On the 7th of June 2013 Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra are set to release their brand new album ‘Affinity’ which features both Moya and Cormac trading talents on harps, vocals, keyboards and bodhrán and backed by a host of incredibly talented local musicians. ‘Sailing’ is the elegant lead single to be taken from the much-anticipated 12 track album which has been independently produced by the duo and mixed by John Reynolds and Tim Oliver. Moya and Cormac will make three special appearances to celebrate the release of the album in both Dublin and Donegal.
The album ‘Affinity’ is the result of a merging of two of Ireland’s most acclaimed musical minds. Both Moya and Cormac hail from highly respected musical Irish families and have grafted to become legendary musicians in their own right.
Grammy award winner Moya Brennan is the eldest of 9 children born into an exceptionally gifted musical family. She has been the lead singer of Clannad since 1975, releasing 18 albums with the group, including two with world famous sister Enya. Simultaneously Moya has managed to parallel an incredible solo career, with 7 albums to her name. Overall her career to date includes over 20 albums, numerous film scores and performances with many great artists such as The Chieftains, Robert Plant, Paul Brady, Shane MacGowan and Bono. Besides her solo work Moya is both vociferous and active in her championing of Irish arts and culture abroad.
Cormac De Barra is renowned internationally as a versatile harp virtuoso. He has continuously pushed the boundaries of the Irish harp through is work and collaborations with an extensive range of artists including Hazel O’Connor, Julie Feeney and Clannad. He writes and records regularly with his family group Barcó and hosts master classes world-wide in his spare time.
Over the years Moya and Cormac’s reverence for one another has grown strong and they have forged a powerful musical relationship. The past decade has seen the musicians unite their creativity on several projects. Along with their first collaborative album, ‘Voices and Harps’ in 2011, Moya and Cormac have joined forces to host an annual ‘Voices and Harps’ workshop, which is geared towards those with a keen interest in combining singing with harp playing and which is now in its third year.
You can catch Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra performing tracks from their brand new album ‘Affinity’ live on the following dates:
8th June 1pm, Celtic Note, 14-15 Nassau St, Dublin
18th June Steeple Sessions, Unitarian Church, Stephen’s Green, Dublin
22nd June Leo’s Tavern, Gweedore, Donegal