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ABOUT Róisín

 

Róisín O’Reilly, a native of Cavan, attended the Conservatory of Music in Dublin (DIT) for eight years. She performed with The Conservatory of Music outside Ireland including in Carnegie Hall in New York and The Tchaikovsky Concert in Moscow. In 1996 she was invited by Michael McGlynn, founder of Anúna, to join the renowned Celtic choral group. Over several years, Róisín recorded and toured with Anúna. 

She has performed worldwide including in Carnegie hall, N.Y. St. David's Hall, Cardiff,  New Jersey Performing Arts Centre and our own National Concert Hall, many times with world-acclaimed musicians, singers and songwriters. 

 

Róisín was one of the first artists to be signed by Bill Holland to Universal Classics and Jazz, London, and recorded the album Love So Kindly - an album mainly of traditional Irish songs but also included the beautiful song called ‘The Edge of The Moon’ which was given to her by the late Irish singer/songwriter, Christy Hennessey having worked with him that year in London. 

Róisín has known and sung the songs of Irish songwriter Brendan Graham for over 20 years and during the last number of years has collaborated with him on her show The Listening Heart and has co-written with including the song, Hush Be Still - A Christmas Lullaby. Subsequently, the world-renowned American choral composer Roger Emerson composed a choral arrangement for "Hush Be Still". 

Photo by Mark Stedman NCH, Dublin. 2024

 

"YOU RIASE ME UP - THE SONGS & STORIES OF Brendan Graham -  Róisín was a featured soloist along with The National Symphony Orchestra, 2024. 

Búan do Ré, 2022 - (Brendan Graham/Róisín O' Reilly/Eilín Ní Bhaoill)Hush Be Still adapted into Irish. Róisín performed this song with The Galway Chamber Choir for a TG4 Christmas Special broadcast Christmas Eve 2022.

Hush Be Still - A Christmas Lullaby, 2021 - (Brendan Graham/ Róisin O'Reily)

A Christmas Lullaby inspired by the mystical atmosphere on Christmas Eve night in December 2020.

The song was released in December 2021 and performed by Róisín in The National Concert Hall with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, for RTE Christmas Miscellany which was broadcast on Christmas Day 2022. 

                     

O Holy Night, 2020 - Recorded to raise funds for Syrian refugee children displaced by war and living in south Lebanon.  During the Covid-19 lockdown, in October 2020 Róisín recorded "O Holy Night" to fundraise for a school set up by her friend Fr William Stuart in Tyre, south Lebanon to educate Syrian refugee children displaced by war. Sadly in November 2023, due to the conflict in GAZA, Fr William Stuart was forced by authorities to leave Syria and the school is no longer in operation. 

The Listening Heart of Winter, 2018 - Written by Róisín his performance included narrative, poetry and song, 

Yann Derrin, 2018 - A Song written by Carlos Nunez inspired by the Camino Pilgrimage, also known as St James' Way and The French Way. Róisín recorded and released it in 2018.

Celtic Dreams, 2007 - Róisín featured on a compilation by Universal Classics & Jazz London, London.

Over the Rainbow, 2006 - Following "Songbird" another double CD, which Róisín features alongside many  great female artists. Universal Classics & Jazz London.

A Classic Christmas, 2005 - A collection of Christmas hymns and Christmas Classics with Andrea Bocelli, The Choirboys, Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones, Bryn Terfel, the King's College Choir. Released UCJ, London.

Time, 2005 - Roisín was invited by Liam Lawton to record and perform the title track for this album called "Time".  EMI Ireland.

Songbird, 2004 - Róisín featured on a double CD of songs performed by some of the world's inspirational female artists including Eva Cassidy, Joan Baez, and Sarah McLaughlan.  Universal Classics & Jazz London.

Another World, 2004 -  Róisín sang "Journey's End" and the powerfully uplifting "Ave Maria". EMI Ireland.

The No 1 Classical Album, 2004 - Róisín featured on this compilation album with Hayley Westenra, Pavarotti, Sarah Brightman, Aled Jones, Lesley Garrett, Julian Lloyd Webber, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, Elton John and Paul McCartney. Universal Classics & Jazz London.

Summer Classics 2003 - A collection of classics, where Róisín featured alongside various other talented artists.

Universal Classics & Jazz London.

Love So Kindly, 2003 -  Róisín's debut album released by Universal Classics & Jazz, London features many well-known Irish songs. 

 

Among the songs was Thomas Moore’s "Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded’ which inspired songwriter and novelist, Brendan Graham, to include it in The Brightest Day, The Darkest Night, (2005) the third of his The Whitest Flower trilogy. Of a crucial scene where the central character, Ellen sings to her dying daughter in a field hospital during America’s Civil War, Graham wrote in the notes, "The moment I heard Róisín O’Reilly’s singing of it, I knew it was what Ellen would sing in Mary’s last moments’. 

Anthem, 2000 - Róisín was invited by Ronan Hardiman, composer of Lord of the Dance, to feature on his album.

Deep Dead Blue, 2000 - Recorded with Anúna.

Cynara, 1999 - Recorded with Anúna.

Faith of Our Fathers, 1996 - Recorded in Ireland. Performed in Carnegie Hall, New York.

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