Artist Profiles: Rua


Rua was Rua were an Irish music duo featuring Liz Madden and Gloria Mulhall. Rua released their critically acclaimed first album Rua in 2001 and achieved chart success with ‘That Kiss’, a track taken from the album. This beautiful album features their unique version of the well known classic She moved thro’ the Fair. Rua’s original compositions such as Garden of Graves and Atlantic Storm conjure up an Irish landscape of rolling hills, rugged coastline and misty vales.

Their music was featured on world-wide selling compilation albums such as From a Distance (Taiwan), Celtic Dreams (Argentina), Celtica 2 (Holland), Voix d’Irlandaises (France), The Best of Celtic Woman (Japan), Silent Spirits & Keltica 4 (Germany), Pub St. Patrick (France) and The Best that is Irish (Ireland).

Dream-Teller‘ their beautifully crafted second album, was released in Ireland in September 2003. It features 12 tracks including Jimmy MacCarthy’s much loved song, ‘Ride On’. In their original compositions such as Dream-Teller, Klezmer and Le Marais Rua mix the genres of Jewish and French music with those of Irish music. Songs of the past like Carrickfergus and Black is the colour are placed alongside their own hauntingly beautiful tracks such as Tender, A Gentle Touch and Suan, undoubtedly to be among much loved songs of the future.

Much to the delight of Rua, Irish actor Gabriel Byrne features on the album providing a moving narration of the W.B. Yeats’ poem ‘I am of Ireland’ over a haunting instrumental piece of the same name.


Rua ‎(Celtic Collections, 2000)
Dream-Teller ‎(Celtic Collections, 2003)
Whisper ‎(Celtic Collections, 2007)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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