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Summer Touring in Finland, Germany & Slovakia……

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Good morning :)

So I’ve been meaning to write this for a long time and have only just found time to sit down and do it!!!

I have had the most amazing summer this year, touring Finland, Germany and most recently Slovakia.

At the start of June, Clive & I flew over to Finland for the second time this year to play The Country and Folk Festival in beautiful Heinola alongside our pal Mundy and very special guests. We had a fabulous time seeing all our Finnish & Irish friends and played a couple of tunes onstage with Mundy. You can watch a short clip here of ‘Dead Flowers’

I have also uploaded some pictures below from the trip…

Clive & I flew from Helsinki airport to Düsseldorf Airport to embark on our 11 date tour of Germany.  It was my first time in Germany so I was extremely excited. We met our booking agent the wonderful Petra and her lovely husband Dirk and what a friendship was formed. We had the most amazing tour, saw some incredible places and made lifelong friends, with plans to return in November 2018.

During our show at the incredible Synagoge Ahrweiler we had the great pleasure of Dirk Eisenburger joining us onstage to perform Ghost. It was such a treat…Petra managed to capture the performance on her iPhone which you can watch below…

 

I have uploaded some pictures below from the trip…

After Germany my brother John & I returned once again to Slovakia to headline The FestDobréRybníky. 9 years ago I met festival promoter and my great friend Cali when I played his festival FestDobréBohunice for the first time and have been returning to play ever since. In recent years, John has been joining me onstage which has been incredible and every year we make wonderful new friends. This year, performed live on Slovakia’s biggest TV show Televízia Markíza on the breakfast show Teleráno. You can watch the interview & live performance below..

 

I have included a few pictures from the trip below..

I had to upload this video, although I’m sure the boys don’t even remember me taking it :) :)

 

Another highlight from our trip to Slovakia was meeting the wonderfully talented Laura Peterson. Laura is phenomenal singer and joined us onstage for 3 songs at Hotel Kristina, Dubnica.. I have to also mention that Laura only heard the songs the morning before the show.

Cali managed to capture Laura performing Free with with us on his iPhone below…

After what has been a hectic year, I am taking a little time out now to continue working on my new album. I have a couple of other exciting projects that I will be working on also including the release of ‘Your Love Still Guides My Way’, a song that was written during one of my IMRO songwriting workshops in April with students of Coláiste Chill Mhantáin . The song will be released as a single this September 22nd with all proceeds going to The Irish Heart Foundation & also The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

I am also very excited to announce that I’ll be performing at the Christy Hennessy Festival in Tralee County Kerry November 03rd alongside some of Ireland’s greatest talents so keep an eye out for upcoming events and projects.

Chat soon amigos….

Much love,

Luan x


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Luan Parle & Clive Barnes Live Performance on Ireland AM TV3 This Friday!!!!

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Hey folks,

Clive Barnes and I are delighted to announce that we will perform live on Ireland AM TV3 this coming Friday morning April 14th ahead of our upcoming Irish tour dates together.

Thursday April 20th we play The White Horse Ballincollig, Saturday April 22nd The Draiocht Arts Centre Blanchardstown Co Dublin and May 05th we play The Coastguard Cultural Centre Tramore Co Waterford.

Tune in around 10.20am for interview and live performance and don’t forget to text and tweet the show :) Text AM Plus your comment to 53131 (Texts cost 30c) or tweet the show  

Luan x


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Finland!!!

All set for the slopes ?? #ski #slopes #snow #finland #tour #musician #luanparle #clivebarnes #singer #songwriter #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #like for follow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #girlsinmusic #female #independent #independentartist #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike #happy

Hey folks,

So Clive and I are back in Ireland now after having the most wonderful time playing in Finland.

On Thursday March 16th we played Molly Malone’s Helsinki to a wonderful audience. It was so great to see a lot of familiar faces who came to see us play at the Finland Irish Festival in September of last year. Everybody was in great spirits for the St Patrick’s celebrations. We stayed just a few doors down from Molly Malone’s at Cumulus City Hotel Helsinki which was very conveniently positioned right next door to a guitar store. Clive was in his element as you can see from the pic below…All I was thinking was how on earth are we going to carry home another guitar 😉 😉

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The following day we headed up to the town of Heinola to play the stunning RantaCasino owned by Stephen and Marika Cornin. We had a brilliant gig to a packed room.

The views from the venue are just so breathtaking I had to share a few pictures below.

RantaCasino lit up green for tonight's gig with Clive Barnes. Kicking off at 9.30pm.... @rantacasino_heinola #stpatricksday #happy #finland #tour #musician #luanparle #clivebarnes #singer #songwriter #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #likeforfollow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #girlsinmusic #female #independent #independentartist #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike

What a view @rantacasino_heinola #stpatricksday #happy #finland #tour #musician #luanparle #clivebarnes #singer #songwriter #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #like for follow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #girlsinmusic #female #independent #independentartist #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike #irish

Clive took this amazing picture just before our gig at @rantacasino_heinola on Friday night...what a greenroom #heinola #rantacasino #tour #musician #luanparle #clivebarnes #songwriter #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #likeforfollow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #girlsinmusic #female #independent #independentartist #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike #happy #greenroom #picoftheday #instagood #instagram #photo

 

St Patrick's Day ?? at RantaCasino Heinola Finland. Really looking forward to tonight's gig with Clive Barnes. Kicking off at 9.30pm...see you there :) Happy St Patrick's Day!!! @rantacasino_heinola #stpatricksday #happy #finland #tour #musician #luanparle #clivebarnes #singer #songwriter #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #likeforfollow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #girlsinmusic #female #independent #independentartist #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike

The following day we had free so Stephen and Marika very kindly brought us sightseeing and what wonderful sights we saw of the stunning Finland countryside. Of course I was not appropriately dressed for the snow…..in my defense the guitars took the luggage priority..Thankfully Markia’s beautiful Mom was on hand to lend me some snow boots :)

All set for the slopes ?? #ski #slopes #snow #finland #tour #musician #luanparle #clivebarnes #singer #songwriter #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #like for follow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #girlsinmusic #female #independent #independentartist #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike #happy

Frozen.....#nofilter #ice #lake #frozen #snow #finland #tour #musician #luanparle #clivebarnes #singer #songwriter #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #like for follow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #girlsinmusic #female #independent #independentartist #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike #happy

I could totally see myself living here :) #happy #finland #tour #musician #luanparle #clivebarnes #singer #songwriter #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #like for follow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #girlsinmusic #female #independent #independentartist #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike #irish #snow

So pretty ? #ice #lake #frozen #snow #finland #tour #musician #luanparle #clivebarnes #singer #songwriter #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #like for follow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #girlsinmusic #female #independent #independentartist #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike #happy

Michelle Johnston of www.lookatmiclothing.com and 42 Michael’s Street Gorey very kindly kitted me out in her stunning dresses and handbag for the shows. Love this little black pleated skater dress available from the link below and in store for just €32
http://lookatmiclothing.com/product/pleated-skater-dress/

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And this gorgeous keyhole stylish skater dress available from the link below, also for just € 32

http://lookatmiclothing.com/product/keyhole-stylish-skater-dress/

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Her Sally Young handbag range are to die for. My Sally Young handbag was so handy for travelling and storing all my travel documents and cosmetics….

Finland bound ???? whoop @michellejohnston04 #finland #flying #airport #dublin #stpatricksday #week #weekend #thursday #followforfollow #follow4follow #follow4likes #like4likes #likeforfollow #shoutout #shoutoutforshoutout #shoutout4shoutout #commentforcomment #comment4comment #commentforlike #comment4like #excited #ireland #instagram #instagood #sallyyoung #bag

Don’t forget there’s free delivery on all orders over €100 within Ireland when you buy online

The hospitality we experienced was second to none. Huge thanks to Molly Malone’s and RantaCasino for having us, Mal for making it all happen and his beautiful wife, Max for his wonderful engineering skills, Stephen and Marika for their unbelievable kindness and hospitality, our great friend Paula and all our great Finnish friends…Thank you to the wonderful audience’s for being exactly that….just wonderful….

We will be back in Heionla Finland again this June 10th for the Heinola Irish Summer Festival at RantaCasino playing alongside Mundy and other fabulous musicians. You do not want to miss this one folks, it’s going to special…..

Chat to you soon,

Luan x


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[email protected] Fashion Official Opening In Gorey Tomorrow!!!

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Hey guys,

I’ve been working with an amazing online fashion website www.lookatmiclothing.com. [email protected] is an online supplier of all types of women’s clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories.

Tomorrow, [email protected] will open the doors of their brand new premises at 42 Michael Street gorey Co Wexford and I cannot tell you how excited I am.

The official opening takes place from 4pm – 6pm with a mini fashion show which will showcase some of their fabulous stock.

Strawberries and champagne will be served while you browse, so why not round up the girls and get to 42 Michael Street tomorrow for a fabulous afternoon of ladies fashion.

Check out directions and map below…

See you there :)

Much love,

Luan


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Filming A Live Performance For ‘Declan Sessions’

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Hey folks,

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of meeting Declan, the 1985 VW Camper-van who travels around Ireland filming musicians performing from his comfy couch, showcasing the best new Irish songwriters.

The video will be posted on ‘Declan Sessions’ Facebook page, website and their other social media platforms in the coming week.

What I Wore

I wore this really cute Black Floral Print Cold Shoulder Shirt available from ‘New Look’ Bridgewater Shopping Centre Arklow and online for just €24.99FullSizeRender(29)

I put it together with a pair of black skinny jeans from Pennys for just 13.00 and these gorgeous black buckle ankle boots also available from ‘New Look’ Bridgewater Centre Arklow – were 39.99 now down to 28.00.

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As it’s still only February and it was a pretty stormy day in Wicklow Harbour where we filmed, I’m not brave enough to go jacket-less just yet…so I wore a this fitted black leather jacket from Dorothy Perkins priced at just €60.00

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And just in case you didn’t believe me about the stormy Wicklow weather that day, I took this picture from inside the Camper-Van during filming :)

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For my make up look I used MAC Cosmetics, NYC, Rimmel & NYX.

Foundation – Rimmel Match Perfection Rimmel

Cheeks – MAC Posey creme blend blush

Eye Brows – MAC Lingering Eye Brows Crayon

Eyes – MAC Blanc type matt eyeshadow, NYC eyeshadow Palette, MAC black gel eyeliner, MAC Black false lashes mascara

Lips – NYX Matte Lipstick ‘Indie Flick’

Make up for today's filming...more news to follow #filming #exciting #news #stormy #wicklow #harbour #waves #crashing #hailstones #wintery #cold #february

Keep an eye out for the live performance video on ‘Declan Sessions’ and check out some great Irish Music while you’re there :)

Much love,

Luan x


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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


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Stellar Shine Awards, Radio Tour, Sitting Room Sessions & More!!!

Well hello my lovely friends,

It’s been an exciting and busy time lately so apologies for my late post. I’ve only just sat down to a cozy blazing fire on this chilly night to catch up with you all :)

I’ve loved visiting all my radio pals so much the last couple of weeks which included; 2FM, Classic Hits 4FM, Corks 96FM, iradio, KFM, Limericks Live 95FM, Radio Kerry, LMFM, Shannonside Northern Sound, East Coast FM & South East Radio. Over the next couple of days I’ll be popping into the very lovely Roddie Cleere KCLR FM, Midlands 103FM & Galway Bay FM before flying out to Slovakia.

Wednesday night saw the Stellar Shine Awards 2015 and what an incredible night it was. I was so thrilled to be nominated with amazing, inspiring women including my cousin Clisare. You might remember last September Clisare & I collaborated together on a Parody video which went viral and to date has received almost 200,000 views on facebook

It was a long drive home last Saturday.

Posted by Clisare on Thursday, September 10, 2015

I’ve really been enjoying taking the show which Clive Barnes & I have been touring the past year into your Sitting Rooms. This week we played in the fabulous Dublin home of Alan & Yvonne as part of our ‘Sitting Room Sessions’ and last night we had a beautiful gig with Maurice, Mary & their wonderful family & friends.

Tomorrow we will continue our Irish radio tour before flying out to see our Slovakian friends on Wednesday morning….early :)

Check out all our dates and purchase tickets here

You can also check out the video for my latest single ‘You’re Not Here’ which is almost hitting 50,000 views.

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'You're Not Here' out now!!!

Posted by Luan Parle on Saturday, November 7, 2015

Don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and snapchat.

Ciao for now amigos,

Luan xx


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What I Wore – Slovakian Tour

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Well hello my lovely friends,

I thought I’d put together a little blog on what I Wore for our mini tour of Slovakia, so here it is :)

We all know that it can be a pain having to pay extra to put luggage through and then having to wait an eternity on the other side. Over the years I have learned that travelling light is always the better option, taking your bag on board but not always possible. Us girls tend to carry a lot whether it be clothes, shoes, make up, hair utensils etc and it can be a nightmare to pack light. Knowing our schedule in Slovakia was going to be pretty hectic with not a lot of time for deciding what to wear while in Slovakia I decided to pay my great friend and stylist Jenny of Ghost Boutique a visit; https://www.facebook.com/GhostLadiesboutique
I explained to Jenny that I needed to travel light but I needed clothes for traveling in, everyday clothes & clothes for the shows, but without having to bring a million pairs of shoes. Jenny is just amazing and within no length at all had an outfit for each occasion chosen for me. Jenny has the most amazing eye and knows exactly what you want even when you don’t. It took all the hassle out of having to rustle through my wardrobe trying to mix and match outfits and taking with with much more than I needed. It was great knowing what I was going to wear each day & it enabled me to pack light.

I picked up this cute little roller holdall (which you can see is really not that big at all) and I was all set to go.
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So my first outfit was for flying & travelling in. Our flight was early so we left home at 5am. Knowing there could be a little chill at this time I needed something warm but travelling to a country which is currently 40 degrees also needed to be cool. We chose this gorgeous floral maxi dress for €17.99 themed with a denim jacket and my beloved pink bag €39.99 (which was nice and big to fit all our travel docs & itinerary)
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That night I was appearing onstage at the launch of Slovakian band NEZNÁMI’S album launch. I was chosen as Godmother (a Slovakian tradition when launching an album) I wore a blue floral design trousers €29.99 with a blue lace top €29.99 and themed it with my black leather jacket. I’ve posted a pic below but it’s difficult to see the outfit so I have posted one similar on the manikin.
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You can see the top a little better in this pic (It had another outing when we went to the mountains)
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My bikini was a variation of the one I wore in the video for Roll The Dice EDM Mix and available from H & M. They have mix & match tops & bottoms. I chose this one to avoid strap lines :)
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Day 2 was extremely hot so I chose this gorgous jumpsuit. It’s so light it barely took up any room in my case. It’s available for € 39.99
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That night we played two shows, one was the Umelecký festival and the other FestDobréBohunice. They were around 40 minutes drive apart so I didn’t get time to change outfits. I absolutely loved this outfit so maybe it was just as well :) The outfit is a long black skirt with side slit €14.99, themed with a stunning bodice style silver and black top €32.50 which looks like an all in one dress. The neck piece really finishes off the look which is €25.00. I wore the outfit with my black and white heels. It was so comfortable to wear and so easy to move in which is so important to me.
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The following night I played the stunning mountain resort Hotel Partizán. For this I wore my navy playsuit € 39.99 with white lace belt €14.99
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The day we traveled home I wore the black skirt again but with a black vest top and sandals. Comfortable & cool for travelling in.
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And that was it folks :)

Ciao for now amigos,

L x