“Surely, national treasure status cannot be far away… Caitríona O’Leary, an enigmatic performer with otherworldly qualities that thrives in areas of the unusual and unreal.” – Dick Riordan, Sunday Business Post
The Wexford Carols, Vol. II
Strange Wonders, The Wexford Carols, Vol. II Brings Together Folk, Classical and Traditional Music Luminaries to Present Ireland’s Greatest Christmas Music.
Out Nov 12th on Heresy Records.
Produced by Ethan Johns and Dom Monks Featuring Singers Caitríona O’Leary, Seth Lakeman, John Smith, Clara Sanabras & Stile Antico with Instrumentalists Alison Balsom, Olov Johansson, Simone Colavecchi, Mel Mercier, Ethan Johns, Deirdre O’Leary & John Hearne.
“A supremely beautiful Christmas disc; warming and different.” – Classical Explorer
The Red Book of Ossory
Inspired Irish poems from the 14th century manuscript, The Red Book of Ossory set to medieval music and performed by Caitríona O’Leary and a stellar band of early music, jazz and contemporary classical virtuosi.
Poetry set to music by Caitríona O’Leary from: Chansonnier du Roi, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat, Codices Chantilly, Modena and Squarcialupi.
Both Sides Now
A digital single version of Joni Mitchell’s iconic song, Both Sides Now, in an Irish language translation sung by Caitríona O’Leary. She is accompanied on the recording by guitarist Dick Farrelly. Both Sides Now (Ón Dá Thaobh) was translated into Irish by the renowned Dublin-based poet Gabriel Rosenstock.
The song is available on Spotify, Apple Music and numerous other digital service providers.
The Wexford Carols
Caitríona’s Billboard #1 album produced by Joe Henry and featuring Grammy winners Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash and Rhiannon Giddens, The Wexford Carols presents Ireland’s greatest Christmas music (much of it for the first time) in a recording the magically blends a diversity of folk styles including traditional Irish, Americana, Blues and Gospel.
“Easily the year’s most ambitious undertaking” – The Los Angeles Times
StampHaikuSong a new digital single and short film composed and performed by Caitríona O’Leary. Based on Gabriel Rosenstock’s Irish Haiku written as poetic responses to a selection of Irish postage stamps. Art direction and graphic design by Gareth Jones.
Available March 12 – download from Bandcamp and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer etc.
The project was made possible by an Arts Council Covid-19 Crisis Response Award.
Based on the song Deh Lassa La Mia Vita from the end of day 7 of Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron.
Music by Lorenzo da Firenze. Featuring Caitríona O’Leary, Edited by Martin Mai, Art Direction by Gareth Jones, Filmed by Tara Slye, Recorded and Mixed by Caitríona O’Leary and Mastered by James Darkin.
Funded by an Arts Council Covid-19 Crisis Response Award.
Every Saturday during lockdown, Caitríona dressed up and performed a short concert of beautiful unaccompanied songs from her room. Medieval, traditional Irish, Scottish, English, American… always finding music to be happy about!
Stay tuned for upcoming events.
These performances are archived on Caitríona’s YouTube channel.
Classical Explorer have reviewed Heresy Record’s latest release Strange Wonders: The Wexford Carols, Volume II calling it “A supremely beautiful Christmas disc; warming and different.” “This is the second volume of Caitríona O’Leary’s The Wexford Carols; it comes, perhaps, under the heading “folk/Classical”. Expertly produced by Ethan Johns and beautifully recorded by Dom Monks (who […]
Norman Lebrecht of Slipped Disc and Robert Hugill of Planet Hugill have featured Eric Fraad‘s new short film Love’s Fever on their websites. “A compelling piece of singer-acting, treat yourself.” Norman Lebrecht – Slipped Disc “…remarkably prescient” Robert Hugill – Planet Hugill Based on the song Deh Lassa La Mia Vita from the end of […]
Music critic Michael Dervan have given The Red Book of Ossory by Anakronos a 5 Star review in today’s Irish Times culture section. Read the review Press quotes for The Red Book of Ossory BUY CD