Lisa Cuthbert is an Irish singer, instrumentalist and composer best known for her work with Duncan Patterson (ex Anathema) and Antimatter. Her solo work is as a dark, dramatic mix of emotional piano-based sounds with a Celtic twist; Hot Press Magazine has called her "a darker Tori Amos".
Although Cuthbert's main instrument is the piano, her haunting, ethereal voice - often compared to those of Sarah McLachlan and Loreena McKennitt - and layered harmonies distinguish her work. This music aspires towards a deeper affect: it explores memories, moods and textures in a way that draws in listeners and invites them to form their own impressions. Her debut album Obstacles has received excellent reviews worldwide, but Lisa's strength undoubtedly lies in her captivating live performances, which have been praised by fans as "mesmerizing" and "magical".
Her forthcoming studio album Paramour is inspired by the stories of former inmates at Ireland's now defunct Magdalene laundries. The laundries were institutions founded in the 19th century for the rehabilitation of "fallen women" - unwed mothers, prostitutes, the mentally ill, etc. - and their stories also serve as a point of reference for Cuthbert's own past experiences at a convent school in Dublin.
Paramour is scheduled for an autumn 2012 release.