“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’Leary is known internationally for her intense and passionate performances of Traditional Irish song and Early Music. Her recording of The Wexford Carols, an album of traditional Irish Christmas carols, with producer Joe Henry & featuring guest artists Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Dónal Lunny & an all-star band reached #1 on the Billboard charts.
She has recorded over twenty critically acclaimed albums with her band Dúlra and the celebrated early music ensembles Sequentia, The Harp Consort, Joglaresa and eX (the Irish-based Early Music ensemble she founded with Eric Fraad in 2006). These have been for EMI Virgin Classics, BMG Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Heresy Records/Naxos, Vox and Avie.
Caitríona has worked closely with many of early music’s leading artists including Christopher Hogwood, Ben Bagby, Andrew Lawrence King, Konrad Junghaenel, Pedro Memelsdorff, Hille Perl, Lee Santana and many others. She is also active as a soloist in contemporary music productions and recordings (in November 2016 she played leading roles in Roger Doyle’s electronic opera, Heresy) and is also known for her Irish language interpretations of the songs of Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell for IMRAM (Féile Litríochta Gaeilge). Always a champion of unaccompanied song and ever-interested in alternative performance formats, Caitríona has been a regular artist at the Cáca Milis Cabaret and was a weekly performer at Le Dernier Paradis.
Caitríona has toured and performed around the world, including such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Cité de la Musique and the National Concert Hall, Dublin to name a few. She regularly performs at festivals throughout Europe and beyond including Halle Handel Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Tage Alter Musik Herne, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Festival Montalbâne, Festival Cervantino Guanajuato (Mexico), Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Concerts Spirituels Geneva, Zagreb Summer Evenings Festival, Split Summer Festival (Croatia), Dublin Theatre Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Belfast Festival at Queen’s, etc.
Recordings for 2020 include:
Both Sides Now (Ón Dá Thaobh) – Digital single of Joni Mitchell’s iconic song Both Sides Now in an Irish translation by the poet Gabriel Rosenstock sung by Caitríona O’Leary accompanied by guitarist Dick Farrelly. Released 24th January 2020 on all digital platforms (Heresy Records)
The Red Book of Ossory – debut of early music/jazz ensemble Anakronos. First recording of 14th century manuscript in imaginative new recording. Featuring Caitriona O’Leary (Voice), Nick Roth (Saxophones), Deirdre O’Leary (Clarinets) Francesco Turrisi (Percussion/Keyboards). Release 26th June 2020 (Heresy Records) Available on CD and all digital platforms.
Strange Wonders, The Wexford Carols Volume 2 -Produced by Ethan Johns, featuring Caitríona O’Leary, Alison Balsom, Seth Lakeman, Clara Sanabras, John Smith, Olov Johannson, the choir Stile Antico and others. Release 16th October 2020 (Heresy Records) on 12” vinyl, CD and all digital platforms.