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World Premiere of CAOIN by Ceara Conway: A glór Commission

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Suitable for ages 12+
Duration: 70-80 minutes

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Known for her unique use of traditional song and lament in contemporary art for this album vocalist/artist Ceara Conway collaborates with producer Seán Mac Erlaine, musicians Kevin Murphy (Cello), Ultan O’Brien (Viola/Fiddle) of Slow Moving Clouds, Seán Mac Erlaine (clarinet, electronics) and Francesco Turrisi (piano)  to bring you a collection of sean nós songs that explore the beautiful sounds and sentiments of longing and loss found in traditional praise songs, lullabies with core emphasis on the traditional Irish ‘caoineadh’, lament.

Ceara Conway has gained recognition for her singing in traditional repertoires across cultures from Irish traditional sean nós, to Portuguese, Arabic and African song and Georgian Chant. The essence of her music is its unique hybridity, a merging of her love and respect for tradition coupled with her interest in new styles, genres and contemporary music.


Ceara Conway – vocals
Seán Mac Erlaine – clarinet, electronics, piano
Kevin Murphy – cello
Ultan O’Brien – violin, viola

All songs traditional/copyright control

Arranged by Seán Mac Erlaine and Ceara Conway
Produced by Seán Mac Erlaine

CAOIN album was recorded at Camden Studios, Dublin, The Meadows, Wicklow and Lisseycasey, Clare
Mixed and mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine
Photography by Julia Dunin (cover), Dragana Jurišić (inside and back)

Caoin was born out of my love for singing Irish traditional sean nós songs that have melodies and narratives expressing feelings of loss, longing, and the sensibility of the ‘cry.’ Within Caoin you will hear laments (caointe) alongside praise songs, love songs, and lullabies. I have a grá (a love) for singing songs from all over the world but singing sean nós holds a special place in my heart for many reasons such as my Connemara roots, my love for the Irish language, and the pure visceral experience of singing melodic ornamented lines and notes. Most of all I love singing sean nós songs for the resonance that I experience when singing them, the emotions they express feel timeless and universal. Ceara Conway, November 2021

CAOIN the live performance premiere is commissioned by glór with support from the Arts Council
CAOIN the album is commissioned by Creative Ireland Galway County Council

Ceara Conway is an Irish contemporary singer and visual artist. She creates experiential performance works that utilise traditional and contemporary songs, music and visual art to explore social issues such as the ecological crisis, migration and feminist concerns.

She has shown and performed work widely internationally and in Ireland, including the Katzen Arts Centre, Washington, tHE Barbican, UK, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Taigh Chearsabhaigh Museum, Galway Arts Centre, and the National Gallery of Ireland.

​Ceara has performed with esteemed musicians such as Nick Roth, Caoimhín O Raghallaigh, Nóirín Ni Rian, Linda Buckley and LAU.  She has performed at the Irish Embassy in Paris & Irish Embassy in Berlin and for visiting heads of state such as Christine Lagarde, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Jean -Claude Juncker

Recent projects include GOL with Brú Theatre (2021), Bealtaine Festival ‘Of Scent and Song’’ (2021), Viriditas, Galway ECOC & Saolta Arts (2020), Dóchas/Hope, Oireachtas na Gaeilge & Waterways Ireland (2019). The Feminist Supermarket, Ormston House, (2021), Pocahontas Opera House Residency, West Virginia, USA (2022).  She has received numerous bursaries and awards from the Arts Council and City and County Arts Offices in Ireland.

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