The Friel Sisters 'Before The Sun'
- Young Tom Ennis/ King of the Pipers/ Hunt the Cat
- Kelvin’s Purling Stream
- It’s in the Wind/ The Laurel Tree/ Repeal the Union
- Moorlough Shores
- Ranafast Jig/ Statia Donnelly/ My Former Wife
- A Stór A Stór A Ghrá
- Free & Easy
- An Coolin March/ Farewell to Lissycasey/ Trim the Velvet
- McCahill’s/ The Pigeon on the Gate
- Easter Snow
- The Dusty Miller/ The Four Courts/ The Merry Sisters
The Friel Sisters, Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born and brought up in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht. They play a mixture of music and songs in English and Irish, many from their family repertoire and achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes.
Since the launch of their debut album, they have performed at venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon, The Máirtín O’Connor Trio, Cherish the Ladies, Solas and Fidil. In 2016, the girls performed at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, and won the prestigious Trophée Loïc Raison.
2017 was a very exciting time for the girls as they recorded and prepared for release of their new album with Hajime Takahashi, produced by Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and recorded by Jack Talty. ‘Before the Sun’ was launched at Scoil Gheimhridh in Donegal in December 2017 and at Celtic Connections in Glasgow January 2018. In February, Clare received the TG4 Young Musician of the Year in Belfast, where she performed for the Irish President Michael D. Higgins. She is the first person in Scotland to receive this award.
“The Friel Sisters’ music cannot be held back; it is what comes natural to them. They breathe music, they live music, they love music.
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan
It’s been a thrill to watch them develop as singers and musicians and to marvel at their talent and enthusiasm for our shared heritage.
Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, November 2017