Culminating three nights of exploration into deep musical traditions, A Great Disordered Heart’s Shared Futures features two of the most original acts in folk music today. Lau and Lisa O’Neill are dynamic and fearless innovators with immense grounding in their respective traditions.
As the UK’s leading folk trio, Lau is a powerhouse of traditional instrumentalists, comprising fiddler Aidan O’Rourke, accordionist Martin Green and guitarist Kris Drever (who also delivers the act’s iconic, unwavering vocals). They’ve been exploring and expanding traditional musical forms since their acclaimed debut album in 2007 and continue to explode conventions, broadening their sonic palette with a recent return to stripped-back acoustic realism. The blazing focus and invention of their performances once led The Guardian to refer to them as ‘the UK’s best live band’.
Lisa O’Neill of Cavan, Ireland, has a voice you will never forget. Uncompromising, searing and utterly honest, her influences range from Irish Traveller singer Margaret Barry to American country singers Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. Her own songs carry a political urgency and organic weft. She’s happy to call herself a folk singer and says, “…folk songs are stories of the people or for the people. They can be a story from the past or something I’ve come up with myself. It’s my version of what happened. It’s a story that’s a folk song, isn’t it?”
Part of the Edinburgh International Festival
Date & time: Sunday 15 August 2021 | 17:00 & 20:00 (1 hr 15mins approx)
Tickets: £26 (Concessions available)
Venue: Old College Quad, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL
A Great Disordered Heart is presented in collaboration with the National Concert Hall of Ireland
Supported by Edinburgh’s Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh and Culture Ireland
Edinburgh International Festival