Spotlight on: Louise Morrissey – one of Ireland’s finest voices
Louise Morrissey has since the beginning of her singing career been recognised as one of the finest voices in Ireland. Today, the “Bansha Lass” as she is affectionately known, is busier than ever which is a testament to the consistent quality of her performances and recordings.
The Tipperary native began her career as a member of The Morrissey’s, a trio that consisted of Louise and her brothers Norman and Billy. Focusing on ballads and folk music, the family trio became hugely popular, playing their own unique brand of music at venues all over Ireland, the UK, and USA for many years.
In 1998, they reinvented themselves, with Louise taking centre stage as lead vocalist in The Louise Morrissey Band, and Norman on Bass, and Billy on guitar and vocals. The addition of a drummer, steel guitar player, and piano player made for a brand new big band sound as well as a change of material to include country music as well as the popular ballads and folk numbers. The Band was launched with great success on the Late Late Show with Louise performing a Nicholas McCarthy penned number “The Night Daniel O Donnell came to town”. The record became an instant hit resulting in the Band being inundated with offers of dates at dancing and concert venues all over the Ireland and beyond.
As well as performing with her own Band, Louise has collaborated with several other artists during her illustrious career including Foster and Allen who she toured the UK with. She has also shared the stage with the legendary Charley Pride, and has worked in concert with fellow Irish artist Dominic Kirwan. A few years ago, Louise was thrilled to tour Nova Scotia and Newfoundland with Kris Kristofferson. She is a regular on the Queens of Country Concerts with her friends Philomena Begley, Sandy Kelly, Margo, Gloria, Trudi Lalor, and Kathy Durkin. She has also toured with Georgette Jones who is the daughter of the great George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
Her outstanding singing voice and engaging personality has also seen Louise regularly perform in the USA, Canada, Australia, throughout the UK, The Middle East, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Denmark.
Numerous awards have come her way over the years. In 1990, she was chosen by the Irish Country Music Association to represent Ireland in the Country Music Masters in Switzerland where she won the coveted Gold Star Award with “Tipperary on my Mind” scooping the top prize amidst stiff competition from 15 other countries.
Another golden moment for the Tipperary songstress was when she sang Slievenamon for the Tipperary Hurling Team during half time at Croke Park in the All Ireland final which was watched on TV by millions worldwide. More recent accolades include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sunday World, and Female Entertainer of the Year from Tipp FM Radio Station.
This spring has seen Louise extremely busy mentoring singer Michael Collins on the popular TG4 Glór Tíre Contest. The competition which was ongoing over several months finally saw Michael emerge as overall winner due in no small measure to Louise’s guidance and commitment. As a result of their successful collaboration in the contest, the pair plan to release a duet shortly.
At the moment, Louise is receiving a lot of airplay with her current single Circles which will be a track on a brand new Album which she is currently working on.
She also plans to have a DVD on release for the Christmas market.
Recent popular releases include All around my hat, September Sky, and Home Sweet Home which is taken from an Album of the same name. Other great tracks from the same CD include I’ll take you home again Kathleen, and The Old Turf Fire.
As well as keeping busy in the Recording Studio, Louise will be “on the road” throughout the Summer with her own Band as well as performing guest spots at various Festivals up and down the country with the Ryan Turner Band. She will also undertake a 24 date tour with Sean Keane, which is sure to delight fans of both artists.
Louise will record her own Show for the TG4 Show Opry an Iuir in July, a series that is hosted by Daniel O Donnell.
UK fans can look forward to catching up with Louise at the Birmingham Symphony Hall at Bob Brolly’s annual fundraising concert on Sunday, July 13th. She will play Conway’s in London on Friday, September 12th, Potters Holiday Camp on Saturday 13th, and Shapwell’s Hotel on Sunday 14th.
Louise has of course recorded numerous Albums and DVDs. Readers can further check out her music on her Website at www.louisemorrissey.com, where her management can also be contacted.
For the Bansha Lass, the future has never looked brighter, and she will no doubt continue to delight her legion of fans worldwide going into the future.