Vocalist Ceara Conway will be supported by Seán Mac Erlaine (clarinet, electronics, piano), Kevin Murphy (cello) and
Vocalist Ceara Conway will be supported by Seán Mac Erlaine (clarinet, electronics, piano), Kevin Murphy (cello) and Ultan O’Brien (fiddle, viola) in a world première live perfomance of her recent album, Caoin.
Recorded in Clare, Wicklow and Dublin and produced by Seán Mac Erlaine, Caoin showcases Ceara’s unique approach to sean nós singing which explores the beautiful sounds and sentiments of longing and loss found in traditional praise songs, lullabies with core emphasis on the traditional Irish ‘caoineadh’, lament. Her explorations receive sympathetic support from an ensemble of talented musicians comprising Kevin Murphy (cello), Ultan O’Brien (viola/fiddle) of Slow Moving Clouds, Seán Mac Erlaine (clarinet, electronics) of This is How We Fly and Francesco Turrisi (piano).
Caoin was born out of my love for singing Irish traditional sean nós songs that have melodies and narratives expressing feelings of loss, longing, and the sensibility of the ‘cry.’ Within Caoin you will hear laments (caointe) alongside praise songs, love songs, and lullabies. I have a grá (a love) for singing songs from all over the world but singing sean nós holds a special place in my heart for many reasons such as my Connemara roots, my love for the Irish language, and the pure visceral experience of singing melodic ornamented lines and notes. Most of all I love singing sean nós songs for the resonance that I experience when singing them, the emotions they express feel timeless and universal – Ceara Conway, November 2021
Based in the Courthouse Studios in Ennistymon in Clare, Ceara is a visual artist as well as a singer. She has gained recognition for her singing in traditional repertoires across cultures from Irish traditional sean nós, to Portuguese, Arabic and African song and Georgian Chant. She creates performance works that utilise traditional and contemporary songs, music and visual art to explore social issues such as the ecological crisis, migration and feminist concerns. She has shown and performed work widely internationally and in Ireland, including the Katzen Arts Centre, Washington, tHE Barbican, UK, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Taigh Chearsabhaigh Museum, Galway Arts Centre, and the National Gallery of Ireland.
Among the many other musicians she has collaborated with are Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Nóirín Ní Riain, Nick Roth, Linda Buckley and the award-winning Scottish band, Lau. Recent projects include GOL with Brú Theatre (2021), Bealtaine Festival Of Scent and Song (2021), Viriditas, Galway ECOC & Saolta Arts (2020), Dóchas/Hope, Oireachtas na Gaeilge and Waterways Ireland (2019). The Feminist Supermarket, Ormston House, (2021), Pocahontas Opera House Residency, West Virginia, USA (2022).
Caoin the album was commissioned by Creative Ireland and Galway County Council. The live performance premiere is commissioned by glór with support from the Arts Council.
Tickets for the event, each costing €20/€18 (conc.)/€10 (Under 18) plus €1 booking fee, are available from https://glor.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173620704.
(Friday) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Ennis, Co. Clare