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‘I thought there would be fans who might wonder if I was trying to replace Dolores. There’s no replacing Dolores’

Four years on from Dolores O’Riordan’s tragic death, The Cranberries’ Noel Hogan talks about dealing with his grief, coping with his daughter having leukaemia at the height of the band’s fame and his exciting new musical partnership

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Noel Hogan. Picture: Ken Coleman

Noel Hogan. Picture: Ken Coleman

Noel Hogan. Picture: Ken Coleman

Noel Hogan. Picture: Ken Coleman

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries on stage in Dublin's Point Depot in 1995

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries on stage in Dublin's Point Depot in 1995

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Noel Hogan. Picture: Ken Coleman

There’s something about the female voice that has always inspired Noel Hogan to make great music. For nearly 30 years, his principal collaborator was one of the most singular voices in rock — the late, great Dolores O’Riordan — and over the years, The Cranberries’ songwriter and lead guitarist has worked with a range of incredible vocalists, including Kate Havnevik and Alexandra Hamnede.

So it was no surprise when, during lockdown, Hogan connected with another female talent, Mell Peck — a gifted Brazilian singer whose Cranberries covers have racked up millions of hits on YouTube. Peck, who comes from the city of Sapucaia, has been composing music from an early age. The duo, who call themselves The Puro, worked together during the long months of isolation, sending files back and forth between Brazil and Limerick.


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