Iarla Ó Lionáird

Iarla O Lionarid

Sean nós singer and songwriter Iarla Ó’Lionáird is Helen Shaw’s guest in The Family of Things. Iarla is the voice of the acclaimed Irish ensemble The Gloaming.  He grew up in Cúil Aodha in Co. Cork in an Irish speaking community in what he calls ‘ a hive of song’ . As a child, along with his ten brothers he sang in Seán Ó Riada’s choir.

He talks about his relationship with his voice, his language and his creative journey from singing the cows back home to releasing his work through Peter Gabriel’s label Real World Records. Today he performs across the world not just with The Gloaming but also with operatic work by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy.