BRONAGH GALLAGHER HAS WORKED EXTENSIVELY AS BOTH AN ACTRESS AND A SINGER. SHE HAD A MAJOR PART IN ALAN PARKER AND RODDY DOYLE’S 1991 CULT / MAINSTREAM CROSSOVER THE COMMITMENTS, FOLLOWED BY, AMONGST SEVERAL OTHERS, SMALLER ROLES IN PULP FICTION, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE PLUS, ON STAGE, THE NATIONAL THEATRE PRODUCTION OF WAR HORSE. NOW, AHEAD OF A LONDON SHOWCASE GIG IN SEPTEMBER, HER THIRD ALBUM OF FINELY CRAFTED, AUTHENTIC SOUNDING, TRADITIONAL SOUL MUSIC HAS BEEN RELEASED.
Legendary producer / aesthete / intellect Brian Eno describes his friend Bronagh as “… one of the purest, clearest talents I know. A fabulous singer, bursting with raw Irish soul” – and the album GATHER YOUR GREATNESS does everything it can to support his praise. It’s a warm record in the finest traditions of its genre – heartbreaking and sad yet, ultimately, strong and uplifting. Informed by the great female soul singers and a love of girl groups such as the Shangri Las, and producers like Phil Spector and Shadow Morton, the record is, perhaps, one of the blindsiding greats of 2016. In this new edition of The Mouthcast Bronagh talks about GATHER YOUR GREATNESS in particular, and the worth of soul music in general, and she reflects on the tragedy of Amy Winehouse’s demise. She also looks back at her breakthrough acting role, and how that warm and involving film signalled, or seemed to chime with, a shift in Ireland’s fortunes…
Bronagh plays The Lexington in London on 12th September. Tickets here
Buy GATHER YOUR GREATNESS here
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