New album from sean-nós singer and composer

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Highly-regarded sean-nós singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde will launch his new recording in Teach Hiúdaí Beag, Bunbeg on Saturday, November 7th after unveiling it at the Oireachtas to the Irish language community.

Highly-regarded sean-nós singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde will launch his new recording in Teach Hiúdaí Beag, Bunbeg on Saturday, November 7th after unveiling it at the Oireachtas to the Irish language community.

Several years in the making, on this CD Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, who hails from the northwest Gaeltacht of Donegal and who grew up immersed in the local tradition of sean-nós, sings the lyrics of long-lost Gaelic songs to his own compositions and arrangements.

A new departure, coming four years after his last recording, the album has 13 songs in total. Nine are taken from the book ‘Dhá chéad de cheolta Uladh’ by song collector Énrí Ó Muirgheasa, which was published in 1934, and 1 song is by newly composed by Scottish poet Niall O’Gallagher. To these, Doimnic has composed and arranged the melodies, but with a unique edge. The accompaniment of pedal steel guitar, clarinet and bass, in addition to Doimnic’s own contribution of piano accordion, pipes and harmonium, make a delightful result. Two songs are traditional, again arranged by Doimnic, and he sings two unaccompanied seán-nos pieces.

Last week, Cathal Goan, who launched the CD for Doimnic, spoke of his contribution to the tradition to sean-nós and Irish song.

Doimnic is highly-regarded in the traditional singing circle. Winner of the prestigious Corn Uí Riada in 2009, he has since released four highly-commended CDs to date: Saol na Suáilce (solo CD) Siansaí (choir CD) Guaillimh a’ chéile (CD with Scottish musician and singer Griogair Labhruidh) Smúidghealach (CD with string quintet) and has also published a book and CD for children Ící Pící. He has also toured extensively in Ireland, UK and the USA.