WATCH: Aussie band with local connection takes Fleadh by storm
If you’ve been around Mullingar in recent days you will probably have come across Australian band Fieldsy and the Divine Trinity, who have concluded an Irish tour this week with a brace of impromptu gigs during the ongoing Fleadh Cheoil.
The three-piece group, headed by Dubliner and former Kinnegad resident Fieldsy (aka Lisa Caulfield) on guitar and vocals, also includes Little Miss Squeezebox (Nikki D’Agostino) on piano accordion and keyboards, and flame-haired violinist Madeleine Antoine.
Having played the Workman’s Club in Dublin on July 30, the girls had all but finished their Irish tour and headed for Mullingar and the Fleadh mainly to take in the sights and sounds before leaving for Australia.
But after meeting with some friends, the opportunity for a gig arose, and the trio were put in touch with well-known festival programmer, Mullingar’s own Marty Mulligan, who sought out potential venues as the girls extended their Irish odyssey with two more dates.
The band made many new friends on Tuesday night when they took to the stage of the Fleadh marquee at the Annebrook House Hotel, and when they set up on the steps of the County Buildings on Wednesday afternoon, it was clear that word had travelled, with substantial crowds heading in their direction from Mount Street to gather for the show.
What followed was an hour-long session in which the band combined Fieldsy’s own material with covers of Christy Moore’s ‘Ride On’, The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ and even the clubbing classic from the early 2000s, Mark McCabe’s ‘Maniac 2000’.
Fieldsy/Lisa moved to Kinnegad with her parents and lived there for 11 years. A hair stylist by trade, she opened a salon in Edenderry before setting up Blow Hair Studio in Kinnegad in 2010.
Some years later she moved with her family to Perth in Western Australia, opportunities came her way to develop her passion for music, and to build a profile and solid repertoire which has only been enhanced by her powerhouse collaboration with Perth artists Little Miss Squeezebox and Madeleine Antoine.
The result is a eclectic mix of musical genres packaged into a high-octane performance with an authentic Celtic folk rock sound.
Fieldsy returns to Ireland regularly, and still has family in Mullingar. Her brother, Darren, is married to Sinn Féin TD for Longford/Westmeath, Sorca Clarke.