Caoin – Ceara Conway

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Ceara Conway presents an album of sean nós inspired performances supported by leading guest instrumentalists.

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    Born in the Connemara Gaeltacht, visual artist and multilingual singer, Ceara Conway, has gained recognition for her singing in traditional repertoires including Portuguese, Arabic song, Georgian Chant with a core focus on Irish traditional sean nós.

    “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

     

    Track Listing

    1. Amhrán na Leabhar
    2. An tSailchuach
    3. Amhrán an Bhá
    4. Liam Ó Raghallaigh
    5. An Caoineadh
    6. Amhrán Mhuighinse
    7. Pé n-Éirinn í
    8. Anach Cuain
    9. Seoithín Seothó

     

    Musicians:

    • Ceara Conway – vocals 
    • Seán Mac Erlaine – clarinet, electronics, piano
    • Kevin Murphy – cello
    • Francesco Turrisi – piano 
    • Ultan O’Brien – violin, viola 

     

    Produced by Seán Mac Erlaine
    Recorded at Camden Studios, Dublin; The Meadows, Wicklow; and Lisseycasey, Clare
    Mixed and mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine

    Released March 2022

     

    Digital Album (Streaming & Download) – including unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more – is available from Bandcamp for €9.

    The Digital Album and Compact Disc (CD) combined are available from Bandcamp for €12.