Saileog Ní Cheannabháin - Singer, fiddle, piano & viola player
Saileog Ní Cheannabháin is a musician, singer and composer. A native Irish speaker, her sean-nós singing style is mainly influenced by singers from Iorras Aithneach in the Connemara Gaeltacht - her earliest influence being her father, Peadar. She plays traditional music on fiddle, piano and viola, and also studied classical piano for twelve years at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, mainly with Shirin Tobin, and continued lessons at UCC with Andrew Zolinsky and Tra Nguyen. Some of the fiddle players who mainly influenced her playing are Máirtín Byrnes, Paddy Canny, Conor Tully and Paddy Cronin. Saileog has been playing traditional music on the viola since 2010, and enjoys the contrasts and challenges that it brings.
Having graduated with a BMus (2009), University College Cork awarded her the Seán Ó Riada Prize, for a study of the Songs and Singers of Iorras Aithneach. She has performed at various festivals and venues in Ireland and abroad, including Féile Joe Éinniú, Scoil Geimhreadh Merriman, Féile Chois Cuain, Cooley-Collins Festival, Féile an Fhómhair, Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin, Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh, Scoil Samhradh Willie Clancy, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Clare Festival of Singing, Inishowen Singing Festival, Louth Contemporary Music Festival, University of Cambridge, Toledo (Spain), and in Scotland for Cuairt na bhFilí. In 2012, Saileog released an album of sean nós songs that were collected by Seamus Ennis in the 1940s in Iorras Aithneach, Connemara. Saileog also did research work for the project Amhráin Ó Iorrus, a recording of songs from Erris, North Mayo, which were collected at the beginning of the last century. She has recorded a track with Ensemble Ériu on their debut album, and also features on the Tunes in the Church compilation album.
Saileog has recently released Roithleán, a new album of Irish traditional music and sean nós songs, under the Raelach Records label, which includes some of her own tune compositions. It is mostly a solo album, with some tracks featuring guest musicians also.