The Casey Sisters
Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Chris Newman, the new CD has already received a few wonderful reviews.
We were delighted with this one in The Irish Times today (October 16)...
THE IRISH TIMES, 16 OCTOBER, 2015
The Casey Sisters: Sibling Revelry ****
Intimacy and intuition are at the heart of this radiant collection.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8 OCTOBER, 2015
THE CASEY SISTERS: SIBLING REVELRY (OLD BRIDGE MUSIC)
This has to be my favourite album title of the year.
Sibling Revelry, the debut album from the distinguished Casey-Ní Chathasaigh sisters, is an album of first-class musicianship. Singer and fiddle-player Nollaig Casey (once of Planxty and Coolfin) plays beautifully on the haunting Lament for General Monroe. Máire Ní Chathasaigh shows throughout why she is hailed as one of the world's best harp players. Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh has a sweet voice as well as a fine talent on the fiddle. They are joined on three tracks by Arty McGlynn on acoustic guitar.
This is a wonderfully atmospheric album, never more so than on Connamara, a previously unpublished composition by Edward Bunting (1773–1843), which was made available by Belfast's Queen's University library. * * * *
THE LIVING TRADITION, OCTOBER / NOVEMBER, 2015
THE CASEY SISTERS: Sibling Revelry
Máire has rightly been described as “the doyenne of Irish harp players”, taking the instrument in new directions and acting as a generational influence.
Nollaig has sung and played fiddle solo and with more musicians than you could list on the back of a ream of envelopes.
Mairéad is a singer whose depth of knowledge and understanding of the Irish traditions is peerless.
And they all are award-winning multi-instrumentalists as well. Not bad going for one family! They have been so busy with their individual careers that you maybe can understand why they’ve not got together before, but after listening to this release, the only question is: “what took you so long?”
The album brings together traditional songs and tunes, with a six-part Bandonbridge Suite, co-authored by the three siblings to finish off the CD. This comes at the end of a stunning mixture of songs which are as clearly sung as any I’ve heard, and the playing throughout is a masterclass in allowing restraint in playing to demonstrate the complexities of the tunes. The punning title is well-chosen, as there is no rivalry here, rather musical co-operation in which none dominates and all contribute evenly. A superb album.
A radio programme about the sisters featuring an extended interview with Ellen Cranitch was broadcast on "Grace Notes" on RTÉ Lyric FM on Thursday October 8 and is now available to listen to on the RTÉ Player - click here to listen to the show.
An interview with the sisters was published in the current (November) issue of Irish Music Magazine and their photo features as an inset on the front cover.
The album has already been played on RTÉ Lyric FM, Raidio na Gaeltachta, Clare FM, Shannonside Radio, Midwest Radio, Tipp FM and LMFM - Máire was interviewed on LMFM about the album last Sunday.
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