Sina Theil is a German born, Irish based singer-songwriter who the people of Ireland have taken to their hearts, while Caitríona a native of Tralee, Co. Kerry, is also a singer-songwriter and known to many as a resident judge on TG4’s hit country music show ‘Glór Tíre’ for the past 19 years.
Neither one a stranger to television, the pair were brought together by none other than the world famous Daniel O’ Donnell to sing on his TG4 show ‘Opry le Daniel ar Thuras’ in July 2022. It was there that Sina and Caitríona hit it off with a mutual admiration of each other’s musical talents during the show.
They decided to collaborate with each other on a track to coincide with International Women’s Day 2023. Out on iTunes and all streaming services on Sunday March 12th, what better track to record than the timeless Irish Ballad ‘The Fields of Athenry’. Offering a fresh female perspective with the first ever female duet version of ‘The Fields of Athenry’, Sina and Caitríona, a mother herself, were struck by the story of the mother in the song as well as the love story. Many see this song as the testimony of a man sent to prison on Botany Bay and overlook the powerful female story told between the lines – a young mother’s struggle as she is left alone to provide for her young children during the time of the Great Famine. A topic that is sadly still very relevant today.
Sina and Caitríona were delighted to be asked by the Irish Music Magazine to premiere their music video as part of the Nashville based transatlantic virtual festival Music City Irish Fest on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th alongside acts such as Altan, Cara Dillon and Kildare artist Dan McCabe. The festival will run for two days (March 17th and 18th) and can be viewed on the Irish Music Magazine Facebook page (@TRADIMM). Their video will also be released on YouTube internationally on Mother’s Day, Sunday 19th March.
Fresh from the success of her concert programme “Live at THT Galway” which was recently aired on TG4, Sina recorded ‘The Fields of Athenry’ with Caitríona in Athenry. Both artists have had a string of number 1 singles in recent years on both the main Irish iTunes charts and the Irish country music charts.
Sina is presently enjoying touring with renowned Irish ballad singer Dan McCabe (dates and tickets at https://www.danmccabe-music.com/) and Caitríona is busy recording for her own music show stateside which will be aired in the coming months. Exciting times ahead for the two talented singer-songwriters and they hope you enjoy their version of this timeless Irish ballad.
‘The Fields of Athenry’ performed by Sina Theil and Caitríona O Sullivan – available on iTunes and all streaming services Sunday March 12th.
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