Áilleacht / Beauty
About ‘Áilleacht / Beauty’
Artist: Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin
Label: Irish Song
“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.”
(Dáin do Eimhir XXXVII, 1943)
Translation: Sorley McLean
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.
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|