On the road with The Chieftains..

Triona and Alyth will be hitting the road soon in America with The Chieftains. They are joinng them this spring for The Chieftains 50th Anniversary American Tour. In addition to that the girls can also be heard on the Chieftains latest release ‘Voices of Ages’ CD which hits the shops on February 21st 2012. For further infomation please see Tour Dates.

The girls released their own first DUO album in July 2011 and received great reviews. It’s available to buy here on our site and it also available for download and physical copy through CD Baby and we just got a ****star review in The Irish Times.

Alyth McCormack and Triona Marshall


Red Gold ANE Records ****

“Scottish and Irish music cosy up with the familiarity and ease of longtime compadres. For some years now Isle of Lewis singer Alyth McCormack has guested with The Chieftains, where she made the acquaintance of harpist Tríona Marshall. Red Gold is a languorous collection of songs and tunes that draw on each artist’s strength with equal verve. McCormack’s voice, sweet but with sufficient bite to add body to the songs, is partnered by a raft of evocative and agile arrangements from Marshall on harp.

The pair never succumb to the plaintively ethereal, which can dog harp recordings in particular. Noel Eccles’ soft- shoe shuffle percussion and judicious tinctures of fiddle, guitar and double bass add further to an intriguing collection. Highlights are the pair’s cover of Chris Wood’s One in a Million and Marshall’s Red and Gold Reel , tastily paired with The Mason’s Apron . See facebook.com/alythandtriona”

‘RED & GOLD’ UK PRESS RELEASE – click here


There was an article on them in April’s edition of Irish Music Magazine and they decribed our album as ‘a delicious musical adventure’. IMM were also at their gig at the Termonfeckin Harp Festival on the 28th June so look out ofr a review from that.

They also performed live and were interviewed by Jenni Murray on Woman’s Hour BBC Radio 4 on July 1st so hopefully more of you got to here them and will let them know what you think.

…and finally they have our first album review from Germany – The Irland Journal.

“These two ladies really know their stuff! Alyth McCormack from Scotland has a truly magical voice, and Irish harpist Triona Marshall very impressively shows what her instrument is capable of. But all this is of course not really surprising. The Irish cult group The Chieftains don’t allow just anyone into their ranks. McCormack has been guest singer on their last tours and Triona Marshall is a permanent member of the group.

Red Gold is a very Celtic album, not only through the choice of songs, but above all because of McCormacks’s vocals: out of her mouth even a heavy metal song would sound Celtic! These artistically first-class and wonderful arrangements are now on CD. It’s very clear that this is a (musical) match made in Heaven – and the great thing is, they share their talent with us! Many thanks for that!”

Markus Dehm, June 2011




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