Singer songwriter Pauline Scanlon galvanized the Irish music scene with her stunning debut album, Red Colour Sun, produced by John Reynolds over ten years ago. Deeply immersed in the tradition yet completely aware of the edgier developments within the folk and world music realm, Scanlon is capable of making the oldest ballads sound immediate and fresh while granting newer material a timeless resonance.
At the Auckland Folk Festival 2020 Scanlon appears with her own band.
Her voice is a superb mix of china cup fragility and steely strength – The Irish Times
As featured vocalist with the Sharon Shannon Band for three years, as a solo artist, and as a member of vocal duo Lumiere, Scanlon has entranced audiences the world over with her distinctly delicate intensity. Scanlon also brought her unmistakable vocal style to her second Compass release, Hush, produced by former Lúnasa guitarist, Donogh Hennessy, and recorded at the Compass Sound Stage in Nashville. The record featured some of Nashville’s finest including Darrell Scott, Stuart Duncan and legendary bass player Danny Thompson.
As a vocalist, Scanlon has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Damien Dempsey, Sinéad O’Connor, Eleanor Shanley, Karan Casey, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Andrea Corr, John Spillane and Seamus Begley. Pauline has been involved with a wide range of collaborative singing projects including The Irish Sea Sessions, A Stór Mo Chroí and Homeward Bound all projects involving the leading exponents of Irish song.
In 2009, Scanlon along with fellow West Kerry chanteuse Éilís Kennedy formed the vocal group Lumiere and subsequently signed to SONY records in Ireland. They released their self-titled debut album in September of that year to widespread critical acclaim and followed it up with their second release My Dearest Dear in March 2013. The duo have performed all over the world together from folk clubs and festivals to London’s Barbican Theatre and New York’s Carnegie Hall in December 2014.
Scanlon has presented several music based television programmes for both the BBC and TG4 in recent years. Amongst them were Ceol Ón gCroí a documentary featuring the songs of the 1916 rising, directed by Meabh O’Hare. Scanlon was solo presenter on TG4’s 14 part live traditional music series Bosca Ceoil and recently finished a BBC documentary centred around her Arts Council Of Ireland funded collaboration with Padraig Rynne’s Notify, to be broadcast in the autumn.
Scanlon has just begun to record her third solo album this year. She has re-united with her longtime collaborator and producer John Reynolds (Seun Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Damien Dempsey, Sinead O’Connor) on what promises to be an emotionally charged album of songs both traditional and otherwise.