by / November 24th, 2009 /

Lumiere – The Sugar Club, Dublin

Lumiere is Éilís Kennedy and Pauline Scanlon; two exceptional vocalists from Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland. They will be performing in Dublin’s Sugar Club on December 20th. Tickets are €15 on sale this Friday through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line@ 0818 719 300.

Éilís Kennedy’s sound has ready access to the soul without need for fanfare or spotlight. Éilís performs regularly in County Kerry and is much sought after for her natural and genuine interpretations of songs, both old and new, sung in her native Gaelic and in English.

Pauline Scanlon is an award-winning singer from the same Kerry town of Dingle. She is part of a tradition of Irish female voices from Sinead O’Connor to Enya; all personal interpreters of their physical and spiritual landscape. Scanlon has two critically acclaimed albums to her credit as well as extensive touring experience.

Together as Lumiere, they offer a distinctly feminine sound and feel, where voice is the primary instrument and Ireland as motherland is re-imagined. With Lumiere, the song and its delivery are the primary focus; technical concerns give way to feeling as song and singer effortlessly merge.

Pauline and Éilís have been familiar with each other’s singing for many years. Until now, Pauline’s touring commitments meant a musical collaboration wasn’t possible. Lumiere has put that right. Spending many a winter’s night looking over old songbooks and comparing music handed down by their respective families, the pair realised they have much in common musically.

As Pauline notes,

‘We realised that we preferred singing together to singing alone which was a revelation to both of us and a beautiful thing. It worked so quickly we knew we were on to a good thing’.

Of their musical pairing, Éilís says:

“We are extremely passionate about the place we come from. Part of the attraction is that we see that in each other. We hear it in each other’s singing and it takes us to a place that’s beautiful, safe, secure and home, no matter where we are.’

Pauline adds:

‘We’re singing songs that our families have passed on to us – that we ourselves have picked up along the way. The only other pre-requisite is that the songs speak to us emotionally.

In the current global economy, songs of excess and materialism ring hollow. Lumiere offers something more holistic and true. This is real music by real singers communicating real emotions. Lumiere takes something that is sacred and age old and re-imagines it simply and beautifully, reclaiming truth and trust for the modern age

Lumiere though is not about big statements. It is about the intimate act of singing, the emotional core of that act and how that relates to the familiar echoes in our lives. The songs concern themselves with themes of love and loss, of places and people. They are mainly drawn from the Irish tradition but also touch on the great American songbook. -The Poor Wayfaring Stranger’ sits easily alongside -The West’s Awake’ while the Gaelic song -Óró mo Bháidín’ compliments -Spencer the Rover’.

Lumiere is produced by legendary record producer John Reynolds who has produced music with some of the best musicians working in Ireland today including, Sinead O’Connor, Andrea Corr, Bono, The Edge, Damien Dempsey and John Spillane.

Lumiere Live @ The Sugar Club on December 20th. Tickets are €15 on sale this Friday October 30th at 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.