Rising star, petite and quirky Vyvienne Long first achieved celebrity as a cellist in collaboration with singer-songwriter Damien Rice, producing the soaring melodies and distinctive sound associated with his albums O and 9. International tours followed during which she instantly charmed fans with her unique cello song and quirky take on the White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’. She soon began writing her own vocal material and formed a core band which typically includes three cellos, piano, drums and bass. Vyvienne released her EP Birdtalk in 06.
Her performances include Other Voices, the JK Ensemble Sessions (Lyric FM ), and critically acclaimed gigs at The Electric Picnic and Spiegeltentin 08. Admired as a compelling vocalist and songwriter of incisive wit, critics have drawn comparisons with Bjork, Tori Amos, and Joanna Newsome.
Vyvienne Long’s debut album, Caterpillar Sarabande, will be released in February 2010. ‘Happy Thoughts’, the final track of her album (which has helped sell a lot of cheese! ) is currently available on iTunes and Amazon.
Vyvienne plays The Stables, Mullingar, on Friday February 10. The support act is Chequerboard (John Lambert ), so this will be a beautiful set with acoustic instruments.