Joshua Burnside and Laura Quirke (Lemoncello) recall the story of how they met differently – the former remembers passing a battered guitar around a Clonakilty pub and being blown away by Quirke’s vocals, while the latter cites Burnside’s performance of ‘Red and White Blues‘ at Other Voices. Burnside harkens back to several shows supporting each other in 2019 “We shared the stage a few times after that in the following years and ended up singing a few songs together here and there.”
But it wasn’t until a duet in The Duncairn, Belfast that the two decided to work together. Respected and acclaimed performers and artists in their own right, today Burnside and Quirke announce a new collaborative project – ‘In the Half-light‘ a four-track EP slated for release on July 16th.
With the core of the music recorded in Vault Artist Studios, the home of the studio where Burnside captured his second album, an initial one-off recording quickly grew legs. Laura reflected on this period in 2020 when lockdown restrictions had lessened, stating ‘I jumped at the chance to hang out and record and be in Belfast so when travel was freer, last September we spent a couple of days recording and throwing shapes in the studio. While I was there, ‘In the Half-light’ happened by accident. After that, it seemed that while we thought that we were helping each other out for our retrospective projects, actually we were making something that we would release together.‘
With songwriting duties split between the two, the EP is bound by a singular theme: a desire for the unknown. Faceless yet universal characters search for truths, purpose and conclusions along the aural hallways and emotional horizons of ‘In the Half-light’, are constantly met with ambiguous endings, undelivered promises and wanderlust. Gliding effortlessly between the realms of swirling indie-folk, pitching alternative arrangements and traditional singer-songwriter roots. And despite the intangible nature of the tracks, they remain strikingly self-assured in their storytelling and intent.
This performance has been co-funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht Sport and Media