Dublin-based with Clare and Connemara connections, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien have been playing together for many years in bands, including Skipper’s Alley. Their involvement with Manx singer Ruth Keggin and with the international Gaelic project ‘Aon Teanga (One Tongue)’ took them to Highland Scotland, where they recorded their debut album at Watercolour Music in Lochaber.
The human voice and the fiddle are often thought of as musical cousins. ‘Solas an Lae’ (The Light of the Day), released in November 2020, is Eoghan and Ultan’s debut offering. It is a compelling exploration of that relationship, creating a unique dialogue that blends raw, rugged earth with the ethereal otherworld.
Since the release of their album, they have built on this musical relationship through the medium of “digital folk opera” - marrying the tales told in their music with film. The most recent of these is “Lifting The Latch”, a short film that explores the themes of escapism, movement, migration and loss.
Bouncing songs and strings off one another, Eoghan and Ultan have emerged viscerally from the sean-nós roots of upbringing to blossom into two of the most articulate Irish musical voices on the scene today.
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