Happiness Is Being Together: Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre with Special Guest, Lisa Hannigan.
Ballymaloe Grainstore is proud to present a one-off evening of music and song that brings together three of Ireland's finest musicians.
Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre are the husband and wife folk duo known for their exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music. They'll be joined by special guest Lisa Hannigan who is taking a brief break from recording her new album to make music at Ballymaloe with her good friends and colleagues.
Happiness Is Being Together performances will include highlights of Go Mairir i bhFad (Long Life To You), Zoë and John's most recent critically-acclaimed album which received five stars from The Irish Times. The album consists of commissioned compositions from some of the most prolific and acclaimed living composers of Irish music, including Bill Whelan, Michéal Ó Súilleabháin, and Tommy Peoples.
One song that will surely remain in the audience's collective memory for years to come will be Lisa, Zoë and John's a capella arrangement of Anahorish, a poem by the late Seamus Heaney put to music by Lisa Hannigan. The three musicians premiered it at A Celebration, a night of national and international artistic contribution in memory of Seamus Heaney in the National Concert Hall.
Zoe and John bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new. They have been described as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet” (BBC), and audiences in Ireland and beyond keep coming back for more. They have performed for rock stars, millionaires and dignitaries around the world, including Irish Presidents Mary Mc Aleese and Michael D. Higgins. They were awarded ‘Best Live Show’ from popular YouTube channel, Balcony TV, and have received in excess of a combined 250,000 views online.
Lisa Hannigan's music has received critical praise, airplay and award nominations both in her native Ireland and the United States. In 2008, her debut album Sea Sew spawned the single Lille, a Choice Music Prize nomination, two Meteor Music Awards nominations and a Mercury Prize nomination. Her follow-up album, Passenger (2011), was equally enthusiastically received and established Lisa's reputation as a versatile and sensitive singer and songwriter.