Having formed in 2004, Líadan is one of Ireland’s most accomplished Irish music bands. The uniqueness of Líadan’s music and song lies in the deeply traditional essence of their music and in each band member’s ability to shine both instrumentally and vocally. Featuring talented instrumentalists and singers Valerie Casey (fiddle), Catherine Clohessy (flute), Elaine Corimcan (flute and whistles), Deirdre Chawke (piano accordion), Claire Dolan (fiddle) and Síle Denvir (harp), their tune playing features striking string and reed rhythms and accompaniments, while always keeping the melody central to their arrangements. Coupled with that, the members are highly talented vocalists, displaying an astounding ability to move audiences with their settings of traditional songs in English and sean-nós songs in the Gaelic language, using acapella, harmonies and instrumental arrangements. Líadan’s stage presence exudes a group personality that is both vibrant and engaging.
The band has released three critically acclaimed albums and their distinctive and innovative sound has won them such prestigious awards as ‘Best Live Band’ at the Lorient Interceltic Festival and ‘Best Vocal Group’ at the International Pan Celtic Festival. Following the huge success of their debut album, which was launched in September 2006, the band was invited to tour America and Japan with The Chieftains. They have also played at prestigious venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Áras an Uachtaráin, Milwaukee Irish Festival, Icons Festival, The World Fleadh, Richmond Folk Festival, EBU Folk Festival and the North Texas Irish Festival.
Líadan’s musical and vocal prowess, their ability to move effortlessly between Irish and English language song, and the traditionally rooted core of their music ensures that Líadan are around for the long haul.
‘Líadan make music that is unique and personal and music worth falling in love with’. Irish Music Magazine