Áilleacht / Beauty

About ‘Áilleacht / Beauty’



Label: Irish Song

Runtime: 50:31

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“It is not the beauty of your body,
the beauty shaped in your face,
the beauty blinding my eyes
though it has gone beyond thought;
but the beauty of the spirit
that took form in your face,
the beauty of the spirit,
the heart marrow of my love.”

Somhairle MacGill-Eain
(Dáin do Eimhir XXXVII, 1943)
Translation: Sorley McLean


Release credits

Produced, arranged, engineered and mixed by: Steve Cooney
(except track 10: An Leannán / The Beloved, arranged by Palle Mikkelborg; engineered and mixed by Oli Poulsen)

Additional mixing: Billy Robinson

Mastering: Mid Atlantic Digital.

Studios: All tracks recorded: Éiníní Recording Studio, Teelin, Carrick, Co Donegal; Fix-n- Mix Studios, Copenhagen; Cappagh Studio, Kilkenny.

Design: Kasper Zier, www.creativelaundry.ie

Photography: Geray Sweeney, Marcello Biglia.


Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin – vocals
Steve Cooney – guitars, keyboard, percussion, sitar, shruti box, vocals
Brian Dunning – flutes, alto
Iarla Ó Lionáird – vocals
Laoise Kelly – Irish harp
Ódhrán Ó Casaide – fiddle, uileann pipes
Helen Davies – harp
Palle Mikkelborg – trumpet
Mikkel Nordsø – guitar

All tracks lyrics/ airs: Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin IMRO/MCPS except lyrics track 8: Cruit Dhubhrois by Biddy Jenkinson from her collection entitled Mis published by Coiscéim, 2001. Also published in Rogha Dánta, Biddy Jenkinson, Cork University Press, 2000. All translations/ aistriúcháin: Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin except track 8: Liam Mac an Iomaire.



Album reviews

This is a deceptively sophisticated composition in which a profound emotional disturbance is articulated apparently without artifice, impressing itself on the listener as though it were actual and direct speech. It is a fitting conclusion to a substantial and deeply satisfying piece of work.

– Louis de Paor (on ‘Gleann na nDeor’)

Oriel songwriter and singer Páidrigín Ní Uallacháin refuses to be bound by the vacuum that could easily tether a traditional singer to the past. Áilleacht/Beauty is a three-dimensional, swarthy gathering of contemporary songs, all from Ní Uallacháin’s pen. Spanning an ocean’s breadth of human emotions, from platonic friendship (Gold and Silk) to sensual love (The Kiss) and the ultimate spiritual freedom (Free Spirit), she melds lyric and music with the singer’s ear for detail […] Áilleacht/ Beauty is a refreshing elixir that propels our song tradition forwards.

– Siobhán Long, The Irish Times



mp3 01. Áilleacht / Beauty
mp3 02. An Phóg / The Kiss
mp3 03. Cuimhne Chuailgne / Cooley’s Memory
mp3 04. Cara Caoin / Beloved Friend
mp3 05. Ór agus Síoda / Gold and Silk
mp3 06. Spiorad Saor / Free Spirit
mp3 07. Siúl na Sí / The Fairy Walk
mp3 08. Cruit Dhubhrois / The Harp of Dubhros
mp3 09. Céad Slán, a Ghrá / Farewell My Love
mp3 10. An Leannán / The Beloved
mp3 11. Gleann na nDeor / The Valley of Tears