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Liam Ó Maonlaí

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“…the best white boy soul singer on the planet…” — Bono, U2

From County DublinIrelandLiam Ó Maonlaí is best known as a member of the Hothouse Flowers. Ó Maonlaí formed the band in 1985 with his schoolmate Fiachna Ó Braonáin.  Fluent in Irish, in 1985, he won the Irish music award known as Gradam Shlogadh along with Hothouse Flowers bandmates. In 2005 he released a solo album entitled Rian which is a collection of tunes and songs in Irish.

One of Ireland’s most charismatic musical treasures, Liam Ó Maonlaí  has enjoyed a concurrent career as a traditional Irish musician and singer. Much of the Flowers’ appeal has been based on their passion for and commitment to fusing their Irish heritage with rock, pop, soul and world music influences – a passion and commitment that has informed most of Liam’s musical life.

Ó Maonlai also formed a band called The Complex with friend Kevin Shields and drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig. After Liam left The Complex to form the Hothouse Flowers in 1984, Shields and O’Ciosoig were joined by vocalist Dave Conway and keyboardist Tina (who used no surname), and renamed themselves My Bloody Valentine, taking their name from a low-budget horror film.

Ó Maonlaí is also an active member of the Nuclear Free Future movement and contributed to the hosting of events in Carnsore and in Wexford Town in 2001. In 2004 he was a guest at the Barefoot College, located at RajasthanIndia. He performed in the 2009 Dublin to Gaza benefit concert.

The 2008 documentary Dambé: The Mali Project tells the story of his 3000 mile cross-cultural musical adventure with Paddy Keenan and friends, and features performances from the Festival au Désert.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“…the one thing that gets you… is THAT voice. Liam Ó Maonlaí is the best live singer I have ever heard — his range beggar’s belief…” — Kildare Nationalist

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