What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
We met at Carolann’s mum’s birthday which is a full 10yrs ago! Carolann was coerced into an impromptu performance by the birthday girl, and Luke and his band asked her up to sing. Put on the spot she randomly performed Dolly Parton’s 5 to 9…. A song we’ve never done since!Within a week we met up to write our first track, soon after that we recorded it in a friend’s garage studio! The rest is history.
We have gone on to play in some of Ireland’s finest music venues, developing a loyal audience & collaborating with some amazing artists along the way.
What made you go into music?
Carolann: Personally I think I was singing before I could talk (much to my older brothers dismay- car journeys as a kids were pure torture for him!)
In my formative years I jumped at any chance to perform- joined bands, performed and toured with musical theatre groups. I studied Drama and performance at University and went onto teaching performance up until the pandemic.
Luke: I grew up listening to my uncles singing Irish songs at family gatherings, something that we still do today. I played traditional Irish music in my earlier years as a musician, playing with friends & having a great time as well!
Who are your influences?
Carolann – Musically I have a broad spectrum of influences from Jazzy Ella Fitzgerald to Classic Rock to modern popstress Taylor Swift. I gravitate towards American singer/Songwriter roots styles but ultimately, I love a good story or message in any
Luke: My first ever concert was REM & Oasis & I still listen to a number of Guitar based Bands including U2, Foo Fighters & Coldplay. I go to gigs regularly, often seeing singer songwriters & Irish artists.
Are you a signed?
You released your new single ‘I’m Right Here’, tell us more about the single and the meaning behind the song.
The Song was penned by Lore guitarist, Luke McCloskey about the passing of his father when he was 8 years old. The song is written from his father’s perspective, providing a portrayal of words left unsaid.
Describe the track in two words.
What was the writing and recording process like?
Our writing process is collaborative, with a song taking on the unique perspectives of each band member as it passes through the creative process. Everyone lends their creative input to the process, resulting in our Lore sound. We often write about people we know & experiences we’ve had.
Who did you work with on the single?
The song was written & recorded with the band. It was produced by friend & producer Michael McCluskey.
Will we see a music video for ‘I’m Right Here’, if so tell us more about the creative process and who you worked with.
The video was created by Maddy Salgado a content creator from the UK. The idea was to have something simplistic which was able to tell the story of the song along the way. Like our songs, we like any video we release to tell the story of the song in a way which resonates with the viewer.
View our video here:
Will we hear an EP or album and if so what can we expect from it?
We have no immediate plans to release and EP. We’ve done two EP’s so far and a number of singles after that. We enjoy the song writing process but tend to write in bursts with a few songs at a time. I think we’ll release an album when we feel we have enough songs we love to put on it! Whatever time we do this, you can expect songs that we’ve invested a lot in, which tell a story to the listener.
Do you have any live shows coming up?
We have lots of live shows for 2024 including some amazing collaborations. All our live shows can be viewed at loreband.com/live
- Your Roots are showing – Showcase Event
The Gateway Hotel Dundalk, Dundalk
- Lore & Dungiven Community Choir
An Carn, Maghera
- Lore & The Dublin Gospel Choir
Theatre Royal, Waterford
- Lore & Rock Choir South Belfast/Lisburn
The Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
- Lore & Harmonise Choir
Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
- Music from the Homeland – with The Henry Girls
Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy
Let us know where we can get tickets if so. –
What else can we expect in late 2023?
We’ve just released our last single, I’m Right Here so we’ve been promoting that and trying to organise our shows for 2024 & the various choirs that we’ll be collaborating with!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
We would like to be still writing songs and playing them to an ever growing live audience. We do this for enjoyment & the opportunity to showcase our music to an audience. We hope we can continue to do that providing our wonderful audience continues to come and see us.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
The best song is the one we haven’t written yet.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
- The band’s interaction with the audience.
- The sound quality.
- The band’s ability to keep the audience engaged.
- The song writing quality.
- The venue’s proximity to home! 😉