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Album Review

If a listener approaches Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh's new album expecting to hear traditional interpretations of Celtic folk songs, he or she will probably be disappointed. If, on the other hand, a listener approaches Daybreak: Fáinne an Lae as contemporary folk that borrows a thing or two from tradition, he or she will find it quite enjoyable. Part of the problem in how to interpret her music is that even her name, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, hints at tradition, as does the album's title. And it doesn't help that she sings a number of old folk songs in her native tongue, again hinting at a commitment to traditionalism. But whatever language Amhlaoibh sings, and whether the songs come from ancient sources or Richard Thompson, the songs that grace Daybreak are easygoing and gentle contemporary folk in the style of Kate Rusby (not Anne Briggs). The opener, "Western Highway," for instance, would be perfectly at home on a number of NPR programs. Daybreak allows Amhlaoibh to take center stage and, along with her pleasing vocals, show off her prowess on both the flute and whistle. Fans of her previous work with Danú will welcome her debut on Compass. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great solo album from the vocalist of Danu

And she's pretty. The least she could do for us regular folks is be really plain looking. Muireann has a gorgeous voice and plays a very solid whistle/flute. Nearly all the songs are fantastic and include some nice mixing with her doing background harmonies, something you don't get to hear too often from her Danu outings. If you like her in Danu and want some more gorgeous songs sean nos, then this is a great album.


Having had the great fortune of attending a concert in a small church in Dingle, Ireland where Muireann sang and played we love this album. Her voice comes through almost as though we are sitting in the front row once again. She is a great talent and this album proves it.

A real gift

This young lady is truly gifted by God to have such a voice, and she has used that gift to the benefit of others. It finally had hit me where I heard such tonal clarity, and that was when I first heard Suzy Boggess and again with Maire Brennan.

Daybreak: Fáinne an Lae, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh
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