Writing in The Living Tradition magazine, the reviewer John Waltham, has given high praise to Treasa Ní Mhiolláin's new album, Lán Mara. "I first heard Treasa about 30 years ago and was bowled over by the quality of her singing and her songs, and nothing's changed. This double CD is, unbelievably, only her second solo recording, but its 19 tracks span her 45-year career and give a fine representation of her repertoire."
Famed for her clarity of diction, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin's new album is praised by Walthamin review in Issue 130 of The Living Tradition for the energy and clarity in pronunciation featured on Lán Mara. "Her voice has a youthful energy and clarity in pronunciation that enables even a southern saxon to follow the story (and all the words appear in an excellent booklet, complete with a bit of background in both languages)."
It has been 30 years since Treasa last released a solo album, her 1989 cassette An Clochar Bán. In that time, she has reaffirmed her reputation as one of the finest exponents of the traditional song of Ireland.
Throughout her career of over 45 years, she has performed nationally and internationally. She has also remained dedicated to teaching sean-nós singing to schoolchildren in all three Aran Islands, commuting by ferry and by air in all weathers to help ensure the future of local music traditions. Her new album marks the achievement of a life's work in song and celebrates her lasting legacy to Aran and to traditional singing.
The majority of the songs on Lán Mara were specially recorded in the oldest church in Inis Mór, Séipéal Eochla, by Jack Talty. While sean-nós song is typically performed unaccompanied, 6 tracks feature musical accompaniment by Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, Diarmaid Ó hAlmhain, Freda Nic Giolla Chatháin, Neil O'Loghlen, Locko Cullen, and Deirdre Ní Chonghaile.