Irish Arts Center - Cuala festival

Wednesday, 18 May, 2016
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The Irish Arts Center as part of Cuala festival has a wealth of Irish talent lined up this month, listed among the lineup is the extremely talented Luan Parle and Mickey Coleman.

Luan Parle on the Late Late Toy show

Luan is a Meteor Award winning folk star and Mickey a former all Ireland medallist and credited songwriter and musician.

Anyone who grew up in Ireland from 1975 onwards would be both familiar and nostalgic about the late late toy show. The excitement of the wonderful toys on display, the hope some could be waiting for you on Christmas morning combined with a show of spectacular Irish talent delivered by the children of Ireland in the form of song and dance.

This venue is where Wicklow born, Luan Parle was first discovered when she was just 11 years old, singing a Christmas ballad that she co-wrote with her Dad “I look up to the Sky” This performance resulted in her signing her first record deal at the age of 12 with Anim Records. In 2002 Luan signed to Sony Music Ireland. Her first single release was a Diane Warren penned cover titled 'When I See You Smile' followed by the self penned song 'Ghost'. The song went on to become one of her most successful singles spending 12 weeks in the Irish Charts, peaking at no 10.

Luan joined James Blunt on his UK and Irish tours and opened for Sir Elton John at the Hammersmith Apollo. From the humble beginnings of the toy show to the world stage.

According to Hot Press Magazine "Luan Parle combines a glossy blend of contemporary/alternative country, folk, pop & rock. Possessing a wonderful stage presence and obvious talent Parle could well be the next big star." -

Mickey Coleman on the other hand, is a former GAA all Ireland medallist (2003) who hails from a family of artists and musicians.
Born in Co. Tyrone, listed among his songs are "The Bantry Boy," "My Coalisland Girl," "The Holylands Belfast" and "Kilkeel Fishermen."  These songs are filled with the experiences and people that have shaped his life. They tell many stories and reflect the landscape of the shores of Lough Neagh where Mickey was brought up in Ardboe. Mickey is not only a talented songwriter but also and accomplished guitar and banjo player and has performed with some of Ireland's top folk artists such as The Chieftains, Cara Dillon, Francis Black, Liam Reilly and Bagatelle, and Steve Cooney.

According to Fanrealm.com  Mickey Coleman is on the road to becoming one of the great folk singers both in Ireland and in the USA...Brilliant."