Lula Pena

BELFAST Grand Opera House
2-4 Great Victoria Street County Antrim Belfast


The revered Portuguese singer, composer, guitarist and poet Lula Pena appears at Belfast International Arts Festival following the January release of her third Crammed album Archivo Pittoresco.

Lula’s voice is haunting, her guitar style unique and her approach to her music deeply emotional and intense, taking in folk blues, flamenco, Latin, French chanson, orna hues fado and bossa nova.

Archivo Pittoresco consists of thirteen beautiful tracks, with lyrics and poems by herself and others, from Manos Hadjidakis, Vileta Parra to Belgian surrealist Scutenaire.  She sings in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish, Greek and Italian and takes us on an extraordinary journey

Atlantic Arc Orchestra is a new collaboration, bringing together some of the world’s most respected traditional musicians, under the musical direction of Dónal Lunny.  Having come together for a series of special shows such as Celtic Connections they discovered a shared interest in exploring and cultivating contemporary expressions of traditional music.

The group creates a powerful fusion that pushes the tradition to the edge of its boundaries in an organic collaboration of Irish, Scottish and Breton musical ancestry. The creative process is an improvisational journey of Celtic synergies, its rhythms, melodies and songs. Together these figureheads of the tradition form an extraordinary ensemble for a musically charged experience that redefines brilliance.

Songs are suffused with a bleak loveliness; over graceful acoustic guitar, strummed and tapped, she fashions bittersweet tales. This is music of a deep, raw intensity.

(The Times)