'Something akin to magic happens when an artist is born into a musical world... Straight away, the listening ear can tell the mark of these early events and all that they bequeath, the quiet confidence in the music itself and its time-tested ability to carry the secret messages, the unassuming capacity to wear extraordinary skill and mastery so lightly...'
- Iarla Ó Lionaird
Michelle Mulcahy is one of Ireland's most talented and gifted multi-instrumentalists in Irish traditional music today. Her array of instrumental mastery spans the harp, concertina, piano, fiddle and accordion. Michelle is considered to be one of Ireland's most adroit and creative harpers. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies in Arts Practice at the University of Limerick.
'Her revolutionary style on the harp is scintillating - played with power and panache, no concession to the complexity of the instrument, confirming her as one of the most significant musicians redefining harp at present'
- The Living Tradition.
Suaimhneas, Cló Iar-Chonnacht
Review by Siobhán Long, The Irish Times, 13 July, 2012
Seed, breed and generation are writ large across every tune and set of this finely calibrated album. Multi-instrumentalist Michelle Mulcahy has chosen to focus on the harp for this, her solo debut, having already stilled listeners by her playing of fiddle, concertina, piano and accordion in the company of her sister, Louise, and father, Mick, on previous albums. As its name suggests (it means “serenity”), this thoughtful collection reflects the subtlety of much of our traditional music. It’s a welcome antidote to the high-octane approach favoured by many bands. Stitched into its core is Mulcahy’s forensic knowledge of, and feel for the music she’s heard and played for decades. Her reading of Micho’s Mason’s Apron (borrowed from the late whistle player Micho Russell) is a joy: reflective and spacious, and utterly in harmony with the filigree lines of the tune. The slow air An Bhuaitais reveals a musician in thrall to the music: a more alluring trait than all the trickery a mixing desk can muster. cic.ie