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Searc mo Chléibh, Love of My Heart

by Finola Ó Siochrú

Deeply evocative, intensely passionate, pure singing of powerful traditional Irish songs
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. An Goirtín Eornan
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2. Raghadsa is mo Cheaití
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3. Cáit Bhán agus í Marbh
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4. Nach Cloíte an Galar an Grá
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5. An Clár Bog Déil
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6. Tá Smúit ar mo Chroí
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7. Amhrán an tSagairt
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8. Beir Beannacht ó Rí na hAoine
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9. Réidhchnoc Mná Duibhe
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Searc mo Chleibh - Love of my Heart

These are all love songs of one kind or another which might be heard in the West Kerry gaeltacht of Corca Dhuibhne. Some, such as "An Clár Bog Déil", are not from the region but nevertheless form part of the local repertoire. Others, such as "Amhrán an tSagairt" and "Tá Smúit ar mo Chroí", while not very often heard nowadays, are most likely to have been composed by local singers. Still others, such as "Nach Cloíte an Galar an Grá" and "Réidhchnoc Mná Duibhe", are likely to be local adaptations of songs sung in other parts of the country.

Most of the songs are songs of yearning, loss and unfulfilled passion. The one notable exception is the wonderfully tongue-in-cheek "Amhrán an tSagairt", in which the young priest jauntily abandons family, friends and church for a life with his beloved.

I have tried to convey the flavour of the songs for non-Irish speakers with rough translations of key phrases. While I gratefully acknowledge the singers from whom I have learnt these songs, they are not in any way responsible for the words printed here, which are often a mixture of versions and may be liable to the some distortion due to memory loss over time!

It is with great trepidation that I have added some music to five of these songs. It is not traditional to so so, nor do the songs need it. But neither would it have happened traditionally that one singer would sing ten songs in a row, without an interval of music, dancing or other voices to break the intensity and provide variety! With the exception of the two rythmic songs, which are like dance tunes, the music was added afterwards and in a minimal way.


What the critics have been saying since its release:

“The singer is indeed blessed with a voice that lingers long after the listener to savour the beauty of the melody and every thought and mood expressed in words”
Aidan O’Hara, Irish Music Magazine, Nov.’99

“Life, love and death are her themes expressed with a light, measured, melodic accompaniment, and also in an a cappella splendour of scooped and bent notes, dramatically on An Goirtin Eornan”.
Fintan Vallely, Sunday Tribune, Nov.99.

“She seems to find evocative depths in her repertoire which few other singers of her generation can mine so elegantly or make so easy of the ear”.
Jackie Hayden, Hot Press, Jan. 2000

“There is extraordinary fluting polish to the voice, the upper register keen as a scalpel of feeling so pure and dark...”
Mic Moroney, Irish Times July 99

“Finola O Siochru presents songs such as An Goirtin Eornan, An Clár Bog Deil and Máirin de Barra in a voice which transcends the language barrier and is arguably one of the most haunting ones on the Irish music scene”.
Deirdre Ni Grianna, The Avenue, Oct. 99.

“Finola possesses a voice of remarkable clarity and purity...Although she has immersed herself in sean-nos, her vocal technique remains as individual as a fingerprint while maintaining the conventions of the form”.
Pat Ahern, Examiner, July 99.

“Éist le glor milis, mealltach Fhinola Ni Shiochru, agus is baolach duit searc do chleibhe a thabhairt do. Glor Muimhneach is ea glor Finola, agus is saibhrede traidisiun na Mumhan an ceirnin seo.”
Cuisle, Mean Fomhair 99.

“This is an album of considerable strength which restores sean-nos singing to us in all its dignity and style. O Siochru’s is a distinct voice and should be heard. This is a very fine tribute indeed to traditional singing”.
Fred Johnson, Galway Advertiser, Feb. 2000

“I can well remember the first time I heard Finola singing and I was stopped dead in my tracks...There’s a clarity, a beauty, a sensitivity, and a quiet power which is combined with this extraordinary purity..it reminds me of the contradictions we find in high art or work of this calibre and size...the quiet power and wonderful freedom of expression and yet incredible discipline, the warmth of inclusiveness combined with an extraordinary sense of mystery”.
Liam O’Flynn speaking at the Dublin launch, 1 July 99.

“An immaculate collection of West Kerry songs...delivered with a voice rich with purity and passion”.
Geoff Wallis & Sue Wilson, The Rough Guide to Irish Music 2001.

Voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by Chicago Irish American News, March 2001.


Some more reviews:
http://www.irishamericannews.com/columnists/Margeson/febmargeson.htm
Tradition in Review
February 2001

by Bill Margeson
Four, count `em! Lots of good stuff and new discoveries here.
First, just back from New Year's in Ireland. Enough snow we thought we
were in Elgin! Country ground to a halt, as Ennis is not used to seeing
ANY snow (it had been eight years for God's sakes!) and here were three
inches in the middle of downtown!

Just gave us more time for sessions and music shopping. And we have
come a cropper with some major discoveries! First up is a major new
talent for us all. The regular reader knows we don't swoon for sean nos
(old style) singers. While incredibly vital for the tradition, we often
find their voices too thin or reedy for modern ears.

Then, WHAM! Here comes Finola O Siochru. Lovely! Fab! Her album is,
translated, Love of My Heart. Every song is in Irish, but Finola does
the right thing by giving us notes in the liner for each of the
songs-its meaning, where it comes from, what it means-the whole bit.
Wonderful. All 10 of the selections are love songs.

While a Dubliner now, Finola's roots are all in the Dingle Peninsula,
and the Blasket Islands in particular. Several songs are from The
Dingle-and a couple can be directly traced to those now-deserted but
lovingly remembered Blaskets.

The album is produced by Steve Cooney, so you know the values are
right. Maire Breatnach puts in an appearance on fiddle, as does Brenda
Begley on button box. David James also chimes in with some lovely cello
work.

The cover is strikingly photographed with Finola's lovely visage (we
always wanted to use the term "visage" in a column!) on the front. This
is class stuff. A gorgeous voice. Big Time. Strong, feminine and deep
all at the same time. A lovely album with several shadings for the
listener.

Proof that sean nos can be made accessible to everyone by the right
talent. And Finola IS the right talent. Beautiful voice. Magic. Hard to
find. It is in the shops in Ireland, and we know Shay Clarke has it in
his Blarney stores in Woodfield, Harlem-Irving, Randhurst and Spring
Hill Malls. May also be at Paddy's on the Square in Long Grove. Any
other shops that have it, let us know and we'll pass it on!

This gal is a SERIOUS contender for Female Vocalist of the Year in next
month's column! Rating: 4 Harps.

_____

http://www.irishamericannews.com/columnists/Margeson/marmarg.htm
Female Vocalist of the Year

Finola O'Siochru completely captivated us with her Love of My Heart.
She is an amazing talent. Sean nos at its very best. We know you can
get this album at the Blarney Stores around Chicago. You should. What a
voice! A tough album to find, but oh!! so worth the effort! We raved
about her in the review we did on the album, and still listen to her
magic frequently. Spectacular.

___

http://celticgrooves.homestead.com/CGCatalogI_O.html

Our Catalogue
I-O
FINOLA O'SIOCHRU: SEARC MO CHLEIBH - LOVE OF MY HEART
One of the most impressive vocal albums (sean-nos singing in Gaelic) of
the past year. Five of the 10 tracks have instrumental accompaniment
(Steve Cooney, Maire Breatnach, Brendan Begley), quite successful for
the most part. O'Siochru's voice deserves to be heard. Full Gaelic
texts are included. Rating: **** [$24.99]


http://www.irishamericannews.com/columnists/Margeson/febmargeson.htm
Tradition in Review
February 2001

by Bill Margeson
Four, count `em! Lots of good stuff and new discoveries here.
First, just back from New Year's in Ireland. Enough snow we thought we
were in Elgin! Country ground to a halt, as Ennis is not used to seeing
ANY snow (it had been eight years for God's sakes!) and here were three
inches in the middle of downtown!

Just gave us more time for sessions and music shopping. And we have
come a cropper with some major discoveries! First up is a major new
talent for us all. The regular reader knows we don't swoon for sean nos
(old style) singers. While incredibly vital for the tradition, we often
find their voices too thin or reedy for modern ears.

Then, WHAM! Here comes Finola O Siochru. Lovely! Fab! Her album is,
translated, Love of My Heart. Every song is in Irish, but Finola does
the right thing by giving us notes in the liner for each of the
songs-its meaning, where it comes from, what it means-the whole bit.
Wonderful. All 10 of the selections are love songs.

While a Dubliner now, Finola's roots are all in the Dingle Peninsula,
and the Blasket Islands in particular. Several songs are from The
Dingle-and a couple can be directly traced to those now-deserted but
lovingly remembered Blaskets.

The album is produced by Steve Cooney, so you know the values are
right. Maire Breatnach puts in an appearance on fiddle, as does Brenda
Begley on button box. David James also chimes in with some lovely cello
work.

The cover is strikingly photographed with Finola's lovely visage (we
always wanted to use the term "visage" in a column!) on the front. This
is class stuff. A gorgeous voice. Big Time. Strong, feminine and deep
all at the same time. A lovely album with several shadings for the
listener.

Proof that sean nos can be made accessible to everyone by the right
talent. And Finola IS the right talent. Beautiful voice. Magic. Hard to
find. It is in the shops in Ireland, and we know Shay Clarke has it in
his Blarney stores in Woodfield, Harlem-Irving, Randhurst and Spring
Hill Malls. May also be at Paddy's on the Square in Long Grove. Any
other shops that have it, let us know and we'll pass it on!

This gal is a SERIOUS contender for Female Vocalist of the Year in next
month's column! Rating: 4 Harps.

_____

http://www.irishamericannews.com/columnists/Margeson/marmarg.htm
Female Vocalist of the Year

Finola O'Siochru completely captivated us with her Love of My Heart.
She is an amazing talent. Sean nos at its very best. We know you can
get this album at the Blarney Stores around Chicago. You should. What a
voice! A tough album to find, but oh!! so worth the effort! We raved
about her in the review we did on the album, and still listen to her
magic frequently. Spectacular.

___

http://celticgrooves.homestead.com/CGCatalogI_O.html

Our Catalogue
I-O
FINOLA O'SIOCHRU: SEARC MO CHLEIBH - LOVE OF MY HEART
One of the most impressive vocal albums (sean-nos singing in Gaelic) of
the past year. Five of the 10 tracks have instrumental accompaniment
(Steve Cooney, Maire Breatnach, Brendan Begley), quite successful for
the most part. O'Siochru's voice deserves to be heard. Full Gaelic
texts are included. Rating: **** [$24.99]


http://www.folkworld.de/13/d/irishcd.html
Da der Sean nós-Gesang so etwas wie eine Renaissance erlebt, darf ein
kurzer Hinweis auf zwei hochkarätige Wiederveröffentlichungen älterer
Aufnahmen und auf eine brandneue Einspielung nicht fehlen. Rinn na
nGael ist eine Kollektion von 19 Songs, die Nioclás Tóibín in den
frühen 60er Jahren aufgenommen hat. Er gilt als einer der besten Sean
nós-Sänger überhaupt, was ihm dereinst den Titel "The King of Irish
Song" einbrachte. Aus den späten 80er Jahren stammen die Aufnahmen von
Dara Bán Mac Donnchadha, die jetzt unter dem Titel Rogha Amhrán ihre
CD-Premiere erleben. Am leichtesten zugänglich für ungeübte Ohren
dürfte Searc Mo Chléibh von Finola æquot; Siochrú sein, die nicht 100%ig auf
die Gegenwart von Instrumenten verzichten mag, sondern gewitzterweise
gelegentlich auch Steve Cooney (Gitarre), Máire Breatnach (Fiddle) und
Breanndán æquot; Beaglaoích (Akkordeon) zum Zuge kommen läêt. Dies ist ein
feines Debüt einer groêartigen Sängerin, von der wir möglicherweise
noch viel hören werden.
http://www.fiddle-dervish.de/angebot.html


Reviews


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CG

Galanta ar fad!
Mas gra leat amhraniocht sean nos, faigh an CD seo. Ta se galanta ar fad, gan 'over-production'. Ta glor alainn, speisealta ag Finola. Maith an bhean!

sjgtou

YOWSA!
I keep making these Google-dipitous discoveries -- googling for something entirely else and came across a hit about this album. Being a fan of Celtic music in general and sean-nos singing in particular, I checked it out and gave it a test listen. SOLD! Simply sublime!

Neil O'Flaherty

best west kerry singing I have heard for years.
Is fada an la o chuala leaganacha chomh deasa des na h-amhrain seo o einne. Ta guth aoibhinn ag an mbean seo. Is deise an leagan seo de Mhairin de Barra na aon leagan a chuala riamh agus nil aon teora le Ceatai no le Cait Bhan is i marbh. Amhran isea Cait Bhan na cloistear puinn na laethanta so agus is trua san. Ceannaigh an diosca so. Mas o Chorca Dhuibnne tu na bi 'a ceal! Op Cuas!

D. H.

What a gem!
I'm a fan of traditional Irish music, but this CD is my first taste of "Sean Nos" singing. The songs are both simple and complex at the same time. This lovely music is as uplifting as it is relaxing, and it helps me unwind at the end of the day.

Kathleen Hartshorne

Brilliant, voice of an angel !!
First heard this CD in a little shop in the Ring of Kerry. It stopped me short and I had to just stand there and listen. Luckily, it was for sale there and I took one home. Beautiful, pure voice singing the traditional Sean Nos songs of Ireland with amazing style. This is your lucky day to have it for sale on CD Baby. You will treasure it!!

Kim Loftis

Simply Stunning in every way!
There truly aren't enough stars to give this amazing album! Finola has a voice sent straight from Heaven, which will grab and hold you from the beginning of the first track to the end of the last. All arrangements are beautifully and tastefully done, always keeping Finola's voice at the center of each song. Even if you don't understand Gaelic, that won't stop you from shedding a tear or two while listening to this glory of an album. It will leave you breathless, delighted, and wanting more! This is artistry at it's absolute best!

I've owned this cd for over three years, and it remains one of my most loved and treasured albums. Please, buy yourself a copy, recommend this to friends, and it will be a cd you will treasure for a lifetime, I guarantee it! Simply outstanding music, which I can't recommend highly enough! Grab this one!

Kim Loftis

Simply Stunning in every way!
There truly aren't enough stars to give this amazing album! Finola has a voice sent straight from Heaven, which will grab and hold you from the beginning of the first track to the end of the last. All arrangements are beautifully and tastefully done, always keeping Finola's voice at the center of each song. Even if you don't understand Gaelic, that won't stop you from shedding a tear or two while listening to this glory of an album. It will leave you breathless, delighted, and wanting more! This is artistry at it's absolute best!

I've owned this cd for over three years, and it remains one of my most loved and treasured albums. Please, buy yourself a copy, recommend this to friends, and it will be a cd you will treasure for a lifetime, I guarantee it! Simply outstanding music, which I can't recommend highly enough! Grab this one!

Catherine

Absolutelty Irish
It is so refreshing to hear this voice. It is as if there is a choir of angels ascending from heaven.

K'Llyn

Àlainn
Tha mi a' cluinntinn ceòl brèagha. There really are no words to say properly, about how one feels listening to Finola sing. A voice so lovely, crisp and pure, that lifts the soul, that lulls one to sleep carries one on a journey home.
This is a CD I treasure, as soon as I listened to the clips here, I knew I had to have this music..If Sean Nos singing you fancy, then this CD is a must.
Àlainn...Go raibh mile maith agat

taterpie

A Wow! Find!
I originally bought this CD to lull to sleep the preschool classroom of 15-24 month old toddlers that I teach. What I found was a CD that I will treasure and share with anyone I can! The ballads are moving & inspiring, and thrust you into a fantastic voyage of music. No matter what one speaks, these are songs that stir the heart, whether you understand the language or not!
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