Cosán Ceoil – Cathal Ó Curráin


Auspicious debut album from Donegal singer and multi-instrumentalist, Cathal Ó Curráin, supported by an impressive line-up of guest musicians.

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    “Donegal’s immeasurable contribution to Irish music continues to produce musicians of the highest calibre as is seen in Cathal Ó Curráin’s debut recording. Many of my favourite musicians came from the county: Hughie Gillespie, Néillidh Boyle, Tommy Peoples, Aidan O’Donnell and Danny Meehan who I grew up listening to in London. I remember not long ago Danny remarking how all his musical heroes used to be older than him and now they are all younger! I’m delighted to be experiencing this scenario in the form of Cathal Ó Curráin. He possesses the full range of musical emotion as he carefully chooses his song material which he delivers effortlessly accompanied by his own tasteful bouzouki playing. He is a gorgeous banjo player, who I had the pleasure of working with in UL, and knows how to master this difficult instrument to the highest standard. Cathal also cuts loose with several fiddle tracks which he plays with drive and vigour drawing from his inherited Donegal fiddle tradition with a few of his own tricks up his sleeve. This is a mighty piece of work all round. Congratulations Cathal, a young hero to look up to for sure!”

    John Carty

    SInger and multi-instrumentalist from Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal, Cathal plays fiddle, banjo and bouzouki.
    From a well-known singing family, Cathal’s repertoire is drawn from his aunts Caitlín and Bríd Joe Jack. An integral member of the High Seas, he has also recorded with the Conifers, the Friel Sisters and Aoife Scott.


    Track Listing

    1. D’éirigh an tuile ar Labhrás 
    2. Dooish Mountain/O’Connell’s March
    3. The Star of Donegal 
    4. The Stack of Oats /McNamara’s
    5. Úrchnoc Chéin Mhic Cainte
    6. Brenda Stubbert’s/Reichswall Forest
    7. The Green Fields of Gaoth Dobhair
    8. Nia’s Barndance/The Laird of St. Johnston
    9. An Saighdiúir Tréigthe
    10. Alec McConnell’s/The Belle of St.Louis/The Garavogue
    11. Two Sisters
    12. Mo Shean Dún na nGall
    13. The Templehouse/The Old Bush/Paddy’s Trip to Scotland


    Guest musicians: 

    • Ryan Molloy – Piano 
    • Marty Barry – Guitar 
    • Megan Nic Fhionnghaile – Fidil 
    • Conor O’Loughlin – Concertina 
    • Felix Morgenstern – Bodhrán 
    • Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – Fidil 


    Recorded in Stiúideo na Mara, Co. Donegal by Manus Lunny
    Percussion recorded in Land’s End Studio, Germany by Robert Ballhause
    Mastered by Paul McGeehan

    Released April, 2022


    Digital Album (Streaming & Download) – including unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more – are available from Bandcamp for €13.

    Digital Album and Compact Disc combined are available from Bandcamp for €15.