Ó Maonlai has been the charismatic front man for the internationally known band The Hothouse Flowers since its beginnings in the late 1980s. He has honed his craft for decades and has earned his place as one of the most-beloved and -respected music carriers in Ireland.
In addition to his two solo albums, “Rian” and “To Be Touched,” Ó Maonlai’s recent projects include showcasing the songs of Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie in Irish Gaelic, touring the world as musical director for the dance performance “Rian,” playing vibrant live shows with The Hothouse Flowers and collaborating with jazz singer Cassandra Wilson later this month at The Irish Center in Manhattan. Ó Maonlai conveys sheer mastery in authentic Gaelic styles, original ballads and blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll.
Isabel is a folk artist with stunning vocals and a way with words. “Relatively few young acts have attracted instant attention. Isabel Quigley is one that makes you stop and take notice.” Rick Steele, Perth Blues Club.
Hers is an eclectic sound influenced by her Celtic heritage and whatever mood she finds herself writing in. The title track from her debut EP “One night stand” was unearthed by triple J. After which she won the Nannup Festival Emerging Artist Award (2009). Isabel has played support for Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland) and The O’s (US) and toured in Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Germany. She has performed at Fairbridge Festival, Nannup Festival and Bridgetown Blues Festival to name a few. More recently she performed at the Festival of Voices Tarkine Commotion where she captivated the crowd with her songs.