Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin& Ultan O'Brien


The human voice and the fiddle are often thought of as musical cousins. ‘Solas an Lae’ (The Light of the Day) is the début album from Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien, a compelling exploration of that relationship, creating a unique dialogue that blends raw, rugged earth with the ethereal otherworld. In ‘Solas an Lae’, bouncing songs and strings off one another, Eoghan and Ultan have created a duo album that emerges viscerally from the sean-nós roots of upbringing to blossom into two of the most articulate Irish musical voices on the scene today.

Dublin-based with Clare and Connemara connections, Eoghan and Ultan have been playing together for many years in bands including Skippers Alley. Their involvement with Manx singer Ruth Keggin and with the international Gaelic project ‘Aon Teanga (One Tongue)’ took them to Highland Scotland, where they first recorded at Watercolour Music in Lochaber. “It’s hard to imagine recording anywhere else,” says Eoghan. The first single from the album is ‘Mo Mhúirnín’ a starkly beautiful rendition of 19th century poet Padraic Colm’s poem also known as ‘The Beggar’s Child’.

The song also gives the album its title: ‘Mo mhúirnín, we’ll go far away from the net of the crooked town where they grudge us the light of the day.’


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