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An Mhaighdean Mhara

By Noleen Ní Cholla, Cló Iar-Chonnacht

Tagairt: CICD198  

Amhráin ar an sean-nós le Noeleen Ní Cholla

Éist le traic samplach ón albam ag an nasc thíos. 'An Mhaighdean Mhara' 

Albaim d'amhráin ar an sean-nós i nGaeilge, i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge na Alban chomh maith le hamhrán nua-chumtha le Noeleen Ní Chollaí. Tá Noeleen Ní Cholla ar dhuine den dream i nGaoth Dobhair atá ag coinneáil traidisiún na hamhránaíochta beo beathach don chéad ghlúin eile atá ag éirí aníos. Canann sí rogha amhrán ón dtraidisiún Gaelach, amhráin ón dtraidisiún Béarla agus go deimhin amhráin den traidisiún Gaidhlig na hAlban. 

Tá tréith an cheoil go smior inti agus tá glór dúchasach, láidir aici agus is léir go gcuireann sí a croí is a hanam isteach sna hamhráin. Gheofar amhráin neamhghnácha anseo freisin. Ina measc tá 'Dónall Ó Maoláine' nó leagan Thoraí de 'Dónall Óg', 'Bean an Fhir Ruaidh' 'Cailín Deas Cnúite na mBó', 'Nuair a Bhí Mise Óg' agus 'An Spealadóir'. 

Is é Manus Lunny a léirigh an t-albam seo agus tá sé eisithe ar lipéad Chló Iar-Chonnacht. Tá trí amhrán déag ar fad ann agus iad á gcanadh ar an sean-nós agus le brí agus croí iontu. Cuireann Noeleen a lorg féin ar na hamhráin agus tá ceoltóirí le cloisteáil á tionlacan ar chuid mhaith de na traiceanna agus bíonn daoine eile ag canadh léi chomh maith ar chuid de na hamhráin. Cloistear an ceol Gaelach agus an glór in éindí ar an albam seo. 

Mar a bhíonn ag mórán gach albam de cheol traidisiúnta ó Chló Iar-Chonnacht tá leabhrán breá san áireamh leis an dlúthdhiosca ina bhfuil nótaí ar na hamhráin ar fad atá le cloisteáil ar an albam. Tá na focail ar na hamhráin ar fad tugtha sa leabhrán agus tá nótaí pearsanta le Noeleen ina ndéanann sí cur síos ar an scéal a bhaineann le gach amhrán. Déanann an leabhar nótaí cur síos freisin ar stair na namhrán agus insíonn Noelenn faoin mbealach gur tháinig sí ar na hamhráin agus cén fáth gur roghnaigh sí é. Tá scéalta óna saol féin agus tábhacht an sean-nóis ina saol féin. 

Is iomaí gradam atá buaite ag Noeleen ar a cuid amhránaíochta agus tá a lorg sin ar an albam seo. Bhuaigh sí an chéad áit sa gcomórtas amhránaíochta traidisiúnta ag an bhFéile Phan Ceilteach i gCeatharlach sa bhliain 2012 agus tá duaiseann buaite aici sa Bhreatain Bheag ag an International Eisteddford in Llangollen sna blianta 2007, 2008 agus 2009. Rinne sí ionadaíocht ar mhuintir na hÉireann ag an bhféile Festival Interceltique in Lorient sa mBriotáin in 2001, 2012 agus 2013. 

Albam speisialta den amhránaíocht ar an sean-nós a thugann gnéithe nua leis agus a bhfuil an traidisiún ina chroí. 

 

Éist le traic samplach ón albam ag an nasc thíos. 'An Mhaighdean Mhara' 

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Léirmheas

Noeleen Ní Cholla: An Mhaighdean Mhara, léirmheas. Siobhán Long, The Irish Times, Bealtaine 2015

Songs from the Donegal and Scots Gaelic tradition belong to a riche store: many preoccupied with the vagaries of love lost, squandered or unrequited.

Noeleen Ní cholla is a sean nós singer from Gweedore who wears her vocal talents lightly.

Her decorative flourishes are subtle and sympathetic to her eclectic song choices, although her treatment of the big Donegal love song, Dónall Óg is too expansive, resulting in a diluting of the heartache at the core of this grand tale of love unrequited.

Manus Lunny’s production is suitably spacious in style. Unusually, Ní Cholla contributes one song of her own composition, Lá Aoibheann Cois Trá, a melodically genteel tale with some lovely whistle playing from Martin Crossin.

Ní Cholla’s debut is shot through with a quiet confidence that reflects a lifetime rich in both singing and listening.

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Tuairisc ag Pól Ó Muirí, The Irish Times, 15 Aibreán 2015

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Pól Ó Muirí, The Irish Times, 15 Aibreán 2015

Seoladh an chéad albam leis an amhránaí ar an sean-nós Noeleen Ní Cholla – An Mhaighdean Mhara (Cló Iar-Chonnacht) – ag an Fhéile Phan-Ceilteach i nDoire Dé hAoine. Amhránaí óg ildánach as Gaoth Dobhair í Ní Cholla atá ag coinneáil an dé i dtraidisiún na hamhránaíochta don chéad ghlúin eile.

Is cainteoir dúchais í agus tá an Ghaidhlig ar a toil aici fost mar gur chaith sí tamall ina cónaí ar na hoileáin i nGaidhealtahd na hAlban. Amhráin i nGaeilge, i nGaidhlig na hAlban agus i mBéarla atá le cloisteáil ar an albam seo dá bharr sin.

Chas Ní Cholla roinnt amhrán i gcuideachta an ghrúpa An Crann Óg, amhránaithe óga a bhí ina n-aoicheoltóirí ar an albam léi, Dé hAoine.

Ní hamháin go raibh na hÉireannaigh i láthair leis an cheol a sheoladh chun bealaigh ach bhí muintir na hAlban ann fosta. Beirt eile atá ar an albam agus a cheol léi ná an t-amhránaí ar an sean-nós Albanach, Tearlach MacColla, agus fear an bhosca cheoil, Calum Mac Colla.

THE MERMAID'S TALE, Gráinne McCool talks to Gaoth Dobhair singer Noeleen Ní Cholla, Irish Music Magazine, 2015

Donegal is well-known the world over for its traditional singers and musicians. It’s no surprise therefore that another fabulous compilation of music is due for release very soon from this part of Ireland. This time it is the turn of Noeleen Ní Cholla who is a native Irish speaker from the Gaoth Dobhair area of the county. Gaoth Dobhair is steeped in sean-nós singing traditional music, acting and dance. Noeleen Ní Cholla has certainly inherited this tradition from the older generation that is around her. Her forthcoming album showcases all that is traditional Irish music and sean-nós at their very best.

The title of the new CD, An Mhaighdean Mhara (the mermaid), is based on a song of the same name, that Ní Cholla learnt as a young child. It is the story of a Mermaid who falls in love with a man from the mainland of Gaoth Dobhair, or, in some stories from Tory Island. “I have always loved teh magic around this story and song. They say that The Mermaids descendants still reside in Gaoth Dobhair or Tory Island,’” said Noeleen. They’re certainly kept alive with the release of this album.

The album, consisting of 13 tracks, is a combination of sean-nós and traditional music. Noeleen is accompanied by her good friends Tearlach MacColla and Tormod MacFhionghuin on the Scottish Gaelic songs. She says “they add to the Scottish Gaelic authenticity of the songs:. Calum Mac Colla’s accordion accompaniment adds to the “tone and style of E Ho Ro Mo Nighean Donn,”. Also accompanying on the album are An Crann óg, who as Noeleen says, “provides a beautiful harmony and duet to Lú Aoibhinn Cois Trá.”

Ní Cholla is clearly singing her style of music on this compilation. “I wanted to sing the different styles of songs that I have liked; Irish Gaeilge sean-nóß; Scottish Gaelic sean-nós, my newly composed song and English Ballads. I feelt that the music on the new CD is relaxing; it has a lot of relaxing tones/sounds. There is a mixture of sean-nós singing in Irish and Scots Gaelic with some soprano/classical styles in the Scottish Gaelic songs. The style is traditional overall with soft acoustic guitar featuring in a few songs and piano in one of the sean-nós songs, Bean an Fhir Ruaidh, by Manus Lunny. The flutes and uilleann pipes by Martin Corssin add to the mellow tones and the Irish traditional style.”

Lá Aoibhinn Cois Trá is Ní Cholla’s own composition. “I felt inspired to write this song having met a travelling storyteller, singer and musician, called Samuel Allo who was walking from Britany around Ireland, Scotland and Wales, gathering songs and stories in the Celtic languages to tell school children in schools in Brittany. I recorded a few songs and the stories of the songs for him and he stayed with me and my family for a night on his journey.”

Noeleen also told me, “I was also inspired by local singers such as Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Máire Ní Bhraonáin who were taking our local Irish songs to a wider audience.” Now it’s Noeleen’s turn to take her singing to this audience!

Although Ní Cholla has collaborated on numerous other albums, this is her first in her own right. How does that feel I asked her: “The whole experience of making my first solo CD has been very exciting. I have enjoyed other collaborations recording with other people or on compilation CDs but this definitely has been more exciting for me. To work on a CD from beginning to end, from the birth of the idea until the end product is in my hands is a very fulfilling and exciting experience. Manus Lunny’s wonderful production work, engineering , mixing, accompaniment, harmony singing and great patience have added excellently to that.”