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Lisa Canny

Alternative // Hollymount, Mayo // she/her

“One to Watch” by Spin Radio 2022, Best of 2020” by Sofar Sounds, 2fm and RTE playlisted and BBC Radio 1 supported artist Lisa Canny hails from Co. Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland.

Canny grew up immersed in the traditional Irish music scene. 7-time All-Ireland champion on harp and banjo, Lisa has toured the U.S., Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, UK and Ireland extensively as lead singer and music with groups Celtic Crossroads and The Young Irelanders, playing to live crowds of over 50k and appearing on PBS specials to millions, before deciding to go solo with her own unique take on eclectic folk. Lisa holds a BA in Irish Music and Dance and a MA in Ethnomusicology.

“Discovered” by Miles Copeland (The Police, CIA Records) at a gig in LA Lisa was swiftly flown over to ASCAPs Annual Songwriters Retreat to work with some of the industry's top artists, producers and songwriters, including members of The Kaiser Chiefs, Plain White T's, Mike Posnor, Priscilla Renea (Rihanna, Kesha, Madonna) and Hillary Lindsey (Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga).
As she began to write her own material Lisa found that she was inspired as much by RnB, pop and hip-hop music as she was the Irish traditional and folk music she was brought up on. Combining these elements, Lisa’s original music is truly unique. Her performances are high-energy, hard-hitting and highly entertaining.

"Masterpiece" Timeout Magazine

"The most exciting act to come out of Ireland in years" Barry Devlin

“Crossing so many genres it’s hard to define” Ryan Tubridy

"Canny doesn’t do twee and traditional. Instead she rocks the stage like a classically trained Janis Joplin" No More Workhorse

Her debut single “Lifeline” was released June 2015 and went in at number 9 in the Irish charts. Her debut EP “Freedom” was released May 2018 reaching number 5 in the Irish charts. She is the “Future Music” Songwriter of the Year 2016, was nominated for the same by UMA in 2018, listed in “Top Ten Acts You Don’t Wanna Miss” by BBC America and named “Best Live Act” Folker Magazine 2023.

Canny sold out her last 5 London shows including at infamous venues Jazz Cafe and The Crypt, sold out her last 4 tours (84 dates across Europe, Uk and Ireland) and will travel to the US this August for her first North American tour. She has performed on the Late Late Show, at The Six Nations and TedX, in Buckingham Palace and for celebrity events, regularly collaborates with brands Rolex, Jameson. BMW and Guinness and has shared the stage with the likes of Gavin James, Glen Hansard, Sinead O’Connor, The Coronas, Aslan, Horslips and Lisa Hannigan.

Canny is also a member in chart topping pop group MOM + The Rebels and Tiktok sensations “Absolute Lilth”, amassing over 30 million online views, millions of streams on Spotify (10k monthly listeners) and 410k followers across all platforms.