A sleigh-ful of favourite Christmas songs sung in Irish by Róisín Elsafty and played on pipes, flutes & whistles by Ronan Browne, with keyboard accompaniment by Tony Maher.
1. An Chéad Noel
2. An Drumadóirín
3. Ar Bhreith Naíonáin
5. Ding Dong Merrily on High (Instrumental)
6. Oíche Nollag
7. O Holy Night (instruemental)
8. Litir chuig Santaí
9. Go Teolaí sa Mainséar
10. Hark the Herald Angels Sing / God Rest you Merry Gentlemen / Good King Wenceslas (instrumental)
11. Cuireadh do Mhuire
12. Adeste Fideles (instrumental)
13. An Ghlóir
14. Tá Aistear Fada Romhainn
15. Walking in the Air (instrumental)
16. Rudolph na Sróine Deirge
17. Dia do Bheatha, a Naí Anocht
18. Tá Sé Beirthe Naomh-Aon Dé
19. Oíche Chiúin
20. Don Oíche úd i mBeithil
Amhráin na Nollag - new CD of carols from Róisín and Ronan. Article in the Connacht Tribune, 18 December, 2015
Singer Róisín Elsafty and musician Ronan Browne have joined forces for a new Christmas album, Amhráin na Nollag – Favourite Christmas Songs in Irish, which has just been released by Cló Iar-Chonnacht.
The album, which features keyboard accompaniment by Tony Maher of the Conquerors, contains traditional Irish songs like Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil and An Chéad Noel, as well as many other classics such as Jingle Bells and Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer, which have been translated into Irish by Treasa Ní Cheannabháin who happens to be Róisín’s mother and like her daughter, is an award-winning singer.
These are gentle, lovely renditions of favourite carols and they make for ideal family listening, thanks to Róisín’s pure voice and the accompaniment by Dublin-born Ronan, who plays flutes, pipes and whistles on the album, continuing a long-time musical collaboration between the two.
He moved from Dublin to Spiddal in 2000, while Roisín who spent her early years in Cill Chiaráin and received her secondary school education in Connemara is also settled there now, having lived elsewhere for several years. She spent time in Nottingham, where she did a PhD in Molecular Science, following her degree at NUIG, and in Dublin where she did post-doctoral studies. There was also a period in Bray in the mid 2000s where she promoted vocal arts ‘as Gaeilge’ in the community.
Like Ronan, she travels extensively to perform but Connemara is her home.
Amhráin na Nollag was recorded in Ronan’s studio, An Tobar Fuaime, in Spiddal. It’s available now on the Cló Iar-Chonnacht label and costs €15.