Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra

Affinity (2013)

‘Affinity’ is the second album from the First Lady of Celtic Music, Moya Brennan, and harp virtuoso, Cormac De Barra, in their Voices & Harps collaboration – a partnership combining the simplicity, depth and beauty of the extraordinary skills which make them unique in their own field.

They are both well versed in Irish traditional music and language but the new compositions on Affinity also display broader musical influences. Moya’s beguiling voice – admired around the world as the Voice of Clannad – and Cormac’s mastery of the Irish harp combine beautifully and provide a unifying vehicle for this Voices & Harps album. Both of them boast Irish as their first language so the album includes a number of Gaeilge tunes. However, these manage to sit comfortably alongside, for instance, their new version of Christopher Cross’ classic “Sailing” and their genre defying “Worlds Collide.” Their first album, Voices & Harps, was released in 2011 and led to the founding of their annual workshop in Donegal, now in its third successful year.

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Tracklist

01. Intro (1:27)
02. Sailing (4:11)
03. The Lass of Aughrim (3:15)
04. Worlds Collide (3:09)
05. I Feel You Breathe (4:43)
06. Crúiscín Lán (3:31)
07. Captain O’Kane (3:33)
08. Seoithín Seo (3:51)
09. Stóirín Rua (2:55)
10. When The Morning Breaks (4:00)
11. Ardaigh Cuan (3:44)
12. Suas Síos (4:46)

Album Credits

Moya Brennan — Vocals, Harp, Keyboards
Cormac De Barra — Vocals, Harps, Keyboards, Bodhrán
Aisling Jarvis — Guitar, Bouzouki, Úilleann pipes, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals
Éamonn De Barra — Flute, Low Whistle, Tin Whistle, Bodhrán
Graham Henderson — Keyboards, Accordion
Sinéad Madden — Fiddle
Máire Breatnach — Viola, Fiddle, String Arrangements
Una Ní Chanainn — Cello
Barry Carroll — Electric Guitar
John Reynolds — Drums, Programming
Justin Adams — Guitar
Clare Kenny — Bass Guitar
Paul Jarvis — Backing Vocals
Cathleen Hall — Backing Vocals

Produced by Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra
Additional production by John Reynolds
Recorded and Engineered by Aisling Jarvis
Assisted by Barry Carroll, Paul Jarvis, Sheila Wilson
Mastered by Richard Dowling at Wav Mastering
Mixed by John Reynolds and Tim Oliver
Photography and sleeve design by Tim Jarvis

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