O'Connor Traces Irish Heritage On New Disc
Sinead O'Connor will celebrate her Irish roots with the Oct. 8 Vanguard Records release of "Sean-Nos Nua," an album of traditional Irish songs and her first studio album since 2000's "Faith and CouragSinead O'Connor will celebrate her Irish roots with the Oct. 8 Vanguard Records release of "Sean-Nos Nua," an album of traditional Irish songs and her first studio album since 2000's "Faith and Courage" (Atlantic).
The set was recorded in County Wicklow, Ireland, with a number of Irish and English musicians, and produced by O'Connor with Irish folk revivalist Donal Lunny, dub legend Adrian Sherwood, and Alan Branch. It consists of old-style traditional Irish tunes, such as "Peggy Gordon," "Molly Malone," and "My Lagan Love," recorded with a nod to the present.
"This [traditional] style is referred to as "Sean-Nos," says O'Connor of the album title's origin. "The way we have recorded them is to 'sexy' them up with rhythms and sounds so that they can become part of what is new style. Hence the record is called 'Sean-Nos Nua'."
Beginning today (Aug. 12), Vanguard's Web site will be streaming one song from the album each week leading up to its release. Set opener "Peggy Gordon" is the first track available.
"Faith and Courage" debuted at No. 55 on The Billboard 200 in July 2000. O'Connor's highest chart showing came with 1990's "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" (Ensign/EMI), which hit the top spot on The Billboard 200.