The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley to launch new album - 15th May

The London Lasses and Chris O’ Malley have announced the release of their 5th album called The One I Loved The Best.  We hope to get to an Official Online Launch of the album shortly.  In the meantime here is their press release.

“Over the past fifteen years The London Lasses have been delighted to bring their music to some of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, including Cambridge Folk Festival, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Glastonbury, Dublin City Hall, Philadelphia Irish Festival and the Royal Albert Hall, where they performed the first ever BBC Proms céilí as part of the 2008 season and supported The Chieftains on their 50th Anniversary tour. They have recently been included on the ‘Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk’ double CD, released by ARC Music in February 2014.

This internationally renowned band deliver a wealth of traditional material from all over Ireland, including songs in Irish and English, plus the full gamut of Irish dance tunes, from the venerably ancient to the newly composed.  The London Lasses celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2010 with the release of their fourth album ‘By Night and By Day’ with Pete Quinn and are currently releasing their 5th album ‘The One I Loved the Best’ with Leeds pianist/ guitarist – Chris O’Malley, the new album is due for release in May 2015.

“This album captures the London Lasses at their brilliant best. The music is fresh and exciting with a lot of heart and rhythm that makes you want to dance”

Mary MacNamara (Macalla)


‘The One I Loved the Best, is music played by great musicians at the peak of their art, with passion, verve and integrity. Molaim go deo sibh, Karen agus na London Lasses le Chris O'Malley’

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan)

‘The London Lasses’ repertoire and style on this recording references many of the most essential touchstone elements in the tradition and presents a comprehensive picture of Irish music that is masterfully delivered with polish, and without compromise.’

Martin Hayes (The Gloaming)


‘Congratulations to the London Lasses!  A formidable and talented group of musicians. This is their fifth album of traditional Irish music, expressed in their own inimitable style! A well-researched selection of music and song, some old and some new exciting material. This album will please existing fans and attract many new followers.’

Matt Molloy (The Chieftains)


The London Lasses are:

Karen Ryan (fiddle, mandola, banjo, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle),

Elma McElligott (flute, saxophone, whistle, backing vocal), Brogan McAuliffe (concertina),

Brona McVittie (vocal, harp), with Chris O’Malley (piano, guitar)


Special guests on this album include: Maureen Linane Hankins (accordion), Aileen Geoghegan (accordion, flute) and Colm McGonigle (harp)


Album launch dates for ‘The One I Loved the Best’:

London Launch: Friday 15th May: Crown Moran Hotel, Cricklewood, London (part of Gaelic Voices Festival – 7.30pm)


Ireland Tour:

Sunday 24th May: The Sanctuary, Queens Hotel, Ennis (part of The Fleadh Nua – 6pm)

Monday 25th May: Cryan’s, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim (9pm)

Wednesday 27th May: Matt Molloy’s, Westport, Mayo

Thursday 28th May: The Crane, Galway City

Friday 29th May: The Gleneagle, Killarney, Kerry (8-9pm)

Saturday 8th/ Sunday 9th August: Feakle Festival, Clare


Plus more tba for later in 2015/ 2016


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