Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) opened their recent show in what was without doubt an incredible performance, singing a combination of folk-protest songs and country music in a sold-out National Concert Hall, Dublin.
They performed without orchestral accompaniment or flashing lights: just two women with acoustic guitars playing an amazing set. Among the songs performed were “Fill It Up Again,” Shame on You” and the lesbian classic anthem “Closer to Fine,” a 1989 American hit that features vocal and instrumental contributions from Hothouse Flowers, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Fiachna Ó Braonáin. (Brandi Carlile covered this song in the Warner Brothers’ film Barbie.
In 1989 their debut album sold more than two million records under the power of “Closer to Fine” and turned Indigo Girls into one of the most successful folk duos in history. Over a thirty-year career that began in clubs around their native Atlanta, the Grammy-winning duo has recorded sixteen studio albums (seven gold, four platinum, one double platinum) and sold more than 15 million records.
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are committed activists, supporting such issues as immigration reform, LGBTQ advocacy, Native American rights, and Black Lives Matter.
What’s more, It’s Only Life, After All, a documentary about the lives and careers of Indigo Girls, produced and directed by Alexandria Bombach, had its premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.