- 22 May 23
Ireland was represented by Wicklow and Cavan over the weekend on the acclaimed BBC Two music show.
Hozier has performed his brand new single, 'Francesca' on Later...with Jools Holland over the weekend, alongside folk legend Lisa O'Neill singing 'Silver Seed'.
The Bray singer-songwriter has announced that his third studio album Unreal Unearth will arrive on August 18th this year, while Cavan's Lisa O'Neill recently released her lauded album All of This Is Chance on February 10th.
Hozier's forthcoming record features previously released hits, ‘Eat Your Young’ and ‘All Things End’, along with new single, ‘Francesca’ - which landed on Friday.
In a handwritten letter, addressed to fans, Hozier wrote, “It’s my great pleasure at long last to make the official announcement on the release date of my third album, Unreal Unearth…I’m proud of this record and enjoyed watching it come to life over the past year.”
“Thank you as always for your support and patience while it was coming to fruition,” the musician added.
The 33-year-old is currently performing in North America, gigging at intimate pop-up shows in certain cities ahead of his larger headline tour which will see him conclude at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Los Angeles’ Troubadour on Thursday, May 25th and Wednesday, May 31st, respectively.
June sees the artist return to Ireland for two sold-out shows in Killarney’s INEC on June 28th, and Malahide Castle, Dublin on June 30th. The stateside stretch of the Irish artist’s Unreal Unearth Tour kicks off September 9th in St. Louis, MO with Madison Cunningham featuring as a special guest across all dates.
He is due to perform 28 sold-out shows across 25 cities, which include Madison Square Garden in New York and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. This marks his largest North American headline run to date.
Meanwhile, Lisa O'Neill is bringing All Of This Is Chance on tour in October and December 2023, concluding at Dublin's Vicar Street on December 9th.
The Ballyhaise native released her lauded fifth album and debut for Rough Trade in February this year to massive critical acclaim.
In addition to a number of festival dates in the summer, O'Neill has added new shows in Derry, Belfast, Limerick, Cork, Galway, and Kilkenny. Support on the tour will be Seamus Fogarty.
Her latest release has rich, cinematic soundscapes created with long-time collaborator Joseph Doyle; Kerry concertina guru Cormac Begley; Colm Mac Con Iomaire; and Kate Ellis of the Crash Ensemble amongst others.
"Say you walked down Harry St. and into McDaid’s; and say it is 1953 and within is Paddy Kavanagh scribbling magical puzzles and Brendan Behan in his infinite cups: well, Lisa O’Neill is one of only a handful of contemporary artists who could pull up a high stool and fit snugly in," Hot Press critic Will Russell wrote of the fifth record.