The self-titled debut album from Irish sean-nós singer Sibéal was released on Friday 2nd August 2019 by Universal Music Ireland, entering at number 1 in the Irish iTunes album charts and heading towards a Top 10 debut in the official album charts. The album’s blend of traditional and contemporary songs highlight her remarkable vocal and one that has huge crossover potential in the future. She has since been named 'One to Watch' by the Official UK Charts.
Sibéal carefully chose the songs and poems to fit alongside each other, effortlessly blending the old and new. It features arrangements of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,' 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley' and the masterpiece that is 'Mise Éire.' The album was mixed and mastered by Nick Taylor
at Air-Edel Recording Studios.
Sibéal said: “This album is a collection of the songs that I love to sing, I’ve been taught all my life to put my own stamp on a song and it is something you’re rewarded for in sean nós singing. This is how I sing. There are also influences from different artists in contemporary music that I have combined with sean nós. All of it together is who I am and the music that speaks to me.”
Sibéal first rose to prominence as a 5th-year student in 2016 when she performed 'Mise Éire,' a poem by Padraig 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.
Since then, she has released a live EP from Abbey Road featuring a cover of 'Human' by Rag’n’Bone Man, sung for the Pope and released her debut album. Tastemaker support has come from the Irish Times, Sunday Times and Irish Independent. Quite simply, an extraordinary vocal talent and one to watch.
to listen to the album and find out more on Sibéal here