Geraldine Bradley is quickly becoming recognized as one of the Ireland’s foremost interpreters of Traditional Song in both the English and Irish languages. Her debut album From The Rising Spring - Cloch Fhuaráin has received critical acclaim since its initial launch at the Ennis Trad Fest and has earned her distinguished reviews in the Irish Times, The Journal of Music in Ireland, Irish Music Magazine, to name but a few .
Geraldine comes from an extended family of traditional musicians from South Armagh, amongst them the renowned fiddler, Paul Bradley. She learned songs from her family and from their extensive collection of recordings of The Johnstons, Tommy Makem, Na Filí, Gerry Hicks . In Rann na Feirste, Donegal, she was taught by Sean Nos Singer Húidí Phaidí Húidí (Aodh ó Duibheannaigh) and sought out the singer Néilli Ni Dhomhnaill to listen to her singing in her home.
This album, however does not confine Geraldine to the traditional genre alone, displaying a much wider scope of influences and Geraldine’s ability to interpret a range of material from Ireland, Scotland and North America. The result is a well-blended mix of her own recreation of these traditions exploring subjects from heartbreak to humour.
Geraldine greatly impressed audiences in Ireland at gigs and festivals including The Willie Clancy Summer School in Co Clare. She has performed in Folkest, Northern Italy on stage with singer John Faulkner where she received special mention in the Italian national press (La Manifesta, Alias) for her voice and authenticity of her musical sources.
A Beggar A Beggar, A Bhean Udai Thall, The Lisburn Lass