Songs, Poems & Stories
Concert performances. Seoirse’s speciality is Gaelic song, poetry & story (with translations) but can diversify into a variety of internationally sourced and familiar songs in English, rendered simply through the pure acoustic essentials of voice and nylon-stringed guitar. He also plays a range of guitar instrumentals performed in classical style.
…we are transported across time and borders by a fluid style which seamlessly and coherently interweaves classical, Gaelic and American folk elements. In Seoirse’s skilled hands, music and stories resonate with a fresh and tender intimacy… the delicate yet vibrant presence of a private performance by a warm hearth.
Wow!!! a cover of “Windmills of the Mind”, which is surprisingly effective as Seoirse (pronounced SHOR-sha) manages to infuse some classic folk moves with creative interpretations. I generally sense a vibe similar to that of Tír na nÓg and at times Magna Carta, with plenty of individuality here. And there are some adventurous arrangements in some songs, which is helpful as there are a lot of covers here… Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, etc. This is a double LP on one CD with eighteen songs and there are several traditionally arranged classics as well… Like Tír na nÓg, there is an Irish feeling here that does not dominate the songs but stays in the mix.
© David Hintz
Live Concert Recordings
Four live concerts, three of these originally issued on cassette, are now available as MP3 Downloads at www.threadsofsound.net
Seoirse & Peadar Live in the Cellar Club Errigal SCD 010  Irish Trad.
Péire Stróicthe Errigal SCD 011  Acoustic Pop & Folk
Amhráin agus Bodhráin (with Damien Quinn) Errigal SCD 012  Irish Folk/Gaelic
“This live concert is superbly recorded, incisive and full-bodied. Here are unusual performances of Irish songs in which virtuosity goes with a sense of spontaneity. The rhythms in the fast songs (and its nearly all fast songs here) are freely and infectiously sprung to bring out high spirit and individuality. The sound is bright and clear too, giving extra bite to the performances. Damien Quinn accompanies Seoirse sensitively, when required, and vigorously with off-beat rhythms sharply pressed home. The playing and singing are exhilarating and full of many unexpected changes of tempo, but expertly controlled. The thrust of the bodhrán passages in the opening song possesses a lively wit that never once looses impetus. Seoirse’s colourful, winning performances are totally idiomatic, bringing out point and spark in every track with great warmth and naturalness of voice and exciting guitar bravura throughout.” – Oisín Ó Gallchóir
The fourth was only released as recent as 2015 on CD:
Seoirse & Peadar The Continental Céilí Errigal SCD 026 [1989 / 2015] Irish Trad.