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Album premiere: Marlene Enright – Placemats And Second Cuts

Album premiere: Marlene Enright – Placemats And Second Cuts


Marlene Enright is a Cork singer and songwriter who, when not playing with The Hard Ground, has established her own place in Irish music over a series of singles that have traded in classic songwriting, folk, indie, roots and Americana.

Enright’s solo album Placemats And Second Cuts is a rich release that combines all of the above into a cohesive whole. Harmonies, organ-lines, spacious arrangements, rolling rhythms and Enright’s voice which carries a magnetic swirl and focus to it.

Previous singles ‘Alchemy’, ‘123’, ‘When The Water Is Hot’ and ‘Underbelly’ fit snugly alongside new songs like the warm-toned ‘Bay Tree’, the gentle ‘Sadness’ and the atmospheric ‘Home’.

“Hindsight has made me realise that it’s a much more self-reflective album than I initially realised. It speaks of self-doubt, dancing the fine line between feeling comfortable in your own skin and feeling totally lost at sea, indecisiveness, the battle between strength and weakness, passion and apathy, belonging and isolation and self-acceptance.”

Live Dates

The White Horse, Ballincollig – Friday 24th March – €12
The Mariner, Bantry – Saturday 25th March – €10
The Spirit Store, Dundalk – Wednesday 5th April
Whelans, Dublin – Thursday 6th April – €12
Dolans, Limerick – Friday 7th April – €10
Coughlan’s, Cork – Thursday 13th April -€12
St. John’s Theatre, Listowel – Friday 28th April – €12/€15

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