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Bilin­gua ★★★★★

Gael Linn

This col­lec­tion is a sin­gu­lar de­light. Eithne Ní Ual­lacháin (of Lá Lúgh) left a rich legacy of both tra­di­tional and orig­i­nal mu­sic fol­low­ing her un­timely death in 1999. Bilin­gua en­cap­su­lates her vivid vo­cals, ex­cep­tional phras­ing and finely wrought com­po­si­tions. It’s a beau­ti­fully pro­duced snap­shot of Ní Ual­lacháin’s po­tent en­ergy. Her hus­band, Gerry O’Con­nor, and son Dó­nal O’Con­nor have struck a fine bal­ance be­tween the cel­e­bra­tory rhythms of the ti­tle song (with the sub­lime Mario n’Goma on per­cus­sion), the sa­cred tone of Eithne’s Latin com­po­si­tion Senex

Puer, and the mul­ti­coloured lay­ers that en­wrap her light­filled read­ing of I Am Stretched

On Your Grave, among so much more. The time­less­ness of this ex­cep­tional col­lec­tion will in­tro­duce a whole new au­di­ence for Eithne’s mu­sic.

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