Arts: Lumiere play Goresbridge concert

This year’s annual concert in Goresbridge takes place on August 31 and features the wonderful folk duo Lumiere from Dingle.

This year’s annual concert in Goresbridge takes place on August 31 and features the wonderful folk duo Lumiere from Dingle.

The duo consists of Éilís Kennedy and Pauline Scanlon, two long established singers who have been performing together as Lumiere since 2009.

Lumiere is two distinct voices cut from the same geographic cloth. One is Éilís Kennedy, whose sound has ready access to the soul. She is a natural and genuine interpreter of songs, both old and new, sung in English or Irish. The other half of this musical pairing is Pauline Scanlon, an award-winning singer who is part of the great tradition of Irish female voices-all personal interpreters of their physical and spiritual landscape. Pauline has two critically received solo albums to her credit as well as extensive touring experience over the globe. Together, 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 as song and singer effortlessly merge. Pauline and Éilís had been familiar with each other’s singing for many years before forming Lumiere in 2009. Spending many a winter’s night looking over old songbooks and comparing music handed down by their respective families, the two realized they had much in common in outlook and intonation.

“We realized that we preferred singing together to singing alone. We slotted into each other’s singing as if we’d always done it.” 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. We’re singing songs that our families have passed on to us, that we ourselves have picked up along the way. The only other prerequisite is that the songs speak to us emotionally,” said Pauline.

Lumiere’s album, is produced by John Reynolds (U2, Andrea Corr, Damien Dempsey) “Pauline and Éilís have a rare and unique singing style I had never heard before. From the moment I heard their voices I knew we had to make an album. Discovering these songs through their voices lifted them into a place of real soulful tradition, ethereal but at same time modern-a pure joy,” said John.

Tickets are €20 each and are available from Gerry Kavanagh 086 0443152, Martha Kelly 086 3479581, Mary Meaney 087 2103011 and Ann Wall at the Parish Office 059 9775180. The concert kicks will take place at 8.30pm in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge.