Is as Cor na Rón, Indreabhán, do Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha ó dhúchas, baile beag a raibh cáil an cheoil air i gcónaí. Fuair sí ugach agus spreagadh ar dtús dul i mbun an cheoil ar leic an teallaigh sa mbaile lena h’athair, Michael Mheáirt, agus lena máthair, Bairbre Joe Staff Seoighe, as an gCnoc, Leitir Mealláin ó dhúchas.
Bhí an-ghealladh ceoil le brath ar Neansaí ó bhí sí an-óg agus ní raibh sí riamh chomh cruógach á shaothrú is atá sí i láthair na huaire agus ó ceapadh í mar Eagraí Ceoil RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in earrach na bliana 2010. Bhí a cuid buanna craoltóireachta sa gceol triailte go maith le blianta agus cáil saothraithe aici ag láithriú agus ag léiriú an chláir bheo dhá uair an chloig maidin Domhnaigh.
“This is a great record, an example of the best that traditional Irish music has to offer, and the first to come from the steady hands of Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha”
– Meaití Jó Shéamuis
"Easily one of the best CDs of Irish music I have ever heard. Lovely Connemara touches to old tunes, rhythm to die for and 21 tracks . Well done, Neansaí, and of course Michael Hynes on it is no bad thing either. Beautiful presentation and great music. I love it!"
– Oliver O’Connell
NEANSAÍ NÍ CHOISDEALBHA: Draíocht na Feadóige, review by Alex Monaghan, The Living Tradition magazine, 2014
Well-known in Ireland and beyond as a broadcaster, Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha shows herself here to be an equally fine fluter. In a generous 21 tracks, she covers a wide range of Irish music from session tunes to slow airs, on flutes and whistles, joined by some excellent accompanists and other musicians. The title of this CD might translate as “Woodwind Wizardry” and that would be no great exaggeration, although Neansaí has no pretensions to be a Finnegan or McGoldrick. She breathes life into these tunes though and it’s the warmth and spirit which really comes across in her music, with enough technical skill to make her playing seem the most natural thing in the world.
Most of these tunes are ones I often play myself, being a whistler, so I have to take a step back from the familiar and try ot be objective. The material here comes from the heart of the tradition, well loved but sometimes neglected melodies. John Brennan’s and George White’s Favourite are great old reels, not heard so much in sessions these days. Tommy Mulhaire’s Jig is another rarity, but Condon’s Frolics is currently in favour. A set of polkas rolls beautifully off the finers – no slides though. There are some exemplary hornpipes here too: The Navigator is a polically correct title and The Swan is rather less well know. Oiche Nollag is a tune which is usually only heard for about one week a year, which is a shame. Redican’s Mother, The Skylark, The Green Mountain and The Lark on the Strand are all welcome as old friends. Lorna Hunter’s Reel puts a name to a tune for me, and Neansaí’s Reel is a composition of Michael Hynes who joins Neansaí here to play it. Fiddles, button boxes, jaw harp and the pipes of Neansaí’s mentor, the iconic Meaití Jó Shéamuis, provide duets and an occasional kitchen session sound, but most tracks are flute or whistle solos with deft accompaniment.
Slow airs and waltzes are plentiful, some of them true solos. Táimse im Chodhladh, An Buachaillín Bán and Ballyvaughan Bay come from the Irish repertoire, while The Duchess Tree, Westering Home and Scottish Lament have crossed the North Channel at some stage. After more than an hour of fine music, Neansaí launches into the pair of challenging reels, Colonel Rogers and Happy Days Of Youth, before a final house céilí on four reels from Patrick’s Night to Ormond Sound. Warm, spirited and inclusive: Draíocht na Feadóige is a charming album which will bring a smile to the face of any Irish music fan.