Vocalist – Francesca Genko
(Christopher Miles photographer)
The distinctive and haunting voice of Francesca Genko was chosen by the composer Paul Neville specially for his new album CEIDE FIELDS. Francesca, a professional singer based in San Franciso, is also a sound healer and yoga instructor.
Francesa can also be heard singing on the soundtrack for the new 2013 Hollywood blockbuster movie “Elysium” starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.
Her voice has also featured on the 2011 Grammy Nominated album, “Northern Seas” and also in the trailer for James Cameron’s blockbuster film “Avatar” released in Japan.
Barbary Grant’s warm and crystal clear voice was an ideal choice for singing the lyrics used in HY BRASIL on the CEIDE FIELDS album.
Based in California,she has a great affection for the Celtic musical tradition and performs songs in Irish, Scots Gaelic and Manx.
She has had several of her own albums published and has won many awards – in particular the “Sean Nós” competition at the Great American Irish Fair.
Adrian Dunbar delivers a compelling and intimate reading of the poem BELDERG (written by Nobel Prize recipient Seamus Heaney) and set to music for the CEIDE FIELDS album.
Adrian’s career has encompassed feature films – My Left Foot, The Crying Game and The General, television drama – Cracker, Inspector Morse, Murphy’s Law, Ashes To Ashes – and the theatre (as both performer and director). He also co-wrote and starred in the feature film “Hear My Song” – nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA.
Flute & Whistle – Des Cafferkey
Des Cafferkey is widely regarded as one of the finest exponents of the tin whistle and traditional flute in Ireland. A native of Achill Island, Mayo Des has played with artists as diverse as Sister Sledge, Paul Brady, Mary Coughlan, Gerry O’ Connor, James Kilbane, Matt Molloy and the St. Laurence O’ Toole Pipe Band at Carnegie Hall. He has two solo albums – the first being ‘Achill Head’ and the second ‘Achill Air’ was released in 2010.
Iain King delivers a stirring performance on Killala Skirmish, Horned Women and Ceide Fields on the CEIDE FIELDS album. After studying with Igor Ozim and the legendary Amadeus Quartet, Iain was appointed First Violin in the Philharmonic Orchestra and has broadcast on radio and TV. He has also worked on over six hundred commercial recordings – including film & TV soundtracks and pop recordings.
Padraic Collins plays the traditional Irish harp on the BELDERG soundtrack of the CEIDE FIELDS album. This young man, who lives not far from the Ceide Fields, is an accomplished player and can look forward to a successful career as a professional harpist.
(Composers note: “After the odd plucks and scrapes I threw at him during the recording session for the Belderg composition, he reacted as only a consumate professional would – a good session!” P.N.)
Information and details on Paul Neville (Composer and Arranger of CEIDE FIELDS) can be found here:More information on Paul Neville