Sibéal Ní Chasaide(Cassidy in English), a singer bringing the centuries-old Irish style of sean-nós singing to the world via her debut CD on Decca Records.
Sibéal first rose to prominence as a 5th-year student in 2016 when she performed Mise Éire, a poem by Padriag Pearse set to music by Patrick Cassidy. The song featured on Patrick’s score for the documentary 1916 - The Irish Rebellion and was performed live on RTÉ One as part of the 1916 Centenary commemorations. Her powerful performance was a nod to an Ireland of the past and reminded listeners that, while they may be living in a widely different world today, Ireland is still shaped by its storied history and undying traditions.
For her debut album, Sibéal carefully chose the songs and poems on her album to fit alongside each other and create an evocative collection that seamlessly blends old and new. The track listing allows Sibéal’s rich, haunting voice to take centre stage amidst a backdrop of hypnotising orchestral accompaniment and harmonies. It features stunning arrangements of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, The Wind That Shakes The Barley and the masterpiece that is Mise Éire.