Caitríona O’Leary is known for her intense and passionate performances of Early Music and traditional irish songs. In 2011 she served as music director and starred in eX’s production of “Christ Lag in Todes Banden” at the Regensburg Early Music Festival. She also performed “Ansacht Na Ansacht”, a duo-concert of early Irish music with harpist, Andrew Lawrence-King, an Irish tour of eX’s acclaimed production of “Shipwrecked” which culminated in a performance at the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s. She is featured on a new recording, “Emblem”, also released in 2011 with singer Clara Sanabras.
As co-artistic director of eX, the Irish-based early music performance company she founded, she has conceived, led and sang in several critically acclaimed works for the stage. As a member of the early music ensembles The Harp Consort, Sequentia and Joglaresa, Caitríona has toured throughout North America, Europe, Mexico, Australia and Israel, including such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and Cité de la Musique and has appeared at numerous festivals including, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Festival Cervantino Guanajuato, Festival Interceltique de Lorient.
As a member of these ensembles and others she has made 17 commercial recordings. She is a featured soloist on a number of releases, three of which were released in 2012: “Ecstasy” (Dúlra), “Shipwrecked” (eX) and “Motion of the Heart/¡Viva Frida!” (Dublin Drag Orchestra). Her two solo CDs (with Dúlra), “I am Stretched on Your Grave” and “Dúil, Irish Songs of Love and Nature” were released to rave reviews in 2000 and 2001, and continue to haunt radio playlists in Ireland and abroad.
While living in New York, Caitríona was a member of Banshee, a collective of Irish women artists whose offbeat performances became a fixture on the downtown scene. After relocating to Dublin, Caitríona wrote and starred in “The Stolen Child”, a fully staged musical theatre work, which toured Ireland for over 30 performances. She also wrote and performed the soundtrack to Emer Martin’s film “Unaccompanied”.