Noriana represents the new generation of Irish folk singers with an engaging and unique songbook that crosses oceans from Waterford to America, Scotland and a thousand heart worn places in between. With a voice that evokes Emmy Lou Harris, Gillian Welch and Mary Black, she has earned a confident seat in Ireland's rich roots music scene.
The Irish Times lauded her debut album Ebb n Flow for its “exquisite phrasing and a songbook as wide as a southern porch”. Her unique taste integrates a wide range of old-time songs, folk ballads and originals creating an interesting sound that is truly her own. She reaches into the heart of the songs, pulling out the deep emotions that made them so enduring in the first place. Her version of ‘Say Darlin Say’ and ‘Poor Ellen Smith’ unveils a heartfelt sensitivity that is rarely shown.
Noriana is part of stunning songwriting trio The Whileaways which includes revered Galway singers Noelie McDonnell and Nicola Joyce. With four albums under their belt and several RTE Folk Award nominations, their splendid vocals combine with guitar, banjo and ukulele to weave a beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted original song.
"highly engaging with her audience.... without doubt one of the highlights of the entire night" Aidan Butler, Producer of Big Music Week Country Time Radio, RTE 1
"a knockout and one of the best acts at the festival" - Sandy Brady, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia
"...an exceptional young artist with a rare ability..." - Martin Buzacock, ABC Australia
"really a terrific CD, reflective of the new reality that is young Irish roots music today..." Brian O'Donovan, WGHB Radio, Boston