Sinéad Lohan

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Sinéad Lohan (born 1971)[1] is an Irish singer and songwriter.


A native of Cork, her song "Sailing By" appeared on the compilation A Woman's Heart 2.[2][3]

Music career[edit]

In 1991 Lohan began playing regular gigs at The Lobby, a renowned club in Cork, and soon thereafter began recording her first album, Who Do You Think I Am, produced by Declan Sinnott.[4] She has released two albums, Who Do You Think I Am in 1995, which scored several radio hits in Ireland, and No Mermaid in 1998, which has been rated 4/5 stars at AllMusic.[5] No Mermaid was released by Interscope Records after a bidding war between several major labels.[6] In 1998, she performed with Lilith Fair for three dates.[7][8][9]

Her music has been described as having a "folky feel" and her persona "by turns reflective, poetic and wistful." [10] She was one of the "most commercially successful artists" in Ireland in the 1990s.[11] Her lyrics have been inspired by Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll and have "intense, colorful imagery" [12] while her stage performance at a concert in Los Angeles was described as "confident and luminous on stage, but not quite commanding."[13] The song "No Mermaid" was used in the movie Message in a Bottle. Lohan did a tour of Ireland with Joan Baez[8] who later recorded Lohan's songs "No Mermaid" and "Who Do You Think I Am".[14] The Canadian female vocal group Shaye recorded "No Mermaid" on their album The Bridge. The progressive bluegrass band Nickel Creek covered her song "Out Of The Woods" (also from the album No Mermaid) on their Nickel Creek album (2000). The song "What Can Never Be" was used in an episode of Dawson's Creek called "Northern Lights".

In October 1999, her song "Everything Around Me Is Changing" appeared on the soundtrack for the film Anywhere But Here.[15] In 2004, Lohan began work on her third album with Malcolm Burn, the producer of No Mermaid; by 2007, the work was complete.[16] However, the album was never released.[17]

Throughout most of her career, Lohan wore her hair in colorful cornrows, which took six hours to braid.[18]

Personal life[edit]

With her partner, John, Sinéad gave birth to a son in March 1999, after touring through her eighth month.[19] She gave birth to her second child, a daughter, January 2001.[20]



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Who Do You Think I Am 8
No Mermaid
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Interscope
  • Formats: CD, cassette
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.
  • Bee In The Bottle (1995)
  • If I Go (1995)
  • To Ramona (1996, IRE #9)
  • Whatever It Takes (1998, IRE #16)
  • No Mermaid (1998)
  • Whether Or Not (2000)


  1. ^ Jackson, Joe. "If my thoughts-my dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine". Hot Press. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  2. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 9 September 1995. p. 82. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  3. ^ Mathieson, Kenny (2001). Celtic Music. Backbeat Books. pp. 15–. ISBN 9780879306236. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  4. ^ Williamson, Nigel (8 August 1998). "Happy Chick". The Times (London). pp. metro 10.
  5. ^ "No Mermaid - Sinéad Lohan | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "Sinéad Lohan | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  7. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 6 June 1998. pp. 18–. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  8. ^ a b Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 22 August 1998. p. 9. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  9. ^ Thompson, Dave (2000). Alternative Rock. Miller Freeman Books. pp. 126–. ISBN 9780879306076. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  10. ^ Smyth, Gerry (2005). Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music. Cork University Press. ISBN 9781859183878. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  11. ^ Larkin, Colin (20 November 2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN 9780195313734. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  12. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 6 June 1998. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  13. ^ Natalie Nichols (31 October 1998). "Lohan, 'No Mermaid' Mixes Pop With Irish Traditions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  14. ^ Tawa, Nicholas E. (1 January 2005). Supremely American: Popular Song in the 20th Century : Styles and Singers and what They Said about America. Scarecrow Press. pp. 166–. ISBN 9780810852952. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Sinéad Lohan Discography". Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Sinead Lohan...Where Is She Now..." Boards.Ie. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  17. ^ Courtney, Kevin. "Then & Now: Sinead Lohan, Singer". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  18. ^ Pullen, Doug (13 October 1998). "Singer Sinéad Lohan Delves Deep for Lyrics that Have Meaning". Flint Journal. p. B5.
  19. ^ Gallagher, Jim (13 February 2000). "Lock at Me Now". People, The. p. 34.
  20. ^ "Sinead Lohan Web Pages-What's New". 20 October 2007.

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