With Light Up, Padraig Lalor has achieved a new level in his exploration of the modern Irish song. Based on his experiences and reflections of growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, the album is a positive affirmation of the power of peace over prejudice.
On a richly layered collaboration with Tim Edey, Fyfe Dangerfield and the pure new voice of Sarah Passmore, Lalor has crafted a work of exceptionally high quality. Carrying an affirmative message for the generation who have grown up with the peace process. With the magical hand of Greig Stewart (Guillemots) on its production it rivals anything from the Celtic Gospel of Van Morrison.
‘Light Up Your Hearts’ is a heart warming first single from album. The single was made available for download on April 22nd and the album will be distributed on the UK’s Proper Label on June 23rd. The single has been co-written and sung by Padraig and Fyfe Dangerfield (Brit Award nominee and founder of Guillemots). It is an inspiring duet with rising talent, singer Sarah Passmore. It is truly a charming & uplifting song with a strong theme of reconciliation and positivity. The song is essentially about Ireland being led into the light of peace after centuries of turmoil.
This is brave song writing, never rhetorical, never hectoring, never polemic, yet always persuasive: at its heart is a universal set of truths about our condition. Lalor has a voice that demands to be heard. This is his best, most complete and uncompromising album to date.
‘Light Up Your Hearts’ – official video: