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MUSIC: White Raven to spread their wings in North Dublin

Sunday, 4th February, 2018 7:00pm
MUSIC: White Raven to spread their wings in North Dublin

White Raven with Kathleen Dineen.

MUSIC: White Raven to spread their wings in North Dublin

White Raven with Kathleen Dineen.

SET for release on Friday, March 2, ‘Like a wind o’er the ocean' is the fourth album by a cappella trio White Raven, who are bringing their elegant and dynamic show to Ireland for three dates preceding the release.

This new album presents a selection of traditional songs which transcend the boundaries of the ocean that separates the three singers from their countries of birth.

Irish, Scottish, Icelandic and American songs are all represented and celebrated in this collection.

Founded in Basel, Switzerland in 2001 by Macroom-born soprano Kathleen Dineen, White Raven sings in an elegant three-part close harmony.

The three voices complement each other perfectly in what the Birmingham Post describes as "a beautiful understated finesse and masterclass in ensemble and balance”.

Described by Michael Dervan, critic for The Irish Times, "as voices of the purest gold”, some of their three part settings and arrangements echo the sonorities of the 15th century.

The featured track from the album is a setting of the poem 'The Stolen Child' by WB Yeats.

Arguably one of the most beautiful and evocative poems ever written, this musical setting was composed by Dineen.

“In our rendition we allow the listener to draw their own conclusions to the story depicted in this hauntingly beautiful and strange fairy tale,” she explains.

“This is very much an international trio, and all three singers are active in the field of early music and all have an ocean between the land of their birth and the places where they now call home.”

The title of the album comes from the song ‘Edward on Lough Erne’s Shore’.

You can catch them on Friday, February 16 in the Holmpatrick Church of Ireland, Skerries, at 8pm.




1. Most memorable moment in Dublin?

The launch of White Raven’s first CD ‘The Water is Wide’ in the James Joyce House of the Dead on Usher’s Island. White Raven sang the Lass of Aughrim and other songs in the drawing room after dinner. It was an unforgettable experience.

2. Name your favourite place to visit in Dublin and why.

Skerries. It’s such a gorgeous town with a great cultural life, a beach, pubs, restaurants, Ardgillan castle and good friends.

3. Best gig you've been to in Dublin?

Emma Kirkby at the National concert hall.

4. What influences your music?

The voice squad, medieval chansons, sean nòs singing.

5. The featured track on your new album is a setting of the poem 'The Stolen Child' by WB Yeats. What inspired you to compose the music for this?

The poem simply flows in waves of beautiful verse. I couldn't resist composing a melody to follow the ebb and flow of the lines

6. When you're not performing with White Raven, what else do you do?

Teaching singing, hill-walking, gardening, cooking and renovating my cottage in Kerry.

7. Any tips on life?

Always be kind and not always right.

Give people the benefit of the doubt. You never know what they might be going through.

8. Who would be the first person you'd invite to your dinner party (dead or alive) 

Billy Connolly.

9. Who would be the last person you'd invite?

It would have to be Donald Trump.

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