Singer with Offaly connections launches new album
One could be forgiven for thinking that it would surely take some courage for any artist to time the launch of their new album on the same weekend that one of the biggest names in global entertainment finally made their long-awaited return to Ireland. . But singer/songwriter LARISSA TORMEY could never be accused of lacking courage, so that’s exactly what she did in September, officially celebrating the arrival of her self-titled LP on the music landscape with a listening party. special in Dublin the day before Garth Brooks’ first of five concerts at Croke Park.
However, as Larissa herself is the first to admit, Garth was the last thing on her mind as she planned to write her own page of history by becoming the first songwriter- performer to perform at the famous Bewley’s Cafe Theater on Grafton Street. And it turned out the Kilbeggan-based artist had nothing to fear, with a full house joining her to welcome LARISSA to the world.
“In fact, we just forgot about the fact that Garth Brooks was coming back to Ireland when we set the date for my listening party!” laughs Larissa. “It never occurred to us, which is really funny now! We were so focused on dates that would work for everyone involved, and for the venue, that we didn’t even think about what Could have happened anything else. Then, a few weeks earlier, we realized that my launch party was right before his first night in Croke Park, and we were kind of like, ‘Oh oh…! [Laughs]. But it was great, we had a wonderful night.”
The Larissa album is a collection that its creator has described as “the ultimate me”. It includes nine songs from Larissa’s own catalog; an epic international co-writing in the form of Dolce Far Niente that connects Italy, the United States, Norway, Russia and Ireland; and a beautiful – and poignant – cover of the song Macushla, which is only available on the CD version of the album. formation also evident at times, she sees Larissa moving away from the country style for which she has become so known in Ireland.
And while Larissa had no intention of saying goodbye to her country fan base, this album – and this release party – was something her inner artist needed to bring to life…
“I can honestly say that this listening evening was one of the most beautiful and memorable nights of my entire musical career, and for that I have to thank everyone who came. There was so much good energy in the room, so much positivity from everyone from the very first song. As an artist, that’s always what I try to give to my audience. When you get that from the audience as well, it’s such a powerful and memorable experience. The energy flows from the stage to everyone in front of you, and then it’s like it reflects off their souls and comes back to you in a wave of emotion. That’s what That night was for me. The perfect introduction to the world for my new album. I’ll never forget it.”
Larissa continued: “And I have to particularly commend my band that night, Kevin Whyms and David Duffy, as their spectacular talents meant there was a vibrant, uplifting energy that also flowed around the stage, between the three of us. Always controlled and precisely measured to the needs of each individual song, but always with a sense of freedom that should always exist with “live” music.As Larissa decided to launch her album Larissa in the nation’s capital, Midlands fans won’t have to wait too long to see her “live” in action again.Larissa will join the Sheerin Family Band along with fellow guests Cliona Hagan, Johnny Brady and the Rabbette Family for Culture Night concert at Moate’s Tuar Ard Theater on October 27. Tickets for this event cost just €18 and are on sale now, available at www.tuarard.ie or by calling 090-648-2042.
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