Belfast four-piece trad/folk ensemble Lonesome George have released their new single The Lying Devil.  A band of songwriters and traditional musicians from Belfast with a talent for weaving activism and social philosophy into their wholesome and engaging version of folk-fusion, the summer of 2021 sees them gradually releasing tracks from a new album as we all wait for live music to re-enter the building. Lonesome George spoke with The Fountain about the new track and plans for the rest of the year.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to The Lying Devil?

The response has been great! We’ve actually been playing this song live for years so a lot of people are familiar with it by now, but getting the single out has given people a chance to sit with the lyrics a bit more and that’s really important with this track. It’s interesting to me that it also went over really well when we played abroad (Germany, Netherlands etc) despite being quite a locally conceived song.

TF: And can you sum up the track in one sentence? 

The Lying Devil is a meditation on the nature of belief in what I’d call a post-Christian Ireland.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

Over the next few months we’re releasing more tracks off our new album and eventually planning to do a big launch gig. It’s hard to know exactly how that will work but we all have other projects were involved in and traditional music to keep us busy!

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

I really like intimate shows. I think my favourite place we’ve ever played was a tiny little club in the heart of Istanbul called Leila Terras… The roof opened in the middle of one of our songs! I can’t see us getting over there any time soon though we’re just keen to get back to doing trad sessions and other small things that help us feel connected.