Interview On TV3’s Saturday AM Tomorrow Morning!!!!

Hey folks,

I’m thrilled to tell you all that I will be appearing tomorrow morning on TV3’s Saturday AM for an interview ahead of our upcoming show at Dublin’s Temple Bar Tradfest.

I’ll be joining Anna Daly, Simon Delaney and the crew just after 9.30am for a chat on the sofa ahead of our headline gig with Clive Barnes, Leslie Dowdall, Mike Hanrahan and myself at St Werburgh Church Saturday January 28th. With still some tickets available, you can purchase them online here

I’ll also be opening for the amazing Maria McKee Friday January 27th at St Patricks Cathedral as part of the festival.

For our overseas viewers you can catch the show on the player here here

Much love,

Luan x


Temple Bar Tradfest 2017


Hey folks,

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

I just wanted to let you all know about a very exciting gig that’s happening this month….Saturday January 28th Clive Barnes, Leslie Dowdall, Mike Hanrahan and I play the stunning St Werburgh’s Church Dublin as part of the Temple Bar Tradfest 2017.

Tickets are priced at €19.99 including booking fee and available online to purchase here however we advice to book early as all shows are selling out fast.

Doors at 8pm | Performace starts at 8:30pm

Watch a live performance of ‘Killing The Blues’ recorded on an iphone at Cleere’s Theatre Kilkenny below.

Feel free to spread the word!!!

Wishing you all a very happy, prosperous and safe 2017…..

Much love,

L x

Four of Ireland’s finest are coming to a venue near you to showcase their song writing and performing talents in an intimate setting.

Leslie Dowdall & Mike Hanrahan have been performing together since 2009
while Luan Parle & Clive Barnes have been performing together since 2014. This tour will see all four artists perform solo and collaborative sets.

Front-woman of legendary Irish band In Tua Nua, Leslie Dowdall’s solo career began in earnest with the release of her first album in 1997, the artfully entitled ‘No Guilt, No Guile’. The album won high praise for the creativity, vision and the soulful vocals and included hit single ‘Wonderful Thing’, among other highlights.

Mike Hanrahan’s first solo recording ‘Someone Like You’ featured the timeless classic ‘We Had it All’ a song later recorded by Ronnie Drew, Eleanor Shanley and Mary Coughlan. Mike spent 14 years as a member of Stockton’s Wing and many years as producer, writer and guitarist with Ronnie Drew

Clive Barnes has been gaining a worldwide reputation as one of the finest songwriters and guitarists on today’s scene. Having played and recorded with Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb to name but a few, Clive has won various awards including Album of the Year in the US magazine ‘Acoustic Guitar’.

Meteor and Tatler Award winner Luan Parle’s top 10 hit single ‘Ghost’ spent 3 months in the Irish Charts and was one of the most played songs on radio that year. Having signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age, Parle has written and recorded with some of the world’s most successful Grammy winning songwriters & producers.

Leslie & Mike, Luan & Clive will be collaborating to bring you an eclectic and exciting mix from four of Ireland’s finest Singer Songwriters.


Finland, Hotspot Greystones & Iontas Arts Castleblayney

Hey guys,

With a busy couple of weeks it’s taken me a little longer to sit down and write this blog. Cup of tea in hand I am now reliving all the lovely memories made in wonderful Finland.

Friday September 29th Clive Barnes and I boarded the plane from Dublin Airport to Helsinki full of excitement for what lay ahead. We were on our way to headline the 31st Finland Irish Festival at Virgin Oil.

Helsinki bound

Helsinki bound

We arrived in Helsinki Airport, picked up our luggage and guitars only to be met by the very lovely Matti who brought us to our hotel where we would be staying for the next couple of nights…Hotel Torni (meaning Hotel Tower). Hotel Torni was the tallest building in Helsinki up until 1987 and has the most wonderful views of a fabulous city from Ateljee Rooftop Bar (known especially for the toilets which have scenic glass walls to the outside)

View from the rooftop bar Torni Hotel Helsinki

View from the rooftop bar Torni Hotel Helsinki

On Saturday we made our way to Virgin Oil for soundcheck and what a venue….it was just amazing!!! We had the most fabulous day meeting all the other performers and organisers including the lovely Mal & Paula. We were looked after so well, the hospitality we received was second to none. Around 10pm that night we took to the stage and played to a wonderful audience.

Performing at Virgin Oil for the 31st Finland Irish Festival

Performing at Virgin Oil for the 31st Finland Irish Festival

We also were the last names to sign the Finland Irish Festival autograph book which started in 1993…Next year a new book will begin….

Closing the 31st Finland Irish Festival Book

Closing the Finland Irish Festival Book

Afterwards we had a little drink with “The Rapparaes” a Belfast based band who were also playing the festival..a lovely bunch of guys.


With the Rapparaes


The following day we made our way to the beautiful town of Heinola to play the stunning Ranta Casino owned by husband and wife Stephen and Marika Cronin. Stephen and Marika are just the loveliest people.

enjoying the sights with Stephen and Marika on route to Ranta Casino

enjoying the sights with Stephen and Marika on-route to Ranta Casino

We played that night to a full house at RantaCasino and with sound provided by the lovely Max. It was such a joy to wake up the following morning in the picturesque woodlands of Cronin’s Guesthouse.

RantaCasino Heinola Finland

RantaCasino Heinola Finland

Waking up at Cronin’s Guesthouse

Unfortunately our time in Finland had come to an end and it was time to fly back to Dublin with wonderful memories, lifelong friendships and plans to return in 2017.

Dublin Airport Bound

Dublin Airport Bound

With just a days rest we were about to embark on the opening night of a new tour…a tour which features In Tua Nua front-women Leslie Dowdall, Stocktons Wing Mike Hanrahan, Clive Barnes and myself. The night opened at The Clonmel Folk Club in County Tipperary and was a wonderful success.


Pictured with Organiser Liam Condon

This Friday night October 14th we continue the tour at Greystones Hotpspot. Tickets selling fast for this one so we would advise to book your tickets early by calling 087 2917519 or online here. For a full list of tour dates and details of shows with Leslie, Mike and Clive check out http://www.luanparle.com/shows.

This Saturday night October 15th Clive Barnes and I are also really looking forward to playing The Speakeasy Club at Iontas Arts Centre Castleblayney. Adm. €15/12 you can book your tickets by calling 042 9753400 or online at here

So that’s it for the moment folks, a busy weekend ahead and I cannot wait!!!

Luan x


Róisín Dubh Tomorrow Night Saturday May 28th


Hey folks,

So I’m just starting to get over my jet lag after an AMAZING trip to New York. As soon as I get a chance I’ll post a little diary of our trip as I’m super excited to tell you all about it.

Before I do that, I just want to tell you all about our upcoming gig tomorrow night May 28th at the Róisín Dubh Galway. After playing a show at The Róisín with the wonderful Declan O’Rourke just before Christmas, Clive & I felt like we just had to come back sooner rather than later and so we’re really excited for tomorrow night.

Tickets are 15 and available to purchase here

Time 9PM

I was also delighted to host a songwriting workshop yesterday at Dublin’s Liquor Room’s for the International Literature Festival. Such a lovely and talented group I had the great honor of working with and a fabulous festival.

If you would like to check out the video of the song written in the 2 hour workshop, you can check it out below;



Ciao for now amigos and I’ll see you in Galway,

Luan x



Live Session on KCLR 96FM Folk/Roots with Martin Bridgeman


Hello there :)

Well Clive Barnes & I only had a fantastic day in KCLR FM today ahead of our gig at Cleeres Kilkenny this Friday night.

We played two tunes this morning live on air with John Masterson before heading into studio 2 with our good friend Martin Bridgeman.

Listen to the live session & interview with Martin Bridgeman here;

Listen back to this morning’s KCLR Live with John Masterson this morning here;

Ciao for now amigos,

Luan x


Live Performance Facebook Stream this Monday Jan 25th 7.30pm (GMT)


Hello all my lovely friends,

Well it’s been a long time since I brought you a live Facebook stream so I thought were due one together.

This Monday night at 7.30PM (GMT) I’ll be streaming a live performance accompanied by the amazing Clive Barnes.

As you know I’ve been busy writing and recording the new album but I’m really missing being off the road, so I’m extra excited to play for you all. March just seems to far away to wait….

Please join us and don’t forget you can comment and chat to us as we stream live so have a think about what you might like to ask us :)

Super excited :)

Ciao for now amigos,

L xx



10k Run In Aid Of Wicklow Hospice


I’m so thrilled and excited to be asked by the oh so lovely Billy Porter to run this years 10k in aid of Wicklow Hospice. The run takes place February 20th, 10am at Avondale House Rathrum and you’ll find all details  here

I first met Billy when he kitted me out for last years Dingle Marathon. Being an 11 time marathon runner I was delighted Billy gave me some great tips & advice which really helped me with my training and on the day of the marathon. You can check it out below;

Join me as I share my training tips over the next 6 weeks. What better way to start the new year :)


New Year Greetings…


Well hello all my lovely friends,

Hope you had a fantastic Christmas with loved ones and wishing you all a very happy, safe and prosperous 2016!!!

2015 was an amazing year, which included the release of my EP ‘Roll The Dice’, a PPI Award Nomination, A Stellar Award Nomination for ‘Best Irish Singer’, a viral video (check out Clisare) , visiting all my pals at radio, making my debut on TV3’s Midday Show, performing on numerous other TV shows with the wonderful Clive Barnes & my brother John, touring the country extensively, ‘Day Is Done’ (taken from the EP) peaking at no 8 in the Irish Airplay Chart, two of my singles making it to no 1 in the iTunes Chart, two European Tours and so much more…..I loved every second of it and couldn’t have done any of it without your support and a team of amazingly talented people.

Check out some highlights below.

2016 is already shaping up to be a busy one with a new album release & an Irish, American and European tour planned. I’ll be keeping you updated on all plans as they progress

Here’s to the journey together…..

Ciao for now amigos,

Luan xx