Really beautiful CD - from way back in 1971, featuring siblings - Micheal O Domhnaill, his sisters - Triona and Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill, and a friend Daithi Sproule (currently in Altan).
Though they are all very young here - (the boys still at University in Dublin, and the girls - still in school) they exhibit total control of the music, yet with a real vibrancy which lifts it above anything you might expect. This CD was re-released in 1998, and has always been very highly regarded in Irish 'Trad' circles.
In subsequent years they all met with musical success - particularly Micheal who co-founded the innovative and highly charged - hugely popular BOTHY BAND, and later the band NIGHTNOISE, who produced many albums - mainly in America. Triona was also in the Bothy Band, and was also the vocalist in Nightnoise. And Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill, deservedly - became one of the most accomplished female Trad singers in Ireland today.
This CD is entirely in Gaelic, with lyrics and English translations enclosed.
The ballads are varied; many from their father's people in North West Donegal Gaeltacht. Some are ancient, some slightly more contemporary, but all highly engaging and evocative. There are no electronics here, or special effects, except the harmonic spell cast by four very able, enthusiastic, and sensitive voices, singing and playing as if that - rather than speech - was their natural mode of communication... Hear them on the sampler - see them on You Tube, and buy the CD here on Amazon!!