Diane Cannon’s long anticipated debut album is about to be released following the success of her taster single ‘Séan Ó Duibhir a’ Ghleanna’ which was released last year with a highly successful response. From Meenlaragh, nestled between the grandeur of Errigal mountain and the Islands of Tory and Inisboffin on the Wild Atlantic Diane’s parents and Grandparents encouraged and supported her all her life in her love of traditional music and song and the Gaelic language. Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh features on the album playing a tune she learned from Dianes grandfather and good friend Manus Cannon, which she is extremely proud and privileged to have on the album.
The album was done with the help of friend, mentor and renowned sean nós singer Lillis Ó Laoire. It includes songs that are specific and personal to where Diane comes from. An Droighnean Donn and Toraigh Álainn from Tory Island and Cnoc na Naomh and Bainín Mhín a Leagh which have been revived and given new life by the emotion, love and understanding of Dianes voice to her native language, the songs and the story making her a true exponent of the sean nós style. There are a few songs in English which have been some favourites of Diane for years which she can equally interpret and deliver; Broom of the Cowdenowes and Lough Eirns Shore which she learned from the singing of Garrett Doran and Éithne Ní Uallacháin.
Having invited some of the most incredible musicians on the album such as Donald Shaw, Michael Mc Goldrick, Neil Martin, Charlie Mc Kerron amongst many others; there are a few beautiful duets with Lillis Ó Laoire and keeping the tradition of family unison singing alive, with her daughter Kelly Ní Chanainn on Níl sé na Lá and Mhaithrín Dhilís, this album takes some of the old songs in the tradition and breathes a fresh new life into them with great understating and empathy from producer Manus Lunny.
“I wanted to record an album that reflects all that is important and special to me. Songs and tunes from home, staying true to my local traditional style while adding some magic with new arrangements; breathing new life to the songs.”