Ályth McCormack & Tríona Marshall

Line up

  • Ályth McCormack (Vocals)
  • Tríona Marshall (Harp)
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  • style(s):
    • Celtic
    • Acoustic
  • label:
    not signed
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  • instrumentation:
    instrumental, vocal
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Alyth and Triona come together to perform a timeless program of traditional and contemporary Irish and Scotish music and song.

This unique pairing developed during their years spent touring worldwide with The Chieftains and performing at Festivals such as Celtic Connections, Blas, Tonder, Dranouter, and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

Alyth is known for having a voice of 'great purity and beauty' is 'artfully' complimented by Triona's 'sweet' yet 'stunning' harp playing, guaranteed to move any listener.

Triona Marshall - Harp

Triona comes from Portlaoise in Ireland. One of five in a family of musicians, she started playing the harp when she was seven. Triona initially trained as a classical harpist and held the post of principal harpist with the RTE Concert Orchestra for five years until 2003, when she was invited to play as guest harpist for the Chieftains.

Since then she has performed solely on the Irish harp playing as both guest harpist with the Chieftains on tours throughout the world and as a solo performer, with performances at the 9th World Harp Congress, the Special Olympics Opening ceremony held in Croke Park, Dublin, and at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where with Thomas Ranjo sole non-Japanese performer of the Biwa or "Lute of the Samurai" she successfully performed both Japanese and Irish music with Irish harp and shakuhachi as well as harp and biwa.

As a performer with the Chieftains Triona has worked with some of the top artists from around the world; Ricky Scaggs, Bela Fleck, Tim O Brien, Jerry Douglas, Jeff White, Carlos Nunez, to name but a few. Triona has recorded with the Chieftains on their four most recent album releases the latest being 'San Patricio' released in March 2010 co-produced by Paddy Moloney and Ry Cooder.

Alyth McCormack Voice

Alyth is known for having a voice of 'great purity and beauty' and was recently nominated for a Spiral Earth Award for best Female singer 2010. Born and raised on the Island of Lewis off the Northwest coast of Scotland, Alyth grew up immersed in the culture of these islands. A gifted performer from a young age, Alyth would expand on her traditional background by studying singing and drama at the RSAMD in Glasgow. There she enjoyed the freedom to experiment and develop her vocal technique. This combination makes her a unique performer who works with a broad variety of musicians both from the thriving Scottish music scene, abroad and of her new home town, Dublin. Whether folk, jazz, classical or indi, Alyth is an artist who knows no boundaries.

She has appeared on 18 albums to date - her first solo release, 'An Iomall' (The Edge), in 2000 on Vertical records. Her new album 'People like me' was released on Navigator Records in 2009. Singing with her own band Alyth is a popular festival favourite, and one who never disappoints. She has shared the stage with folk greats such as Martin Carthy and Norma Waterston, jazz singers Jacqui Dankworth, Sara Colman and Leanne Carol, Brazilian ensembles and Bulgarian voice choirs, Eddi Reader, Moving Hearts, and Liam O'Flynn.

Alyth's voice has also appeared on various film sound tracks most notably 'Festival' by Annie Griffin - winner of the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Film 2005.

A performance at the BEO Festival in Dublin would bring Alyth to the attention of legendary Irish band Moving Hearts and she and her band were invited to support them on tour this in turn led to Alyth being asked to accompany The Chieftains on their 20 date Spring tour of America in 2008 finishing in the Carnegie Hall on St Patrick's Day. Since then she has also been touring Europe and North America and sang with them and Ry Cooder at this years Celtic Connections in Glasgow. She and Triona have just returned from the 2010 Chieftains Spring Tour of America.

"Traditional Gaelic songs with modern arrangements.... her voice is spine tingling" NEW YORK TIME OUT

"Beautiful" The Scotsman 31st Jan 2010


Ályth McCormack & Tríona Marshall


Ályth McCormack & Tríona Marshall


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From demo EP

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