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West Clare traditional singer to launch debut album in Kilkee

KILKEE based traditional singer Bríd O’Riordan will unveil her debut album this week.

The album, ‘Scáthán mo Shaol’ will be launched in the Greyhound Kilkee on Tuesday October 19 by legendary fiddler Kevin Burke of The Bothy Band.

The album launch follows the success of single ‘Bríd Óg Ní Mháille’ featuring harmony vocals from Paul Brady, which was on the RTÉ Radio One playlist for two weeks running. 

Born in Kilnamartyra, in West Cork, Bríd had a typical rural childhood, working on her father’s farm, looking after the animals, and cutting turf.

Neighbours and cousins visited each other’s homes regularly, where they danced, sang songs and played music. As a child, her mother schooled her in how to sing the traditional folk songs of the area.

Under her watchful eye and her keen ear, she guided Bríd as she sang at the stations in the locality.

In 2017 Brid decided to compile a list of songs and record them. This list was teased out with Derek O’Sullivan, on guitar, to form the contents of her forthcoming album. 

Renowned record producer Philip Begley played demo versions of the songs to a number of well-respected musicians and they all contributed performances to these recordings, including Kevin Burke (The Bothy Band), Ciarán Brennan (Clannad), Robbie Harris (Afro Celts), Mick O’Brien, Suzanne Savage, Kevin Glackin and others.

Together with a vocal contribution from the legendary Paul Brady on  her track Bríd Óg Ní Mháille.

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