Released: Lughnasa Music, 1991
Artist: Gerry O'Connor & Eithne Ní Uallacháin
With: Shaun 'Mudd' Wallace, Garry Ó Briain, Neil Martin, Máirtín O'Connor, Gilles Le Bigot & Ray Gallen
About ‘Lá Lugh’
Lá Lugh was a traditional Irish music duo from County Louth in South Ulster comprised of husband and wife Gerry O’Connor (fiddle) and Eithne Ní Uallacháin (flute and voice). Between 1991 and Eithne Ní Uallacháin’s untimely death in 1999, the duo released three landmark recordings – Cosa gan Bhróga in 1987 with flute player Dezi Wilkinson, the self-titled Lá Lugh in 1991 and Brighid’s Kiss in 1996. In 1998, the release of Senex Puer on the Sony Music label, a compilation of tracks from their last two albums albums, gave the duo an international exposure. Lá Lugh’s music features essentially a lot of rare songs and tunes from the Oriel region of South East Ulster which were collected either from historical journals or from the repertoire of local musicians while also venturing into the Scottish or French Canadian repertoire.
While remaining authentic to their roots, Lá Lugh was very much a contemporary and innovative band with a modern sound. Singing in English and in Irish, Eithne Ní Uallacháin was a fantastic singer with a remarkably clear and almost blues-inflected voice.