Roithléan confirms Saileog Ní Cheannabháin to be among the master weavers of Irish traditional music today

Four years since her first album on the Raelach label, Saileog Ní Cheannabháin's new recording has just been released. Roithleán (pronounced, Rillawn) is an Irish word for the spindle-whorl of a spinning wheel, but it also refers to a whirling or a recurring motion. Saileog writes in her sleeve note: “Music and songs can be like that, I feel, as they are sent from person to person. In a sense, we spin and weave music from one moment to another, from the things that affect and influence us.”

It is the second album that Raelach Records have released from Saileog, and this one – produced by Jack Talty – features not just more of her amazing sean-nós singing, but also showcases the depth and breadth of her talent as a piano player, a fiddle and viola player, and as a composer and arranger of tunes.

Featuring mostly solo pieces; but also a vocal duet with her sister, Muireann, duets with her brother, Eoghan (flute), her friends, Eoin Ó Beaglaoich, and Jack Talty (concertinas); and an ensemble track with Tim McHugh and Eoghan on flutes, and Marie McHugh joining Saileog on fiddles; in the vitality of expression and wealth of ornamentation in her playing and singing, Roithléan confirms Saileog to be among the master weavers of Irish traditional music today.

The album – with artwork by Maurice Gunning – is available as CD or digital download at

Saileog will be playing an album launch gig on 10th December in Holmes' of Doohoma, Co.Mayo.

Aidan Connolly will also be launching his new album 'Be Off' on the same night

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