ARE WE STRANGERS NOW? PRESENTS… LILAC’S DAUGHTER AND SHAUNA MACKIN (JOINT HEADLINE SHOW)
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Are We Strangers Now? are proud to present a joint headline show from Lilac’s Daughter and Shauna Mackin, with support from Richard Lomax and Rachael Jean Harris.
“An incredible, present voice, in a simple arrangement that just creeps under your skin.” – is what Steffen Brandt, lead singer and songwriter from the Danish band TV2, said about Lilac’s Daughter after releasing her first demo, Bitter & Scared in February 2011.
Lilac’s Daughter is a self-taught artist whose musical adventure started when she was just fifteen. She pulled an old guitar from the cupboard under the stairs and started writing songs that are a “wonderful blend of Americano folk and vocals that would grab anyone’s attention.” as James from myrandomjukebox.com describes it September 10th 2015. He continues: “With every additional song I heard the more that I needed the music by Lilac’s Daughter to be part of my music collection.”
Independent of any record labels, Lilac’s Daughter has performed in Scandinavia, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States of America. It’s the lonesome days on the road like those that gives life to the beautiful melancholy that shines through in her folky tunes. As Hayley Gaftarnick says it: “Lilac’s Daughter is a great story teller with a soothing organic sound, and a wonderfully unique voice you don’t find elsewhere.”
Shauna Mackin is a singer/songwriter who released her debut EP ‘Little Blue’ in April of 2012.
Hailing from Dublin, Shauna’s voice was molded by a family rich with musical talents. In 2009 her ambition saw her leave Dublin to pursue a music degree in Salford, Manchester.
Inspired by the likes of Dusty Springfield, Peggy Lee and more recently Imelda May, Shauna’s distinctive voice has gained her outstanding recognition around the Greater Manchester area.
Shauna has shared the stage with a host of top artists including Damien Dempsey, Sam Bradley and To Kill A King, as well as appearing on Pat Kenny’s RTE Radio 1 breakfast show and BBC Introducing in Manchester with Michelle Hussey.
“Little Blue [possesses] a care-worn, after-hours charm, like Imelda May and Norah Jones, crafting songs together around the campfire”
– David Sue- M.E.N Media
Manchester based musician, Omnichord player and constant songwriter who mixes psych-folk with dashes of everything.
Intense live performances and an approach to recording that makes use of anything he can get his hands on.
Influences drawn from just about everywhere (though favourites include the album Forever Changes and anything written by Kurt Vonnegut). The common unifying threads are a twin lust for imagination and storytelling.
Genre is unimportant. Lomax writes songs, and at a tremendous rate. In 2014 he wrote a new song every week for his ephemeral ’52’ project.
New single ‘I Cycle’ is out now with follow up single ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ due for release in April. Both songs are taken from Lomax’s new album ‘Postcards & Love-letters (From Somewhere You’ve Never Heard Of)’ which will be out soon.
RACHAEL JEAN HARRIS:
Rachael is a songwriter and vocalist.
She is interested in how the presence of human dignity holds out in the midst of conflict, chaos and confinement.
Her influences range from Radiohead, Nick Cave, Billie Holiday, Gretchen Parlato, PJ Harvey, Rokia Traore, Hiatus Kiaote, Hiromi, Frank Ocean, Jeff Buckley, Whitney Houston, Emily Remler.