Iarla Ó Lionáird in conversation with Sinéad O’Connor

As part of the Vocal Chords series, Iarla and recordist Michael Gallen travelled to Sinéad O’Connor’s home to talk to her about singing and what the voice means to her. Sinéad is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest vocal talents and has a strong global following, her success in the late 80’s and early 90’s included the iconic cover of “Nothing compares 2 u” by Prince, and a grammy winning album “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got”.

The full programme is now available to stream:



They talk about the healing and spiritual powers of the voice and Sinéad reveals how significant singing is in her life, describing singing as a rope and songs the ropes she hangs on to in life. Sinéad O’Connor’s latest album I’m not bossy, I’m the Boss was shortlisted for a Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year Award, the award was won by The Gloaming.

The full interview  broadcast as a Vocal Chords special airing on RTÉ Lyric Friday, March 13th 2015, you hear the episode via the RTÉ catch up player here. Iarla has written a blog piece on Sinéad O’Connor.