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Lisa O’Neill grew up in Ballyhaise, County Cavan and now lives in Dublin. Heard A Long Gone Song, her first album for Rough Trade imprint River Lea is a collection of traditional material interspersed with her own. The sense of ownership Lisa imbues in these old songs, coupled with the immutability of her chosen subjects makes it hard to tell which is which.
These are folk songs in the original sense of the word. The album begins with an entirely unaccompanied rendition of The Galway Shawl, first collected in 1936 but made famous by Alan Lomax’s 1956 recording of the great Margaret Barry. Lisa’s remarkable and unconstrained delivery of this popular Irish street ballad is like hearing it for the first time. It’s followed by the slow-building menace of Along The North Strand, a version of Lady Isabel And The Elf Knight collected from a Traveller singer named Kitty Cassidy.
- 1 The Galway Shawl 3:57 Buy
- 2 Along the North Strand 7:53 Buy
- 3 Blackbird 3:14 Buy
- 4 The Lass of Aughrim 2:11 Buy
- 5 Violet Gibson 4:58 Buy
- 6 The Factory Girl 6:32 Buy
- 7 Rock the Machine 5:16 Buy
- 8 A Year Shy of Three 7:13 Buy
- 9 Lullaby of London 3:04 Buy