Internationally renowned accordionist Liam O’Connor doesn’t do things by halves. So when the opportunity arose for the Newmarket native and Killarney-based singer to collaborate, not only with Clannad singer Moya Brennan and her family, but also with her own children, Oisín, Saoirse and Cillian, on a new single he was definitely not going to pass up on that.
The single – which is out now – is called ‘Strong in Numbers’ and it was written by Moya and her husband, Tim Jarvis.
As if Moya’s voice alone wasn’t already a huge plus, she is joined on the song by her own children, equally musically talented daughter and son, Aisling and Paul Jarvis and her husband Tim on cello and Eamonn from Barra on the flute.
The track was produced by Aisling at Moya’s recording studio with an arrangement by Liam O’Connor and Moya.
“We had all performed together recently in The Friary in Killarney and it was such a positive experience for all of us that we just had to repeat it. So not only did we do this recording of ‘Strong in Numbers’ but we are planning to do Friary again this year as well. After that, I wouldn’t rule anything out! Liam said.
Moya Brennan, recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, is also excited about the project.
“It wasn’t until the O’Connors and the Brennans first worked together that I wondered why this didn’t happen more often. It is a fitting collaboration, given that it is often families across the country who have kept the spirit of Irish music alive through difficult times. If this opens the door to more of these collaborations, we would love to.
The song is available to listen to now on all platforms and if you’re interested in hearing the song performed live, well, Liam and Moya with their family will be performing on The Late Late Show tonight on RTÉ so be sure to check it out. that. .
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