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The perfect Christmas present for the person with everything, tickets to a Ballymaloe Grainstore gig
These renowned sisters from West Cork - singer and fiddle-player Nollaig; harper Máire; and singer and fiddle-player Mairéad - have, remarkably, only just released their début CD together, Sibling Revelry - one of The Daily Telegraph’s Folk Albums of the Year.
“Blissfully beautiful... channelling mythology, nostalgia and geography to bewitching effect in heartfelt music" * * * * Songlines
Nollaig Casey’s powerful presence has graced two of Ireland's most ground-breaking bands, Planxty and Coolfin. She made her Carnegie Hall début in 2006 as soloist in a double concerto for classical violin and traditional fiddle by Evan Chambers. She’s toured the world with the hit show Riverdance and performed at the 2003 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony. A soloist in over 20 feature films, she’s recorded with Enya, Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor, Nanci Griffith, Ricky Skaggs, Rod Stewart, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Mary Black, Carlos Nuñez, Jim Rooney, Andy Irvine, Moving Hearts, Elvis Costello, Christy Moore, Liam O'Flynn, Dan ar Braz, Shaun Davey and Sharon Shannon. Her solo album featured “exquisite fiddle-playing and superb vocals” (The Irish Times); She can most recently be seen playing on BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions with Alison Krauss. “Exquisite fiddle- playing and superb vocals” The Irish Times "I would happily sit all night in a cold theatre to listen to Nollaig Casey..." - Fortnight (Belfast) “Nollaig’s performance was stunning for its sheer musical artistry, seducing some into quiet amazement and inducing others to insist on encore after encore...” - The Irish Times
Máire Ní Chathasaigh is “the doyenne of Irish harp players” (Scotland on Sunday), just awarded Female Musician of the Year in the Live Ireland 2016 awards and 2001 recipient of Irish music’s most prestigious Award, Gradam Cheoil TG4 – Traditional Musician of the Year - “for the excellence and pioneering force of her music, the remarkable growth she has brought to the music of the harp in Ireland and for the positive influence she has had on the young generation of harpers.” She’s just been awarded A multiple All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic winner, she developed profoundly influential techniques for harp performance of traditional Irish music, heard on her pioneering New-Strung Harp (1985) – “a milestone in Irish harp music” (The Irish Examiner) - and subsequent seven recordings with guitarist Chris Newman, with whom she tours worldwide. “Bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice" The Times “Dazzling virtuosity” The Daily Telegraph "In a class of her own" The Guardian "Takes one of the most effete instruments in traditional music and breathes a fire into its belly" * * * * The Irish Times
Multiple All-Ireland, Oireachtas- and Pan-Celtic-winning Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh‘s sweet soaring voice and subtle, very traditional fiddle-playing ground the music deeply in its roots. Mairéad has a deep knowledge of the Irish singing tradition and a special interest in the Sliabh Luachra fiddle repertoire and style. She has toured in the USA, Canada, Italy, Belgium and France, given traditional singing workshops in Ireland and the UK and is a regular adjudicator at Fleadhanna Cheoil throughout Ireland and at Fleadh Cheoil na h-Éireann.
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OfSibling Revelry, the critics said:
"Intimacy and intuition are at the heart of this radiant collection... a treat" * * * * The Irish Times
"First-class musicianship... wonderfully atmospheric" * * * * The Daily Telegraph
“Une fratrie Irlandaise qui brille au pantheon de la musique de la verte Erin” * * * * Trad Magazine (France)
"Elegant and beguiling" RTÉ Lyric FM
"Stunning... a superb album" The Living Tradition
"Ils sont toutes trois des stars... très romantique... magnifique sonorité!" Le Canard Folk
"Blissfully beautiful... channelling mythology, nostalgia and geography to bewitching effect in heartfelt music" * * * * Songlines
"Superbe" Le Peuple Breton
"Shows the mastery that’s given them global reputations... High-end music-making, virtuosic yet presented (with) warmth and intimacy, rich, flowing, soulful expression... (and) sheer depth of feeling for the Irish tradition" The Herald Scotland
Ballymaloe House offers pre-performance dinner at 6pm. Please ring 021 465 2531 for reservations.