An Dara Craiceann

Beneath The Surface

Released in 1995 on the Gael Linn label.

About ‘An Dara Craiceann’

A broad selection of songs, both in unaccompanied style and with instrumental arrangements. This is a celebrated recording of mainly Ulster Traditional song which includes Ní Uallacháin’s own traditional airs and a poem song, An Bád Sí, by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.


Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin: vocals
Jackie Daly: accordion
Jimmy Faulkner: guitar
Manus McGuire: fiddle
Seamus McGuire: fiddle

Martin Murray: mandolin
Garry Ó Briain: guitar, keyboards, mandocello, mandolin
Adele O'Dwyer: cello
Frances Lambe: artwork

Praise for ‘An Dara Craiceann’

“An Dara Craiceann” contains songs that are by turns light-hearted, desolate, graceful, wistful and as sad in their singing as they were in their composition. Pádraigín has the power to hold the heart of these songs and present us with the pulse and heartbeat of the people and communities who forged them. In all my listening over many years, this is the voice, this is the humility in the face of history, this is the wonder, and these are the chimes of history echoing out into eternity. These landmark albums deserve your attention so thanks be to the folk who sing them and thanks be to the folk who made them - the people "whose ghosts sit up all night and tend the glow of the turf" as the poet Ciaran Carson so eloquently reminds us.
John Rice, Living Tradition Magazine