Lisa O’Neill’s new album Pothole In The Sky (stream), her third finds the Cavan singer-songwriter is filled with evocative Irish folk music.
‘Gormlaith’s Grieving’ is a song inspired by Brian Boru’s wife Gormlaith, who was apparently responsible for the Battle Of Clontarf due to her ability to incite jealousy in men. “I’m bad luck Brian, It’s dangerous lying beside me,” Lisa sings from Gormlaith’s perspective. That incitement was probably exaggerated but is worthy exploration for a song.
The video by Jamie Goldrick says:
“Without resorting to re-enactments, how can you visually tell the story of a woman from 1000 years? I was approached by Lisa O’Neill and Grace Corry to help shoot this video. Lisa and Grace already had a strong idea of Gormlaith emerging from the grave. To this foundation, we added a forest, a water and a fire scene. The inclusion of these scenes helped us to signify the emotions that Gormlaith feels in the song.
Lisa O’Neill live gigs
Thurs May 19th – The Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Fri May 20th – Whelans, Dublin
Sat May 21st – Seamus Ennis Arts Centre
Thurs June 9th – Spirit Store, Dundalk
Fri June 10th –Townhall, Cavan
Sat June 11th – Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
Friday June 24th – DeBarras, Clonakilty. Co. Cork
Saturday June 25th – Upstairs @ Dolans, Limerick
Saturday July 2nd – Castlepalooza Festival, Tullamore