“A natural warmth and purpose that supports literate and lovely songs of hope, quiet despair and sheer joy at being alive in this complicated world“
“Lorraine McCauley’s “Light in the Darkest Corners” is one of the most absorbing and beautiful albums I’ve listened to in recent years. Her voice has a real naturalness to it, and her songwriting full of depth, reminiscent of singers such as Delores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) and Eddi Reader. A class act“. Maeve MacKinnon
Singer-songwriter Lorraine McCauley has a powerful voice of rare beauty and wide emotional range and a unique and impassioned talent for songwriting. The songs range from tender love stories to feisty battle cries all rooted in the folk tradition but with an experimental twist placing them firmly at the cutting edge of the contemporary scene.
`Light in the Darkest Corners’ is the soaring debut album of Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands, recently tipped by Karine Polwart to be the breakthrough act of 2012. The album has been receiving rave reviews including a 4star review in the Scotsman. ‘Light in the Darkest Corners’ takes the listener on a colourful and diverse emotional journey, both defiant and inspiring, with rousing percussion and songs that show a committed intensity in keeping with McCauley’s background as a campaigner for environmental and social justice and joyful songs like ‘Big Love’ that celebrates the best things life has to offer.
March 2012 saw them give a magical performance supporting Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart at GreyFriars Kirk in Edinburgh. In July 2012 they organised a unique gig at the Galgael, a boat building workshop in Govan. Together with Bombskare and The GalGael they transformed the workshop into an amazing live music venue and played to a full house. The album launch on October 13th was a beautiful night held in Edinburgh’s St.Cecilia’s Hall, the oldest concert venue in Scotland. Together with contemporary dancers, Lorraine & The Borderlands launched their album to a sell out audience who rewarded them with a standing ovation.
Edinburgh-based, and Donegal-born, Lorraine McCauley has been performing and recording with the Borderlands for the last 3 years, creating uplifting gigs which have built them a loyal fan base in the Scottish folk and festival scene. The band funded their album release with the support of their fans through a Pledge Music campaign. Already familiar faces on the contemporary Scottish music scene, the musicians in Lorraine’s band, The Borderlands, include Jonee Duggan the accordionist, Nick Jenkins on viola, mandolin and fiddle with Mat Clements (Orkestra del Sol) on percussion. Gifted and intuitive, the Borderlands weave melodies around Lorraine’s contemplative and captivating lyrics, creating arrangements that leave the listener with many spine-tingling moments. Their EP in 2010 won them an invitation to perform live on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘BBC Introducing’ as well as performances at Celtic Connections in 2010 and 2011.
Lorraine McCauley & The Borderlands are:
Lorraine McCauley – Singer / Songwriter & Guitar
Jonee Duggan – Accordion / Glockenspiel/ Backing Vocals
Nick Jenkins – Fiddle/ Viola /Mandolin
Mat Clements – Percussion & Drums