The independent release of her debut EP Wildflower in 2020 saw stunning newcomer and multi-instrumentalist, Lorraine Nash, quickly become one of the most played female artists on Irish radio. After a series of successful singles, which spent weeks at the top of RTÉ Radio 1 airplay chart, Lorraine has completed her debut album with long-time collaborator Pat Herring Ahern due out in summer 2023.
Lorraine’s vocal emanates from a soulful place, somewhere between Tracy Chapman and Gillian Welch, and is perfectly suited to a musical palate that evokes Americana and folk tones. Often incorporating layered harmonies in her songs Lorraine draws inspiration from bands like The Staves and Fleet Foxes. Equally at home in Irish Trad, Lorraine’s original material brings a mix of musical styles to the table while ensuring that her own unique voice and élan comes through unmistakably. Lorraine is a talented multi-instrumentalist, often using a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, harp, flute and violin in her creative process to embody her songwriting with different influences and ambience.
Over the past year Lorraine has performed at high profile events such as Your Roots are Showing folk conference, Indiependence Presents: Autumn Air, The Ruby Sessions, and Breaking Sound UK. She has also performed in renowned venues such Cork Opera House, Triskel Arts Centre and St. Luke’s. Lorraine Nash was featured in the Irish Independent as One to Watch for 2022, with John Meagher drawing comparison between her and the likes of Lankum, John Francis Flynn and Ye Vagabonds.
John Creedon of RTÉ Radio 1 has said of Lorraine, “The future is her oyster. It must be brilliant when you have one hit single where you can say ya I really nailed it....but when people produce one after next you have to sit up and take notice.”