Róisín Elsafty

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Róisín Elsafty
OriginConnemara, Ireland
GenresFolk, traditional Irish
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1996–present

Róisín Elsafty (born in Connemara, Ireland) is a singer in the sean-nós tradition. She is a native speaker of Irish.

She comes from a musical family, being the daughter of Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, one of the most admired singers of the region, and having sisters, including Naisrín Elsafty, who are also performers. Her stepfather, Saber Elsafty, is Egyptian.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Róisín made her first recording with her mother in 1996 with L'art du sean-nós for the French label Buda Musique[2] and has appeared on several other albums.

Róisín has performed with Dónal Lunny and accordion player Máirtín O’Connor at the Konzerthaus Großer Saal, Vienna and at the ESB Ceol Festival at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

She has also performed as part of The Irish Consort with tenor John Elwes, Reiko Ichise on bass viol and Siobhán Armstrong playing the traditional wire-strung Irish harp and the European Renaissance harp.

In 2007 she released Má bhíonn tú liom Bí liom (If you are with me, truly be with me), a CD containing both traditional and new material.[3] This was produced by Dónal Lunny and features, among others, accordionist Máirtín O’Connor, Ronan Browne on several instruments, and harper Siobhán Armstrong. In 2010, she won an IMA award for Best Sean Nós singer.[4][5]

Róisín and her family have links with the Palestine solidarity movement in Ireland, and she has recorded a song called "An Phailistín" (Palestine) in Irish and Arabic in support of Palestinian civil rights.


Solo albums[edit]

  • 2007 - Má bhíonn tú liom Bí liom



  • 2005 - Other Voices: Songs from a Room - episode 13, as herself.


  1. ^ "Giving new life to old songs". The Irish Times. January 17, 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. ^ Irelande: L'art du sean-nós / Ireland: the art of Sean-Nós, Treasa Ní Cheannabháin and Róisín Elsafty, Buda Musique
  3. ^ Má bhíonn tú liom Bí liom: New and Traditional Songs from Connemara. Vertical Records VERTCD080 (2007).
  4. ^ Fedewa, Kirsten. "Irish Music Association Announces 2010 Awards for 'Best of Best' in Irish Music". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Irish Music Awards, 2010". Irish Music Association. Retrieved 2 November 2013.