Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra
Voices & Harps (2011)
Talented Irish musicians Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra join forces on this outstanding album titled Voices & Harps. Moya Brennan has one of the most beautiful voices in Irish music while Cormac De Barra is an excellent harpist. Both musicians come from large musical families in Ireland. They have a mutual admiration for each other that quickly developed into one of the most exciting musical partnerships in recent Irish music history.
Voices & Harps is contemporary Irish Celtic music at its best, combining Moya Brennan’s mesmerizing vocal abilities with Cormac de Barra’s exquisite harp melodies. However, this is not a vocal and harp album. The arrangements are exciting and the two musicians are backed by a full band. The line-up includes: Cormac DeBarra (vocals, harp, keyboards, percussion); Moya Brennan (vocals, harp, keyboards, percussion); Kevin Armstrong (guitar); Aisling Jarvis (bouzouki); Maire Breatnach (fiddle, viola); Eamonn de Barra (flute, bodhran); Ian Parker (keyboards); John Reynolds (drums); Noel Eccles (percussion).
Moya Brennan is the singer of Clannad. I discovered her music many years ago when I watched the popular TV thriller Harry’s Game. Clannad composed the theme for the show and the vocals quickly attracted me. Thousands of Spaniards fell in love with her voice as well, since Theme From Harry’s Game became the theme of the eclectic radio show Diálogos 3 on RNE’s (Spanish National Radio) Radio 3. Moya Brennan has had an award winning career with Clannad and a successful solo career. She has collaborated with The Chieftains, Paul Brady and Bono. She is also part of the female traditional Celtic supergroup, T with the Maggies.
Cormac De Barra is renowned internationally as a harp virtuoso. He has worked with a wide range of artists, including Hazel O’Connor, Julie Feeney and Clannad. Cormac also tours and records with his brothers Fionán and Éamonn in the family group, Barcó. Besides his busy performing schedule he regularly gives workshops and masterclasses around the world.
Voices & Harps is a beautifully crafted album by two of Ireland’s most interesting musicians.