The rock star has returned to her soul
folk--roots, live and on--stage. Hazel O'Connor
performs with the celebrated Irish harpist Cormac
de Barra, in a captivating and intimate special
performance. 2013 marked the 15th anniversary
of Hazel and Cormac's first collaboration on
the biographical show, Beyond Breaking Glass
with a special one--week run of the updated
show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hazel's
autobiography 'Breaking Glass Barefoot' has also
just been published and tells previously untold
stories of her rollercoaster ride through the
highs and lows of the music business.
Hazel O' Connor has fast re--established herself
as an artist and performer to be reckoned with.
Her husky voice remains charged with passion
and her enthusiasm, love of music, and wicked
sense of humour, is ever present. No O'Connor
show is complete without her original classics
Will You, D--Days and Eighth Day or her new
classics Rebecca, Driftwood, I'm Still Breathing
and Acoustically Yours.
From initially catapulting to stardom with the
starring role in Breaking Glass and the ensuing
hits that followed, Hazel continues to tour
extensively delighting audiences along the way,
winning over fans old and new. Recently she
received the accolade of her own star in the
new Coventry Walk of Fame in England. Her
own small version now sits alongside her Gold
Discs and BAFTA’s.
Cormac de Barra is not only one of her co--writers,
but has also been her musical partner. He
has recorded three of his own harp--led CDs.
More recently, Cormac has been dividing his time
between television work on the TG4 arts series
Imeall and the project 'Voices & Harps' with
Moya Brennan of Clannad. The combination of
De Barra’s harp with Hazel’s unforgettable voice
is truly magical.
Hazel & Cormac returned to Edinburgh Fringe with
an updated version of the Beyond Breaking Glass.
The highlight of 2014 was a double appearance
at Glastonbury Festival playing a full set on
the Avalon Stage and also sharing the bill
with Moya Brennan at Greenfields. 2015 will
see a tour of Ireland and a performance of
BBG in Paris featuring some translated French
versions of Hazel's best--known songs.
...“Sumptuous songs with a soulful, introspective
lyrical depth. The arrangements are largely traditional
in feel, helped by Cormac de Barra’s exquisite harp...seamless
forays into pop blues and soul, and the familiar silken
gravel of O’Connor’s voice” - Irish Times
"Simply stunning " Janice Long - BBC Radio 2