What the traditional music community have been saying since its release:
“I can well remember the first time I heard Finola singing and I was stopped dead in my tracks…There’s a clarity, a beauty, a sensitivity, and a quiet power which is combined with this extraordinary purity..it reminds me of the contradictions we find in high art or work of this calibre and size…the quiet power and wonderful freedom of expression and yet incredible discipline, the warmth of inclusiveness combined with an extraordinary sense of mystery”.
Liam O’Flynn speaking at the Dublin launch.
“The singer is indeed blessed with a voice that lingers long after the listener to savour the beauty of the melody and every thought and mood expressed in words”
Aidan O’Hara,Irish Music Magazine
“Life, love and death are her themes expressed with a light, measured, melodic accompaniment, and also in an a cappella splendour of scooped and bent notes, dramatically on An Goirtin Eornan”.
Fintan Vallely, Sunday Tribune
“She seems to find evocative depths in her repertoire which few other singers of her generation can mine so elegantly or make so easy of the ear”.
Jackie Hayden, Hot Press,
“There is extraordinary fluting polish to the voice, the upper register keen as a scalpel of feeling so pure and dark…”
Mic Moroney, Irish Times
“Finola O Siochru presents songs such as An Goirtin Eornan, An Clár Bog Deil and Máirin de Barra in a voice which transcends the language barrier and is arguably one of the most haunting ones on the Irish music scene”.
Deirdre Ni Grianna, The Avenue
“Finola possesses a voice of remarkable clarity and purity…Although she has immersed herself in sean-nos, her vocal technique remains as individual as a fingerprint while maintaining the conventions of the form”.
Pat Ahern, Examiner
“Éist le glor milis, mealltach Fhinola Ni Shiochru, agus is baolach duit searc do chleibhe a thabhairt do. Glor Muimhneach is ea glor Finola, agus is saibhrede traidisiun na Mumhan an ceirnin seo.”
“This is an album of considerable strength which restores sean-nos singing to us in all its dignity and style. O Siochru’s is a distinct voice and should be heard. This is a very fine tribute indeed to traditional singing”.
Fred Johnson, Galway Advertiser
“Delightful sean-nós singing in Gaelic. Five of the ten tracks have instrumental accompaniment (Steve Cooney, Máire Breatnach, Brendan Begley), which Finola confesses having added for the sake of variety but not without trepidation. The result is quite successful, Ó Siochrú’s voice remaining the star of the show. Recommended.”
“An immaculate collection of West Kerry songs…delivered with a voice rich with purity and passion”.
Geoff Wallis & Sue Wilson, The Rough Guide to Irish Music 2001.
Voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by ChicagoIrish American News, March 2001.