A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Futures

The final concert in the A Great Disordered Heart series, curated by Aidan O’Rourke, presents two of the most thrilling acts in Scottish and Irish folk music today.

A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Futures

About A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Futures

Culminating three nights of exploration into deep musical traditions, A Great Disordered Heart’s Shared Futures features two of the most original acts in folk music today. Lau and Lisa O’Neill are dynamic and fearless innovators with immense grounding in their respective traditions.

As the UK’s leading folk trio, Lau is a powerhouse of traditional instrumentalists, comprising fiddler Aidan O’Rourke, accordionist Martin Green and guitarist Kris Drever (who also delivers the act’s iconic, unwavering vocals). They’ve been exploring and expanding traditional musical forms since their acclaimed debut album in 2007 and continue to explode conventions, broadening their sonic palette with a recent return to stripped-back acoustic realism. The blazing focus and invention of their performances once led The Guardian to refer to them as ‘the UK’s best live band’.

Lisa O’Neill of Cavan, Ireland, has a voice you will never forget. Uncompromising, searing and utterly honest, her influences range from Irish Traveller singer Margaret Barry to American country singers Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. Her own songs carry a political urgency and organic weft. She’s happy to call herself a folk singer and says, “…folk songs are stories of the people or for the people. They can be a story from the past or something I’ve come up with myself. It’s my version of what happened. It’s a story that’s a folk song, isn’t it?” 

Presented in association with the National Concert Hall of Ireland and The Soundhouse Organisation


Venue: Old College Quad - University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Our Old College Quad outdoor venue is home to our afternoon chamber music series, a session of traditional Scottish music, five nights of inspirational spoken word and unmissable late night cabaret.

Our outdoor venues are covered, but you should come dressed appropriately for the weather, including suitable footwear for walking across grass.

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