Northwest Donegal is home to some of the most famous names in Irish music, the members of Clannad, Enya and Máiread Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan.
The rugged beauty of the area is a constant source of inspiration. With the Derryveagh mountains on one side and the wild Atlantic on the other, Gweedore is the ideal area to relax and meditate.
Growing up in this environment, the rich tradition brought me a wealth of songs, hymns, love songs and even drinking songs which have been handed down from generation to generation, full of story and emotion.
In 1991, my first recording ‘Loinneog Cheoil’ (accompanied by the highly renowned band Dervish), a cassette with 10 well-known traditional songs.
This album was also re-recorded and re-released in CD format in 2005, produced by Manus Lunny.
In 1996, the album ‘Aoife’ was released by Gael Linn and was produced by Moya Brennan and Dennis Woods which contained more traditional Irish language songs.
In 2003, the album ‘The Turning of the Tide’ was released by Celtic Collections Ltd.
This album was produced by Phil Coulter and has songs in both Irish an English which showed a different side to my repertoire.
In 2006, the album ‘If I Told You’ was released on the Phaeton Records label and distributed by Claddagh Records. Co-produced with Paul Gardner and Brendan Monaghan, this recording has a selection of songs ranging from traditional English, Irish and newly written songs.
Over the years I have had many opportunities to tour and perform in the United States, Japan, Europe and here in Ireland. I have also had the pleasure to work and record with other artists which gave me a chance to explore different musical genres.
Recording the song (in Irish) The Best is Yet to Come on the Playstation Game – Metal Gear Solid Original, released in 1998, written and produced by Rika Muranaka, has brought my singing to a wider audience who otherwise might never have heard it.