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Music: Colette O’Leary

As St Brigid’s week fast approaches, we take you all back to the end of last summer, to a beautiful garden in West Sussex, from where the gifted Irish accordion player Colette O’Leary sends us all a heart-warming greeting and plays us two wonderful tunes to help keep the flame of hope and anticipation shining on in these unusual times. Enjoy!

About Colette O’Leary


London based
Colette O’Leary was born in the highly musical area of Sliabh Luachra in County Kerry. She is an ‘All-Ireland Champion’ accordion player. From 1996-2002, Colette performed worldwide with highly acclaimed all girl Irish group The Bumblebees, who released two highly acclaimed albums, ‘Bumblebees’ and ‘Buzzin’, the latter of which was voted one of the top 10 albums by ‘The Echo Newspaper’ in New York City. 

In 2001 Colette released her debut solo album, ‘The Attic Room’ in which she weaves an intriguing tapestry of music from Ireland, Scotland, Italy, France and Eastern Europe. The album was hailed internationally and described by ‘The Scotsman’ as ‘nothing short of divine’.

In 2007, Colette began recording and touring worldwide with the fabulous band “The Long Notes”, with whom she has recorded two albums ‘The Long Notes’ and ‘In the Shadow of Stromboli’ and played to packed concert halls. 

As a solo artist Colette has performed for Ireland’s former President, Mary McAleese at Dublin Castle and for Princess Anne at Kensington Palace. She has shared stages with Jools Holland, The Chieftains, Maire Ni Bhraonain (Clannad), The Proclaimers, Brian Kennedy, Paul Brady and Mary Coughlan. She has also appeared at The Glastonbury Festival, Celtic Connections and London’s ‘Return to Camden Town’.