The self-described “disgrace to the tradition”, folk singer Lisa Canny is one of a kind. With tracks that range from hard-hitting, banjo-driven bangers to looping harp and 3-part harmony arrangements, her most recent single ‘Medicine’ is striking out as a brutally honest acoustic ballad.
The track is much like a parallel universe to her previous single, the punchy, energetic ‘Know It All’, ‘Medicine’s mellow guitar melodies instead lulling the listener into a gentle acoustic experience with beautiful vocal harmonies and Canny’s staple banjo and harp backing.
Discussing the release, the Irish multi-instrumentalist explains: “‘Medicine’ is about when somebody comes into your life and uses your healing energy to heal themselves, in turn leaving you depleted and without enough for yourself. Because of the caring nature of women, we often get used by men in this way, particularly vulnerable men. But it can happen to all openhearted people. It’s sad, but should remind the openhearted to stay true to themselves – as they deserve, and will find, better.”