Over the weekend I had a perfect excuse (although I never need one) to visit my beautiful hometown of Wicklow for a very special live broadcast from Wicklow’s Historical Gaol.
On Saturday morning I joined the lovely Bobby Kerr for a chat and live performance of ‘Free’ from my album ‘Free’ for a live broadcast of ‘Down To Business’ on Newstalk.
Photographer Michael Kelly was on hand to take a few pictures which I have posted below.
I was so thrilled to meet one of my childhood idols on the morning who was in attendance on the morning….Mr Don Conroy. I loved watching Don’s show on RTÉ 1 as a child so it was such a treat to get to meet the man himself, and what a gentleman he was and happy to pose for a snap.
Looking after us all so well with tasty treats and endless cups of tea and coffee were Eoin and Blathnaid from The Jailers Rest. If you’re stopping by Wicklow be sure to pop in to The Jailers Rest for lunch. It’s one of my favourite places, you won’t be sorry. Try the Jailers special…it won’t disappoint.
Hope you all had a fab weekend and feel rejuvenated and rested and I’m about to make your Monday even better!!!!
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Delighted to announce this amazing prize courtesy of the 4 star luxury Killashee Hotel & Spa Co Kildare.
WIN WIN WIN
Last week I visited secondary schools in Co Kildare as part of RTÉ One ‘Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song’ & to celebrate that, Killashee Hotel & Spa have kindly given us this incredible prize to give away!!!
Win an overnight stay for two people, dinner in the bistro PLUS full Irish breakfast & use of the leisure facilities.
Simply LIKE the @luanparle Facebook page, like and share the post (direct link here) and tag who you would bring along for the chance to win. You MUST like the @luanparle Facebook page to enter.
All entries will be placed in a hat and the winner will be announced Friday March 1st via a live video stream on my @luanparle Facebook page.
Valid Sunday to Thursday….
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Hope you’re all having a great start to the new year so far. My 2019 has started off with a bang!!!
Last Friday night I joined Paddy Casey, Davey Cashin, Eleanor McEvoy, Loah, Sive, Sibéal Ní Chaside, Mike Hanrahan, Gavin Glass, Phelim Drew & Daoirí Farrell for a performance of Raglan Road as part of Tradfest 2019. I was so thrilled & honoured to be invited to perform the song alongside such Irish legends.
Also launched on the night was the search for Ireland’s Greatest Folk Song which I am so excited to be a part of.
Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song, is a brand new RTÉ 5-part series and national campaign hosted by Irish singer & folk legend Mary Black in association with IMRO Ireland which begins on One 21st April.
As part of the TV series & online initiative I will be visiting secondary schools around Ireland hosting songwriting workshops along with some very special musical guests which we start filming next week!!!
Between now and 8th February, you can log onto www.rte.ie/culture and nominate your favourite folk song!!!
I had a lot of requests asking where the dress was from and also looking to see it full length. So below, here it is I bought it in Folkster Kilkenny. Check out their fab website here
On the gig front we have just announced our first list show of 2019. Friday April 12th Clive Barnes & I play The Weir Folk Club, Midleton Co Cork. Tickets are available to purchase now from Wallis Bar, 74 Main Street Midleton for €15.
Shows at The Weir Folk Club always sell out fast so our advice is to get them quick.
Phone : (021) 463 3185
Contact Email : [email protected]
Contact Website : https://www.facebook.com/weirfolkclub/
And finally (for this post at least ) I am back in the studio recording vocals for my new album. I’m almost at final recording stages so it’s getting very exciting now…I just can’t wait for you all to hear these brand new tracks…
Hope y’all had a lovely Christmas & are having a great start to 2019. I have lots of exciting plans in the pipeline for this year, the big one being the release of my new album which I’ve been recording since last April.
I signed my first record deal with Ainm Records when I was 12 following an appearance on RTE 1’s Kenny Live, just an innocent fresh faced young one…I recorded my first album ‘First Impressions’ & that was it…I was bitten by the bug.
I signed my next record deal at 20 with Sony Music, signed again when Sony merged with BMG & signed for a third time with Sony when they became just ‘Sony’ once more. I spent a long time flying back & forth to London & America working with some of the worlds most successful Grammy winning songwriters & producers to release my next album ‘Free’ which was produced by ‘Altered Images’ drummer & guitarist Stephen Lironi. I also recorded an album with Grammy winning producer Bill Bottrell in Mendocino California (Michael Jackson, Shelby Lynne, Tom Petty, Prince etc) which has yet to be released.
By now I had signed a management contract in London with Twenty First Music Management which was owned by Elton John. One of the highlights for me was opening for Elton 3 nights at the Hammersmith Apollo with my then UK based band before we toured all over the UK.
In 2010 I released ‘The Full Circle’ independently. Up to that point I had spent most of my life signed and so it felt like the right thing to do for me at that time both musically & personally, I learned first hand the day to day workings of running your own record label…a great learning experience. ‘Roll The Dice’ EP followed after that which was another independent release.
With over 20 years working as a professional musician & still only in my 30’s I have never been as excited for an album release as I am for this next one. The fire in my belly has only ignited & the recording process has been an absolute joy.
It’s 80 percent recorded & then will be ready for mixing & mastering….
I cannot wait to share this with you all, watch this space
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