The Sugar Club presents
Bronagh Gallagher with Special Guests
Rightly regarded as one of the great soul voices in Ireland, Bronagh Gallagher was raised in Derry and now lives in Dublin.
At the age of 17, whilst still a St Mary’s schoolgirl, she was cast as Bernie McGloughlin in Alan Parker’s film about a Dublin soul band, The Commitments. Since then her music has alternated with film roles (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes) plus theatre work (Girl From The North Country, War Horse, The Street Of Crocodiles) and TV drama (Pramface, The Street, You Me And the Apocalypse). However she maintains a special place for singing, writing and performing music.
Informed by a love of girl groups like the Shangri Las, producers like Phil Spector and Shadow Morton, WillyDeVille and his Chicano street smarts and the narrative sweep of Ennio Morricone and Scott Walker, the backdrop to ‘Gather Your Greatness’ came as a response to some difficult challenges in Bronagh’s life:
“It’s been the toughest record of all. There’s a brilliant and wonderful side to life – usually connected to music. But there’s the very tough times as well and the stuff that life brings you that you don’t expect. And the stuff that life doesn’t bring you and you do expect.”