Air-Edel Manages Universal Artist Sibéal Ní Chasaide
We are excited to announce our management of Universal artist Sibéal Ní Chasaide. We have very much enjoyed working with Sibéal over the past year, as she brings the centuries-old Irish style of sean-nós singing to the world via her debut EP on Decca Records.
On her exquisite debut EP, her cover of Rag’n’Bone Man’s BRIT Award-winning No2 hit ‘Human’ nestles alongside traditional Irish track ‘Women of Eire’, and folk songs ‘The Parting Glass’ and ‘He Moved Through the Fair’, all set to the sparsest of acoustic guitar and violin, allowing her sonorous vocals centre stage. Sibéal chose the songs, arranged and translated them. It’s an astounding debut that proves she can take any song and put her own stamp on it. She sings the second verse of her cover of Human in Irish, making a melodic pop hit sound timeless, : “‘Human’ was one that I could enter myself into the most”, she says. “And then we came up with an arrangement for it that I really liked and I just felt really connected to the song.”
Choosing the right songs to cover was essential. “I tried to listen to a lot of different covers, and ‘He Moves’ and ‘Parting Glass’ fitted the EP; I think they are classics.” Seán Ó Riada’s ‘Mná ne hÉireann’ (‘Women of Ireland’), a song not technically old enough to be a sean-nós song, was also chosen being Sibéal’s favourite song to sing live and beautiful melody.
Sibéal’s big breakthrough came in 2016. A couple of years earlier, Patrick Cassidy – a renowned composer who has collaborated to films including King Arthur, Layer Cake and Hannibal – heard her singing while on a trip back home from Los Angeles and was blown away. Having been invited to compose the score for the documentary ‘1916: The Irish Rebellion’, Cassidy asked Sibéal to perform the vocals for a piece he wrote to accompany Patrick Pearse’s famous 1912 poem ‘Mise Éire’. Her powerfully emotive live performance with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, at an event commemorating the 1916 centenary, established her as a national treasure and led to her performing around the country, for audiences that included the President. The track was played on RTE, one of Ireland’s biggest national stations, only to be heard by Mark Crossingham of Universal Ireland and a record deal followed.
It’s only the beginning for Sibéal, but it won’t be long before the world hears this ancient style of singing – updated for the present day and more beautiful and compelling than ever. “It would be impossible for me to escape a world of music because it’s always been there and something that always will. It’s something that’s been passed down to me and it’s something that survives deeply within my family and within my roots.”
Sibéal’s next single is released on 18th January. Listen to ‘The Parting Glass’ on Spotify.