Biography

“This music is a special genre of vocal art, called sean-nós…in this type of singing O’Leary is a master” – General Anzeiger (Bonn, Germany 2013)

“As we listen we become possessed by the fascinating charismatic singer Caitríona O’Leary with her angelic and ethereal voice” – Crescendo Magazine (Germany 2013)

“As always, it is the voice of Caitríona O’Leary that captivates and captures the listener immediately…. the instrumentalists are at their best and the result is truly overwhelming.” – Toccata Alte Musik Actuell (Germany 2014)

Caitríona O’LearyCaitríona O’Leary is known internationally for her intense and passionate performances of Traditional Irish song, Folk and Early Music.

Most recently she recorded The Wexford Carols an album of traditional folk Christmas carols with the producer Joe Henry featuring guest artists Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens and an all star band.

She has recorded seventeen critically acclaimed albums with her band Dúlra, and the celebrated early music ensembles, Sequentia, The Harp Consort, Joglaresa and eX (the Irish-based ensemble she founded in 2006). These have been for EMI Virgin Classics, BMG Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Heresy Records/Naxos, Vox and Avie.

Caitríona has toured and performed around the world, including such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and Cité de la Musique and has appeared at numerous festivals including, Beethovenfest Bonn, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg,  Festival Cervantino Guanajuato (Mexico), Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Concerts Spirituels Geneva, Zagreb Summer Evenings Festival, the Split Summer Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Belfast Festival at Queen’s, etc.