Celtic cousins release début duet

Lewis singing talent Alyth McCormack and Irish harpist Triona Marshall combine fources on Red & Gold.

Lewis singing talent Alyth McCormack and Irish harpist Triona Marshall combine fources on Red & Gold.

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LEWIS singing talent Alyth McCormack and Irish harpist Triona Marshall passionately present the unique musical relationship found within the Celtic nations in their début duet album Red & Gold.

Performing a timeless program of traditional and contemporary Irish and Scottish music and song, Alyth’s pure vocals are complimented by Triona’s sweet and stunning harp playing as Red & Gold delivers a special blend guaranteed to move any listener.

The remarkable pairing developed during the years Alyth spent touring with Celtic stalwarts The Chieftains, performing at festivals such as Celtic Connections, Blas, Tonder, Dranouter and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

And having travelled the world with The Chieftains since 2003, Triona has become one of Ireland’s foremost harpists.

Originally from Portlaoise, Ireland, she began playing the harp at the age of seven, initially training as a classical harpist, rising through her career to take up the post of principal harpist with the RTE Concert Orchestra for five years, before accepting an invitation to play as a guest harpist for The Chieftains.

Since then, she has performed solely on the Irish harp with the group, and in meeting Alyth, an exciting new duo was born.

The first outing for Alyth and Triona took place last year at the Gooikoorts Festival in Belgium – a Concert Mass.

The festival incorporates a gig into its Sunday Mass each year, and in 2010 the ladies were asked to perform their own songs after each section of the mass. This was not really a concept that either of them were used to playing for, but it suited them well – it was a beautiful church and the best turn out the Priest had all year!

Since then Alyth and Triona have been busy working on their début release, as well as undertaking a short tour which included a performance in the National Concert Hall, and most recently appeared on the show, Woman’s Hour, on BBC Radio 4.

Paying tribute to his counterparts new musical venture, Chieftain Paddy Moloney comments: “From the heartland of Ireland to the shores of the Island of Lewis off the Scottish coast, Triona Marshall and Alyth McCormack have created a beautiful blend of harp music and song.

“This brilliant recording encompassing a varied range of the Celtic traditions shows just how closely related our music and songs are and where it’s development and growth can lead.

“Triona and Alyth came together having toured with The Chieftains over the last few years and have now created a magical duet for all to enjoy.”

Released in Dublin in June on Alyth’s own label ANE Records, Red & Gold is available in Ireland through Claddagh Records, in An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, and on the duo’s website at www.alythandtriona.com