Ó hAirt (lead vocals, concertina, sean-nós dance)
Brían Ó hAirt’s (Brian Hart) anomalous
voice stands as a testament to the power of tradition.
His ability to share the mind’s eye of an older generation
of singers has afforded him great acclaim at his young age.
He became the youngest and first ever American to win the
coveted Sgiath Uí Dhálaigh
shield at the Fleadh Cheoil na
hÉireann in Listowel, Co. Kerry in 2002—adding his name to
the shield’s long list of noted singers including Joe Heaney,
Frank Harte and Paddy Berry.
dedication to traditional song and more specifically to the sean-nós
style of singing encouraged him to learn the Irish language to an
uncanny fluency and along the way introduced him to the close-knit
singing community of the Conamara Gaeltacht where Irish is still the commonly spoken
has performed extensively in the
2003 Brían established Sean-nós
He is likewise a noted instrumentalist of accordion, concertina and whistle and plays with Milwaukee-based group Cé, and more recently with Chicago-based Bua, both of which Irish Music Magazine has lauded for their distinct talent and innovation in the vein of traditional music.
Ri New Dimension 2001