New Album, 'Roithleán', by Saileog Ní Cheannabháin

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin (Photo: Maurice Gunning)

New Album, 'Roithleán', by Saileog Ní Cheannabháin

Singer, fiddle, viola and piano player plays Galway on Saturday 15 October, followed by the Cooley–Collins Festival in Gort.

Four years since her first album, I bhFior​-​Dheiriú Oidhche, on the Raelach Records label, Saileog Ní Cheannabháin has just released Roithleán with a launch at The Cobblestone in Dublin on 8 October.

Roithleán is the 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-notes:

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.

Produced by concertina player and Ensemble Ériu founder Jack Talty, Roithleán features Saileog’s sean-nós singing, playing on several instruments, and her own newly-composed tunes.

The album also includes a vocal duet with her sister Muireann; tracks with her brother Eoghan (flute) and Eoin Ó Beaglaoich and Talty (concertinas); and an ensemble track with Tim McHugh and Eoghan on flutes, and Marie McHugh joining Saileog on fiddles.

Ní Cheannabháin will be performing at The Crane Bar in Galway on Saturday 15 October, and at the Cooley–Collins Festival in Gort at the end of October.

Listen below to a track from the new album featuring three reels played on piano.

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Published on 13 October 2016

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