Iarla Ó Lionáird




Iarla Ó Lionáird is one of the leading figures in traditional Irish music. He has had success with a number of groups including The Crash Ensemble, Afro Celt Sound System and most recently The Gloaming. Iarla has also lent his voice to movie soundtracks such as “Gangs of New York” and “Calvary”. Iarla has and continues to tour all over the globe and has recorded with some of the biggest names in music such as Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Nick Cave and Sinead O’Connor. Iarla has great interest in all kinds of music culture and holds a masters degree in Ethnomusicology.


“It’s going to be very interesting to hear the various varieties of self that the voice expresses….I’m very excited to hear their thoughts about this thing called the voice, which is really part of yourself. It’s unusual to give people an option to talk about a part of themselves that also becomes part of somebody else”


Iarla Ó Lionáird



Iarla was a guest on The Family of Things podcast series, which you can download the episode free on iTunes. The Family of Things is a podcast series about life and how we live it and in this episode Iarla discusses his relationship with his voice, his language and his creative journey from singing the cows back home to releasing his work through Peter Gabriel’s label Real World Records.

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