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Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola

Lasairfhíona (pronounced Lah-sah-reena) is a singer/songwriter deeply rooted in the sean-nós singing style of her home on Inishere, Aran Islands in the West of Ireland, and equally, her innovative approach to Irish music and her new slant on traditional singing makes her endeavors more appealing. The result is a magical mosaic of sound, as refreshing and as unpredictable as a showery day inside in Aran. A graduate in Celtic Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a broad range of contemporary music has influenced her singing.

Her debut album An Raicín Álainn (pronounced An Rackeen Ah-lyn), launched in 2002 at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany generated a very favourable response in Ireland and abroad. It was selected by Hot Press music magazine as one of the best folk albums of 2002 and described by fRoots magazine as "one of the most sumptous traditional albums to have emerged for some time."

Lasairfhíona was the subject of a special television documentary on Léargas, RTÉ that was directed by Moira Sweeney in 2002. She sang on Sinéad O’ Connor’s DVD, Goodnight, Thank You, You’ve Been A Lovely Audience in 2002 and took part in many television and radio programmes since then.

She has performed in venues around the country, including the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Town Hall Theatre in Galway and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Her song Dragonfly, set to music by Lasairfhíona and Hector Zazou was on the soundtrack for the DVD Play Magazine, which showcased the fashion collection for Fall/Winter 2004/2005 of the designers Prada, Issey Miyake, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Chou.

Lasairfhíona’s singing featured on a compilation album of the best emerging Irish music that was produced by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, Ireland and The Music Board of Ireland to mark the Irish presidency of the European Union 2004. Her second solo album released in 2005 is called Flame of Wine, a literal translation of her own name in Irish. The album was co-produced by Máire Breatnach, who also provides some beautiful musical accompaniment along with talented musicians Mary Bergin, Johnny McDonagh, Bill Shanley and singer MacDara Ó Conaola.

Here Lasairfhíona conjures up a stirring mixture of song and music in her own individual style, including newly composed songs in Irish and English. A talent well recognized, she was nominated in 2005 for a prestigious Meteor award in Ireland.

Lasairfhíona featured on a track entitled The Mighty Dancer (2007) that she co-wrote and sang on her brother MacDara’s debut album, The Love Token

Her singing can be heard on IBM's new Porto Media web documentary called Stories of Innovation.

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Date Posted: 31-Dec-1969


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