Vocal Chords -The Odyssey of the Voice with Iarla Ó’Lionáird.
The five part Vocal Chords series will begin May 1st on RTÉ lyric fm at 7pm.
Vocal Chords is a five part music documentary series for RTÉ lyric fm presented by acclaimed sean nós singer, Iarla Ó’Lionáird from The Gloaming. In a global journey Iarla explores whether singing is man’s primary means of communication and why we sing in both times of joy and sorrow. In a vocal landscape from the sean nós tradition in Ireland, to the Zulu Mbube music of South Africa, Iarla talks to outstanding performers including Peter Gabriel, Sinéad O’Connor, Christy Moore, Frances Black, and Maria Pomianowska to uncover the story behind song, singing and the unique vocal styles of the world. You can hear some of the voices featured throughout the series here. This series takes listeners on a rich audio experience while addressing the simple but vital question, ‘What happens when you sing and why do we sing?’
This odyssey of the human voice is told through Iarla Ó’Lionáird’s own artistic journey, from his sean nós roots in an Irish speaking community in Cúil Aodha, Co. Cork, to the rise of the award-winning ensemble The Gloaming. His story is amplified by those fellow singers he meets along the way including Treasa Ní Mhoilláin, Steve Byrne and Julie Fowlis who explore, with him, the healing power of song, its deep rooted connections to home, identity, language and memory. As Scots singer Steve Byrne says, “We don’t just talk about the songs in isolation we give them a thought train to work with about memory and remembering, and if lots of people remember the same thing it doesn’t get forgotten”
Vocal Chords is an Athena Media Production for RTÉ lyric fm made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
Photo credit – Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh