This autumn sees the launch of two exciting new Galway artists Emma Lohan and Anna Mullarkey as they embark on The Black Atlantic Tour. Lohan, based in London, in preparation for releasing her debut album Black Atlantic has teamed up with Mullarkey to launch their distinctive sounds to new audiences across the UK and Ireland. Atlantic-folk meets electro-pop in this unusual but astoundingly complimentary pairing for a night of nostalgia and beautifully unique music.
Backed by a stellar 6-piece band comprised of horns, strings, synths, percussion and Gregory Sanders-Gallego on lead guitar; Lohan’s natural, carefree approach to performance is infectious, putting people at ease to let go and enjoy the moment. To experience Black Atlantic live is to be taken on a whirlwind musical trip that embraces her audience from the first note. With upbeat guitar licks, rich harmonies, honest lyrics and beautiful arrangements Lohan invites her audience to forget everything and just dance… and they usually do!
“Emma Lohan’s sounds comes with beautifully ghostly swirls and elegant, sweet harmonies underneath the bonnet.” – The Irish Times
Anna Mullarkey brings her new electronic project to the stage. Her music is a fusion of multiple genres with roots in folk, jazz and minimalism. Anna has been touring and composing with My Fellow Sponges for the past five years whilst also composing soundtracks for multiple documentaries. Her current project explores dance music as a solo performance artist intertwining retro synthesizers with a modern house edge.
To mark the launch of The Black Atlantic Tour, Mullarkey and Lohan will both release a single from their forthcoming albums. Baby Dragon, Anna’s first solo release is a heartfelt track written on piano with a blend of electronics giving it an underwater disco feel. Lohan’s Wander Free, her second offering from Black Atlantic, takes you on a nostalgic dream, a laidback soundscape across the Irish Sea.
“(Anna Mullarkey) sounding as if a sultry menage of Bjork/ Billie Holiday/ Phillip Glass got together at the Wickerman Festival” – Irish Theatre Festival