About

Noriana represents the new generation of Irish folk singers with a unique songbook and a songwriting ability 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 Laura Marling, she is one of Irelands most prominent voices in our thriving roots music scene. 

Noriana released her debut album in May 2011 which gathered songs from the Scottish, Irish and American folk traditions and featured folk all star musicians such as Sharon Shannon and Trevor Hutchinson. Since then she has become a central member of Galway based trio 'The Whileaways'. Their recently released album, where Noriana's songwriting featured, received a four star review from the Irish Times describing it as an 'audacious debut' 'rich in its 'lyrical tapestry'. In July 2013 she joined the Irish American supergroup Solas touring regularly as their lead singer around the US. She will be recording with them later this year.

Noriana collaborates frequently with Dingle group Lumiere, New Yorks singer-guitarist Jefferson Hamer and Belfast fiddler Meabh O'Hare. More recently Norianas stunning solo performances have been turning heads.  She is currently writing songs for another solo album with hopes of recording at the end of this year.


 

Press Quotes

 "exquisite phrasing and a songbook as wide as a southern porch" The Irish Times

"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