Padraig Lalor Irish Singer & Songwriter.

Padraig was born in Belfast. He lived his formative years in the 1970s against the backdrop of the troubles in Northern Ireland. He worked as a freelance journalist in the 1980s; becoming Northern Irish correspondent for the Irish Post, before gaining a Scholarship to Ruskin College Oxford. It was in Oxford he formed the Traditional Irish band Henry Marten's Ghost and started writing songs in the late 1990s. 

A fascination with his country's musical history and a love of the stories that permeate its culture, bring an engaging authenticity to his songs. Capturing the passion and contradiction of the people and places of Belfast has seen Padraig earn the reputation of a modern day Seanachaí. Not surprising perhaps, that he lists both the great Irish Tenor Josef Locke, and Belfast's Kathleen Largey amongst his key musical influences. 

Padraig's music has featured on TV & radio across the world. He has opened shows for Finbar Furey, the Dubliners, Craobh Rua and has taken his individual brand of Irish music to audiences in France, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium and the Channel Islands, where he is a perennial visitor. 

His debut solo album Ismay’s Dream is an evocative journey through Ireland's Titanic history that will appeal to anyone who loves great stories and great songs. 

"Padraig Lalor is a singer/songwriter who has matured and developed considerably over the years. His solo material has a familiar feel to it. Songs like Two Pennies and Rinty Monaghan are the kind of songs you'll swear you've heard before. It's not that they are 'like' anything else and they are not overly derivative but they are very much rooted in a folk tradition while also managing to exude a freshness that appeals". Enda Mullen Harp Magazine 

 

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