DÚLRA – ECSTASY

Ecstasy

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A new and unique approach to Irish song from Caitríona O’Leary and Dúlra
In an album that unites tradition and sensuality.

Do not hesitate for a second! Caitríona O’Leary has one of those incredibly crystalline voices that roots you to the spot.” La Vie

Her voice exudes beauty … The songs were frenetically celebrated by a carefree and cheerful audience. The élan of O’Leary’s impressive presence simply cannot be escaped.” Mittelbayerische Zeitung

Seamless, ethereal sean nós voice.” The Irish Echo

DÚLRA’s debut album for Heresy features a scintillating selection of rarely heard and newly discovered Geantraí, Irish songs of joy and rapture. True to its name, Ecstasy, explores the diverse shades of happiness from exuberant full-throttle songs such as A Stór, a Stór and Spellsong to the most personal and intimate expressions of love and passion Sín Síos Suas Liom and Ceann Dubh Dílis. DÚLRA’s combination of ancient Irish mythic sounds and contemporary, early and world music fusions make Ecstasy a unique and fresh musical experience.

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Tracklist

01. Spellsong
02. Cuckanandy
03. Crabs in the Skillet/Dancing Master
04. Máire Bhruinneall (Fair Moya)
05. Nil sé ‘na lá (It’s not the Day)/The Frost is all Over
06. Ronald Mac Donald / Slaunta Ree Philib / Gavotte
07. Ceann Dubh Dílis (Dark-Haired Deary)
08. Réalta na Maidene (Morning Star)
09. The Merry Old Woman / Green Sleeves
10. Thugmar Féin an Samhradh Linn (We Brought the Summer Along with Us) / The Hay
11. Sin Síos Suas Liom (Lie Down Along Side Me)
12. A Stór a Stór a Ghrá (My Dear, My Dear, My Love)
13. Máire Bhruinneall (Fair Moya) Reprise

Musicians

Caitríona O’Leary, Voice
Adrian Hart, Fiddle
Emer Mayock, Flute, Uilleann Pipes, Fiddle
Kate Ellis, Cello
Mel Mercier (Bodhrán, Bones)

Special Guests

Deirdre O’Leary, B-flat Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Erin  Headley, Viol
Dave Redmond, Double Bass
Francesco Turrisi, Percussion

Directed by Caitríona O’Leary
Recorded February 2010, St. Peters Church of Ireland, Drogheda, Ireland
Session Producer and Engineer, John Hadden
Remastered by Andrew Walton

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