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Róisín ReImagined

Róisín ReImagined
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Róisín ReImagined is an exciting collaboration between singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, musician and producer Dónal O’Connor, Irish Chamber Orchestra, and six Irish composer/arrangers; Cormac McCarthy, Paul Campbell, Linda Buckley, Sam Perkin, Niamh Varian-Barry, and Michael Keeney – who all come from very different musical worlds.

The material is drawn from the Sean Nós (Old Style) tradition, with emphasis on those songs that may be deemed examples of the Classical style. These works typically date from the 16th-19th century, and bear the hallmarks of high art and learning.

The sean nós tradition is undergoing a revival. During lockdown, award-winning singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh’s renditions of classic sean nós songs such as An Chúilfhionn or Róisín Dubh introduced a new generation of listeners to these melodically complex and richly ornamented songs.

Now Nic Amhlaoibh joins the Irish Chamber Orchestra for Róisín Reimagined, an exciting new project that pairs her peerless vocals with fresh orchestral arrangements of sean nós songs. Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Irish Chamber Orchestra have co-commissioned special arrangements from six leading Irish composers: Cormac McCarthy, Paul Campbell, Linda Buckley, Sam Perkin, Niamh Varian-Barry and Michael Keeney. Produced by Dónal O’Connor, Roisin Reimagined explores the connections between classical and traditional music, and reimagines these timeless songs for a new era.

Réamhrá/Forward:

Tá maorgacht agus uaisleacht ag baint le hamhráin ár sinsear agus tá beatha nua tugtha ag Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh agus a comhluadar ceoil cumasach, Ceolfhoireann Aireagail na hÉireann, do na hamhráin sean-nóis sa togra seo, Róisín Reimagined. Tugtar ‘amhráin mhóra’ ar amhráin mar ‘Róisín Dubh’, ‘An Chúilfhionn’ agus ‘Táim Sínte ar do Thuama’ agus tugtar a cheart do choincheap seo an amhráin mhóir leis an gcóiriú ceoil eipiciúil atá déanta ag lucht a gcóirithe orthu, Michael Keeney, Linda Buckley agus Cormac McCarthy ina measc. Tá nuálaíocht agus beocht ag baint leis an gcóiriú seo agus cuireann an ceol barr maise ar amhráin a bhfuil áilleacht go smior iontu cheana féin.
Tá os cionn trí scór bliain caite ó chuir Seán Ó Riada agus Ceoltóirí Chualann amhráin sean-nóis na tíre seo ar stáitse náisiúnta le tionlacan a bhí thar a bheith nuálach ag an am. Móimint a bhí ann, más ceadmhach an téarma sin a úsáid, don amhránaíocht dhúchasach i ré nua-aimseartha. Chuaigh an méid seo i bhfeidhm ar aeistéitic na hamhránaíochta dúchasaí agus is iomaí amhránaí agus ceoltóir atá ag treabhadh an ghoirt sin ó shin.

Tá leibhéal eile fós bainte amach ag Nic Amhlaoibh lena glór sainiúil, téagartha, binn, ag ceolfhoireann Aireagail na hÉireann agus ag léiritheoir an togra, Dónal O’Connor, leis an léiriú seo agus tá ardán cuí á thabhairt arís d’amhráin a insíonn scéal agus stair na tíre seo, agus a thugann léargas domhain ar shicé na nGael freisin. D’eascair na hamhráin mhóra sean-nóis ó chultúr a bhí lárnach sa mhórchultúr Eorpach, idirnáisiúnta, agus is cinnte go n-éireoidh leis an togra seo éisteoirí ó chuile chearn den domhan a mhealladh. Is aoibhinn Dia don éisteoir a thabharfar ar thuras sonach an cheoil seo agus is cinnte gur iontlas meanman a bheas ann don té a mbeidh an t-ádh air nó uirthi a bheith i láthair ag an láithriú beo.


Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh & Irish Chamber Orchestra have breathed new life into the noble, classical songs of our ancestors with this new project, Róisín Reimagined. Examples such as ‘Róisín Dubh’, ‘An Chúilfhionn’ and ‘Táim Sínte ar do Thuama’ are often referred to as ‘amhráin mhóra’ or ‘big songs’ within the tradition of Irish singing, and epic arrangements by the likes of Michael Keeney, Linda Buckley and Cormac McCarthy befit the concept of ‘an t-amhrán mór’. The arrangements are innovative and animated, and the music adds greatly to the innate beauty of the songs.

Sixty years have passed since Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann elevated our sean-nós songs to the national stage, adding an accompaniment that was, at that time, considered very avant-garde. This was a moment, as it were, in the life of Irish traditional music in a modern age, and had a profound influence on the aesthetic of traditional Irish song.

Nic Amhlaoibh’s distinct voice and outward-looking approach has elevated these songs to yet another level through this project, and along with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and producer Dónal O’Connor, she has given a platform to a tradition that gives a deep insight into the Irish psyche. These sean-nós songs emerged from a practice that was part of a wider European and international culture, and this project will resonate with people from every corner of the world. The new incarnation of these old songs is a beautiful, uplifting sonic journey, especially for those fortunate enough to experience it live, and is sure to leave an imprint on the consciousness of the Irish song tradition

Dr. Síle Denvir

“One of the earthiest and most distinctive voices, not just in traditional circles, but anywhere” – The Irish Times


"I think she is singing more beautifully than ever, mysterious perfection"
Dónal Lunny

“Trad singing taken to new level”
Irish Echo

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