Don’t miss Sibèal at the Liberty Hall Theatre on October 26th!
19 October 2019 | By Hannah Mussey
“I found that mesmerising and I was thinking while you were singing, if Ireland was a song she’d sound like you.” – Ryan Tubridy of Sibéal’s performance on The Late Late Show
Dubbed the “a young woman of a new Ireland” by the Irish Independent, 21-year-old Sibèal Ní Chasaide is no stranger to performance. Growing up in the Rath Cairn Gaeltacht, County Meath, a community that places music at the centre of their culture.
Throughout her formative years, Ní Chasaide was immersed in the sean-nós style of singing–a centuries-old, uniquely Irish tradition and she brings this into a contemporary musical space. She first rose to the public eye in 2016 during the 1916 commemoration ceremonies, when she performed Patrick Pearse’s “Mise Éire” on RTÉ ONE. Since then, she’s been heartily received by global audiences mesmerised by her sonorous sound.
As a young woman who grew up in an ancient tradition while also listening to contemporary artists (Ellie Goulding and Kacey Musgraves are favourites), Ní Chasaide has carved a place for herself, seamlessly blending old and new in a way that has not been done before.
Her major influence, however, is Ireland.
“Ireland is so full of mystery and legends and so full of magic,” she says. “And that’s hopefully what my music can convey” Sibéal says.
Her self-titled debut album dropped this summer, and it currently reigns position six in the Irish Album Charts. The album is a carefully crafted collection of songs in the sean-nós, with modern favourites like The Beatles “Blackbird” nestled alongside arrangements of traditional Irish folk songs like “She Moved Through the Fair.” In each track, her melodious, rich vocals and haunting musical accompaniment is as captivating as it is moving, unique in style and sound.
Indeed, her work so far has stood up to critics. “The power and vibrancy of Sibéal’s voice; crystalline on the lovely Mná na hÉireann, songbird-like on the stately Mo Ghile Mear, bearing a maturity beyond her years on The Parting Glass,” wrote Lauren Murphy from The Sunday Times, Culture Magazine.
She is even more enchanting to listen to live, her emotional, evocative performance wowing audiences all over the world. On October 26th, she’ll be performing at The Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin, so don’t miss your chance to see her!