About ‘A Stór is a Stóirín’
A unique collection of 36 songs from the Irish Tradition, in two parts, for young and old. Love songs, lullabies, songs of spring and summer, festivals and fairies, darkness and dreams, are presented here with a fresh and innovative approach by some of Ireland’s leading musicians and singers. The songs have been selected for their beauty of verse and music. The accompanying book with words, translations, notes and notation, makes this an invaluable collection for all who wish to learn or teach songs, or who wish to experience the depth and beauty of Irish Traditional Song at its very best.
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin: vocals
Gráinne Ní Uallacháin: vocals
Len Graham: vocals
Nollaig Casey: fiddle, viola
Cathal McConnell: flute, tin whistle
Máirtín O'Connor: accordion
Martin Murray: mandolin
Ruairí Ó hUallacháin: tinwhistle, uilleann pipes
Garry O'Briain: guitar, mandocello, keyboards
Tommy Hayes: percussion
Praise for ‘A Stór is a Stóirín’
A wonderful collection of 36 songs in Gaelic, chosen for their relative simplicity and direct musical appeal, sung and arranged in great style by Ni Uallachain and O'Briain. The 96-page booklet included in the 2-CD jewel box (only one CD is actually in there) contains all the songs with music and full text in Gaelic and English translation. This is a treasure.
Celtic Grooves Magazine
Songs For all Ages, this enormously ambitious musical project contains no less than thirty-six traditional Irish songs, some well-known, others never before recorded. Divided into two sections, with half the songs primarily appealing to children and the other half more suitable for older ears, it amounts to a comprehensive collection of the most rhythmic, accessible and musical of native songs and serves to underline the living tradition of the music.
Among the many songs included here, which have been sourced from all over the country are: ‘Nora Beag’, ‘An Leanbh Nua’, ‘Mo Chailin Rua’ ‘Peigin Leitir Mor’, ‘Dulaman’, ‘Mo Ghile Mear’, ‘A Stor a Stor a Ghra’, ‘Amhran na Bealtaine’ and ‘Turas go Gaillimh’.
Singer Paidrigin Ni Uallachain has a natural singing style with an instinctive grasp of the original meaning of the songs while Garry O’Brien provides highly sympathetic accompaniment on a range of instruments including keyboards, guitars mandolin and autoharp. They are joined by a host of well-known traditional musicians, including Maírtin O’Connor on accordion, Tommy Hayes on percussion, Nollaig Ni Chathasaigh on fiddle and Len Graham on vocals and the ensemble playing is often quite magical.