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Right Here Right Now: Lorraine Nash and Mide Houlihan

Coughlan's, Douglas St.

Sat 13 Nov 2021
4:00 pm

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Right Here Right Now festival returns to celebrate some of the finest in contemporary Irish music in the wonderful settings of Cork Opera House and Coughlans this November 12-13. Now in its fourth year, Right Here Right Now is a celebration of the vibrant and eclectic music scene both in Cork and across the island of Ireland.

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.

Originally putting herself on the map through a string of early support slots with the likes of FRED and Jenn Grant, Míde won the IMRO ‘Christie Hennessy Songwriting Award’ in 2015, highlighting her as one of Ireland’s brightest prospects.

Shortly after, Míde would release her debut album ‘Coloured In’, receiving an extremely warm reception from radio, media, and her ever growing fanbase, with most critics citing Míde’s honest, sometimes humorous, sometimes heart wrenching songwriting as a diamond in what can sometimes be a crowded scene.

In 2018, Míde signed with Cork City based label, Unemployable Records. Her first release on the label was the EP, ‘Shifting Gears’, which was launched in a sold out Coughlan’s of Cork City, and followed by a hugely successful launch tour, which brought Míde and her band to such prestigious venues as Whelan’s/The Ruby Sessions (Dublin), DeBarra’s/Clonakilty International Guitar Fest (Clonakilty), The White Horse Sessions (Clare), and many more.

Míde has since been sharing the stage with such names as Mick Flannery, John Spillane, Bill Shanley, as well as recently co-writing a song with Mick Flannery. The single, ‘Idle Words’ was released in August, and showcases Míde’s versatility as a songwriter, as she evolves as an artist, without forgetting her past work.

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