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Turning the Tide

Casadh na Taoide / Turning the Tide

‘Turning the Tide’ 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.’

Kevin Crawford

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Traditional Irish Music and Song

Traditional Irish Music and Song / Amhránaíocht agus Ceol Traidis

‘Líadan’s first full album delivers on the promise shown thus far and introduces an exciting new contender in the Irish traditional band stakes. Featuring 14 tracks of music and song, their instrumental and vocal prowess is displayed in its fullest capacity … Líadan has created a unique style of distinctive interpretation of Irish traditional music. They feature three highly talented lead vocalists all blessed in the Gaelic and English vernacular, where the traditional and sean-nós song idioms gel with suitable acapella, harmonies and instrumental arrangements. Added to striking string and reed rhythms and accompaniments while always keeping the melody central to their arrangements, the contrast between words and music is maintained and an impressive sound canvas created. Líadan has developed an impressive reputation and their first album will only add to the creative flame. While their reputation has risen, Líadan’s trade remains the same. One has the feeling that this is only the beginning of something wonderful’.

John O’Regan, Irish Music Magazine

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