I was crushed to learn that Dolores O’Riordan had died suddenly in London today. I loved The Cranberries, an Irish band that took off in the 1990s and sold over 40 million records. Dolores was the lead singer. The group was Ireland’s biggest musical export since U2.
Despite their monumental success, they stayed grounded and close to their roots. I loved their attachment to Ireland and its people. I loved their humanity. I loved Dolores’ voice.
Here’s one of my favorite songs, Ode To My Family; a truly beautiful song, both vocally and visually –
Remember The Cranberries, the Irish rock band from the 1990s? They’re coming to France to play one single concert in a fabulous venue: the antique Roman theatre in the southern town of Orange. I loved The Cranberries. The idea of sitting under the stars on a hot summer’s night (the night of Sunday August 13th) listening to Dolores O’Riordan singing sounds tempting indeed.
But I’ll be in The Netherlands in August, visiting the cities of Delft, The Hague and Antwerp.
Roman theater built in the 1st century, Orange (Vaucluse) France
The Rolling Stones – 19 October 2017 at the U Arena in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris.
Lionel Shriver introducing her new book, The Mandibles, at Shakespeare and Company bookshop – Monday May 22, 2017 at 7 pm.
Shriver’s timely new novel about American decline. A frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon, from the pen of perhaps the most consistently perceptive and topical author of our times.
I’ll leave you with Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries singing Ode To My Family, a beautiful video filled with lovely Irish folk, young and old.