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The London Lasses & Pete Quinn » Irish Music Magazine

Irish Music (magazine)Irish Music (magazine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A special performance as part of the Green Note Folk Fest, featuring special guest
Lorraine Jordan.

The London Lasses and Pete Quinn celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2010 with the release of their fourth album, By Night & By Day. Reviewing the album in Irish American News, critic Bill Margeson called the band “the best female group in Irish music”. Earle Hitchner in The Irish Echo commented that “ten of the 13 tracks are superb and will undoubtedly enhance the already strong reputation of the band.”

Highlight performances to support the release included the London album launch at LSO St Luke’s, an album launch tour of Ireland, plus sell-out shows at the Liverpool Irish Festival, Return to Camden Town festival and the Leeds Gathering Festival.

Over more than a decade, the band has brought its unique sound to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. These include Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Glastonbury Festival, Ballyshannon, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, where the Lasses performed the first ever BBC Proms céilí as part of the 2008 season. Highlights in 2011 included opening the Cambridge Folk Festival and headlining at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Cavan.

After appearing as the house band on Sean Rafferty’s renowned Radio 3 show In Tune and rounding off the night at the hugely successful St Patrick’s Festival at the Roundhouse in March this year, the band is are set to raise the roof on 23 May at the Old Queen’s Head, when they collaborate for one night only with the brilliant singer/songwriter Lorraine Jordan - - as part of the Green Note Folk Fest. This is brand new a folk/roots festival running throughout the month of May, featuring key exponents of folk music from Britain and America, encompassing a range of styles, from the traditional to the contemporary, resulting in an exciting line up of both up-and-coming artists and also some more established names on the folk/roots scene.

While the Lasses will be representing the Irish contingent, other highlights will include such legendary folk performers as Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, Martin Simpson and Wizz Jones, as well as some younger rising stars on the new folk scene, such as Philip Henry & Hannah Martin, The Carrivick Sisters, The Good Lovelies, Olivia Chaney and Jim Causley.

The London Lasses & Pete Quinn, with special guest Lorraine Jordan
Wednesday 23rd May 2012
Live at the Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, London, N1 8LN.
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