Traditional Irish Music
On Thursday 23rd October 2014 we will continue our series of Online Album Launches with the new release by Tradconnect member and broadcaster Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha. The album is called Draíocht Na Feadóige and it is an outstanding release by any measure of traditional music. With 21 tracks Neansaí has captured a tapestry of sounds and moods with great variety from track to track. As always we will have an exclusive track from the album as well as the thoughts of Neansaí herself.
For those that are not familair with this Online Launch Series, its purpose is to introduce you to a new traditional album for the first time. We are working with artists to bring a little bit more excitement to the “online launch”. The first time an artist shares a track from a new recording with their fans and audience is important, and we are delighted to bring these new tracks to you here on Tradconnect for the first time.
Neansaí is originally from Cor na Rón in Indreabhán, a small locality that has always been renowned for music. She was first encouraged to play music at home by her father, Michael Mheáirt, and her mother, Bairbre Joe Staff Seoighe, originally from Cnoc, Lettermullen. The sleeve notes to the album state that "having shown great promise as a musician from a tender age, she has never been as busy with music as she is at present", especially when you consider that she was also "appointed Head of Music at RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in the spring of 2010. Her skills as a music broadcaster have been tried and tested for years and she is renowned for presenting and producing a live two-hour programme on Sunday."
“This is a great record, an example of the best that traditional Irish music has to offer, and the first to come from the steady hands of Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha”
– Meaití Jó Shéamuis
"Easily one of the best CDs of Irish music I have ever heard. Lovely Connemara touches to old tunes, rhythm to die for and 21 tracks . Well done, Neansaí, and of course Michael Hynes on it is no bad thing either. Beautiful presentation and great music. I love it!"
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