Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin lives in Ireland and is the author of A Hidden Ulster- people, songs and traditions of Oriel (Four Courts Press 2004) and The Oriel Arts Project (www.orielarts.com 2019). Her life’s work has been in researching and restoring the song tradition of her native place in southeast Ulster.
Singing has been the main focus of her professional career, while restoring over 40 Oriel songs back to the corpus of the Irish language song tradition, now sung again by singers throughout Ireland. Her research on song, harp songs and songs of Oriel poets is ongoing. She has recorded 9 studio albums including traditional songs, lullabies, songs for children, new compositions and Oriel song. Her recent compositions have been inspired by early spirituality and Irish nature poetry (Songs of the Scribe CD 2012), by the goddess-saint Brigid and aspects of the female keening tradition (BRIGID EP 2022) www.irishsong.com/shop/brigid/
A multifaceted traditional artist: researcher, song writer, author, song writer and a professional singer since 1999, she is a recipient of a recent 2018 TG4 Gradam Award for ‘outstanding contribution to traditional music’, Gradam Shean Nós Chois Life in 2003 for her contribution to the Irish song tradition, Newry Mourne and Down Civic Arts Award 2018, and she is the first traditional musician to have received a Major Arts Award from the Northern Ireland Arts Council. She is also the recipient of awards for her composition and song writing by The Arts Council of Ireland.
Her personal website is www.irishsong.com