DINGLE duo Lumiere - Eilis Kennedy and Pauline Scanlon - have been fortunate to play some celebrated halls around the world since forming in 2009.
Yet, despite touring up and down the country, their debut in the Lime Tree Theatre next week will also mark a first show in Limerick, something Eilis is excited about.
Despite shows in Carnegie Hall, the Barbican in London and tours to Australia and New Zealand, there is nothing like home, she says.
“We are lucky that we have played in beautiful places, but to be honest, playing at home in Ireland is really fantastic, because we like to joke and talk and laugh between the songs and people kind of get what you are saying,” she says.
“People join in or might recognise a song like The West Awake and sing along. It really is the best of all, so we hope that in the Lime Tree, people won’t be shy to sing along.”
Taking songs from the Irish tradition and reworking them, as well as mixing in contemporary music, Lumiere have connected with audiences for the intertwining of their voices as much for the music they perform, which is bursting with intensity and emotion.
It was a natural meeting of minds, both Dingle women growing up in the musical tradition and finding each other amidst the richness of the music scene there.
“There has always been a great tradition and appreciation of singing,” says Eilis. “It is part of life and both of our families were always mad into singing. When you put that together we have a fair amount of common ground, some that we brought individually.”
Donogh Hennessy, a guitarist with Lúnasa, has added percussion and life to their music from the start, with their career in general overseen by legendary record producer John Reynolds.
“We do a fair few contemporary or American folk songs. We do a fair amount in the Irish language because we have always felt that people want it and like it and enjoy it and we revisit old songs that people would have done years ago in school, dust them off and give them a refreshing thing.
“These days there are a lot of people doing a lot of songs from the same tradition, so you have to do something a little bit different.”