SHANNON MCNALLY BRINGS ‘BLACK IRISH’ TO EUROPE THIS FALL
In Irish folklore it’s said that the darker Celts have special powers; it must be true because Shannon McNally’s blues-Americana return, Black Irish, will make you dance, break your heart, and save your soul.
Black Irish is McNally’s most personal project yet, which is saying a lot, given the Americana singer-songwriter’s deep catalog. But it speaks to the power of connection, and the power of music to create it and to reflect it. The kick off track “You Made Me Feel For You”, was written by her producer, Americana icon, Rodney Crowell, and serves as a metaphor for their collaboration – how his particular understanding of her unique gifts pulled out the career-defining album many have been waiting for since she came on the scene.
The album concept began in 2013, as she was going through what she calls “a miserable divorce,” raising her daughter Maeve, and nursing her terminally ill mother Maureen. Her parents had relocated to Holly Springs, Mississippi, and McNally moved in, caring for her mom until her death in 2015.What saved her was her email relationship with Crowell, who’d been talking about producing her since 2012. He writes in the liner notes for Black Irish that their musical connection was immediate, describing McNally as “this dark- eyed beauty who wrote grown-up songs, played a pretty mean Fender Stratocaster and, at times, sounded a lot like Jesse Mae Hemphill. From our first meeting I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was the right man for the job of shepherding the next Shannon McNally record into existence.”
With Black Irish, Shannon McNally moves into the next part of her journey. And we’re really happy to have her over this fall for a European tour.
11/10: Leeds (UK) @ Brudenell Social Club º
12/10: Manchester (UK) @ Freds Ale House
13/10: Glasgow (UK) @ Stereo º
14/10: Dublin (IRL) @ Seamus Ennis Arts Centre
15/10: Nottingham (UK) @ The Running Horse
16/10: Bristol (UK) @ Tunnels º
18/10: Newcastle (UK) @ Live Theatre
19/10: London (UK) @ The Islington
20/10: Aarschot (BE) @ Live In De Loods
22/10: Norderstedt (DE) @ Music Star
23/10: Malmö (SWE) @ Folk å Rock
25/10: Börlange (SWE) @ Broken Dreams
26/10: Trondheim (NO) @ Moskus
28/10: Avesta (SWE) @ Kulturgaraget
29/10: Stockholm (SWE) @ Scalateaterns Källare
º with Jace Everett