Gráinne Holland – Gaelré


Gaelré (meaning ‘Era of the Gael’) the second studio album from Gráinne Holland, is an exquisite, progressive recording, forging new boundaries for traditional Gaelic song.

Approaching her second album, Belfast singer Gráinne Holland knew that traditional Gaelic song could be modern and contemporary, whilst at the same time respecting the past.  In 2011 she released her debut album, ‘Teanga na nGael‘, to critical acclaim, and this release builds very strongly on that work. Once again she works with Dónal O’Connor who acts as producer and arranger on the recording. Those arrangements are a distinguishing feature of the album, and credit must also go to the outstanding team of players that they have brought onboard.

Published by Gael Linn, the album features accompaniment by John McSherry, Dónal O’Connor, Neil Martin, Sean Óg Graham, Brendan Mulholland, Eamon Murray Michael Mc Cague, Micky Mc Cluskey and Conor McCreanor.

In the footsteps of Clannad and Altan before, Gaelré presents traditional Gaelic songs in a contemporary acoustic context, making songs of old accessible to fans of the modern folk era.  Gaelré, in it’s innovative approach to traditional Gaelic song is symbolic of a new generation of proud and creative Gaelic speakers who have guaranteed a place and a role for the language among all the complexities of modernity.  The album was conceived and driven by a passion to follow the highest standards in contemporary production and arrangement, allowing Gráinne to bring the charm of Gaelic song to new audiences at home and abroad.

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