Singer-Songwriter Ciaran Lavery Shares ‘Shame (10 Years Later) – feat. Lydia Luce’ Today, New EP Out In December

November 24, 2023 BY Emma Orland

“There’s an unforced honesty to the singer’s work.” – Clash

“Lavery’s finely crafted lyric sheet, influenced by literary greats like Carver and Salinger, means that no emotion is wasted.” – The Irish Times

“The sound of a songwriter that is very comfortable in his own skin.” – Zane Lowe

After sharing the sweeping melancholic ballad ‘Lovers Who Make Love (10 Years Later)’ last month to mark the ten-year anniversary of his debut album Not Nearly Dark, the award-winning Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician Ciaran Lavery has today released a video for his new single ‘Shame (10 Years Later) – feat. Lydia Luce’, ahead of its release tomorrow (24th November).

A soft, minimalist take on the fan favourite track ‘Shame‘, it was originally released on his 2013 debut album. This new version, recorded entirely to tape in one session, features Nashville singer-songwriter Lydia Luce. An acoustic guitar lends a sense of Luce’s americana roots as well as Lavery’s folk influences. With the original recording claiming over 70 million streams, this gentle and moving version marks the 10th anniversary of its release and offers a beautiful new recording for his fans.

“Shame is the song that has allowed me to have a career in music. I cannot overstate that enough,” Lavery says. “Though I still find it difficult to understand why it resonates with so many, I have stopped questioning or trying to figure it out. All that matters is that it means something to you.”

“Truth be told, it was a song written inside ten minutes without any struggle or overthinking. I will be forever grateful to it and for the incredible number of people who have listened to it.”

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Ciaran Lavery on working with Lydia Luce: “To be able to collaborate with an artist as fearless in their work as Lydia Luce was something that needed to happen when revisiting a song like Shame, because I was confident that Lydia would move the song into fresh territory, one that had yet to be captured, which is exactly what she did. Lydia is an artist that I truly admire and opportunities like this don’t come around often, so I am delighted that she was so game to add her vocals to this ten-year anniversary version of Shame.”

Lydia Luce on working with Ciaran Lavery: “It was truly an honor to be asked to collaborate with Ciaran Lavery on his reimagined version of Shame. This song is hauntingly beautiful and vulnerable and in my opinion our voices sound so dreamy together! I hope that we get to perform this song live together someday soon. “

Shame (10 Years Later) – feat. Lydia Luce’ is taken from Ciaran Lavery’s forthcoming EP Not Nearly Dark (10 Years Later), out 29th December via Nettwerk. His new 5-song EP features selected tracks taken from his acclaimed debut 2013 album Not Nearly Dark, all re-recorded and entirely to tape in one session. “I wanted to approach the songs from a different angle, one that is representative of how I hear them now in my head,“ he explained.

I wanted to record and commit these re-recordings entirely to tape. There’s something classic sounding about the warmth of analogue, and these songs always felt romantic to me, so it felt like the perfect marriage.  It’s the first time that I have recorded a collection of songs in that world.”

Ciaran Lavery will be on tour at the end of this month, supporting Bear’s Den, Duke Special, and Ryan McMullan on selected dates.

Tour Dates:

29th Nov – London, UK @ Union Chapel ^

1st Dec – Belfast, UK @ Empire Music Hall *

2nd Dec – Newcastle, UK @ Cluny 2 ^^

3rd Dec – Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor ^^

5th Dec – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute ^^

6th Dec – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach ^^

7th Dec – London, UK @ Omeara ^^

7th Jan – Belfast, UK @ St Joseph’s Church Sailortown **

supporting Duke Special

** The Sailortown Sessions feat. King Cedar, Ferna & Ciaran Lavery

supporting Bear’s Den

^^ supporting Ryan McMullan


1. Shame (10 Years Later)

2. Lovers Who Make Love (10 Years Later)

3. American (10 Years Later)

4.  Little More Time (10 Years Later)

5. Shame (10 Years Later) – feat. Lydia Luce

About Ciaran Lavery:

Ciaran Lavery is a Belfast-based, award-winning, multi-nominated singer-songwriter and musician who has released four acclaimed albums with over 150 million streams to date. Lavery’s music has been nominated four times at the NI Music Prize, winning album of the year in 2016, as well as being nominated for the Hot Press Magazine ‘album of the year’ and ‘single of the year’.  Previously, he has been named as the Hot Press magazine ‘One to Watch’.

He has toured extensively worldwide, with performances at festivals such as Glastonbury, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Zermatt Unplugged, SXSW, M for Montreal, with a particular highlight of being handpicked to play Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion Festival in Texas. Lavery has been invited to play showcases at Disney, Lionsgate, Paste Magazine and Spotify Fans Only in both New York and Boston, as well as touring with the likes of Bear’s Den, William Fitzsimmons, The Low Anthem and opening for KD Lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs for two sold out shows at the Danforth Music Hall.

An accomplished co-writer, Lavery has worked with artists such as Dan Croll, Rosie Carney, Duke Special, Luke Sital Singh, AVEC, Axel Flovent, Joshua Burnside, Joshua James, Charles, Lila Vargen, Niamh Regan and Roe. He co-founded and runs the only songwriting camp in the north of Ireland, ‘Soft Gut Song Camp’.

Ciaran Lavery will be releasing his upcoming EP ‘Not Nearly Dark (10 Years Later)’ with his new label home Nettwerk in December 2023.