About the Band

About O'hAnleigh

ABOUT THE BAND:

Vermont's O’hAnleigh draws on their ancestral roots and diverse musical talent to entertain audiences with the lively and haunting rhythms of Irish America. Since 2000, their dynamic multi-instrumental performances feature rich, fluid harmonies and an enormous playlist of classic ballads, rousing pub tunes, and original songs and tunes that have garnered noteworthy praise from fans and music critics the world over. O’hAnleigh’s performances pack in an impressive number of songs interspersed with bits of story and poetry that make our audiences laugh, cry, dance, and can’t stop clapping their hands and tapping their feet. 

WHERE WE COME FROM:

Tom Hanley, is second-generation Irishman descended of immigrants from Counties Laois and Roscommon, performed with bar rock bands since the early 1970's-- and he's STILL sitting around the basement listening to... you know, those things,... RECORDS, and writing an impressive number of songs on an even more impressive number of instruments. 

Becca Hanley rocks on the bodhran and shines on obscure instruments like the autoharp and bowed psaltery, but is even more breathtaking on that original and most ethereal of all instruments: the voice. Her soprano flows from choir highs to gutsy bluesy lows on haunting ballads and bawdy bar tunes. 

Doug Riley is descended from the inhabitants of Dublin, Roscommon and Mayo. Today he alternates his time between wooden ship restoration and Celtic music, so as you can expect he's a methodical master of tunes and storytelling. You'll see him on the guitar, bass, fiddle, and a cittern -- an ancient-looking modern instrument with as many strings as an old Jaguar has carbeurators...

Cindy Hill’s ancestors hail from Counties Tyrone and Limerick.  Her musical credentials range from school orchestra and chorus to a succession of party rock bands, and her interest in traditional Celtic music sprang from her long political activism in the Irish independence movement.  Cindy brings a knowledge of Celtic mythology and legends to the band along with her multi-instrumental talents.

From classic Gaelic ballads to rollicking pub songs, Irish-American ‘tin pan alley’ tunes to traditional dance sets, songs of rebellion to songs of love and loss, O’hAnleigh’s vocal talents  combine to create the unique O’hAnleigh sound.  Their vocal diversity is supported with a dazzling array of instruments including 6 and 12 string guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, bass, fiddle, tenor banjo, penny whistles, harmonica, bowed psaltery, dulcimer, autoharp, bodhrans, bones, spoons, and a whole assortment of other small percussion, much of it hand-made out of odd bits of things found in the garage to get just the right sound for a particular song.

The O'hAnleigh's playlist numbers in the hundreds, including a hearty dose of rebel tunes and a growing list of original pieces, as Tom and Cindy compose music and lyrics to expand the Irish-American folk genre.  Their performances are noted for the rapid-fire pace of their song list, as well-rehearsed instrument changes and dramatic or humourous pieces of the ‘spoken word’ (Irish poetry) blend one song into the next for a non-stop set of musical energy.

O’hAnleigh’s premier CD, Of Irish Crossings Told, was released on St. Patrick’s Day 2006, and their second CD, Farewell Roscommon, was released two years later. 

It is available at www.cdbaby.com/ohanleigh.  MP3 downloads are available  on facebook as well as at www.myspace.com/ohanleigh, and electronic press kits are available through www.sonicbids.com.  Email us at ohanleigh@yahoo.com for more info and photos. 

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A staggering array of instruments and vocal harmonies...
Mark Sustic Calendar, April 22, 2006 

New recordings we think you should know about: O’Hanleigh (Green Cabin Music ) Of Irish Crossings Told. Anyone who noticed the late March/early April the top-selling CDs in the weekly Seven Days poll would have seen this one was at the top of the heap for several weeks running. And that’s not just the folk or traditional music category….. it did better than the Flaming Lips, James Blunt or Rob Zombie…. and all others! The group has also gotten air play on over 60 radio stations around the world. If nothing else this East Middlebury-based group has a thing or two to teach the folkies among us about marketing amidst the big girls and boys. The band got its start in early 2002 by performing at a St. Patrick’s Day event, and hasn’t stopped since. The new CD is a collection of traditional and original Irish-American songs and tunes….. ballads, sing-a-long pub songs in 2- and 3-part harmony, traditional fiddle tunes….. featuring Tom Hanley, his daughter Becca, and Cindy Hill, all with a staggering array of instruments and vocal harmonies. For ordering and other information contact the group at www.myspace.com/ohanleigh. If all you want to do is order the CD, try www.cdbaby.com.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ohanleigh

Radio Direct X Reviews

Of Irish Crossings Told. Our Irish/Gaelic broadcasters went out of control over this!! Aussie Irish can understand the feel of the lyrics and the true Celtic music almost as if they were written for the Irish immigration flow to Australia rather than that other place. If your toes don't tap to this CD, you're dead!

Celtic MP3 Magazine

This CD has quite a fabulous variety of music, instruments and vocals. Highlighting the Irish-American sounds of everything from traditional Celtic music to totally original arrangements, there are a great deal of things to listen to. You'll hear penny whistles, spoons, shakers, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, steel and nylon string guitar, bowed psaltery, banjo, bass and of course the fiddle among other instruments here. 

A springy version of Rising of the Moon is a particularly light rendition, and the harmonies on this CD are very smooth. Different songs highlight different instruments, which keep things interesting throughout. The tender vocals on "Tis the Last Rose of Summer" were particularly lovely. 

There are quite a few tracks (14, to be exact) to choose from here, and the contrast between the gentleness of songs like Last Rose (above) and the fun, rousing romps like "Black Velvet Band" give this compilation an interesting range. There is humour, depth and fun, so it should appeal to many, just like good Celtic music should!

Radio Direct X Reviews

An exciting journey...expressive and poetical!

Beautiful music! This album creates such magnificent images. From its first chords you start on an exciting journey to beautiful Irish land. Your album is very expressive and poetical! It should be in the collection of everybody who loves folk music. Serge Kozlovsky
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Historical Performances

O'hAnleigh brings the musical past to life with historical songs, stories and costumes. Our historical repertoire includes:

--Civil War Encampments

--Renaissance Fairs

--History Fairs

--"The History of Ireland -- In Song"

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