This week’s Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week is ‘Teanga na nGael’ from Grainne Holland.
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Teanga na nGael is a wonderful collection of traditional songs in Irish and Scottish Gaelic. The album features a brilliant line up of guest musicians including Dónal O’Connor, John Mc Sherry, Tony Byrne, Neil Martin, Rohan Young, Gary Duffy and more.
This dèbut album represents a coming of age for Gráinne. Produced by renowned musician Dónal O’Connor, the album is a wonderful collection of beautifully produced songs in Irish and Scots Gaelic. Gráinne’s unique vocals breathe new life into each song. The recording presents an authentic, modern, urban take on traditional Gaelic song, reflecting Gráinne’s Belfast Gaeltacht roots.
Teanga na nGael represents a time and a place. Belfast is a city where the Irish Language lives strong. It is spoken with pride in the Gaeltacht Quarter of West Belfast, in City Centre pubs and clubs, at sessions, concerts and trendy café’s and galleries. The language has found an urban niche in which to flourish. This recording fuses both the urban Gaelic song tradition and the immense talent to be found in the vibrant Belfast traditional music scene. The result is a progressive album of stunning beauty.
Gráinne’s love of Irish music and song began at an early age. She was raised in both Gaelic and English and she attended the first Irish-medium primary school in Belfast; Bunscoil Phobail Feirste. It was here that her love of traditional Gaelic song was fostered.
Gráinne, already a popular performer, was approached by Féile an Phobail 2009 to perform at the prestigious annual concert in Clonard Monastery. After performing a set of her favourite Gaelic songs for the event Gráinne’s career as a singer took off. Gráinne has performed in many of Ireland’s finest concert venues supporting artists such as Frances Black, Damien Dempsey, Peter Corry and The London Gospel Choir. She has a sweet, powerful and distinctive voice that is equally comfortable with the lively ballad and the haunting, slow Gaelic air.
Is amhránaí úr í Gráinne Holland ó iarthar Bhéal Feirste ar chiorcad an cheoil thraidisiúnta agus tá cumhacht ghutha aici atá láidir agus álainn san am céanna.
Bhí suim as cuimse ag Gráinne sa cheol Gaelach ó aois a hóige i leith. Tógadh go dátheangach i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge í agus chuaigh sí ar an chéad bhunscoil Ghaeilge sa chathair; Bunscoil Phobal Feirste. Ba anseo a chéadchothaíodh an spéis atá aici sa cheol Gaelach.
Agus clú uirthi mar amhránaithe i mBéal Feirste, d’iarr Féile an Phobail ar Ghráinne ceol ag an cheolchoirm bhliantúil iomráiteach i Mainistir Chluain Ard i 2009. I ndiaidh dithe tacar de na hamhráin Ghaeilge is fearr léi a cheol an oíche sin, is amhlaidh go ndearna sí dul chun cinn ós miosúr i ndomhan an cheoil Ghaelaigh. Cheol Gráinne ag na hionaid cheoil is fearr sa tír mar cheotóir taca ag macasamhail Frances Black, Damien Dempsey, Peter Corry agus The London Gospel Choir. Tá glór sainiúil, milis, mórthaibhseach aici, rud a fhágann go bhfuil máistreacht aici ar shuantraí agus ar gheantraí maraon.
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