Siobhán Long, The Irish Times

25 Apr. 2009 by  
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Casadh na Taoide ****

A quiet, unshowy confidence underpins Líadan’s second collection, Casadh na Taoide/ Turning the Tide. Highly polished arrangements breathe fresh life into many of the traditional tunes and songs. The Angel’s Whisper, a maritime-themed lullaby, epitomises this all-female sextet’s exacting attention to detail. Valerie Casey’s clean, uncluttered lead vocals are supported by superb instrumentation and, in particular, by Síle Denvir’s pinprick harp and Catherine Clohessy’s flute. Líadan fluently intertwine a healthy swag of their own compositions with old and newer tunes. The results suggest countless hours playing and singing in unison – a sure sign of a healthy hunger for digging deep beneath the surface rather than simply echoing the tunes of their collective inheritance. A massive leap forward from a band who have laboured diligently to make this music their own.
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21 Apr. 2009 by  
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Past Gigs

11 Apr. 2009 by  
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 Festival Irlandays, Paris (March 2009)

Geantraí (TG4 TV Appearance, March 2009)

• North Texas Irish Folk Festival, Dallas (March 2009)

• Celtic Connections, Glasgow (January 2009)

Irish Folk Festival, Germany (October/November 2008)

• Richmond Folk Festival, Virginia (October 2008)

• Icons Festival, Boston (September 2008)

Goderich Festival, Canada (August 2008)

‘La Nuit Celte’, Caussade, France (June 2008)

St Patrick’s Day Celebration, Glór Theatre, Ennis (March 2008)

The Late Late Show (RTÉ TV Appearance, October 2007)

Áras an Uachtaráin (Performance for the Irish President, Mary McAleese, October 2007)

Japanese Tour (September 2007)

EBU Cork Folk Festival (Broadcast live on Radio 1, Lyric FM, and European radio, August 2007)

Up for the Match (RTÉ TV Appearance, August 2007)

Milwaukee Irish Festival, USA (August 2007)

Feakle Irish Music Festival (August 2007)

The Chieftains Tour, Japan (June 2007)

The Chieftains Tour, USA (Spring 2007)

Árdán (TG4 TV Appearance, January 2007)

Debut Album Launch, The Village, Dublin (September 2006)

The World Fleadh, Ballybunion, Kerry (August 2006)

The Rose of Tralee Festival, Kerry (August 2006)

Press launch of The Lorient Interceltic Festival (July 2005)

Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Letterkenny (May 2005)

Anniversary of the Irish World Music Centre’s 10th (January 2005)

University of Limerick Foundation Fundraising Gala,Florida (March 05)



10 Apr. 2009 by  
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Many thanks to Foras na Gaeilge and to The Arts Council for sponsoring our new CD, ‘Casadh na Taoide’.


6 Apr. 2009 by  
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Winners of the Lorient Interceltic Festival Celtic Band Competition

August 2005

The Lorient Interceltique is one of the biggest Celtic music festivals in the world. Numbered among a wide range of Celtic traditional music groups and Celtic vocal groups, Líadan performed a number of gigs in various venues around the city of Lorient, culminating in their winning of the much sought-after title of ‘Best Band’. This competition has recently been won by well established groups such as Téada and Danú.

Winners of the Pan Celtic Song Competition

April 2005

Irish traditional singing group, Líadan, took first prize in the ‘The Traditional Singing Group Competition’ at the 34th International Pan Celtic Festival held in the Tralee, Co. Kerry. Previous winners of the competition have included such international successes as Irish singing group, Clannad, and Scottish traditional group, Capercaillie.

John Carty

6 Apr. 2009 by  
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‘Having experienced Líadan’s live performance captivate audiences at major north American festivals, I’m delighted to sing the praises of their new recording, Casadh na Taoide. Their fresh approach adds colour and verve to both ancient and newer material alike – overall an absolute delight.’

Paddy Moloney, The Chieftains

6 Apr. 2009 by  
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‘Líadan are The Pure Drop’.

Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh

6 Apr. 2009 by  
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Líadan. Seisear ban ceolmhar, cumasach. Ag éisteacht le ‘Casadh na Taoide’, is léir an méid ama agus oibre a chuir na mná óga, ábalta seo isteach ina gcuid ceoil agus ina gcuid cóiriúchán. Tá cuid mhór scagaidh, smaointe agus turgnamh déanta leis an dá rian déag seo a thabhairt chun críche! Molaim iad ar an mheascán ghalánta d’amhráin agus ceol rince, idir shean agus nuachumtha atá fite fuaite acu go healaíonta le cur os comhair an phobail ar an dlúthdhiosca seo. Tá tuigbheáil dhomhain ag an seisear seo ar cheol, agus cruthú air sin an méid eolais agus taighde atá le fáil ins na nótaí cúlra a théann le hachan rian. Tagann an focal banúlacht chugam dá mhéad dá n-éistim le ‘Casadh na Taoide’ … ceiliúradh ar cheol mhná na hÉireann, ceol le snas, míneadas agus neart. Molaim go deo sibh … Síle, Valerie, Deirdre, Elaine, Claire agus Catherine. Tá bhur ré tagtha, tá an taoide libh … seolaigí!

Kevin Crawford

6 Apr. 2009 by  
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‘Casadh na Taoide’ is a truly outstanding recording from Líadan, a group who have firmly established themselves on this their 2nd album as a genuine force to be reckoned with. Well chosen and well crafted sets of tunes perfectly showcase Líadan’s instrumental supremacy culminating in a sound that is both refreshingly new yet at the same time respectful of the tradition in which these six girls are so obviously steeped in. Rarely have I heard such exquisite and heartfelt vocal gems as those found on ‘Casadh na Taoide’. Individually they deliver standout vocal performances that are further enriched by their beautifully ethereal and almost sibling sounding harmonies reminiscent of an early Clannad or Skara Brae. Enough said, buy it and delight in it as much as I have.’

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