In a first for award-winning, double platinum selling, Mick Flannery, he and Co. Clare newcomer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Susan O’Neill have come together for a collaborative album, ‘In the Game’, set for release September 2021. Today, they share the first single from it ‘Chain Reaction’.
This new single follows their 2020’s duet ‘Baby Talk’, which won ‘Best Original Song of The Year’ at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards and has racked up nearly 1 million streams to date. The pair’s compelling live performances on both The Late Late Show and Other Voices ‘Courage’ were widely lauded as performances of the year.
‘Chain Reaction’ is a startlingly beautiful track, showcasing the pair’s inimitable vocals; incredible on their own, spellbinding together. The single offers the first glimpse at an album that documents a couple’s coming together and falling apart, offering up longing, redemption and equal measures of seduction and sorrow, desire and despair.
Of the track, Susan says “This is the sweet one, the call and response. There is a feeling of love and balance here as both voices verbalise the same lyrics, thoughts and gratitude.”
Mick adds “This song arrived at night/morning early in pandemic lockdowns. It was partly inspired by hopeful talk of a “reset” and/or environmental benefits to a great slowing of human activity.”
Mick and Susan recorded in Co. Cork, with Christian Best engineering all the Irish musicians as well as playing drums on the track. Tony Buchen then took over producing duties in Los Angeles, bringing in various players including ‘Death Cab for Cuties’ Zac Rae on Wurlitzer duties. The infectious feel-good video filmed in Co. Clare and directed by West Cork Director Christopher Luke.
The pair have also announced a string of Irish shows in support of the new record, happening October and December 2021. Including Cork Opera House, Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick, and Whelan’s in Dublin. New dates go on sale today [Friday 25th June]. More shows to be announced soon.
SINGLE ‘CHAIN REACTION’ BY MICK FLANNERY AND SUSAN O’NEILL IS OUT NOW | Friday 25th June 2021
Stream/Buy the single: https://smarturl.it/in-the-game
‘In the Game’ album by Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill will be released September 2021.
LIVE SHOW DATES – MICK FLANNERY + SUSAN O’NEILL
Oct 9 – Dolan’s, Limerick
Oct 17 – INEC, Kilarney
Oct 22 – Opera House, Cork
Oct 23 – De Barra’s, Clonakilty
Oct 29 – Sligo Live Festival
Oct 30 – Vicar St, Dublin (Sold Out)
Nov 6 – Whelan’s, Dublin
Nov 11- Spirit Store, Dundalk
Nov 12 – Ramor Theatre, Virgina
Nov 13 – The Duncairn, Belfast
Nov 19 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Dec 12 – Watergate Theatre. Kilkenny