Fleadh musicians reunite on new album

Singer-songwriters Bernadette Morris and Matt McGinn – who shared Newry Town Hall stage for a stunning set at last year’s Fleadh – have joined forces again for a new album.

They have been working together on Bernadette’s latest recording To The Well For Water. Matt supplies backing vocals and has co-written two of the tracks with Bernadette.


Other contributors include one of Ireland’s best button accordion players Seán Óg Graham and Texan fiddler Ross Holmes, who’s worked with Mumford and Sons. ‘Working with such a talented group of musicians to bring the songs to life was an incredible experience,’ said Bernadette.

Her distinctive voice and style may have an innocence about them, but she tackles some tough issues. Due for release on 5th May, Bernadette’s album explores themes of ‘life, self-belief, love and faith’.

Rainbow After A Storm came about during a songwriting workshop with Irish musician John Spillane, and was inspired by Bernadette’s experience of having her three children after three missed miscarriages.


‘This is a very personal album,’ she said, ‘but I think a lot of people will be able to relate to the songs…I hope people enjoy listening to it and hearing the love that went into making it.’

Born in County Tyrone, Bernadette made her musical debut with 2013’s All The Ways You Wander, a mainly traditional collection in English and Irish. She has supported folk music legends including Cara Dillon, Eddi Reader and Julie Fowlis.

Bernadette was named by Hotpress Magazine in 2020 as ‘One to Watch’. She sang and played fiddle as part of Matt McGinn’s headline concert at Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2022. Their performance was a highlight of the festival. (Photo is the image from Bernadette’s new album)

Clive Price