Naisrín Elsafty – 26 August 2013

PIC PAUL SHARP/SHARPPIX

Irish Gaelic

Naisrín Elsafty has a unique back story among those featured on Gaelic Voice of the Week.  Her background is Irish and Egyptian, the daughter of Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, a native of County Galway and also a fine singer in the sean-nós tradition, and Saber Elsafty, an Egyptian doctor singer.  Naisrín was raised in the Conamara Gaeltacht in the West of Ireland. Her parents met while working in Denmark and eventually married in the Conamara parish of Cill Chiaráin. So, Naisrín grew up in a multi-cultutral, multi-religious household. She is now a respected Gaelic singer in sean-nós singing tradition, an unaccompanied and heavily ornamented style.

Here, Naisrín sings Máire Ní Eidhin, composed in the 18th century by Antoine Ó Raifteiri, one of the last of the wandering bards.

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