In Conversation with Linda Buckley

Iarla Ó Lionáird shares an in depth conversation with composer Linda Buckley for Vocal Chords: In Conversation for RTÉ lyric fm as part of this multi award winning series. The full documentary was broadcast Sunday December 3rd 2017.


Iarla’s guest in this episode is the Cork born composer Linda Buckley whose work explores and uses the human voice. Linda comes from a family of 9 from the Old Head of Kinsale and grew up in a traditional music environment before studying music at UCC and Trinity College Dublin.


The full programme is now available to stream:



Linda Buckley is a composer/performer based in Dublin/Kinsale who has written extensively for orchestra, and has a particular interest in merging her classical training with the worlds of post punk, folk and ambient electronica. Her work has been described as “fantastically brutal, reminiscent of the glitch music of acts such as Autechre” (Liam Cagney, Composing the Island) and “engaging with an area of experience that new music is generally shy of, which, simplified and reduced to a single word, I’d call ecstasy” (Bob Gilmore, Journal of Music).


Music for theatre includes work by Enda Walsh (Bedbound) and film by Pat Collins (Living in a Coded Land) and Tadhg O’Sullivan (Solas Céad Bliain). Awards include a Fulbright scholarship to NYU and the Frankfurt Visual Music Award 2011 (Silk Chroma).


Recent and upcoming collaborations include work with Mmoths, arrangements from This Mortal Coil, remixes for Augustus and John, as well as performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Icebreaker, Joby Burgess, Ensemble Mise-En and Crash Ensemble. Linda also lectures on the renowned Music and Media Technologies programme at Trinity College Dublin.


She is now an international artist of considerable reputation and her music has been performed by the Dresden Sinfoniker Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Fidelio Trio, Orkest de Ereprijs, Janus Trio, Rothko Trio, University of York Javanese Gamelan, and featured at international festivals including the Bang on a Can Summer Institute of Music at MassMoCA, Gaudeamus Music Week Amsterdam and Seoul International Computer Music Festival.


She is herself a fine singer and her work, like her recent show at the Kilkenny Arts Festival – Antartica in collaboration with the uilleann piper David Power, features her vocal and electronic composition. In this episode Iarla explores Linda’s work and talks about their own collaboration Ó Íochtar Mara which was performed by Crash Ensemble at the Sounds from a Safe Harbour Festival in Cork. From January 2018 Linda will take up a new post as Lecturer in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Glasgow.


Vocal Chords – Iarla Ó Lionáird and Linda Buckley In Conversation – Trailer



Vocal Chords – Iarla Ó Lionáird and Linda Buckley In Conversation. The story behind their work together.



Music performances featured in this episode:


*Music Title / Performer / Composer


Revelavit / Linda Buckley / Linda Buckley
Alice / Cocteau Twins / Elisabeth Fraser and the Cocteau Twins
The Sensual World / Kate Bush / Kate Bush
Song of the Siren / Annette and Linda Buckley / Elisabeth Fraser and the Cocteau Twins
Corpus Christi / Irene and Linda Buckley / Linda Buckley
Do you remember the planets? / Linda Buckley / Linda Buckley
Torann / Crash Ensemble / Linda Buckley
O Pastor Animarum / Hildegard von Bingen / Hildegard von Bingen
Eriu / Linda Buckley / Linda Buckley
An Lacha Bacach / Eilis Ní Shuilleabháin / Traditional
Siúl a Rún / Linda Buckley / Traditional
Stabat Mater, Op. 53 – 4. Spraw Niech Placze Z Toba Razem / Karol Szymanowski
Haunt / The Relay Project / Linda Buckley
Revelavit / Ergodos / Linda Buckley
Beloved on the Earth / RTE Philharmonic Choir and National Symphony Orchestra / Raymond Carver/Linda Buckley
O Íochtar Mara / Iarla Ó Lionáird and the Vanbrugh String Quartet / Linda Buckley
Fridur / Isabelle O Connell / Linda Buckley
Heckla / Crash Ensemble / Linda Buckley
Numarimur / Linda Buckley / Linda Buckley
Water / (Bjork) The Sugarcubes / (Bjork) The Sugarcubes
Hoppipolla / Sigur Ros / Sigur Ros
Drink all your Passion Michelle O Rourke / Linda Buckley
Haunt The Relay Project / Linda Buckley
Antarctica at Night / Linda Buckley and David Power / Linda Buckley
Jump / Kate Ellis / Linda Buckley
Chiyo / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Linda Buckley
Fall Approaches Ruthless / Jabiru Chamber Orchestra / Linda Buckley
Haza / RTE Contempo Quartet / Linda Buckley
Ekstasis / Linda Buckley and Joby Burgess / Linda Buckley for more about Linda and her work.