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The Celtic Cello - Clíodhna Ní Aodáin


The Celtic Cello - Clíodhna Ní Aodáin
Clíodhna Ní Aodáin is a playful spirit. Maybe even mischievous. Her voice, too, is enchanting -- from vocalisations, to chants, songs and stories spoken in the soft accent of her own native Dublin. Trained as a classical musician, Clíodhna has hit the high notes in the classical world. She is a solo performer, a passionate and compassionate teacher, a composer and a conductor of two orchestras in Bern, Switzerland, where she now resides. Following a life changing accident in 2017, she dedicated herself to the music of her heart -- traditional Irish music. In 2018 Clíodhna performed The Celtic Cello for the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and received his blessing to use his poem “The Prophets are Weeping” to create a piece of music. In 2019 she conducted 180 musicians for an Irish music concert “In Search of a Better LIfe” -- which told the story of Irish emigrants, and highlighted the plight of refugees today. In 2021, she won the Robinson Emerging Artist Showcase, with an invitation to play at the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Canada in 2022. A recent project involved a collabaoration with Martin Hayes: The Westerly Edge a Suite for Irish Fiddle and Chamber Orchestra. It was premiered in Bern in September 2022. In 2021 Clíodhna started a local Céilí band in Switzerland, for kids from 4 - 16 years old.



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