Catrin O’Neill grew up by the sea in Southern Snowdonia, surrounded by a wealth of traditional Welsh music and culture. She is the lead singer of Allan yn y Fan and also a member of 10 mewn bws.
The influence of her Irish ancestry and love of Breton dance and its music can clearly be heard in her performances. However it is in the Welsh music that her true passion lies.
Welsh folk music has been overlooked for so long says Catrin, Even well known Celtic musicians not really being aware of its existence. Many people think that our folk music consists of Hymns or male voice choirs, so far from the reality. The true folk music of Wales can be compared to the carefree passion of Irish, or the beauty of Breton music, but with it bringing harmonies and a poetic tradition to rival that of anywhere in the world. I think it would be very mean of us not to share it!
It is her humour and ability to tell a story, transporting the audience to places past and present, that really set her aside from other folk singers, her style recently being referred to as a Female Rory McLeod. She often plays solo but also as a duo or as part of a four piece incorporating harp, two fiddles, bouzouki, pipes and whistle.
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Listing Title: Catrin O’Neill