Iarla Ó Lionáird

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Iarla Ó Lionáird
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Iarla Ó Lionáird in Woodstock Gardens, Inistioge, County Kilkenny in July 2011
Background information
Born (1964-06-18) 18 June 1964 (age 50)
Origin Cúil Aodha, County Cork, Ireland
Genres Irish traditional
Celtic
Experimental
Occupation(s) Singer
Songwriter
Instruments Voice
Years active 1996–present
Labels Realworld Records
Associated acts Afro Celt Sound System
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin
Website http://www.iarla.com

Iarla Ó Lionáird (born June 18, 1964) is an Irish singer and producer known for his involvement with the Afro Celt Sound System. He performs Irish Sean nós singing, and has released four solo albums through Real World Records. He also sings on the Peter Gabriel album OVO.

Early life, career[edit]

Ó Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. One of twelve children, his aunt was the singer Elizabeth Cronin. From his early recording of the vision song "Aisling Gheal" while still a boy, through to his recordings with Tony McMahon and Noel Hill, Ó Lionáird established himself as a exponent of Sean nós.[citation needed]

Signed to Realworld label in the mid-1990s, he would go on to record with Afro Celt Sound System and achieved in this period two Grammy nominations. Ó Lionáird has sung for audiences in Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, Cape Town, Moscow, Rome and Tokyo. His television appearances include the "Later with Jools Holland Show" for the BBC and the "Late Show with David Letterman" in the United States. His music has also appeared on film soundtracks including The Gangs of New York and Hotel Rwanda.

In July 2011 he toured a new work entitled "Grá agus Bás" with the Dublin-based Crash Ensemble. This work was commissioned by Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and composed for Ó Lionáird by the composer Donnacha Dennehy. It received its world premiere in New York in March 2007, and this work was subsequently released on a CD recording entitled, 'Grá Agus Bás' on the American Nonesuch label in May 2011.

Ó Lionáird holds a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick and is studying for a PhD in Music at Limerick University. He lives in Inistioge in County Kilkenny with his wife Eimear and their three children.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Albums With The Afro Celt Sound System[edit]

Other albums[edit]

  • Tony Mac Mahon, Iarla Ó Lionáird & Noel Hill / Aislingi Ceoil / Music Of Dreams (Gael Linn, 1993)
  • Donnacha Dennehy Grá Agus Bás (Nonesuch Records, 2011)

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