- 06 Dec 17
The Irish actress and soul singer will be performing at the loft in the Grand Social this Friday, December 8.
Gallagher takes to the loft in The Grand Social this Friday for gig-goers to see her perform some sultry numbers. Described by Brian Eno as “one of the purest, clearest talents I know...bursting with raw Irish soul", Gallagher will showcase her 2016 album Gather Your Greatness, as well as EPs from her three earlier albums.
Raised in Derry, a then 17 year old Gallagher was cast as Bernie McGloughlin in Alan Parker’s film about Dublin soul band, The Commitments. Since then, her music has alternated with film roles (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes), plus theatre work (War Horse, The Street Of Crocodiles) and TV drama (Pramface, The Street, You Me And the Apocalypse).
Other musicians such as Glen Hansard have thrown in their two cents by expressing how Gallagher's songs "sound instantly old world and yet vital and new". In the media, her reviews are also highly acclaimed. Hot Press's own Jackie Hayden previously referenced her style as "repeatedly nodding in the direction of the ‘60s and early ‘70s to marvellous effect". Q magazine called her a “swaggering Carole King in her golden years”.
In her last album, Bronagh widened her perspective and made lyrical references to organised religion, greed and State-induced sources of anxiety. She said of her own work:
"I have the courage now to express my deep concern for where humanity is at and what we will leave behind…It stems from watching how we react on a personal level and global level in the many Wars we still have raging… What is really going on behind the ruling headquarters with regards to the arms trade and human beings insatiable appetite for control and power over each other…”
Tickets are €14 online or €15 on the door. Entrance from 8:00-10:30pm.