Irish folk singer-songwriter Lisa O'Neill has signed to Rough Trade Records, and announced her first album on the label, All of This Is Chance, due out on February 10 (pre-order). It follows her 2019 LP Heard a Long Gone Song, but was inspired two years later when Lisa returned to live performance for an outdoor adaptation of Patrick Kavanagh's epic tragedy The Great Hunger at Ireland's Abbey Theatre. Immersing herself in the poem, Lisa dug into themes of nature and longing in the writing of All of This Is Chance. She quotes Kavanagh in the album's title track.
The lead single is "Old Note," a moving tribute to the natural world, with a grounded, highly orchestral sound. The song's string accompaniment comes from composer Colm Mac Con Iomaire, one of many collaborators on the album (others include bassist Joseph Doyle, concertina guru Cormac Begley, pianist Ruth O'Mahony Brady, drummer Lorcan Byrne, and more). "Old Note" also features Lisa's niece Sadie-Mae O'Neill with a precious spoken outro. Listen to "Old Note," and check out the album art and track list for All of This Is Chance, below.