon as O’Connor heard the band, she invited them to not only be her backing singersfor a forthcoming US tour but also her support act. It was, recalls, Joan, something of a baptism by fire. “We had about six songs written, no management, no albums or t-shirts to sell. We were completely not ready – we didn’t know what we were doing!”
From such a drenching arrives insight, and before too long Screaming Orphans were slowly but surely becoming all too familiar with the vagaries of the music industry: signing to a publishing company, signing to a record label, and then – in what has to be the most typical and regular of music industry occurrences for a musician or group – being dropped. What at first seemed the end for the sisters, however, was actually the start of a new lease of life. “We decided to go to America,” says Joan. “We got on a plane and landed in New York.”
Although hardly knowing anyone in NYC, and with little money to their name, Screaming Orphans did what came naturally: they played music. “We went back to basics and started gigging as much as possible,” remembers Gráinne. “We bought a bass amp and a trolley, went on the subway, gigged in as many bars as possible, ate celery soup for months. Most importantly, we didn’t buckle under.”
Years spent gigging across New York, hooking up with the Irish festivals circuit across the US, and releasing albums that alternated their ingrained love of Irish traditional music with vivid guitar-oriented pop/rock guaranteed the sisters a place at the table in terms of audience appeal. “The one thing you can be certain of is that if you put us in front of a crowd then we will entertain them,” says Gráinne.
Along with the entertainment factor (“we are the only all-female band who can headline these Irish festivals,” says Joan) is a canny creative streak that comes to the fore with their new album, Life In A Carnival. The new record follows 2017’s critically acclaimed Taproom (No 1 in the iTunes World Music charts; Top 10 Billboard World Albums chart; voted Folk/Pop/Rock Album 2017 by Folk’n’Rock Magazine) and fully represents what the musicians and songwriters are, and where they’re at: a group with an open mind, a group that prefers to use the word ‘hybrid’ (which strengthens) rather than ‘dilute’ (which weakens).
Produced by internationally distinguished producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Brian Eno, Robert Plant, David Byrne, and many more), the album blends breezy pop music (Carnival, Ordinary Woman, My Heart, Somebody, and Happy Together, a bubbly cover of The Turtles’ hit song) and hazy ballads (Guardian Angels, Loved And Lost, Shine, Sunday Morning) with boisterous pop/rock tunes (Raise Up Your Glass, Scream).
The aim of the new album, says Gráinne, is to make fans aware of their creative reach. While the band still love playing in front of appreciative crowds at festivals, they want it known, Joan points out, that they’re “not just a rowdy bar band having fun.”
“We are four women that have stuck it out,” adds Joan. “We make our living from music, and by that have made our dreams come true. The new album is a valid artistic statement, and there’ll be more to come.”
After years of music industry turmoil and personal triumphs, after years of fusing the old with the new, Screaming Orphans have come of age. With Life In A Carnival the four sisters will find their tribe.
“We’ve been through all of the highs and lows, good and bad,” concludes Joan. “Nothing will break us.”
Triskel Promotions return to the live music scene with a fantastic coup in securing SINÉAD O’ CONNOR to play an all-seated concert in the Royal Hall,Villa Marina on Wednesday 18th December 2019.
Half of all tickets have been sold in the first 24hrs of being on sale….
Tickets for the show will be on sale from today 29th October 2019 at Midday at www.villagaiety.com or 01624 600555
Having left the stage four years ago on a journey of self-renewal, Sinéad returns to the stage; importantly, to the international stage, and sold out her entire run of Irish dates in under an hour.
The Irish Times herald her return as “A once-in-a-generation singer in the form of her life”
She has announced an extensive US tour which sells out as quickly as shows are added. To date there is just one other show in the UK in London, which makes the Isle of Man concert particularly exclusive.
She returns defiant,passionate and enjoying the buzz of live performance.
A voice that defied and defined a generation.
Expect an emotionally charged intimate concert from one of Ireland’s true musical legends.
Her return comes on the back of some small festival slots in Ireland and what is now considered a legendary performance on The Late Late Show in early September, which proved to the many many critics, she returns with a passion to perform and take us on her musical journey of life.
As Jack Kerouac states “Genius gives birth, talent delivers”.
So where did Sinead O’Connor begin?
1970s Ireland was the backdrop from which Sinead O’Connor began her life. Born into tragic times with her own tragic story, one among many from those days, Sinead would not be defined by what was at that time beyond her control. Her spirit would blossom and bloom manifesting her gift, her voice.
Discovered by the drummer of well-known Irish band In Tua Nua, she co-wrote their first hit. Shortly after being discovered by Ensign records her first album ‘The Lion and the Cobra’ released in late 1987 reached Platinum sales. Sinead had arrived.
From the early new wave explosion of ‘Mandinka’ to the multi–platinum soul of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares to You’ Sinead had left an indelible mark with her unique image and vocal style.
An artist beyond comparison – unique, uncompromising, a pioneer, a visionary are just some of the descriptions that might only touch the surface of Sinead O’Connor. Embodying a voice with beauty and innocence, a spirit part punk, part mystic with a combined fearlessness and gentle authenticity. This voice as Sinead’s unique expression would be echoed in the voices of other artists who she would inspire who came after.
Chart topping singles, hit albums, numerous awards an array of collaborations later and Sinead’s spiritual journey would lead her through a turbulent, troubled and restless existence to find solace in Islam.
This year marks the return of Sinead O’Connor and a new beginning that will see Sinead bring out new music and tour the world once again as one of the true and original living greats of our time.