Released: Gael Linn, 2014
Artist: Eithne Ní Uallacháin
With: Gerry O’Connor, Gilles Le Bigot, Mario n’Goma, John McSherry, Dónal O’Connor, Shaun “Mudd” Wallace, Niall Ó Callanáin, Nicky Scott, Neil Martin, John Fitzpatrick
For ‘Bilingua’ lyrics, background and Eithne’s notes, please visit ‘Songs’.
Bilingua, Eithne’s first solo album, is a blend of newly composed and traditional songs recorded in Homestead Studios, County Antrim between 1997 and 1999. Recorded over 15 years ago, this contemporary album is a clear reflection of the creative course on which Eithne’s song writing and composition was heading before her untimely death in May 1999. It celebrates the life and legacy of an inspirational singer and composer who left us all too soon.
“This album of song and music by Eithne Ní Uallacháin is a fantastic odyssey into an ethereal world of memory and celebration. Her singing has a distincitvely precise articulation, is seductively engaging and emotional, and becomes the delicate, yet robust, fabric onto which a profound array of styles, metres, timbres, instruments, techniques and technologies are here juxtaposed, layered and interwoven.
“The album is traditional in its feel but utterly contemporary in the experience it generates and in how that is achieved. Each track is surprisingly different, drawing the listener into separate psychic worlds.
“The distinctive, exceptional edge and sweetness of Eithne Ní Uallacháin’s voice, makes this collection nothing less than a thoroughly challenging, rewarding and uplifting experience, a totemic memorial to this singer’s imaginative and original creativity.”
— Fintan Vallely