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Paddy Dennehy and Guest Lorraine Nash

Coughlan's, Douglas St.

Sat 25 Jun 2022
6:00 pm

Newcomers to Paddy Dennehy's music have a tendency be blown away. His first ever gig in Dublin was performing on 'The Late Late Show' after their booking team stumbled across him on YouTube. His first time playing his own material in Cork was a personal invitation from Glen Hansard to join him onstage at the Everyman Theatre after hearing him play 'Hard Times' on an old upright piano at the back of Benner's Hotel in Dingle. The first full band show to a mesmerised audience at Electric Picnic's 'Trailer Park Stage' left no one in doubt that they were seeing the beginning of something quite special indeed.

Paddy Dennehy's debut album "Strange Wings" was released in early 2020. References to Nick Cave, Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen can be heard throughout the album suggesting a classic school of songwriting where each lyric has clearly been carefully chosen and every melody crafted with the utmost care in pursuit of the timeless song.

“Little Light” is a captivating, impassioned, tender and intimate offering. 9/10” — Maximum Volume Music

“Little Light is a captivating, heart-wrenching showcase of how powerful folk music can be.”— Hotpress

Irish songwriter Lorraine Nash has been steadily building her audience since the release of her debut single ‘Wildflower’ in 2020, quickly attracting the attention of Ireland’s music industry with her evocative songwriting and stunning vocals, while receiving praise for the lyrical beauty of her songs. Lorraine has built a loyal fan base with a string of stunning performances and signed to FIFA Records, after wowing during a set at Cork Opera House at the end of 2020.

Since then she has been teasing new music from her upcoming debut album, due out early 2022. At the core of Lorraine’s songwriting is a blend of trad, folk and blues traditions. Drawing on a background of traditional singing, the multi-instrumentalist incorporates the traditional lilt into her live show.

Taking inspiration from songwriting legends Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Carole King - fused with contemporary influences like Norah Jones, Gillian Welsh, Billie Marten, Lucy Rose, Gabrielle Aplin and Laura Marling - Lorraine creates stunning, imagery-laden songs. Lorraine performed recently at the Irish music industry event, Music Cork (2021), Autumn Air festival (2021) and Listowel Writers' Week (2020), while also impressing on national Irish TV's Today Show, with her breakout single ‘Winter Sun’ in 2020.

During a year of few live shows for artists across Ireland, she has played at Cork Opera House, Triskel Arts Centre, INEC Gleneagle Hotel, St. John’s Theatre and Arts Centre as well as shows at De Barra’s Folk Club and Coughlan’s. She has shared the stage with renowned Irish musicians John Spillane, Jack O’Rourke and Larry Beau .

Lorraine has received huge support from Irish radio, featuring regularly on RTE Radio 1’s playlist, alongside regional airplay on Radio Kerry, Tipp FM, Red FM, Cork’s 96FM, KCLR96FM. Her singles ‘Wolves’, ‘Sing With Her’, ‘Winter Sun’, and ‘Changing Tides’ have spent many weeks on the national broadcaster’s weekly Recommends Playlist, reaching audiences of 1.5 million listeners.

According to the Gender Disparity Data Report compiled by WhyNotHer, Lorraine was one of the most played female artists on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2020. ‘Wolves’ and ‘Changing Tides’ also saw Lorraine become the most played artist on RTE Radio 1.

“Lorraine Nash is a skilled musician and talented lyricist who is developing her voice but deserves your attention now. As she sings on ‘Breathe’: “I threw stones in the ocean, set the water in motion.” She could be describing what will hopefully be the start of something special for her.” — Americana UK

“a bright young vocal talent and versatile multi-instrumentalist” — Irish Examiner

“we are witnessing the birth of a very special career.” —

Supported by Cork City Council, Arts Office and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

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