An up-and-coming Irish songstress has released her debut album ahead of a trip down under.
County Meath native Sibéal Ní Chasaide will perform repertoire from her self-titled work at Sydney’s Zone Out Festival at the end of September, joining an international line up with her fresh take on Irish folk.
Sibéal is an unexpected star in the 2019 music scene, introducing audiences worldwide to sean-nós, the traditional and emotive style of singing in Ireland's Gaeltacht.
The 21-year-old has said of her unique sound, “I like…bringing the contemporary edge to sean-nós singing.
“That’s who I am essentially, I’m not just a one-dimensional person.”
She also performs songs in English with Blackbird and The Parting Glass nestled among the tunes sung as Gaeilge, ensuring the eponymous album’s universal appeal.
Sibéal rose to prominence as a school student when renowned composer Patrick Cassidy heard her sing and invited her to perform vocals for a centenary documentary, 1916: The Irish Rebellion.
Her live performance of Mise Éire - the moving centrepiece of the score - with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra cemented her status as one to watch.
She has since recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios and shared her voice with audiences in the United States, Canada and the UK, accustomed to the touring life after spending her childhood travelling with her father and uncles’ Irish folk band.
Sibéal has been called a young woman of the new Ireland returning Irish music to the international arena.
The Zone Out Festival features international and Australian neo-classical artists, yoga sessions, panel discussions and film screenings.
The event takes place at Carriageworks on Saturday, September 28.