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Lisa O'Neill

Lisa O'Neill
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One of Ireland’s most original singer songwriters performs at Metronome on Wednesday 8 May.

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One of Ireland’s most original singer songwriters performs at Metronome on Wednesday 8 May.

Released on Rough Trade Records new imprint label River LeaLisa O’Neill’s latest record was featured in the The Guardian‘s top albums of 2018 list. It was described as a modern folk masterpiece.

“Lisa O’Neill’s ‘Heard a Long Gone Song’ is an exceptional album that will make the trad music scene stand up and take notice.” Folk Radio

“This is as beautiful as it gets.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Irish Times

It won’t be long before she plays bigger venues having just been announced to join Iron and Wine on tour.

Lisa O’Neill grew up in Ballyhaise, County Cavan and now lives in Dublin. Heard A Long Gone Song, her first album for Rough Trade imprint River Lea is a collection of traditional material interspersed with her own. These are folk songs in the original sense of the word.

The album begins with an entirely unaccompanied rendition of The Galway Shawl, first collected in 1936 but made famous by Alan Lomax’s 1956 recording of the great Margaret Barry. Lisa’s remarkable and unconstrained delivery of this popular Irish street ballad is like hearing it for the first time.

At the start of 2018, Lisa was invited to perform at Dublin’s National Concert Hall for Shane McGowan’s 60thBirthday Celebration, alongside Nick Cave, Bono and Sinead O’Connor. On Heard A Long Gone Song, Lisa has recorded a gorgeously world-weary interpretation of The Pogues’ Lullaby Of London.

Of her own songs, the poignant Rock The Machine deals with the personal impact of mechanisation on the former workers of the Dublin docklands. With the incessant thrum of Lisa’s banjo echoing the industry, she sings of their loss but also their hope symbolised by cormorants on the River Liffey.

For more information and tickets visit the Metronome website.

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Huntingdon Street


The nearest car park is just behind Metronome, on Brook Street. The sat nav postcode is: NG1 1EA (view on Google maps here), you’re looking out for the Nottingham Arena (Brook St) car park, open 24/7.

Travel Info:

The nearest tram stop is at the Lace Market, a 5 – 10 minute walk from the venue. Nottingham has Park & Ride car parks situated just outside the city, with a regular tram service running throughout the week. Go to to plan your journey.

For buses take your pick! Visit the Nottingham City Transport website to plan your route. Numerous services stop just outside the venue.

Nottingham Station is the nearest train station and a short taxi ride, or 20 – 25 minute walk, from Metronome. You’ll find plenty of taxis outside the station, or use your Uber app.

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