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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.

“Her cheerful sincerity, her gentle self-deprecation and, most 
importantly, her peerless talent."
- The Sunday Times

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, sh
e was nominated in 2005 for a 
prestigious Meteor award in Ireland.

“Ní Chonaola rises to the challenge on this beautifully paced album which 
is varied enough to keep the most jaded listener hooked, from obscure 
local finds like ‘An tAmhrán Bréagach’ to the classic ‘big song’ ‘An Raibh Tú 
ar an gCarraig’ to two superb originals: the gentle ballad ‘Galleon’ (one of 
two songs in English) and the title track, a wordless piece of freewheeling 
mouth music that Ní Chonaola describes as her ‘signature tune’.” 

-9/10 HotPress Music Magazine

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
.

"Lasairfhíona creates many different moods in these songs: playful, beguiling, 
mournful, seductive, innocent, direct, oblique. But there's something else here, 
something indefinable... a blessing... like a word that was lost, its sound and 
meaning restored to us again."
 
-Gabriel Rosenstock

 

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