Album Launch - Ann Kirrane /Behind Yon Mountain

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Ann Kirrane’s music had already taken her all over the world, but with the release of her second album ‘Behind Yon Mountain’ this Clare singer could be destined for even greater things.

Ann née Droney is a member of the famous Bellharbour family of traditional musicians. She plays concertina in the same style as her father Chris and grand-father Jim, but her soaring lilting voice is her primary instrument.

‘Behind Yon Mountain’ is a collection of 15 songs straight out of the tradition. Ann’s refined style of singing coupled with the mastery of Garry O’Briain’s orchestrations give the album a unique and thrilling edge.

Traditional material like Jimmy, Mo Mhíle Stór, Edward on Lough Erne Shore and Oró Johnny: Original songs like Crúcán na bPáiste, Bitter the Parting and  2000 Years after Jesus,  Ann’s own composition ‘Headin back to Doolin' (co-written with Padraig Stevens) Leonard Cohen’s Song of Bernadette, Delia Murphy’s Liffeyside, Songs from Ireland, Britain and America all sit together seamlessly.

This is the opening track from the album titled “Óró Johnny.”  

In the liner notes to this song Ann said : “I have recently discovered the delights of singing sessions. Thank you Anne Whelan for inviting me to my first session in Ennis. These sessions are hugely popular all over the west of Ireland and beyond, where, without instrumental accompaniment, a night of great songs and stories is guaranteed. I got this song from that great ‘Keeper of Tradition’, proud Clare man and stalwart of the Chapel Gates Singers’ Club in Cooraclare, Senan Lillis. Go maire tú an céad, Senan.”  

The recordings  feature Dermot Byrne - Accordion, Seamie O’Dowd - guitars/harmonica/mandolin, Ronan Greene and Seamus McGuire, fiddles/viola, Éamonn Cotter - flute,  Padraig Stevens - percussion, and Garry O’Briain on piano, guitars as well arrangements. Ann recorded the album at Garry's studio ‘Creg na Vagabones’ at New Quay close to where she grew up in the heart of the Burren.

The songs on the album come from a variety of sources and styles, but with the creative arrangements and strong singing Ann has created an album that will stand the test of time. The album has been receiving high praise with Joe Burke noting that the recording results in “a beautiful expressive and sincere performance.” Pat Costello of Clare FM described it as a “beautiful recording that unfolds like a Spring orchid, revealing a complex patchwork of deeply emotional and thought provoking songs, distinguished by subtle arrangements and instrumentation and carried by the most soulful and musical voice”.

Behind Yon Mountain” was launched on Wed 17th August at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and is now on general release. It is available to purchase from as well as

The album is available as a free download for broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre.



Ann Kirrane - Vocals, concertina

Dermot Byrne - Accordion

Seamie O’Dowd - Guitars, harmonica/mandolin

Ronan Greene - Fiddle

Seamus McGuire - Fiddle, viola

Éamonn Cotter - Flute

Padraig Stevens - Percussion

Garry O’Briain - Piano, guitars, mandocello


Recorded & Mixed at ‘Creg na Vagabones’

Produced by Garry O’ Briain & Ann Kirrane

Mastered by Kenny Ralph

Photography by Nutan Rutherford

Layout & Graphics by Mike O’Dwyer


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