The remarkable voice of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is perfectly cradled by the Irish Chamber Orchestra in this wonderful presentation of twelve classic songs as Gaeilge.
Both in its unique timbre and its extraordinary range, Nic Amhlaoibh’s natural instrument is perfect for this very sensitive collaboration between singer and ensemble as they revitalise songs from the sean nós canon.
This imaginative and epic project was undoubtedly one of the musical triumphs of a lockdown-affected 2021 when the programme was performed in front of a restricted audience at the Kilkenny Arts Festival last August (and streamed online) and again in November in the University Concert Hall in Limerick, the ICO’s home auditorium. It was subsequently televised on TG4 last Christmas.
While Nic Amhlaoibh’s voice is undoubtedly pivotal in the whole enterprise, it is sympathetically supported by the orchestra performing new arrangements of the material by six leading Irish composers – Linda Buckley, Paul Campbell, Michael Keeney, Cormac McCarthy, Sam Perkin and Niamh Varian-Barry.
Together they have provided the imagination reflected in the project’s title. The rich tones and subtle colours which characterise the new settings add further depth to Nic Amhlaoibh’s impeccable vocals.
- Róisín Dúbh
- An Rabhais ar an gCarraig
- Mollaí San Seoirse
- Bruach na Carraige Báine
- Cailín na nÚrla Donn
- ‘S ar Maidin Moch is mé ar mo Leapain Bhoig
- Tá mo Mhadra Medley
- Táím Sínte ar do Thuama
- Sliabh Geal gCua
- An tSeanbhean Bhocht
- Slán le Máigh
- An Chúilfhionn