CATRIN O'NEILL was surrounded by traditional Welsh music and culture
growing up in Aberdyfi in Snowdonia, but her adult life has exposed her
to many new influences."I took my guitar and had five years of travel,"
she says. "I produced children's cabaret shows in the depths of China and
was a chorus line dancer in the Bollywood film industry in India, among other things."
Now settled back in Wales, she has spent the past four years, as she says, "song writing,
learning new instruments and rediscovering my undying passion for Welsh and
other Celtic folk music".
Along with the traditional music, Catrin is writing her own original material
in both English and Welsh.
She plays solo but more often as a duo or as part of a four piece
incorporating harp, fiddle, bouzouki, pipes and whistle.
Catrin's studio version of her album 'Nain's Kitchen'with John Perkins producing, has brought some great reviews and a lot of airplay.
Now her single release 'Patagonia' from her next album is available from the same outlets as her album.
Listen to her album 'Nain's Kitchen' online:
For those who prefer to have the CD in their hands
The first made for purpose music video from the album was a track called Ar Lan Y Mor (by the seashore) but now you can see them all in this player.
REVIEW: from Rock 'n' Reel magazine:
Vivacious Welsh singer Catrin O’Neill has a passion for folk music which is refreshingly unaffected.
Fortunately she has talent to match. The result is charming yet powerful. Many good live folk acts don’t fully succeed in transferring their strengths to recordings, but this is a strong debut album which does her versatile performances justice.
Catrin plays guitar and bodhran. She is well supported here by other acoustic musicians, notably Chris Knowles on Celtic harp and Mike Lease on fiddle. Four of the songs are self-penned, four traditional Welsh and five traditional Irish. Catrin’s own compositions have a gypsy romanticism, a cheering sense of the magic of love, music and nature, and a definite compatibility with the traditional material. The Welsh songs (sung in the native language) are perhaps the most beautiful, the two Irish drinking yarns are the most entertaining, while ‘I Am Stretched On Your Grave’ provides the soulful tragedy without which no true folk album would be complete.
‘Nain’ is Welsh for grandmother, and indeed the album does convey the feel of friendly folks warming themselves up with drink and music in some rural cottage on a cold winter’s night. Catrin does her nain proud.
Review from FATEA Magazine below:
Any album with a song about drinking hard cider has got something going for it.
Catrin O'Neill has put together an album of traditional classics and contemporary
gems that I guess she's hoping will add to their number. "Nain's Kitchen" is an
album of stoves and crock pots rather than ovens and bowls, songs of the people,
not the peers, but delightfully practical with nothing going to waste. O'Neill
herself can turn her voice from songs, sang almost angelically in Gaelic to rough
drinking songs that seem to put you over the drink drive limit just by listening.
Rychard Carrington reports on Catrin O'Neill at The Junction, Cambridge.
2 December 2009 - Moving Tunes
Welsh singer Catrin O'Neill was charming, to a quite stunning extent. Her influences are traditional Welsh, Irish and Breton. Some songs are
traditional (some in Welsh), and some self-penned. She performed a varied set with talent, grace and warmth, from tender love songs to drinking songs to tragic ballads. She sang beautifully and powerfully, accompanying herself on guitar and bodhran. Catrin, you're a star! Look out for her, readers, and her new album Nain's Kitchen.