Rita Connolly
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Rita Connolly

Rita Connolly Biography (Wikipedia)

Rita Connolly is a Dublin-born singer who has lived and worked in Ireland. She is primarily known for her work with composer Shaun Davey who wrote a song cycle for her called Granuaile based on the 16th-century pirate queen Gráinne O'Malley as well as including her in other of his works such as The Relief of Derry Symphony, The Pilgrim Suite and his Special Olympics music which was specially composed in 2003. Rita sang the anthem song "May We Never Have to Say Goodbye" which topped the charts for four weeks. She has also produced two solo albums, one with the eponymous title Rita Connolly, and the second Valpariso on the Tara Music label.

In more recent times she has collaborated again with Davey (who is also her husband) and Co. Kerry based musicians Seamus Begley, Éilís Ní Chinneide, Laurence Courtney, Daithí Ó Sé, and Eoin Begley. They produced a unique body of work based on local poet Caoimhin O Cinneide's poetry converted into a group of songs. They now perform as a band called Beal Tuinne. Rita has also been performing with other musicians such as Liam O'Flynn, Arty McGlynn, Neil Martin, Sean Keane, Noel Eccles and Shaun Davey in a new venture called The Funeral Band. She also performs in a quartet with her husband Shaun Davey, guitarist Gerry O'Beirne, and concertina player Eoin Begley.

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City of Glasgow Chorus and Orchestra, Rita Connolly, Iain Sutherland & Shaun Davey
The Deer's Cry
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The Deer's Cry
Iarla Ó Lionáird
The Quiet Land Of Erin
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The Quiet Land Of Erin
Dáithí Ó Sé
Ciumhais Charraig Aonair
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Ciumhais Charraig Aonair
Shaun Davey
The Deer’s Cry
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The Deer’s Cry
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Ripples In The Rockpools
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Ripples In The Rockpools
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The Deers Cry
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The Deers Cry
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Valparaiso
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Valparaiso
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A' Ghrian
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A' Ghrian
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