Iarla O’Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. From his iconic early recording of the vision song “Aisling Gheal” whilst still a boy, through many recordings O’Lionaird established himself both as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós Song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development. October sees the release of O’Lionaird’s latest solo album “Foxlight” on Real World Records.
From his early days as a sean-nos singer to new and old bands such as The Gloaming and Afro Celt Sound System tohis work with Donnacha Dennehy and Gavin Bryars as well his solo work, O’Lionáird has always ploughed his own artistic furrow. His latest release “Foxlight”, produced by Leo Abrahams, is a record that shimmers with versatility. Whilst rooted in certain traditions, it is also unclassifiable and refuses to be located in one genre or another. It’s one of O Lionaird’s most organic, naturalistic records to date. Instrumentation and layers are embedded in each song, but ultimately it’s about Iarla’s exquisite, sonically unique voice.